Victorian I.P.A. - Sonoran Brewing Company

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 35
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 5.31%
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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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 35
Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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). (728 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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). (324 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of Lucklys
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,416 characters)

Photo of JamisonM
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (337 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine and More in mid-March for $5.99.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose initially was of floral hops with a malty base. Taste was interesting but a bit uneven, biscuity caramel malts made this seem like an amber up front but then a big resin based hop hammers home the ipa style. Mouthfeel is light to medilum bodied with light carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This was a pretty fun beer to try because of the uniqueness factor. I would have again if offered. (543 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot, spicy soup...and a bomber of cold IPA. On to the beer:

Filtered pale ale orange in color, the head is an inch thick on top with a lush, creamy texture. Gret display of thin rings of lacing. Mild hoppiness in the nose. It is clean with some maltiness, and grapefruit and lychee notes. And to taste...mild hoppiness overall, sometimes it some a little bitter with little else to offer, but there is some flavor bursting out of those hops. citrus peel is dominant on the palate. Light maltiness for balance. Also light is the herbalness from the hops. Midway through, the citrus goes tropical and sweeter. I like how it feels...a light, prickly carbonation tickling the palate with a medium body.

A beer and food pairing done well. The hops seemed to have tasted a little sweeter as I consumed this with spicy soup. A good pick with my dinner, but it's a bit pricey...$5.99 for a bomber when I bought this in Mesa, AZ last week. (933 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Clear orangy amber, thin head and patchy lace.

Light caramel malt aroma with some citrus and floral hops.

Flavor is citrus and pine with some malt back.

Body is light.
Finish is medium in length and lightly bitter.

Nothing too spectacular, but it is a decent, drinkable IPA. (299 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber received as an extra from Sparky27. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear auburn with eggshell colored froth. Solid retention and stickage make this standout for the style.

Smell: Clean, slight citrus and crackery malt. Not very aromatic, and lacking in the floral hop bouquet that I look for in the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is more like it; flowery, slightly green and zesty hop flavor supported by a lightly sweet malt backbone. Bitterness is pretty reigned-in, making for a bittersweet, somewhat biscuity (with hop jam on it) finish. After wandering around in the rain for an hour this is definitely hitting the spot, and I'm probably enjoying it more than my scores reflect. Good stuff. (719 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a reddish copper color with a finger of healthy off-white head. Smells midly of citrus. Taste doesn't really deliver, though--it's much more of a malty caramel flavor, like a good amber ale. As the glass warmed up, the flavor seemed to lessen somehow. Carbonation was about right, and this would have scored higher if it had been classified as an amber ale, because that's what it resembled more than it didn an IPA. A solid beer, but not what the label promised. (478 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade (thanks Sebastian!).

Poured a medium to deeper and clear orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral green hoppiness, earthy and spicy. Tastes of citrus, toasted malts and the same earthiness. Not your hop bomb and defitely an English styled IPA. (308 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange and copper. Head is initially tall and full but recedes to a thin, filmy cap.

Aroma and flavor of bright citric hops with a hint of pale , biscuity malt. Also some black pepper and mineral water notes.

Body is medium to light, as it warms the malts do a good job of adding some depth.

In general not very exciting but a reasonably drinkable cross of British and American versions of the IPA. (409 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, nicely red-tinged, dark copper hue that shows a stunningly brilliantly clear, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, but more herbal focused than the typical American IPA; light garlic chives, a touch of hemp oil, concentrated pine needles and lots of green, freshly cut herbal notes (nettle perhaps). There is a backdrop of fruity hop notes that can be quite drowned out by the more herbaceous notes at times; when noticeable I get note so lychee, ruby-red grapefruit, and orange zest. There is also just a hint of toasty malt noticeable in the finish.

Fairly light bodied as it first hits my tongue, but it does pick up a bit of malt heft as it flows past. Some chewy, biscuit-like malt notes provide a nice, though soft grain character, but this beer is all about the hops. The herbal notes once again are the most dominant note, but this time the fruity hop notes play a much bigger role. Flavors of , sharply bitter herbs, pine needles and a touch of chive mix with fruity notes of lychee, apricot, ruby-red grapefruit and tangelo up front, while the finish has a hemp like oily character to it that lingers along with a decent, but biting bitterness. This is a bit sweet, both from the malt as well as a boost from the fruity hop notes.

I like that the malt character provides a distinct note to the finish of this beer, that toasty, biscuit-like note is a welcome addition. Definitely on the pungent side, though the flavor is more balanced with fruity hop notes. Not bad and in fact this is definitely enjoyable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,718 characters)

Victorian I.P.A. from Sonoran Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.