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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7876) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7807) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2010
(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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Roast and some light citrus. Dark brown pour with decent head. Light bitterness and some caramel in finish. Tap at churchkey Thanks to gendv138.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7345) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle. 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.


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