Victorian I.P.A. | Sonoran Brewing Company

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Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerBeing on 03-31-2006

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Padron4KM
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of hopdog
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of PhxHorn
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Lucklys
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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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JamisonM
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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Photo of Phelps
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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Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of ccrida
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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Photo of Rudy
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 37 ratings