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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Harvest Ale
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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% 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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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Bigtimmy, May 02, 2012
Photo of foggylovesbeer
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

foggylovesbeer, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Furley80
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Furley80, Friday at 01:21 AM
Photo of y2jrock60
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Golden orange with a think white head that leaves behind a lot of lace.

S- Very dank and grassy. I also pick up onion and tropical fruit notes.

T- Starts off slighty sweet with a lot if dankness and onion flavor. Grassy, berry, and tropical fruit flavors become prominent in the finish. You're left with a pleasing mild bitterness and grainy malt on the tounge.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- An amazing beer. It reminds me a lot of Hop Ranch in the flavor arena. It's kind of pricey and I've only seen it for sale directly from Victory. If you get a chance to try it don't turn it down.

y2jrock60, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of tgbljb
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tgbljb, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Update 2014 version

Dank bitter aggressive fresh hops!

WVbeergeek, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of mjstacker
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mjstacker, Monday at 03:04 AM
Photo of tvghost
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

tvghost, Yesterday at 02:29 AM
Photo of FrogOut69
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

FrogOut69, Thursday at 02:16 AM
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of OldManBike
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

OldManBike, Thursday at 12:18 AM
Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

comfortablynirm, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of garuda
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

garuda, Monday at 02:32 PM
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RonfromJersey, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of hillind
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%

hillind, Monday at 02:08 AM
Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mmmbeer, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Hoyalawya
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoyalawya, Friday at 05:52 AM
Photo of Bobthehuman
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Bobthehuman, Oct 17, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

pearljam118, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jsh420, Tuesday at 04:32 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

grimey68, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TheFightfan1, Nov 22, 2013
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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.