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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1533
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008)
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tbrown4

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been meaning to try this one for a while now. Picked up a six pack a few days ago. Had two in a social setting so I couldnt really take it all in. This is my second sitting.

A - Pours slightly hazy deep amber. Khaki med bubble head, sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is lightly roasty, slight hop note

T - Very strong bright hop pressence with a smack of roasted malt. Medium alcohol in the end. Doesn't taste very refined.

M - Coats just long enough to get the full spectrum. Sticks around for a good while.

D - This is a one or two at a time max type of beer. Good punch of flavor that will erase the taste of that crap beer you just had. But anything more than that could kill your buds for the night.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:13:07 | More by tbrown4
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gabedivision

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, much like a dark plum. Small light lace of white around the edge.

S- Smells sweet, nutty and hoppy. Very pleasant on the nose, strong with alcohol and fruit.

T-The taste is ok, very strong roasted or smoked flavors molded well with the bitter hops. The strong alcohol becomes very present as it warms up.

M- Very strong dry and earthy.

D- A nice "black ale" taste more like a black IPA. Either way not too bad would def try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:51:41 | More by gabedivision
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark amber with initial inch of creamy foam that settles down to about 1/4 inch. Deep malty smell with a lurking grassy pine smell. Prfounding hoppy taste with a lingering burn. Resin like taste remains on the toingue. Can alsmot taste the hop oils. Very good taste, a little to harsh to drink lots of. But good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 16:18:52 | More by KTCamm
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big, tan head. Settles to a finger thick crown across the top. Ruby to mahogany in color. Thin and sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Earthy. Pungent. Caramel notes.
T) Hop bite all the way through from start to finish. The malt comes in half way through. Roasty notes and dark chocolate.
M) Medium body. Low carbonation and fairly smooth. Dry in the finish with a lingering tannin feel. A slight syrupy feel.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:52:13 | More by u2carew
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doughanson78

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with red highlights when held to the light. One finger, light head, with OK retention and great lacing.

S: Very malty. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Slight raisin. Bready notes. Not hops that I can detect. A sweeter aroma.

T: Toasted bread, caramel, and toffee upfront. A light coffee/floral bitterness. Finishing with a burnt/roasted quality.

M: Light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Lingering bitterness and roastiness.

O: I am not a fan of this style, but this is pretty decent. Wouldn't buy it again as it didn't blow me away. But one you should give a shot if you like black/brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:00:19 | More by doughanson78
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danieelol

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark, malt toffee colour. Good head and lacing. Looks more like a brown ale than a black IPA.

Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Lots of bitterness.

Overall I don't think this is really a Black IPA at all. Drinks more like a strong ale with some English influences. Lots of toffee and caramel malt with punishing bitterness. Very interesting and unique beer which is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 13:27:12 | More by danieelol
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for this Victory brew. Always a treat. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle in DFH Pint. Bottle says drink by December 7, 2011. So here we go.

A: Pours a hazelnut/brown mixture with some nice red hues around the edge of the glass. Minimal head is formed after a vigorous pour. Kind of a light brown, cream color. Lacing is apparent, good signs.

N: Big caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, molasses. Grassy hop character come through, slightly piney. I think the hops have faded quite a bit.

T: Good amount of bitterness to offset some residual sticky sweetness and some nice pine character. More caramel, raisons, prunes. Borderline burnt malt flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation support this sticky brew. Leaves some burnt/piney character after taste on my tongue.

D and O: I dont know how to feel about this beer. I was within the "best by date", but I also feel like the hops had faded quite a bit, and I didn't really feel like it was an American Black Ale, so rating to style is hard. It reminds me of an American Barleywine...It's drinkable, tasty. Just confusing. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 21:08:01 | More by MarcatGSB
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HitokiriNate85

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Dark red under a bright light with a black tint. Pretty interesting. Tan head that faded to a cap pretty quickly. No lacing.

S - Bright, spicy, citric hops. Big pineapple note. A slight whiff of alcohol. Slight malts detectable, but barely so. The nose is nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

T - The nose carries through here, except that a chocolately malt base is detectable. The alcohol isn't really evident in taste, but it's a bit warming on the throat. It's nicely done, but to me it seems like the chocolate malt and the citric hops are more at odds than working together.

MF - Full-bodied, but it has enough carbonation to keep things moving along pretty well. Sticky.

