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1337 Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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1337 Ale1337 Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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:
In 1978, our world was more about street hockey and "Star Wars" than brewing beer—after all, we were only 15. But in October of that year, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that legalized brewing beer at home for personal or family use. H.R. 1337 went into effect 1979 and a few years later my ever-resourceful Dad was cranking out credible lagers.

In 1985, we took up the hobby for the flavor and the culture of handcrafting beer. Cheering the opening of each new "microbrewery," we honed our craft. Hoppy ales were the vogue and bold enough in flavor to mask the flaws a novice brewer often stumbles into.

Now, with a brew kit that makes 200 barrels per batch and 49 years professional experience between us, we have things pretty dialed in. So we dusted off an old, old recipe of ours to ride the wayback machine with you. Hoppy trails, behind us and ahead for all!

(Beer added by: crag on 03-31-2014)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of caramel malts but any associated sweetness is masked out by the underlying malts, the latter of which contribute a slight amount of bitterness and faint hints of pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to today's IPAs, this beer might taste a little bland, but is interesting to try if you want to see what the brewmasters' predecessor to Hop Devil Ale tasted like. It's not bad for a homebrew recipe.

metter98, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange / amber color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a mild hop presence is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, some mild orange tones, ripe fruits, and a milder than expected bitterness, Some earthy tones are also present.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied bere. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy to consume beer that has that homebrew taste to it that reminded me of some batches I made years ago. Very enjoybale beer.

Gavage, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

InspectorBob, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

sendbeer, May 14, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a honey color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is hops, some bitterness, light pine, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but certainly not one of Victory's better efforts.

tone77, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with plenty of carbonation bubbles feeding the 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Nice lacing for Homebrew.
S - Citrus hops, orange peel, squeeze of lemon and a nice caramel malt backbone.
T - Lemon rind and bitter grapefruit almost sour. The body is bready and not overall sweet. Leaves a bitter bite on the tongue. Not bad!
M - A bit on the medium side so it drinks heavier than I expected. Still goes down easy enough.

Overall its a decent IPA reminds me of Voodoo in a way since they are a commercial but home brew kind of brewery. Worth the price at just 6 bucks a bomber.

DrDemento456, May 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

IPAchris, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

rfgetz, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.75 A: Clear dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good and plentiful lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells pretty damn good. It has a viney, grassy caramel thing going. There's also a good bit of citrusy orange with just a hint of lemon.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good. Grassy hops with citrusy undertones. Orange is strong with lemon, apple, and peach. Deep, complex caramel.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety richness and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a good beer. It's been a while since an IPA impressed me.

DavoleBomb, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

st9647v3, May 22, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +3%

whatname, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 6/16

Pours copper colored, some orange, next to no foam. Malty nose, a little bready too. Faint citrus. Light pale taste, firm hop, some bitter which fades into the malt. Firm carbonation. Little bit of bitter hangs out. Simple by tasty. Love the concept of bringing back an old recipe for a specialty bomber.

KTCamm, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Oakenator, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Drknight, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bacher468, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

DeutschesBier, May 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

ChrisKayler, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Giantspace, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"In 1978, our world was more about street hockey and "Star Wars" than brewing beer—after all, we were only 15 years old. But in October of that year, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that legalized brewing beer at home for personal or family use. H.R. 1337 went into effect 1979 and a few years later my ever-resourceful Dad was cranking out credible lagers. In 1985, we took up the hobby for the flavor and the culture of handcrafting beer. Cheering the opening of each new "microbrewery," we honed our craft. Hoppy ales were the vogue and bold enough in flavor to mask the flaws a novice brewer often stumbles into. Now, with a brew kit that makes 200 barrels per batch and 49 years professional experience between us, we have things pretty dialed in. So we dusted off an old, old recipe of ours to ride the wayback machine with you. Hoppy trails, behind us and ahead for all!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA, this is a limited release available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 62º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a tan-white color over an orange amber body with high clarity, moderate haze and plenty of modest sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuity, grainy caramel malts with a mild bread malt undertone forms a solid aromatic malt body, while herbal, fruity hops with a mellow bitterness round out the hop profile. The aroma is fairly clean and well rounded with no significant high points nor low points worthy of mention. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Much of the same flavor as in the aroma, with slightly grainy and dry bread malt forming a mild under sweetened malt base, and a subtle hop presence generates a fruity hop flavor with a mild bitterness. While very drinkable, it's nothing to write home about. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, and slightly dry. Carbonation is very mild for a soft, mildly frothy mouthfeel. Body is moderate for the style, medium overall. Balance is just about even, with both a mellow sweetness and bitterness rounding each other out perfectly. Alcohol presence is very mild, with no notable off characters. I appreciate the relaxed tone of the carbonation in this beer for the sake of the subtle malt and hop flavors. 4

(Overall) Thanks to the help of industry grade equipment, even the muddiest, most unclean kitchen sink beers can be cleaned up a good bit, so it's good to see an old homebrew recipe from a pair of brewers become rejuvenated and released to the public. To some, this will be a sign of the times, as American IPAs have come far in the past 20 years and neither the malt character nor hop bitterness is likely to blow any critical enthusiasts away, but the balance was fair for what is in there and the beer itself was ultimately highly drinkable. As it was fairly priced I did not regret picking up a bomber of this. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
1337 Ale (Bill + Ron's Excellent Homebrew)
3.63/5.00

Jadjunk, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Casey3236, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

crowsnest, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
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1337 Ale from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.