urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Update: Let this beer sit for a few months. Those that I’ve been drinking in the last few weeks are about 3 months old. The flavor has opened up unbelievably, as has the aroma. What was once constrained and "tight" is now flowery, fruity and in perfect balance. But completely explosive. What I like best is that the malt gets completely out of the way of the hops. While I like malt a lot, it has no place in this style. Easily the best IIPA I have yet had. Old: 3.9 The first six pack of this I tasted was disappointing. The flavor was lacking. The second six pack was quite nice, really. The flavor was reminiscent of the current DFH 90--a lot of herbal, woodsy hops, but Hop Wallop added a very nice peachy element to it. And a tiny bit more citrus hops, as well. I like it quite a bit, though I have had better IIPAs. GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
tap. deep brownish/amber color... suprising mild aroma... complex flavors: caramel, hops, salt, spice, alcohol, citrus... i’m amazed i enjoyed this so much seeing i’m not a big fan of the super hopastic brews... well balanced, well done... dare i even say..."yum" chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Dark copper color, clear, with white head. Aroma is fruity (mainly exotic fruits: mango, litchis, passion fruit) and flowery. Flavor is of course very hoppy at first, some herbs, pine, and a LOT of grapefruit. Finish is a bit sweeter with malts kicking in, and the warming alcohol. Nice mouthfeel, a little thicker than I expected. I’d have loved some more malt to balance out the whole thing, but it’s already pretty good as it is. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 Clear golden/orange color with a good sized white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Strong hop aroma with a backgroung of grapefruit and malt. Bitter hop flavor dominates at first, followed my the malt backbone and the alcohol.
Nice warming finish. Could use a touch more malt for balance IMO but excellent
anyway. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 orangish with small white head...not as much aroma as i expected,,Some bottles are Very well balanced...smooth flavor. Others are Overpowered by hops, which i dont mind. good
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 12, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Best before May 04, 2005. Very fresh. Poured out a pure yellow gold color, with a sticky white head. The head left a more than generous lacing on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of piercing hops, sweet malts, fresh cut hay, and an earthy quality that’s hard to point out.
Flavors are of stingingly sharp hops, then a grapefruit quality appears for a brief moment. Resinous, piney hops finish out the hops bite, then the sweet malts kick into high gear. Alcoholic bite as it’s drank, followed by a very warming sensation. The alcohol sneaks in with a vengeance while the hops distract your taste buds. Hits you up side the head with a "Wallop". Medium mouthfeel, rich & satisfying. Finishes about like you’d expect. Hoppy, and bitter. A top notch Double IPA from Victory. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2004
11.12.04 12 oz bottle. I’m so pleased to finally get to try this highly anticipated brew and I’m so aware of the potential for a let-down. Refusing to give in to the hype yet fully aware of its high regard, I dive in to my first glass. Slightly orange, auburn, golden pour with medium white head that lingers in wisps. Palate is cleansing, softly eff, finishes sharply bitter but jovial. Could use more presence from the 8.5%, but only to remind me to slow down. This brew makes me smile. The flavors are impeccably balanced, a somewhat more hoppy 90min is the closest comparison. Citrus, juicy and sweet pink grapefruit, late summer floral. It’s fresh and young, yet still deep and deserving of my pensive moment. Absolutely fantastic beer that’s over the top, but built within reason. So worth the wait. Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 12, 2004
The name just about says it all, the first and most lasting impression is the hops. It has a clear golden appearance with a fair head. Taste is aggressive but with a light, almost fruity backing. Overall its the hops that characterize this brew, and it definitely packs them in. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Bright burnished gold appearance, nice head that lasted well. Aroma was of grapefruit hops, followed by some hop aromas that were vaguely reminiscent of a pepperoni pizza. Odd, but good. There isn’t any clear malt flavor per se, just enough body to keep things from appearing to be thin in any way. ABV totally camouflaged. Hop aromas are initially of piercing grapefruit, followed by a complex blend of earth, spice, and pine. Well done, quite enjoyable. NOTE: sampled again, on cask at Commercial Taphouse. Numbers stay the same overall, perhaps I would have dropped 1 point on aroma and added one point on appearance. Quite pale. But the hops were wonderful. badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Original Rating 11/12/2004: Clear gold color with a frothy head. Interesting aroma of hops... not nearly as pungent as I would expect. Oddly sweet tasting hit of hops on the tongue. Just a slight bit of that pine nature that seems too prevalent in IPAs, especially IIPAs. Quite nice! 7/4/8/4/17 ReRate 1/17/2008: Gold color with a large head. Strong English hop aroma. The taste seems to be a blend of English and German hops. Lots of them, but it doesn’t seem very bitter at all. Apparently, my review is the same, but the score is going to be lowered. A casualty of changing tastes, I suppose.