Hop Ticket Session IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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Hop Ticket Session IPAHop Ticket Session IPA

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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rrski198 on 01-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This session IPA is certainly the new craze in the beer world.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a foggy, slightly darker than straw color, with a wispy, sticky white head.

S: More hop than sugar, for sure, with more of a pilsner-esque quality as opposed to a hop-forward, IPA one.

T: Ahhhh, but the taste was definitely in IPA territory. Clean and refreshing, with Victory's signature flavor profile in spades.

M: Victory always excels in this area. There is always a certain "fluffy" quality I always get on most of their entries. Smooth a silk!

O: Victory is on fire. I can think of very few breweries who have produced a string of amazing beers in the past year or so.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Proof. Clear straw in color. Centimeter of bright white head that holds up pretty well. Head faded into medium collar and some wisps. Citrus and floral hops in the nose with a touch of spice. Light body and high carbonation give this a decent mouthfeel. Taste is light malt, lemon-grapefruit citrus, and grassy.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Very light straw with rapidly diminishing head.

Smell: Floral and citrus, crackers and tea. Fairly subtle.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but sharper. Nice cracker and tea malt backbone, with maybe some light fruit touches. The hops are quite floral and citrusy. Finish is more spicy than bitter.

Feel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Pretty good "Session IPA" overall. Reminds me of Founders All-Day IPA more than anything else, but not quite as strong.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pale session IPA is a paler shade of gold than the dry hopped pils, very light pale malt base. Bright white head, fine speckled lacing left around the sides of the glass. Equally impressive though in aromatics and flavor departments as the hop ticket pils...as far as I'm concerned Victory is three for three the Hoppy Wheat is great as well. Aroma has citrus peel, lemon notes mainly with floral highlights and earthy qualities. Great smelling hop bouquet will leave all your senses ready to taste this beer as well as the great smelling brew. Flavor wise it's got a great hop punch some would say semi watery texture, I disagree on that. There are enough hop flavors of bitter citrus peel, floral notes, and earthy dankness to give a slick oily texture to the mouthfeel even carbonation carries everything so well. Very good hoppy session IPA, thanks to the folks at Victory for jumping on the bandwagon and doing it just as well as the originators if not better. Victory always has the edge when it comes to hops because of the whole cone hops that they use in their brews. This past year the DIPAs...Hop Farm, Dirt Wolf, Victory Liberty Bell Ringer, and now this hop ticket series...what's to come??? The new one of IPA series called Moving Parts!!!

Photo of dacrza1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 23, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Easing into the night after Shan, Mary, Ricah and the boys it the WineFest... APPEARANCE: First, the head: like overyeasted dough, the head rises like sea foam above the lip by a good inch! ( a prior bottle poured itself out the glass!); the ebbing tide leaves thick, clinging clumps of snow-white moss; the body is pale golden yellow with hefty floating sediment that settles at the glass's bottom... AROMA: definite flowery hops and biscuit malts moderate each other; some lemon zest and citrus, but not as big as an IPA would normally be... PALATE: fizzy, lively, and thin early with a dry, reasonable aftertaste; medium-bodied...TASTE: light and crisp as promised; light bitterness; lemon zest dominates, but the overall flavor is not an IPA, in the American sense--more like an English IPA in its drinkability--more spritzy than strong, more crisp than crunchy... OVERALL: Drinking this as last year's Hop Ticket Session IPA, the beer is (literally) a refreshing take on the genre; indeed, sessionable and refreshing...

Photo of secondtooth
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent golden in my Icelandic Viking pint glass. Huge head (nearly overflowing) of fine, white bubbles. Thin, wispy spiderweb lacing.

Nose is crisp citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Obviously heavily hopped, this is an extravagant and oh-so-impressive start.

Taste is sharp and ultra-hoppy, with tons of tropical (pineapple, mango) and citrus notes jumping out instantly. A really wonderful session IPA, and one that deserves wider release. Definitely a superior and world-class IPA!

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a clear, light, golden color, which produced a huge, white, thick, rocky head that was very well retained and produced some nice lacing. The beer gave off a strong pine hop aroma, with hits of citrus as well. The taste of the beer was pine hop, but much more subtle based off of the aroma. I guess that I expected more of an English IPA, where the hops barely overpower the malts and it is much more balanced. The beer had a lighter feel to it. It was extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Overall, a nice beer from a great brewery.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Good till October 16th.

