Bosco (135) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy brown with fine head and minimal lace.
Pine, citrus, chocolate. Low bitter, sweet.
Tones of porter/stout . Paired well with radish’s, sharp white cheddar cheese, spicy salsa and chips.
$1.99/12oz Total Wine and More
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a clear deep reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head. aroma smells like heaven. great sweet smelling hops. crisp hoppy bite with piney and citrus tasting hops. nice malty balance. i just picture this beer as something you have for the transition into spring. days are warmer and longer and you’ve been drinking stouts and porters all winter. just a phenomenal beer.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good
S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note
T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don’t quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy
MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive
Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap’t Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this
TylerPow (121) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as dark as I expected. Citrus charcoal smell. Crisp flavor, burnt and kinda smoket. Reminds me of fall.
Keir (121) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, a touch of toasted malts, a hint of sweetness, and grapefruit. Tastes bitter with hops, toasty, caramel, a hint of citrus. Very dry on the tongue. A nice start to NYE.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with beige head. Nose is immedately pine resin, grapefruit and floral hop. Same roasty caramel and toffee undertones as hop devil but a much more complex hop profile - floral, citrus notes and a nice resiny biternes balancing out the sweet malts. Finishes moderately to strongly bitter. This is essentially the hop devil backbone with a better hop profile.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby red. Rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. Very nice black IPA.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From rough notes. Dark mahogany pour, little head (which could have been because the server wanted to fill the glass with beer and not head, kudos for the effort, but I like some head on my beers.) Sweet and hoppy up front, malt backbone. Nice dry hoppiness on the taste, mixes well with the coffee/stout taste and malts. Finish is dry. Medium bodied with little carbonation. Dryness of the aftertaste keeps you drinking. This was definitely more dark than IPA
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a very dark brown hue. Nice bold consistent look. Great smell of toasted hops. Nice bitter bite followed by a wave of smooth and great tasting hops. Just a hint of sour aftertaste but overall an excellent beer.
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.
Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.
Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.
Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff.