« on: May 09, 2014, 04:19:27 PM »
I picked up a 4 pack on the way home today. I've been resisting buying IPAs for quite awhile at the liquor store, because they're never as fresh as mine (obviously), and are more often than not overly crystally sweet, which I don't like with high hopping levels. But this store just got it in today, very fresh, and I have some IPA crazy friends who'd been bugging me to try it. So............. it's very good. Really similar to what I shoot for in IPA and IIPA - pale, well attenuated, drinkable, big hop flavor and aroma. Very West Coast.
Victory supposedly uses Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe for this one, a combo that could be really fruity if not blended properly. But it is blended properly. I made a few fruit bomb IPAs last year and hit the wall with that approach. But the hop character here is wonderful - the Chinook and Simcoe balance nicely with the Citra and Mosaic IMO, so you have plenty of pine together with citrus and tropical fruit.
But what makes this a really good IIPA IMO is the attention to the grist. It's mostly 2 row, with what can't be more than 5 or 6 % C40-ish, plenty of sugar to dry and attenuate. It's 8.7% abv and the alcohol is very well hidden. I suspect plenty of gypsum is used to dry the finish and make the hop character pop. Being a IIPA, it is EASILY more drinkable than many commercial AIPAs (ie., 6.5% abv-ish), which says alot. I will be buying this one again (when fresh).