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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Harvest Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Highly aromatic and sensual, this novel pale ale delivers a fresh hop flavor like no other brew. Its secret? Fresh hops piled into our boiling kettle just hours after their harvest. With many more of their essential oils intact, these ‘wet’ hops add glorious middle notes of juicy, fruit and tea-like bite to play off of its lightly toasted malt character deliciously.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 10-01-2006)
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Bigtimmy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

05-01-2012 23:43:25 | More by Bigtimmy
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foggylovesbeer

Delaware

5/5  rDev +28.2%

This is a great fresh-hop beer. Have had this on tap at Victory twice in the past month and the second time around was better than the first. This beer has a wonderful, hoppy aroma and goes down really smooth. Both times I have had this on-tap, in a 22oz Willi Becher glass.

10-20-2006 19:51:36 | More by foggylovesbeer
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%

Enjoyed fresh from the tap at the brewpub.
Served as a very deep amber colored beer with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is strong for malt and caramel.
The taste is absolutely fantastic. It is dominated by a caramel-toffee malt and a pronounced hop flavor, without the bitter dryness.An absolutely perfectly rfefreshing beer. The 7.7% alcohol is totally concealed by the smmoth sweet malt.
One of the best beers I have every enjoyed. The alcohol keeps you from having too many, but the drinkability is superb.

11-06-2006 00:46:10 | More by tgbljb
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%

On tap at Victory brewpub.

Presented in an imperial pint glass a deep copper color with about a 1/2 inch of off white head. Smell is of fresh hops and citrus. Taste is piney and full of grapefruit yet the level of maltiness seems nearly perfect. One of the most balaced beers I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Medium bodied and crisp. An outstanding beer. I could see myself returning very often to enjoy this brewpub exclusive beer.

11-09-2006 20:33:41 | More by ClockworkOrange
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Tapped recently by the Sharp Edge Creekhous definitely not a Strong Ale more so one of the most balanced harvest wet hopped ales in the land...so nice. Appears a clouded amber with hop particles a floating froms a large tightly bubbled cream head that leaves even lace all around the imperial pint glass as it dwindles. Aroma...it smells like a bouquet of fresh hps with grassy, citrus (grapefruit), and pine cone scented hops to it. A bit perfumey and seductive all at once with sweet caramel malts that leave a bready spice component there. Taste is awesome albeit not over the top like some brews that claim to have fresh hops...this brew knows how to bring the fresh hop flavor with a substantial bitterness with grassy citrus peel flavors and a touch of floral effervescence and the lucious not sugary but sweet caramel malt profile truly balances so well with the prickly wet hops. Once again a mild spice character is noted within the malts but it's warming yet the alcohol flavor is so hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft gentle carbonation goes down so smooth can't wait to try more of this or something similar from Victory. Drinkability is so sessionable the true pinnacle of Harvest ales, thanks for the great brew bring more to the Burgh please.

11-17-2006 20:23:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-14-2014 17:01:58 | More by comfortablynirm
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Pint on-tap at the brewery - my sample is 6.9%. It arrives amber, with medium carbonation and a 3/4 inch, lightly frothy head. Very aromatic and deeply hopped, with orangey, minty, and resiny scents rising from the glass. A touch of toasted malts on the palate, overshadowed by mint, orange, bubblegum, and a late piney flavor. Not too bitter, which is nice as it lets all the hop flavors come through, riding on the smooth, medium body that makes quaffing a cinch. A delicious harvest ale with hop characteristics quite different from your standard pale ales and IPAs. Well-worth a try if you see it.

02-21-2008 20:48:36 | More by mmmbeer
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-22-2013 21:55:56 | More by TheFightfan1
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-13-2013 02:54:00 | More by bigfnjoe
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

12-12-2013 01:07:34 | More by JRod1969
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John_M

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Much to my delight, this beer has been readily available over at Max's for the past week.

The beer pours an attractive copper orange color with outstanding head retention and good lacing. On the nose I get a good whiff of hops, which is exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. On the palate this beer is just delicious. There is plenty of citrus from the hops, with just the right amount of malt to balance it. There is also a hint of wet tobacco and earthiness, which I associate with wet hops. The balance of flavors is excellent with this beer, though the hops come on strong the more I drink of it (had to get a 32 ounce happy hour cup; it's that good!). The beer is light to medium bodied on the palate and drinkability is very good. The abv. is a bit high for my liking in a harvest ale, which is my only real complaint. Nevertheless, this is an absolutely excellent beer from Victory. Along with Sierra Nevada, the best harvest ale I've had this year (not including Killer Green - a beer that's in a completely different league IMHO).

Excellent beer!

10-27-2008 19:08:12 | More by John_M
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KevinTK


4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-30-2012 14:55:59 | More by KevinTK
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Part of my Harvest Beer Adventure, which confirmed that I should never go Beer Hunting without a navigation system.

Bright new penny copper body, fairly clear with a hint of haze. Smallish white head (though to be fair, this is the third glass poured from the growler, over a ten hour period). Some nice stretchy lacing.

Inviting, and yes, fresh hoppy and piney aroma clears out the nose.

Caramelly sweet malt beginning is almost sneaking about on the tongue, like slipping into a bed beneath a billowing comforter of hops. The hops aren't abrasive, just a gently floating raft. Getting an earthy/herbal vibe, more than the pine in the aroma. A definite sense of "freshness" to the taste. Very mild sensation of alcohol at the finish. Long hop tingle aftertaste.

