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Victory 1337 - Victory Brewing Company

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chinchill on 03-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 81
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

I enjoyed this chilled from the bomber in a tumbler, shared with tenderbranson69

The color is deep amber with light haze and slight tan cream with fine bead, lace sticks ok lace sticks in a film. The smell is floral and sweet with semi-fruity ester with mild woody hop aroma and gentle scent of caramel from the malt. The feel is decent wtih med high carbonation and moderately bitter entry with low sweetness and gentle fruity/tangy yeast with semi-dry finish wiht low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is good I like the fruitiness of the yeast with the subtle dried fruit and mild woody english type hop flavor which could be Northern brewer with light taste of citrus and sbutle caramel in the malt character with mild herbal aspect and slight yeast flavor continuing in the middle with a more bitter and woody aspect emerging toward the second half wiht lots of hops in the finish. I like this and consider it very good a decent balance yet still leans enough toward the hops

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is no date on the bottle so the age is unknown.
The aroma still has some hops to it. I can smell candied hops and fruity hops.
Pours a burnished orange copper color. The head is smallish and dense with some spotty lacing.
Appears to some sediment suspended in the beer giving a hazy look.
The taste is tart and malty then hoppy. I can taste some caramel malts and perhaps some biscuit notes but light on the hops.
Drinks course on the palate.
Very vague in it's style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep copper color with a thick, creamy white head, an extraordinary generous amount of tight, small bubble carbonation, and sticky lacing that leaves a dense, thick layer on top.

S - Earthy, toasted caramel malt, small amount of lemon, and piney.

T - Toasted caramel malt sweetness, bready, up front with halfway through a wave of pine and light citrus and floral bitterness comes crashing in over the top of the malt base and rides it out for a long, lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick medium body, light velvet smoothness on the tongue, very dry finish.

O - If I were blindfolded, I'd swear this is Hop Devil reincarnated. Balanced and more English than American. Looks like a devil, smells like a devil, tastes like a devil ... must be a devil? What knocked my score down is towards the end of the bomber the malt got cloying sweet as it warmed up which I didn't care for. A solid beer but perhaps better off in a 12 oz bottle where it could stay colder from start to finish? As it warmed up, it really loss the bitter bite that it had when cold. If you like Hop Devil and English style IPA's, definitely worth a try. Wouldn't buy it again, though.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with good clarity. The head is around two fingers high, with a pale yellow color. It retains nicely and has a soft creaminess, leaving a sticky web of lacing around the glass.

S: One could be forgiven if they mistook it for an English IPA or *shudder* even an ESB. This is completely forgivable given the (relative) age of the recipe. I'm getting a ton of earthen bitterness I'd expect from EKG or Fuggles, rather than (say) Cascade. Malts are very toffee-like, as well. I wish some of the fruit esters were more prevalent, but I'll deal. It still does a very good job for what it is.

T: There actually *is* a touch of opening citrus, but it's quickly drowned out by earthen, piny hops. The (healthy) malt backbone brings a lot of caramel, toffee, and even brown sugar. It's also a bit piny finishing. Exhales/burps are almost like peanut butter. I'm impressed how the caramel malts don't run roughshod over everything, too. No, it's not my style of IPA, but I just can't deny how deftly executed it is.

M: The crisp finish cuts through the sweetness well at first. Even as the sweetness builds, it still remains fairly dry and easy to drink. It doesn't even rely on high carbonation to dry it out, either. It's just really well attenuated yet balanced nicely.

O: Unabashedly, it's an old school IPA. It's not a jaw dropper, but it's a good history lesson to show how far IPAs have come in damn near 30 years. As an ESB, however, it's flat-out fantastic - leave it to Victory to make this one very likable (I *DON'T* like old-school IPAs or ESBs, normally). I could drink pints of this stuff if so inclined.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The website says American IPA,but man this has a big bready malt profile like an APA or American ESB,anyways a moot point.Pours into an imperial pint glass a glear lighter amber shade with a thinner lacey white head atop.Earthy and mild leafy hops mixed with toasted bread in the aromas,some caramel and fruitiness comes thru as well.Fresh bread dough on the palate with light toast,caramel lends sweetness,the hops are earthy and leafy in the finish,a German noble hop profile along with maybe some Chinooks?I don't know.I really like this beer it reminds me of some of the beers brewed around PA. that I drank alot of while I lived in Norristown 2002-2004 with it's breadiness and earthy hop profiles.Like an American ESB in my humble opinion.

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Photo of larryi86
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. I believe it says enjoy by 8/15

A - Clear, deep amber body, 2-finger off white head and good lacing.

S - Big malty backbones itch floral and piney hops peeking through.

T - moderate bitterness, piney herbal , grass hop flavor.

M - medium body with a milky finish.

O - Cool idea, I'm glad they nailed down the Hop Devil recipe though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of corby112
2.18/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden copper color with apricot colored edges and a two finger frothy, off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing in its path.

The aroma of this beer is pretty bland with a floral, perfume-like hop presence that's countered by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Somewhat earthy and resinous with dirt/soil-like quality along with grass and pine needle but the hop presence in the nose is surprisingly weak. Sweet malt character that's reminiscent of crystal and English malts giving off some caramel, toffee, toast and roasted nut.

On the fuller end of medium body with earthy hop bitterness that lingers over the sweet malt backbone into an astringent metallic finish. This beer starts off okay reminding me of an English bitter with some pine needle, grass and earthy soil countered by a sweet malt backbone but there's a really unpleasant lingering chemical flavor that comes in mid-palate which continues long after the finish. Some syrupy caramel sweetness with toffee and hazelnut followed by metallic adjunct like sweetness that kind of ruins things for me. The description of this beer is vague but whatever it is, they shouldn't have "dusted it off" in my opinion.

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Photo of Ashey_Darkfruit
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Victory 1337 from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.