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Victorian I.P.A. - Sonoran Brewing Company

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Victorian I.P.A.
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Sonoran Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-31-2006

The Victorian IPA is a wonderfully balanced IPA with lots of malt and hop character. In contrast to the over the top IPA's that saturate the market today, our IPA is hoppy enough for the most discerning "Hop Head" and mellow enough to drink all day.

46 IBU
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3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tall tumbler, Sonoran White Chocolate Ale is a hazy auburn with an off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is mostly herbal hops, earthy, with sweet caramel malt.

Taste is also heavy on the crystal, lots of iced tea flavors. The maltiness is definitely forward, the herbal hops taste a little stale, and give it a bit of an off-flavor citrus note that I could do without.

Mouthfeel is fully carbonated, soft creaminess, but it's dry, a little slick.

Drinkability is okay, it's not terrible, but the flavor profile didn't work for me overall, and I would not revisit it. I did like the label though (and if it wasn't such a hassle to upload an appropriately sized image here I would).

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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle, poured into a giant 22-ounce glass.

Nicely clear strawberry amber in color, with a one-finger head of silky froth that becomes thick-ish top layer, leaving reaching fingers of sticky lace.

The nose reminds of the earth, with a grassy, soil-like quality. There’s a bit of sweet caramel, lightly toasted biscuits and corn.

The flavor of spicy, moderately bitter hops reminds of earthy soil, grass and oranges. More and more malt emerges as it warms, lending notes of bread, then caramel, then peanuts when it closes of room temperature. Mostly sweet before a biting bitter and dry finish.

High, painful carb assaults the tongue. It’s lightly fizzy with a hefty, almost syrupy medium body.

A quality beer, but its lack of depth leads to less drinkability than the format would suggest. After about 16 ounces, I'm tired of it.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/17/2010. Bottle thanks to Sparky27. Pours a slightly cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, toasted malt. Flavor of plenty of caramel and toasted malts, some light fruity notes, and floral hops. Overall it was ok but a little too malty for an IPA (even an English IPA).

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3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprised to see this on the shelf in WI. After tasting it I am wondering if it has been on the shelf a while

A - Crystal clear copper with a big frothy off white head. Huge clumps of lumpy foam cling to the glass.

S - Stale biscuity malt with a hint of smoke. Herbal hops in the background.

T - I would think there is a touch of smoked malt in this. Smokey with caramel malt. Not much hops in the flavor.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Strange I have never seen this around before and that it tastes off. Was purchased out of the bottom shelf of a cooler. I don't think this is supposed to have a smoke malt taste to it.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jazzcrop for this tasty treat. Loved the chunky head on the deep amber pour. Big malts on the nose. Taste was malt dominated, big caramel, kettle korn that carried through the finish. Mouthfeel was solid to the last drop, nothing to overpowering, just a smooth malty brew, very drinkable, could put a few down easily. Good stuff, love the representation of the style.

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3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sonoran's Victorian Indian Pale Ale is a fairly nice English-style IPA all around. Right off the bat, we have an excellent soapy froth of a head, easily making 2 inches, or about 4-fingers thick. The beautiful pillar of foamy goodness rested atop a clear, dark amber-orange with raspberry highlights, and as it slowly (very slowly - I believe they call this "solid retention") disintegrated, it left behind lines of thick spotty lacing.

No sooner had I poured the brew, crushed pine needles - very christmasy - erupted from the glass. It was a very natural pine smell, not like an air freshener or cleaning agent, but still a very strong natural pine. Along with the pine, there were light hints of fruit, maybe strawberries and pears, floral hops, and lying just below everything...ruby red grapefruit.

Sipping on it, I was surprised to encounter a thicker mouthfeel than I expected, but this was due in large part to the medium body accompanied by a hearty, spicy carbonation. There was an immediate sourness that peaked on the roof of my mouth every time I swallowed. I also pulled out some very light caramel malts, both resiny hops and zesty, floral hops, pine, ruby red grapefruit (more like the juice than the actual fruit, if you know what I mean), and the ever-present prickly carbonation. There wasn't really a noticeable aftertaste despite the sour/bitter overtones, and it did end more on the dry side.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice orange color with good looking white head with good lacing

S: not much in way of the smell here grassy slight lemon

T: I can tell its English hops nothing really jumps out but its good

M: light mouth

D: high drinkability

a good little IPA nothing outstanding but not bad. first time I got to try something from this brewery

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a burnt orange-ish color with a massive white head on it.

S: What's going on here...this one just smells like sweet pears. I wish I could pick something else out of it, but I really can't.

T: The pear is definitely noticeable again on the palate. There is a bit of citrus and sweet apple, too. This is really odd, and I don't think the way the beer was intended to taste.

M: Medium body with very full carbonation.

D: A weird thing going on with this beer. It's not bad at all, especially if you like the fruits mentioned, but definitely not what I expect from an IPA.

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Victorian I.P.A. from Sonoran Brewing Company
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