talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 So I bought a sixer of this, just figuring Victory has done some nice stuff in the past. Turns out the beer is quite amazing. The only problem I have, I waited until the sixth beer to rate, and it was a bad bottle!?!? ..... After attaining a good bottle... Mostly clear, dried blood color body, excellent head, full, yellowish-beige, nearly fully lasting, and creamy/frothy with lots of drippy lace. Explosive hops in the nose with great rustic tones and ruby red grapefruit citrus, lightly spicy, delicately floral, faint bread crust, hints of roast, and some light toasted caramels. The flavor is more malt balanced with light roast, hints of roasted hazelnuts, light bread crust, and some toasted caramel with hops still dominating; rustic all over the place, light twigs, more ruby red grapefruit, and a moderately high bitterness with a moderately low sweetness. Palate is nice with a medium to full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety, oily mouthfeel. Finishes long and mostly bitter with rustic winning out, grapefruit still there, and the roast finding its way in with an almost dry cocoa note. An aggressively-hopped American winter warmer without the intense richness. I am upset that my first rating was so short but I am glad that I found more of the stuff in this season. Almost a perfect combination of fresh hop boldness matched with darker malt notes without being incredibly dry or ashy. Being from CO, I am sad to say that I find this equally as enjoying Hibernation which is almost bliss this time of season. Nevertheless, I will look forward to this next year. I tried one with about 8 months of age and the hops still dominate but more with the bitterness than flavors. A toasted marshmallow note also enters into the malt bill, maybe due to the lack of intense rustic and grapefruit notes. Still awesome but in a less hop-forward way. leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2009
I was disappointed during my day trip to Seattle to find out Bottleworks cooler was broken so no beers on tap! I took the cashier recommendation and went down the street to the blue blahblah, it has a mural, pub. While irritated that they don’t serve food from 245 to 315 when I arrived at 246 I was surprised by a nice taplist. I chose this beer because Victory does good work and I was not disappointed. The hops are definitely there but the huge malt body balances them. A very easy to drink delicious American strong. I would definitely drink this again, if only they did growler fills! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
I had been disappointed with some Victory brews recently, but I have to say, with this one I think they have hit their stride again. I loved it. Draft at Cap Ale Innsbrook. Deep amber, clear, nice creamy head. Aroma is big hops, but smoothly of citrus and pine, not terribly biting. Simply fresh. Flavor is caramel backbone of malt, then grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin hops, all just bursting like fresh fruit. Awesome. There is a suggestion of roast on the finish, but one is left with a sensation of bright, not overly bitter hop flavors. Must have hit this either very fresh or very well taken care of. Either way, fantastic. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottled. Pours a dark, coppery brown, with a nice, foamy tan head. Nose is spicy hops. Flavor is sweet, caramel, toffee malt balanced by a spicy, resiny hop finish. The 8.7% is well-hidden by the excellent balance in this beer. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Yakima Twilight Ale--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 8.70% ABV. 80+IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) IBA--Imperial? Sediment Hint. Light tan lacy thin dense head. Clear dark bright amber red brown color. Rich toasted floral earthy cocoa hop front. Tangy spicy mild sweet resinous toasted toffee cocoa body. Hot hop spice zesty smooth end. Complex tasty big DIBA? Sampled 5/3/2010. 6-Pack $13.99.
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours with a very dark brown hue. Nice bold consistent look. Great smell of toasted hops. Nice bitter bite followed by a wave of smooth and great tasting hops. Just a hint of sour aftertaste but overall an excellent beer. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
ohhh soo good. yumm, nice job again victory. I would like to purchase endless supplys of this beer. pours dark and nice offering of hops, recommended Slipstream (2678) - USA - DEC 11, 2010
Dark pour. The floral, rustic aroma made me think of almond candy. Plenty sweet and malty-bready for an IPA. A solid, strong hop kick. A really nice mix of sweet malts and spunky hops, with a touch of ginger and clove in the flavor. A slightly medicinal quality is present as well, but it does not damage the experience. I enjoyed this very much - an excellent IPA, and one of the best things I have had from Victory, who keep turning out good new brews. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a thick tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are dough, light citrus. The mouthfeel is dry and citrusy with a medium body. Very nice beer. Cheers! Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2012
aroma hoppy sweet maltness, mild, mellow sutle, color, nice hue livey boby, lacing white head, taste, front end is hops mildy flora, some bittness, then carmel sweetness, and mlty richness on the backend, overall awesome brew, a wonderful balance of hops and malts!