birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours a deep and dark copper with a white and even three finger head. Lacing is substantial--nearly complete in fact. Though, after a few drinks the lacing dissipates.
Aroma is a clean and fruity hop with a hint of pine. Deep in the aroma there is a rich roasted malt and some buttery sweetness.
Taste is a very piny hop. There is some citrus in there. And some toffee malt bordering on a coffee roast. Overall hoppy though. A nice tang that leaves a sharp bitter and dry aftertaste like any good hoppy beer. A little sticky too. Very refreshing yet also rich and fairly heavy like a good winter beer.
The clean hops make me want to guzzle a couple, but the richness slows me down. I imagine that, at 8.7%, one is refreshing and two would be heavy.
Great beer. Good sipper. Good cold weather beer with great hops. broozer81 (107) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 Pretty much a battle between big roasted malts and the Yakima hops giving way to a big beer..hops win of course and this beer is damn good..very nice from Victory... bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011
It’s been a while since my last rate. But damn... Great beer. Much thanks to the bartender at fuel & fuddle for letting me know about it. One of my most favorite IPAs ever. daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 25, 2013
Appears reddish brown with aroma of sweet malt, raisins, and dried fruit much like a strong ale or barleywine. Incredible marshallow like beige head. Terrible beer if you think you are getting an ipa. Taste of bitter hops, no fresh hop notes as supposed to be. Very dry finish. Great if you think you are getting into a strong ale. Not sure what to think... Murrow (102) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottled. Pours medium to deep amber with light tan head. Aroma of sweet, rich malt pairs nicely with sharp hops. Flavor opens with dry mix of rich, bready malt and piney hops. The malt character develops into a sweet caramel by the time the hops really kick in. The finish is grapefruit and spice. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. A very flavorful and nicely balanced IPA.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2010
pours dark brown with pretty ruby red hilights and clear. Nice thick tan head that hung out and laced the glass nicely. THe aroma is plenty of hops: citrus, pine floral, lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc, with, as it warmed, a background of roasted malts. Medium to medium well body, good carbonation with a bitter hop malt dry finish. On the tongue you will get that fast out of the gate hop charge as smelled in the aroma and it will be followed and overtaken by the roasted malts and some caramel. Hop bitterness lingers. I must admit, the more BIPAs/CDAs, whatever you want to call them, I’m starting to think, why not just hang with the IPAs. cwill (99) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Pours a very dark brown, near black. Good deal of lacing.
Grapefruit lemon and grass, followed by roasted malts on the nose. Assertive floral hop flavor with citrus fruits, coffee and roasted malts. Smooth bitter finish. Nice black IPA acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Deep amber pour, thick off-white head, laces nicely. Big hop aroma with malty sweetness in the background. Quite impressively balanced; the hops are definitely at the forefront, but there is a molasses-y sweetness to the malt backbone that is surprising and lovely. Interesting that an East Coast brewery has created such a fitting tribute to Pacific NW hops. A wonderful beer. donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
Nice caramel appearance and strong mouth feel - floral hops and smooth finish - another fine brew from Victory. pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
1. Look – An amber-brown color ale with a slightly tan head.
2. Sniff – This dark ale has a big citrus aroma with roasted malt notes as well.
3. Sip – This full bodied dark ale is very complex. It has characteristics of brown ale, but also a citrusy hoppy flavor as well. Also, the roasted malt flavors make this a very flavorful ale.
4. Another Look – This is a good looking ale, with weak lacing.
5. Evaluate – Overall, this is a different ale in many regards. This complex dark ale is full of flavor and has characteristics of a brown ale and IPA. This combination of styles makes for an interesting ale that disguises the alcohol well. I would recommend this ale to those who enjoy brown ales, harvest ales, or hybrid style ales in general.