Soup Du Jour - Vic Secret
Sand City Brewing Co. - North

Soup Du Jour - Vic SecretSoup Du Jour - Vic Secret
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #378
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #3,871
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 3.6%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
24
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Sand City Brewing Co. - North
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
95
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Soup Du Jour - Vic SecretSoup Du Jour - Vic Secret
Notes: This addition to the Soup Du Jour series has been brewed exclusively with Vic Secret hops. Creamy oat mouthfeel with notes of pineapple, papaya, and earthy pine.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by VoxRationis:
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VoxRationis from New York

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams custom taster; no production information, but purchased at the brewery on 06/30/19.
A: Pours a hazy, but by no means opaque, dark golden color with a one finger, white head, rim retention, but luxurious lacing.
S: Aromas of lime, coriander, pine, and white pepper predominate, although shot through with course grains. There is also a chardonnay note.
T: Semidry. Flavors definitely follow the nose, but with more spice and conifer, medium grain, and low citrus (more lemon honestly). Solid, solid bitterness holds this brew back from anything more than semidry and that may be an overestimate of its sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
O: Stylistically, in a blind taste test, I would have thought this was from Trillium, because of its flavor characteristics. That said, it doesn't quite strike me as belonging in the NEIPA category, as much as simply a hazy, WCIPA. That said, I drank it and enjoyed it, so there's that.

Jul 01, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light golden-yellow color with a one inch, well retained white head that left excellent lacing. Smell is citrus fruits, pineapple, sweet malts, a bit of pepper and grapes. Tastes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, pineapple, pepper, mild sweet malts, grapes and a mild grass flavor. Medium bodied and carbonated, moderate bitterness, dry finish.

Jul 11, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can....2/2/18

Great looking shade of yellow squash soup, fully hazed/clouded, lasting fluffy cap...splattered tiny bits of fine lace all over the glass.....NEIPA all the way

Sniff and palate are full of over ripe pineapple, I also get some biting tea, resiny pine and lime notes....mighty fine take on the style.....full flavor, full burst of freshness.....Sand City is turning out top quality haze/juice bombs....but you knew that

Feb 26, 2018
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plaid75 from New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Typical NEIPA setup. Good retention and lacing. Dank pine, herbal and tropical notes. Clean doughy malt and crisp carbonation provides clean mouthfeel with slightly dry finish.

Mar 21, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can from yesterday's release, it pours cloudy gold orange color with a solid 2 finger foamy white head that faded very, very slowly and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Another great looking Soup series beer from Sand City with all the classic NE style IPA good looks.

Nose starts off with pineapple, skunk weed and grapefruit, followed by orange peel, passion fruit, lemon zest, melon, citrus fruit and/or citrus hops, and then biscuit, lightly toasted grains, faint brown sugar or caramel, and finally floral notes like coriander and dry cut flowers. Limited balance as expected for a single hop beer, but it smells really good.

Tastes is all citrus fruit with some sweet malt, faint caramel, biscuit and graham cracker acting as a foundation. The hoppy flavors are like the nose with juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, orange juice, passion fruit, lemon, tart green apple, a little bit of pineapple, piney hops with some sharp and dry bitterness, and floral notes that resemble dry hopping and bring out spice accents like pepper, tea leaf and coriander. This finishes on the dry side with a smooth feel and mild carbonation that helps it slide down easy and cover the 7.2% ABV masterfully. An impressive single hop brew.

Feb 04, 2018
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alexsergio from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2018
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Dmbphoenix from New York

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 11, 2018
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 24, 2018
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TangoJuliet from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 14, 2018
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Boccu from New York

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned today. 2/2/18. New addition to the soup family. Pours golden with one finger white head. Great lacing as with all sand city ipas.this is a nice addition to the soup family.

Feb 03, 2018
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dgmirelli from New York

4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LUV the Soup series and this was the best.....

Apr 18, 2018
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RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 26, 2018
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smcel371 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 08, 2018
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Knickfan3 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mar 11, 2018
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Strohm from New York

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 10, 2018
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Stockatron from Australia

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 13, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy and a bit pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a narrow collar around the edge.
S Moderate aromas of passion fruit are present in the nose along with notes of pineapple and papaya with hints of pine.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of tropical fruits and little to no bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a bit juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this IPA to be more complex compared to other beers that use Vic Secret as a single hop.

Serving type: can

Apr 22, 2021
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Stignacious from New York

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2019
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Gkruszewski from New York

4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 25, 2019
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paulish from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 23, 2019
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virinow from New York

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 04, 2021
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 16, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 06/18/19. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a lightly hazed lemony gold with two fingers of lathery head. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick webbery of lacing.

The aroma is soft and delicate, mildly sweet and softly tart. Hard lemon candies and crackers.

The taste is more assertive and robust than the nose led me to expect. The lemon is gone, replaced by hard pineapple, juicy jungle fruits, a squeeze of lime and substantial sappy, boozy pine bitterness, over dense and doughy sweet malt.

Feel is smooth and juicy, medium bodied and brightly carbonated. Super-easy drinking.

Overall, a rather excellent single-hop IPA. I guess I lazily think of Vic Secret as sort of like Galaxy’s little brother but there is no lack of flavor or complexity here. Nice job.

Jun 25, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow color on the pour with a decent white head and cloudy clarity. Lots of citrus on the nose but not overly floral. The initial sips hit with more of those citrus hop notes but also some spicy ones as well. Rather smooth on the flow with subtle bitter on the finish. Notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit seem to dominate. I get the spicy tones on the finish with additional notes of pine, grass, and resin. A moderate body that drinks with a juicy feel.

Overall, not my favorite single hop but this is a well made beer.

Jun 28, 2019
Soup Du Jour - Vic Secret from Sand City Brewing Co. - North
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 24 ratings