Victory 1337 - Victory Brewing Company
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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
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
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-25-2014 22:55:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-21-2014 21:50:54 | More by oberon
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
05-16-2014 00:46:17 | More by Zach136
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
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
Victory 1337 from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.