shrubber85 (11615) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Buttery wheat malt and light orange peel aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet buttery wheat malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Okay. kevinsenn (2289) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle from healthy spirits, SF. Fruit salad aroma. Metallic bitter taste, some light fruits, and a long bitter finish. Not much hops in the taste other than IBUs. Was hoping for more. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
12oz bottle shared. Pours medium orange with fluffy head. Aroma is malt forward with some wheat and the hop is quite mild. The flavor is wheat with some hop on the backend. Pretty mild for an ipa. But pretty decent for a wheat ale. Wish it would have more of a hop body. Overall good wheat flavor just lacking on the hops. jandd1983 (4575) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2014
It poured a hazy dark golden color with an off-white head. The aroma was of moderate to heavy earthy hops and some wheat. It had a medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. The taste was moderate to heavy bittersweet with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Very nice. vyvvy (6714) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours clear copper / orange with a white head. The aroma has creamy mushy malt, cobwebs, dry butterscotch, caramel and band aids. It has a medium body that is lightly rough and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with dry caramel and hoppiness that has earthy, pine, soap and citrus zest. The finish has some spicy hops. Decent.
bigtaster (1025) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Cloudy golden with large white head. Nose is oranges and citrus. Body is creamy, easy to drink, slightly bitter. BeerdedDave (1875) - Beckley, USA - JAN 12, 2014
cloudy amber color; floral hop aroma; a nice, citrusy, grassy hop flavor with a light wheat malt background superspak (6000) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good hop complexity and moderate malt balance; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, wheat, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors; with a fairly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
$2.19 single bottled 5/17/13. Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 6/17/13.
Appearance: First of all, I love the bottle -- it has that stubby, Red Stripe-like bottle, if you didn’t know already. The beer pours a very slightly hazy orange color with about two fingers of head. Great lacing at the start, but none after the first few sips.
Smell: Very, very sweet to my nose. Candy-like sweetness. There’s also some citrus aromas in there, and the sweetness almost makes this smell like clementine candy, or something like that. Pleasant, but I don’t get the bursting hops that I was expecting.
Taste: At first I didn’t think this drank like an IPA, but then I wondered what other style it tastes like ... I GUESS it’s an IPA. A lot of sweetness up front with some sorts of non-descript citrus flavors... maybe some banana or something as well. The bitterness comes in on the aftertaste, and it’s the perfect amount for this beer. I don’t get much wheat flavors at all outside of the first few sips... if it wasn’t on the label, I’d probably not realize it was there at all. The feel is medium through and through... the beer has a solid body to it, and there’s a slight prickly carbonation. This sentence here is a bit out of place, but I wanted to mention that Vicious changes in taste quite a bit as it warms. I tend to find that a beer gets sweeter when it warms up (especially if it was initially sweet when it was just out of the fridge), but this one gets a bit of a stronger bitter bite. The wheat character also comes out slightly, but it’s still not *obviously* there -- but maybe that’s for the better. It probably is.
Basically, I’d like another. It’s slightly more expensive than some IPAs out there, but this is yet another tasty Michigan brew. I give Vicious an overall of 4 simply because, as good as it is, it may be a bit too sweet for my tastes when craving an IPA. At the same time, this beer is just balanced enough that it’d be an easy beer to drink a lot of. That’s a pretty inconsistent statement, but my point is made: Vicious is a good beer.
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2013
On draft at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours a clear yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is wheat bread with some light lemon, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is similar with lemon, citrus, yeast, and some light wheat. Light to medium in body and nice overall.