BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of what smells like simcoe, herbal and dankness. Taste is really herbal, fresh and hoppy with grass, pine needles and caramel. Medium carbonation. Nice!
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/20/11. 12oz bottle. Brown pour, reds under the light, with a thick, frothy tan head that cuts in half and laces in sporadic sheets. Bold hop aroma of pine, citrus, a bit of cattiness, and underlying touches of chocolate. Somewhat sweet entry with milk chocolate, citrus, pine, and lingering roast. At first read, that sounds terrible - but it’s pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, burning.
Plovmand (7807) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours reddish amber with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is citrus, peach, passion fruit and caramel. The flavour is highly fruity hoppy with notes of light roasted malt, caramel, peach, citrus, grape fruit, light alcohol and berries. Nice long fruity hoppy finish. Quite creamy texture.
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, hoppy nose with caramel, dark fruit, chocolate and fresh citrussy hops. Malty taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, a touch of cocoa and a fresh, citrussy bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and tasty beer combining the nutty, malty character of brown ales and the fruity, hoppy character of an IPA. Not an easy thing to accomplish, but this is quite excellent. Nice one.
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pours a murky dark amber with bright medium toffeeish amber at the edges. Loose tan head that falls away within a minute or two, even without touching it. Big redolent grapefruit and pine nose, very sharp, oily, and aggressive. Impressively forward for a high-distro year-round release, even from a brewery with craft and creativity close to its heart. Creamy medium body with tons of lively carb and a nice oily, acidic bite (there’s probably even a bit of carbonic bite to go along with the hop acid bite as well, but those little pinches between the cheek and gum get hard to tease apart after a while). Toast, caramel, pine, and grapefruit on the mid-palate, with a long ashy pine resin finish. Very nice session IPA.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dave for the bottle! Poured deep brown with a bloody tint to it.. nice cap of milky-beige head stuck around for a while. The aroma picked up fresh earth, floral, and pine resin hoppage over toasted caramel and nutty malts.. warm and spicy on the back of the nose. The flavor found spicy, and, well, brassy hops per the description all the way through (mostly black pepper and resiny pine).. caramel and nutty sweetness again at the core.. bright hop kick and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. overall just a bit too hot and abrasive, but otherwise tasty. I’d have another, and I’d like to see how it does with age.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish red body. Aroma is grapefruit, pine hop and maybe some peach. The mouthfeel is somewhat aggressive hop, with dominant flavors being grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop.
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast and some light citrus. Dark brown pour with decent head. Light bitterness and some caramel in finish. Tap at churchkey Thanks to gendv138.
nimbleprop (7345) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Churchkey, Washington DC. Pours an amber, orange with a frothy white head. Strong citrus aroma. Well balanced flavor, citrus fruits, well rounded sweet, caramel malts. Sticky, bitter finish. Drinkable.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), moderately to heavily yeasty (dough, sweat), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Victory really needs to get a handle on their frickin’ yeast...this is a raw yeast bomb; vitamin B and dirty feet dominate the aroma, with hops playing only second fiddle. Not much else of interest in the nose, so...yeah, hard to give it anything above a 5 there. Flavor balance is crude and brash, as most American big-and-hoppy beers are...but then, "punishing" is a glowing term to most hopheads, right? Sigh...we have so far to go still. Mouthfeel is decent other than the gum-numbing astringency....it’d get a 4 otherwise. Overall, it’s just another crude, brutish hop bomb, except with a severe yeast problem.