Big bleach white and bright three finger head. Large soapy bubbles and snapping head that disappears fairly quickly. A big bright lemon body color, quite clear with fast rising fine carbonation.

Aroma is true to description, floral notes with a perfume earthy quality. Not as strong or bright I would say, with a mellow juiced quality. Hop forward with nothing else to detect, and light as expected.

Palate comes with a bit of classic hop flavor. Cantaloupe angle with some fruit, and an extremely wet and watery body. A bit of a chalky finish to match unfortunately, with a good hop astringency of lemon and lime washing nicely.

It's a standard session IPA, with a decent hop profile.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the Victory summer mix-pack.

Pours a pale golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells like grass, grapefruit, lemon, and citrus peel.

The taste is similar. This is one of the better session IPAs, but like most of them, I'm left wanting a little bit more. No malt backbone, with bitter grapefruit and pine notes galore, and some typical Victory hop flavors- grassy with spicy peppery notes.

Light bodied, without being watery, with a high carbonation, almost biting.

This is one of the better session IPAs out there, but like most of them, it left me wanting something a little more.

Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Clear pale yellow with a skimpy head of white bubbles. This one has a slightly different character than most of the other "session IPAs" out there that I've tried. Dank, grassy weed nuggets in the nose. Somewhat resinous, fresh, spicy, cannabis-like hops continue into the flavor with a tasty grain sweetness. Dry, light, and crisp. Very refreshing and hoppy, though a touch watery in the finish. Definitely picking up mostly Chinook over the Citra (or Simcoe for that matter), which is surprising, but I prefer it that way. A snappy, light IPA that would be great for washing down bar food. I look forward to the rest of the Hop Ticket series this year.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Figured I should drink this since its almost to its best by date.
A - Well not a super attractive IPA in the slightlest not only is it loaded with floaties but the beer itself looks like a light lager. Head is good though a 1/2 inch which makes for great lacing rings.
S - Smell is rather skunky with some herbal bitterness. Smells more like a lager to me though.
T - Very dry, herbal and not very sessionable the bitterness seems unbalanced and the malt seems no existent. Bad just so bad.
M - For a light session IPA they got the INTENSE bitterness part way turned up making it unbalanced and hardly sessionable.

Overall I enjoyed the Dry Hopped Pilsner imensly so I am super confused what the hell happened here. Were they in a rush to make another beer for the Hop Ticket series so they just released it for the hell of it? Did they even drink it before putting it on the shelfs?

Regardless I have never truly appreciated a session IPA so I am not sure why I even got it. Bad Victory! BAD DOG!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, light caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong, grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is light as it should be for a “Session IPA” and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

Photo of mikeg67
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, oranges and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and lemon zest fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and bitter. Nice, tasty brew.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold with a mild haze. Small but lasting head. Excellent lace.

Fresh, cone like hop smell.

Truly amazing freshness to the floral hop. Low malt as expected. Bitter swallow and aftertaste. Thin bodied with muted carbonation. Very pleasant IPA that won't put one under the table.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow with a white head and a bit of lace. Perfect clarity. Smells of dank hops very pungent and herbal. In the taste, pungent herbal hops, semi tropical. Solid bitterness with a grapefruit rind flavor. Light bodied and well carbonated, slightly thin but not unexpected given the abv. Overall, delicious brew.

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%

BOTTLE review.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing if typical label art and branded blue pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a Victory variety box and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

"Enjoy by 15 OCT 2014." 4.5% ABV.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. White in colour. Lacks sufficient creaminess and thickness. Retention is above average - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's far from unique or special for an IPA, but I find it generally appealing.

AROMA: Dank floral hop notes. A hint of cannabis. Noble hops. Pils malts. Helles malts. A generally pleasant aroma of average strength. Some fruit rind. Tropical fruit hop notes.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

It's a biteen starchy, which is odd for an IPA.

TASTE: Ugh. The off-note many describe as "cat pee" is present here in spades, but I don't pick up on any ammonia. Grassy noble hops. Some floral character. Pils malts and helles malts. Starchy crackery malts form the backbone of the beer. Strangely, there isn't really much of a pale malt taste.

The tropical fruit and fruit rind hop notes from the aroma are absent here, to its detriment. Grassy hops dominate.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Average depth, duration, and amplitude of flavour. Low flavour intensity.

