jamdead (8) - Ashland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004 does not count
Pours a light amber hue with a hoppy nose. Mediummmmmm bodied, hops all the way garpefuity kinday hop juice. Very Smooth. Excellent Beer. Thanks to BrainO scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Dark golden color with a lasting egg white head. Aroma was fantastic with notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange blossom, toast, and pine sap blended with honey. Great bitter citrus shot up front with a sweet maltiness to counterbalance. Smooth with a nice soft carbonation. I would love to have this available all the time, but guess I'll have to wait until Nov. 04 for that to happen. A Hop-Head MUST try! raymow (1671) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Smells like pure hops. Tastes about the same. Very good brew! Victory has done it again! Terminus (3689) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 ReRate-thanks to Erway for giving me a bottle of this a few weeks ago. pours a golden yellow hue that was pretty pale compated to its partners in this genre. Very nice lacing cascading down the side of my unibroue glass. I get a nice piney hop aroma, but its dominated by herbal notes, mimicking noble hops at times. some grassy notes as well. Very nice palate that was round and smooth. finish was piney with notes of grapefruit. good, but not up there with the others. More a strong APA than a IIPA.
pours a dark orange with TONS of yeast floaties-why so many floaties for a bottle that was bottled on Dec 30, 2003? strange! Aroma is citurs, but more in the super APA way, pine alongside the citrus-nice! grapefriut seems to be the more predomenent fruit-soapy delivery in the aroma. Flavor is very citrus, but very subtle palate. didn’t really seem like a huge IBU blast that i was expecting. subtle palat like Ruination. somewhat abrupt finish. Good, but somewhat dissapointing. Thanks to Pabocat for hooking me up with this PA only brew! tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Holy cow - aroma was reminiscent of having hop flowers shoved into my nostrils (not that I’m complaining!). Taste is hoppy all right - strong grapefruit & citrus notes throughout. A bit of malt dashed in, but didn’t have the malt presence of other Imperial IPA’s. Still an excellent concoction.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2004
This one pours with a golden hazy appearance. It has some nice residual lacing and a tiny rim of foam. The aroma is slightly astringent, but tastefully hoppy, with some light acidity and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet and hoppy with lots of cascade in the taste. Bready and biscuity tasting with a nice malt backbone, but definitely dominated by the hops. obxdude10 (2344) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled - clear golden color, thin white lacy head, lots of hops in the nose, very little by way of malt so the balance was a bit off, bitter hoppiness in the flavors, dry & spicy finish, a tad disappointing from all the hype surrounding it but a very good IPA nonetheless
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Wow. Lots of hops. good beer from Victory. Golden in color. Some malt but very subtle. the hops are more apparent. pretty good. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 ReduxWanted to up it from a 4.0 to a 4.2. Really nice spicy hop nose. Bold hoppy flavor, that just isn’t overwhelming, yet huge at the same time. This is well balanced and kinda reminds me of Ruination. chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Tap, at the Which Brew, Easton, PA. Golden and clear, with white head. Good hop nose with fresh dry hop overtones, similar to the DFH 90 Min IPA. Big all hop flavor with a subdued malt. Suprisingly drinkable hops, as to not be an overwhelming American crazy salty bitterness Grapefruit Rogue beer. There is some malt sweetness there, but the late addition hops eat it up. I like it, and this is definitely a good way to put on a buzz.
Ok - I'm a huge hophead and Imperial IPA is my current favorite style. When I saw this from my local Victory I was thrilled - they do big beers so good, this has got to be good. I've now had a chance to try 3 or 4 different bottles from different batches, and sadly, I'm not impressed.
My main issue is the choice of hops - these taste like traditional noble hops - more at home in a Pilsener than an IPA. Yes, I get the strong acidic grapefrutiness, but the strong earthiness and pepperery flavors (almost musty) of these hops overpowers everything else. Tastes more like an imperial pilsener. Has some toastiness in the body that adds to the flavor confusion.
I can't believe I'm giving a low rating to a victory beer...