Solid medium plus mouthfeel. Good drinkability, I found the listed abv of 7.7% surprising.

Very enjoyable and very interesting. There does seem to be a different sort of hop character with the various fresh hop beers, at least the few I've tried so far. Further study is warranted.

10-28-2006 04:33:43 | More by RonfromJersey
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear, amber/reddish toned appearance, slim whitish head...nice enough...

Aroma: very caramel malt-y, with classy noble hops speaking up...a crisp, floral aroma, crystal clean.

Taste: alive with hops, but on the mild side. Nice caramel malt, a smooth English style of ale here. Biscuity, caramely, toasty malts, nicely done texture, with hop bitterness riding on the top. Nice hops, balanced extraordinarily well with delicious malt. Yum.

Somehow, though, especially from Victory, I expected/anticipated more...and this, after having some Town Hall Fresh Hop and, just previous, some Masala Mama IPA. A bit disappointing...but expectations are false premises, so forget about that.

and big thanks to stewdawg for providing!

10-19-2006 08:45:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Found on tap at Victory Brewing.

Beer appears deep amber in color with a fluffy white head. Amazingly, it doesn't have much of a hop smell to it, more prevalent maltiness and caramel. The taste though shows off the hops, though not the bitter piney hops, more sweet and citrusy, helped out by the malty finish. A very refreshing and smooth beer. Alcohol taste is conceiled nicely, though it may be too high in alcohol for its own good as wonderful a taste as it has and as easy as it is to enjoy.

12-15-2006 19:11:26 | More by HopDerek
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Served on tap at Victory's Fall Fest as well as the restaurant.

A: The ale is a deep copper red color with a small ring of white head.

S: A hoppy citrus flavor with earthy hints comes out of the nose.

T: The hops have a very subtle taste, the result I believe, of wet hops. The flavors that do come through are grapefruity and earthy, a very nice taste that is not overhopped.

M: The hops are flavorful without stripping the taste buds, the wet hops make a big difference.

D: At 7.7%, the drinkability is limited, but this is a good ale for a cool crisp football tailgate.

10-01-2006 16:48:48 | More by akorsak
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AzAleC

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

A: A glowing amber color with a loose head (approx. 1/2") diminished quickly.

S: Somewhat earthy - perhaps roasted malt, mildly fruity (citrusy).

T: Mildly malty-sweet on the tongue with a crisp and citrusy hop brightness. Roasted malt is very prevalent throughout. Very little alcohol taste for the ABV. So many flavors exist, but are all very well balanced.

M: Smooth and full, nearly creamy.

D: Very easy to put down at the ABV. Amazingly balanced yet complex flavors.

10-26-2006 01:16:11 | More by AzAleC
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Victory Harvest Ale

Pours a clear copper color, white head forms and dies quickly. Aroma of fresh hops, piney, dank and resinous floral notes. In the taste, mild citrus, rind like bitterness, pine and a bready, caramel malt body. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Overall, a nice, easy going fresh hop brew with deceptive strength.

10-18-2011 03:41:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

On cask, via hand pump, @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 10/16/10. Served in a pint glass. I've got no idea if this year's edition is vastly different than any of the other years, so I'll just forego a new entry and put this under here.

Pours a hazed copper, topped with a rigid finger of smooth bright-white head. Retains with about half that original size and just absolutely COATS the sides of the glass with heavy and thick lacing. The aroma smells grassy and damp with earth & herbs, as well as a pronounced spicy character. Citrus peel and bitter fruit add some sharpness to the nose. Malt sweetness hangs on the edges, helping soften this up a little, but the hops really shine here.

The hops in the taste are coming off as initially more mellow feeling but still have a forcefulness to them, with a spicy bitterness that is softened somewhat by some easy herbal textures. This is well balanced by a flat and grainy Pale Malt sweetness across the back of the profile. Gritty bitterness lies on the tongue in the finish but isn't coming off as overbearing, as this steadily lingers with notes of bitter fruit and dry spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth overall, with a smooth creaminess and an easy mellow slickness that matches the flavor profile. This is just really easy drinking stuff here that helps even out that bitter finish. The alcohol levels do seem lower than 7%, so maybe this is more in line with some of the lower ABV efforts from the last couple of years.

I like their Harvest Ale here because it doesn't try to beat you over the head with hops, but instead offers a nice even amount of fresh flavors and bitterness throughout. The cask conditioning is just the icing on the cake, bringing out even more of that character and giving this a silky smooth body and feel. Good stuff.

10-26-2010 15:15:12 | More by Kegatron
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-20-2013 03:34:27 | More by mikefuski17
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2011 03:04:21 | More by PaBeerLover
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2011 01:25:09 | More by mdillon86
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-22-2011 20:57:24 | More by gcare02
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Lelampp

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2013 14:41:42 | More by Lelampp
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Another fine selection from Victory, who rarely disappoint. A copper-colored beer with reddish tints, and a small white head that retains as a ringlet. Clean aroma, sweet malts and floral and citrusy hops. Sweet caramel malts in the taste, floral and earthy hop notes, well-balanced. Nothing new going on here, but just a good beer in its simplicity. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

09-02-2011 01:13:40 | More by Rifugium
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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.