It's a very simply built session IPA with insufficient hop flavour. There's no subtlety or intricacy here. It's balanced decently, and has loose cohesion, but it isn't a gestalt build.

TEXTURE: Scratchy, rough, and dry on the palate, which doesn't suit it at all. Slightly overcarbonated. Smooth. Light to medium-bodied. Relatively thin.

This texture doesn't suit the style or taste well at all. It's unrefreshing and drags on the palate. Bad overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: It's a subpar IPA - session or not - and feels more like an attempt to cash in on the growing popularity of this purported style than a sincere inspired attempt to brew a good beer. It's not a beer I'd want to have again, but I'll easily finish the bottle. I'm glad I tried it once, but this is a swing and a miss from Victory. I've had pale ales with more hop flavour. This tastes like an overhopped pilsner.

Low C

Photo of thedoubler55
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice golden hue with a slight cloudyness, a nice one finger head at the top that left a little bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Earthy, lemon, and orange zest throughout, grainy as well on the nose slight biscuit notes.

T: Lots of earthyness at first sip, with lots of tangerine and lemon as well, slight breadyness as well as you drink this one.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation to go with it.

O: Not a bad brew from Victory, well balanced and very sessionable, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 15 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a thin white head.

Smell: Juicy citrusy hop aroma from the Citra and Simcoe hops. Very nice!

Taste: Wow! Nice tropical fruity hop flavor. Tart and tangy. Decent malt body holds up well despite only being 4.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light summer refresher, but in no way watery.

Overall: One of the better session IPAs I have tried. A lot of bitter hop flavor without being watery. Simcoe hops dominate the palate.

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweetness there in the nose that was surprising with a hint of raspberry at first that gives way into a pineapple aroma.

The taste of this beer is crispy fruit flavor with some green grape and grapefruit. There is a light bitterness that comes out toward the end that brings a pine needle flavor that holds for a moment then slips away.

The feel of this beer is light bodied with a good drinkable feel. It has a good taste for a low ABV IPA. There is a smooth finish that slips in and out and hardly registers. Smooth.

Photo of SteveB24
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance; color is a light, pale straw. pours a half finger of head that quickly settles into a ring of lacing.

smell; tons of floral hops, slightly yeasty, tropical fruit in there as well.

Taste; pine, lemongrass, grapefruit peel.

mouthfeel; light body, high carbonation, crisp.

overall; a nice session beer, if it came in six packs i would buy at at least one more time.

Photo of MarkQ617
2.5/5  rDev -33%

I had this on tap at the pint room in Carmel. The color was extremely light golden, dare I say miller light-ish? There was a hint of hops, but not a ton of flavor. The carbonation was intense, not sure what that was about. I've been really into session ipas lately and it was going to be a long night, so I was a little disappointed. Not a good representation of the genre.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer but then again it wasn't.
It was good that it had a nice hoppy aroma and the taste was pretty hoppy.
It wasn't good because it was way too lean in the flavor.
The color was very light gold, think pils. A small head formed and was soapy looking.
The aroma was hoppy and smelled good.
The taste, lean but tasty.
I liked this beer. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just too lean.

Photo of IronLover
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Fabulously intense aroma. Ripe pineapple, and tropical fruit aromas with dank, earthy, funky hop aromas in tow. Light bodied with tight, tangy, refreshing, aggressive carbonation through the middle to the finish. Earthy, dank hop flavors up front, followed by spicy and minty flavors through the middle. Spicy flavors intensify and add on pine hop notes from the middle to the end. Finished crisp and dry with lingering spicy and pine hop bitter aftertaste. Probably the best "light" IPA I've tried to date. 

Photo of crag
1/5  rDev -73.2%

This was a huge disappointment so much so that it was poured down the sink. Was having a family gathering and tasting all kinds of beer and everyone around the table looked at me like something was wrong when we all tasted this beer. Basically tasted like grass clippings in carbonated water. What just baffled me is that the palette that help create Dirt Wolf helped create this. What were the conversations in the brew house when they first tasted this? Really - how did this get paste QC or the marketing groups. its as if you took spent grain and re-boiled it to extract trace sugars and then through in some really bad hops and some yeast.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pale straw yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of grain depth with a fairly pleasant hop backbone. Taste is similar, nice grain bill with solid citrusy and grassy hops. Light body, easy to drink, well carbonated. Excellent session.

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Hop Ticket Session IPA from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.