drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My experience with IPAs is fairly broad, but the hops used in this beer seemed particularly unique - spicy, as the description says. Very tasty, I must send credit where credit is due, and the hop selection here is simply fantastic. Very tasty and the bitterness (although definitely prominent while cold) does nothing to detract from the flavor. Great balance here, almost like a grassy vanilla bean with a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. Great IPA.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light copper color. Very nice thick head. The smell makes me want to dive in. Hops and grapefruit dominate the nose. The first sip is heaven. Grapefruit and hops continue in the flavor but are joined by grass and sweet, sweet malt. This has been one of my favorites since I first had it a few years ago. It'll always put a smile on my face.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangy amber color. The bottle, as are all Victory's, is amazing. Fruity aroma and flavor, though I found this one a little tough to drink overall. Hard to finish the whole bottle.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color with a moderate head and good lacing. Fine spicy fruity aroma predominantly citrus, with orange, lemon and grapefruit, and some apple, pear and alcohol notes. Upfront, fullbodied and semisweet with a surprising maltiness considering all the hops, it definitely got my attention. Long bittersweet finish. Heady stuff, although I thought Two Hearted seemed more tangy and lively on the tongue.
beerguy717 (20) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter, dry hoppiness needed better balance but otherwise an excellent brew.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic! * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Bottle: Orange hue, awesome citrus malty aroma. Lacing clung to the glass even though the bottle was one month from being out of the freshness window. (gotta love IPA!) Huge sweet malty flavor backed up with huge citrus hop notes without either one being over the top.
High IBU's without being overly bitter. BEERS LIKE THIS ARE WHY I DRINK AND BREW BEER! A wonderful beer.
Thanks to Austinpowers for hooking me up.
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2003 On tap. Light amber color with a white head. I liked the haziness. Aroma is citrus/fruit. Taste is hoppy as a mofo. Dry and bitter. I like it.
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a medium white head and an amber body. High cascade hop nose and flavour. Bitter finish. Good.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer & great label! Bold-tasting, hopsy (duh), grainy beer. Thin head; cloudy bronze in color. Strong floral aroma. Not overly hopsy; well-balanced. An ass-kicker for sure! (I also recently found out that Hops are related to the cannibas family, not sure of the validity of this statement, but pretty much makes sense!)