Victory 1337 - Victory Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev +15.6%
I poured this thing straight from the fridge. I thought it was a Hefeweizen at first, but damn I was wrong. its an IPA, and thank God!
It looks like an IPA. translucent goldenrod body that used to have a half inch head. Now its a thin ring. No carbonation really, but I like that.
For an IPA, its very, um, balanced. But I think back to the idea behind this beer. Apparently (accoding to the label) this recipe was created in the 90s. I get a nice hop profile of lemon peel, orange extract, and slight pine. It really makes me think it heavily dosed with Centennial.
I've actually come to enjoy the taste as it warms. At first it was a mellow American Pale Ale, but as it warms, the lemon rind and orange extract just come out. It almost feels slick. This hop profile is really a sadly missed commodity anymore. Nowadays everyone is making it all juicy oranges and mangoes, but this hop profile is the industry standard. Beers like this, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, and Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA have gotten lost in the hype. The light body and balance of pine and slick citrus fruits are a nice addition.
That orange extract and lemon peel/rind mentioned earlier were purposeful. That stuff adds a slick characteristic to the mouthfeel, like you' actually consuming the extract. I like it, it just kind of kills what could be a sweet body. Ample bitterness really comes out to play here, and it lingers late. I like this beer the more I drink it, and you should as well.
Fucking fantastic, super affordable IPA from a solid brewery.
05-19-2014 03:02:57 | More by VncentLIFE
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
It poured with 1 1/8 fingers of head.
Strong Amberish smell similar to a spring evening of 1998.
Tart forward with a solid dark fruit finish. I should mention that while the finish was full on dark fruit it was surprisingly light on ashiness.
Mouthful was rather light but tannins are noticed.
03-05-2014 00:36:38 | More by Ashey_Darkfruit
4.14/5 rDev +11.6%
22 ounce bottle - $4.99 (I think, I tossed the receipt) at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, amber body with a good, lasting, off-white head accumulating a fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Toasted breadcrust, lightly grainy, fire-licked sugars paired with fragrant and fruity tropical hops with a thin vein of humble earthiness tucked in rear.
Taste: Caramel glazed grains and bready pale malted barley with a growing sugar crust sweetness. Has an inviting fruity hop character, with plenty of lemon and sweet orange atop an underlying earthiness. Medium-plus bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very minor stickiness present in the mouthfeel.
Overall: Has a nice ale fullness with a firm, supportive caramelly malt backbone.
05-04-2014 19:35:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
Weathered copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short, dense off-white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left wet sticky lacings down the glass. Sweet caramel malt aroma with a well-balanced citrus and floral hop presence and hints of toasted and lightly burnt caramel beneath. Medium bodied with soft, yet assertive carbonation and a light tanginess around the edges. Floral hop flavors up front with a hint of citrus hoppiness in the middle. Sturdy caramel and toasted malt backbone throughout. Floral hop and sweet caramel malt flavors stand alone at the end as this finishes dryly with a lingering bitterness. Very subtle hop and malt nuances with a pleasant feel and dry finish. Love the premise for the brew and the name....wish I could make a homebrew that was as good as this.
06-02-2014 23:30:12 | More by IronLover
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Hazy orange, topped by four fingers of rocky white foam. Little drips of lace dot glass.
Big fruity aroma, heavy on the orange. Bits of bread too. Pine also.
Solid sweet malt foundation coats the tongue. Some fruit in the middle. Big bitter bite at the swallow, which ligers long.
Smooth medium to full mouthfeel.
A nice one hot from Bill and Ron's notebook.
06-18-2014 04:35:19 | More by RonfromJersey
3.99/5 rDev +7.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark copper color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.
S: Had a decent aroma of hops, malt, and some pine.
T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops, pine, an earthy quality, and a bit of malt thrown in as well. Tastes more like a English IPA than the American iteration, but that's not a bad thing. Much hoppier than an English IPA, but still well balanced.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A pretty solid IPA. It's tasty, vibrant, and drinkable.
05-28-2014 02:13:27 | More by avalon07
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Aroma of an IPA but has the milder flavor of an APA. Excellent balance.
Very soft in the mouth and mild bitterness given the pungent level of hops in the nose. Sessionable.
Feel: Dry and crisp. Near medium body lively carbonation.
03-04-2014 01:03:23 | More by chinchill
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Golden tan, ruby brown with a nice 1 inch foamy head, lots of lacing.
Smell - Mild mix of citric hops and caramel malts. Orange, some grapefruit along with a faint aroma of rye. Some yeasty sugars with some added spices also.
Taste - Starts off with a mild sweet hop kick that's mixed with some caramel malts. Very herbal, with some spices and rye thrown in to provide some nice bold flavors. Light grapefruit, orange and lemon give it a apa like fell. More caramel and toffee malts come out at the finish with a little dark fruit, plum and fig flavor.
Mouthfeel - Hops are light on the tongue along with some caramel malts. Palate gets herbal hops, more malts and a little spice kick. Aftertaste is malty, caramel and toffee.
Overall - A nice lightly hopped ipa with strong caramel malts. Tasty, easy to enjoy and plenty of flavor. Its not a complex brew but it packs plenty of flavor minus high alcohol and high price tag for most bombers. For sure worth a drink.
05-02-2014 23:21:17 | More by wvsabbath
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/15/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, caramel, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice beer. It is listed as an IPA, but this fully fits into the ESB style for me. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
06-18-2014 21:39:10 | More by superspak
3.86/5 rDev +4%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A clear deep amber with a two finger white head.
S- Nice hoppiness, some grapefruit, floral hops, pine, caramel malts.
T- Citrus/grapefruit upfront, some caramel malts, big piney/earth bitter finish.
M- Smooth, light to medium body.
O- Not Victory's best but still a nice IPA at a good price. Worth trying love the idea of them dusting off an old home brew recipe.
05-19-2014 19:59:27 | More by larryi86
Victory 1337 from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.