D - One bottle is fine, but I don't think I'd want another right after. I haven't had any terribly drinkable DIPAs, so I won't knock it too much for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 04:16:31 | More by HitokiriNate85
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a lighter tan frothy head. This beer looks really good. 4.5/5

S: There are some grassy hops up front before giving way to a sweeter maltyness. The lingering smell that u keep coming back to is one that smells like a cigar wrapper. There is also a a soapy scent in there. 2.5/5

T: There is a nice bitterness to this beer up front, that eventually gives way to a burnt malt taste - maybe this is the cigar wrapper hint that I picked up in the nose. As it warms there is a bit of alcohol flavor in there as well. 2/5

M: Medium bodied with minimal hop resin left behind. 3.5/5

D: This beer has two things I don't enjoy in it; a burnt flavoring, and an alcohol taste. This is not one that I would pick up again. With a name like Yakima Twilight, I had hope for a bit more hops. 1/5

---Consumed 12/10/10 - Renamed Yakima Glory. I'm glad I tried this again, I must have had a bad bottle last year.---

A: Pours a very dark brown the slightest hint of ruby.  The head is tan and frothy, but thins out after about a minute.

S: Piney and juicy fruits, pineapple.  The hop aroma is backed up by some roasted malts.

T: The hops are much more subdued in the taste.  The roasted malts dominate the palate.  There's lots of flavor, just a bit all over the map though.

M: Medium bodied, medium to high bitterness, light to medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I don't understand this style of beer.  When I'm drinking a beer, I either want it hoppy or I want it toasty and malty, not both.  With that said, this beer doesn't taste bad, it's just not what I look for in beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:19:52 | More by aglose45
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jchow79

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer snifter.

Pours a dark/black color. Light cannot penetrate this beer.

Aroma has a very fresh hop character. I really dig the smell - I suppose this is what Yakima hops smells like.

Had a thick and luxurious foamy head. The head fades slowly and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing on the glass.

The taste is great. I enjoyed this a lot. Its caramaly, bisquity, and full of hoppy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:46:45 | More by jchow79
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Duff27

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown/red with a thin head. Not as dark as other in the style. Little lacing and little head retention.

S- Smells of roasted malts.

T- Hops up front, making way for caramel flavors. Slight licorice taste.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Probably my favroite feature of this beer.

D/O- Good beer. Don't know if I'd want any more than one or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:09:01 | More by Duff27
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Doshkin

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - definitely not black... this is a very very deep orange, ALMOST red. about an inch of solid light yellow / cream colored head with medium retention

honestly danieelol in the review before me nailed the smell and taste pretty spot on, so i'm quoting on this section (hope you don't mind danieelol!)

"Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste."

i will add that the hop character is mostly spicy, very slightly citrus/floral

m - probably my favorite part of this brew. it is very smooth, medium body, and not dry at all for how bitter the brew is.

o - pretty hoppy and bitter, i would say this is more of a darker (not black) ipa for sure. the higher alcohol percentage gives a subtle warming feeling after you swallow and wait a little bit. i could myself see enjoying this on a chilly day again, even though the beer didn't stand out to me too much

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:35:06 | More by Doshkin
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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 19:15:35 | More by Halcyondays
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:41:04 | More by womencantsail
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Arbitrator

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. The bottle date says Best By Nov. 16, 2010.

Received in a trade from steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a murky mahogany-amber body that lightens to a golden-tinged dark honey translucence at the edges. The head is 1.5 fingers of fluffy head that retains quite well, but after a few minutes there is no sign of life and no lacing. It's disappointing.

S: Bright floral hops, grass, pine, and a touch of citrus. I read through some reviews that suggest this is citrus-forward, and I don't get that at all. I do get a strong malt character, though; it's darkly sweet in the aroma, mostly with semisweet chocolate and a touch of toffee. It's interesting.

T: Malty up front, laying the groundwork with dark chocolate, toffee, and roast. It gets progressively hoppier, with an interesting interplay between the roast and hop flavors. Floral hop and pine fight for center stage, with a touch of grass. I get a light presence of citrus and spice near the finish. It finishes on the malty side with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Altogether, a very interesting profile.

M: Medium-full bodied. Low-moderate carbonation that doesn't support the flavor very well. Very strongly bitter and sticky, with a lingering aftertaste (I tend to dislike beers like this). Very smooth ABV, although there was a touch of warmth in the finish.

D: I enjoyed it, but I'm not a huge fan of the sticky mouthfeel. I think I'd go with Hop Wallop instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:54:01 | More by Arbitrator
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, ended up being free as well! Hard to beat that. Arrives a dark brown, not quite black, not much head on it and even with a swirl not much is raised.

This is an interesting beer that is hard to categorize. The pine resin and hints of citrus hopping that are so prominent in the nose and flavor hint of an IPA. The hint of roast, chocolate and coffee which feature in the taste hint of a porter. The big robust body, hint of biscuit and slightly boozy finish perhaps more of a strong ale. Not sure what it is but it's kinda tasty. A slight odd astringency and the boozy burn hold the drinkability back though.

Neat beer, couldn't drink too much of it though, seems a little disjointed especially when following it with something like Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (which I did) which was much more in sync. Big and slightly brutish, it's worth a try though,

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 15:46:09 | More by ritzkiss
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - Brown with a cherry hue and very good clarity. A moderate beige head that yields some nice lacing.

