chronictonic (490) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2004
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.bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
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...
(Bottle) Pours a dark golden color with a large white head. Had a nice grapefruit aroma and a big hoppy taste. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Golden hue with frothy white head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine sap, grapefruit, apple, toasted bread and grains, white pepper, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is so unique, bounces back at forth between big piney hops and sweet smooth malts. The finish displays a full grapefruit and bitter nature, no such thing as sublime here. Lingering peppery spice tones as well. The mouthfeel is aggressive and astringent, heavy with a serious bite towards the end. This is a beer for hop-heads and IPA lovers. Enough malt to keep this somewhat balanced, somewhat. Wow, a top 10 IIPA for sure, get you some. I did from egajdzis, thanks ! TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Beer pours dark golden with a big fluffy white head that is fully retained. Aroma is nicely IPAish with prominany though not huge hop aroma that is a little grapefruity but mostly piney. Flavor is an essay in hops. Flavor is initially hoppy bitter then the finish kicks the hop bitterness into the stratosphere with a massive burst of what could pass for grapefruit juice. In my opinion this should be required rating for all certified hop heads. hopscotch (11439) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, orange ale. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Zap! Gone in a flash, but leaves sporadic, gluey lacing. The nose is so complex, so rich, so earthy, so biting. The peppery hop mist rising from the beer gets in my eyes and makes them water. Spicy, floral and citrusy nose with notes of sweat, leather, habenero and citrus fruit.
Lots of caramel and fresh, juicy hops.
Flavorful and spicy hot with a blast of bitter grapefruit rind. Full-bodied with a heavy, creamy, then resiny mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, astringent finish. I really dig this one. Thanks to egajdzis for the bottle. World class brew!
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Yes! Beautiful orange to golden color, thick foamy white head. Looks great. Nose sings of sweet malt and hops. Taste is bitter, then malty, then dry and hot, then bitter again, with a long bitter finish. As I’ve said of their Hop Devil, "Balance? We don’t need no stinken balance!" This one is even better, better mouth feel, better hoppy finish. Maybe, just maybe, it comes close to too much. But it’s great, and would stand up to a pizza like bacon and hash browns meeting an egg! // OK, I keep coming back to this one. To me it’s just what an American ale should be. // OK ... this one is not an entirely fair comparison but I had it cask conditioned at the brewery today. Cask stuff at Victory is usually magnificent and this was no exception. A dense tight foam, great lacing, great mouth feel. Usual great slam of bitter grapefruit and menthol. This was wonderful. HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Rich golden color with a creamy style head, but the taste is what makes you sit back and say yum. Very strong bubbly like with a slight bitter ending. I would defiently drink this beer again! jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Clear orange body topped by a nice frothy white head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. A mighty fine looking beer in the glass. Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Flavor is a tad more piney, but still tons of grapefruit. There is not much malt balance in the flavor, but the malt is there becuase the body is medium full. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall a good example of the style but not outstanding. Thanks a bunch to The_Beer_God for bringing this one to me. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Hazy and orangey-golden with a frothy-white head that seemed to recharge easily with just a little swirl. Lively carbonation and a sharp mouthfeel. Electric hops; flowery, spicy, and a little "hot." Sweet malt base was almost enough to balance out the plant-like bitterness, but it seemed to be lacking in depth and complexity. While it did offer a wallop of hops, the beer left me somewhat yearning for more (depth/personality), especially in the malt department. First few gulps were nice, but overall it was underwhelming. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2004
This has a cool ass looking santa guy on the label. A deep clear golden color with minimal white head. Has a big powerful odor stank to it and some hops in there. Basically the body is also the same, just mildly hoppy, but thats still fairly solid. Quite smooth.