S - Floral hops and brown sugar.

T - Malty with a mild roasted malt. A firm bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and the malt. I thought it was a bit too dry.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is a decent beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 12:46:28 | More by GJ40
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left some nice lacing.

S-Citrus and floral hops combine with roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T-Surprisingly strong roasted malt up front with decent backing from citrus hops. Not bad but this one comes off a bit too raw and ends too dry for me to really get into.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp with long lasting roasted malt and hop bitterness.

D-This is certainly a well made beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me. I found it to be too harsh and raw. Not a beer I will seek out. The cask version I had when it was first made was MUCH better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 13:48:47 | More by Deuane
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tint of red with an off-white, thin, but lasting head. The initial aroma is of bitter coffee along with dark chocolate, but maintaining a fresh hoppiness as well. The malts are very darkly roasted and smell a bit like oats. The palate begins with the same bitter notes as the aroma giving way to grapefruit, floral notes, and hops on the mid-palate, and ending again with the bitterness. The finish is reminiscent of an endive bitterness, slightly green, and slowly turning back into the familiar grapefruit flavor. This does not feel like a huge beer on the palate, but the carbonation causes a very round feel, due to larger bubbles. Overall, this is a good beer. The alcohol content is very well integrated, and the complexity is more than acceptable. I will gladly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 09:46:55 | More by wedgie9
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Beejay

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. In the glass it is ruby in color, and has a nice tan head.

S: Piney and earthy. Slight mixture of citrus. Like a combination of orange and grapefruit. There is also a nice malt scent in the background.

T: Huge amount of hoppy bitterness, earthy, grapefruit and pungent. Caramel flavor in the background. I enjoy it, but would like a little more balance. Style wise however it is right on.

M: Medium and syrupy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: One and done for me. It's good, and I feel like it fits the style well, but it's a bit too aggressive on the hops for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:31:30 | More by Beejay
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep amber red in color. Has a lasting off-white head. minimal lacing on the glass. Very balanced smell between the malts and hops. Smell is sweet, slightly bitter. I can smell a somewhat toasted character along with grapefruits and a little piny smell towards the end. Very simple in that area. Lots of sweet toasted malts at first but then citric hops come in. Not too much though. Somewhat light for an IPA. It finishes bitter and leaves a citric hops lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel on this one is thick, with lots of carbonation. Washes over the palate cleanly. I dont think i would be able to drink more than a couple of these. Flavors are well balanced but something seems to be missing. The ABV is pertty hight as well. A sixer of these I would be pretty drunk. Thanks to johnnnniee I was able to try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 22:17:30 | More by depechemode1983
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jsanford

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a generous ivory head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Earthy caramel malts, chocolate, coffee and floral hops.
T Sweet and chocolate-y with a very bitter hop finish. Bitterness lingers on the very tip of the tongue. Slight booziness.
M - Full and creamy with crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - Decent drinkability but the with the 8% ABV one or two would be my limit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 18:43:19 | More by jsanford
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diamondc

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.99 for a sixer. Best by Nov 2011.

A: Decent size head, good lacing. Not exactly black, more of bronze / blood orange tint.

S: Hot nuts, pine, earth, tobacco.

T: Heavy on the roasted malts. Charcoal, burnt toast from the malt. Heavy dank tasting pine notes from the hops. Dark berry notes open up while warming up to room temperature.

M/D: A decent black IPA. The hops leave a slightly unpleasant bitterness and this beer didn't pair up well with some dark chocolate I had. Still, the mix of roast and bitter hops is intriguing and worthy of purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 08:06:58 | More by diamondc
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a tan rim that clings to the glass. It looks like a stout.
The hop smell comes through a a little bit, it is almost as if it it muffled though. There is also a sweet porter like smell.
Much hoppier in the taste than the smell. But the hops fade real quick and give way to a faint roasted malt coffee bitterness.
The feel is like a stout also, it is thick and creamy.
A good sipping beer, but I think the black is stronger than the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:49:09 | More by confer
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Dubber55

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Nov. 8 2012

Pours a clear dark amber with 1/4 finger of head

The smell is mainly piney, earthy hops with some booze with a slight whiff of roasted malt.

Taste is the same as the smell- bitter, earthy piney hops, some grass and booze. There is a slight taste of roasted malts and coffee as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium with some low carbonation. Leaves a little cottonmouth feeling from the all the bitterness of the hops.

I'm assuming this beer is really fresh which is why I am tasting all hops and very little in the way of roasted malts. Tastes more like a regular IPA right now. Does a good job of hiding the alcohol though. Solid brew but not really my style so I don't know if I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:09:15 | More by Dubber55
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