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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 638
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 10-01-2006

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.
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Photo of foggylovesbeer
5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The previous reviewer nailed this beer perfectly. Pungent cut grass, pine, and light citrus, burst forward in the nose, and follow down the hatch. This is the only beer I've had in recent memory that is in the same league as Elevated IPA, one of the best hop experiences you can have...

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 10 MAR 2015.

Appearance: Bright clear light amber to reddish orange body with a thinner white head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Tremendous aroma of floral hops, sweet malt backbone plays the lightest complimentary role.

Taste: One of the juiciest ales I have had the pleasure of tasting. Dank floral goodness coats the tongue, top to bottom back to front. A hint of spiciness in the aftertaste. A touch of caramel malt sweetness for just the slightest balance. The wet Citra hops really shine here, reminding me why they are one of my favorite varieties.

Mouthfeel: Astringent is the only word I can put here.

Overall: I had this on tap at the Roasthouse Pub in Urbana (near Frederick) after a long day of hiking (which included my first stint on the Appalachian Trail!) I fell in love with this on tap, but was afraid the bottle would let me down...it did not! My father, who tried a sip and is not fond of hoppy beers, asked if there were peaches in this. I told him that flavor just came from using juicy wet hops in the right combination. Almost a perfect 5 for me!

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

This is probably as close to a perfect beverage or certainly the closest to perfect for an American pale ale as you're gonna get. There are certainly other excellent APA's out there but the really special brews move on to a higher category. Apples and oranges really -- none of the competitors are really better than each other. But each bring their own special attribute to the table.

Victory Harvest Ale is such a bew. It is a bouquet of flavors dancing on your tongue and without an exceptionally high ABV. Truly a work of art. Between this and their Dirt Wolf double IPA, Victory is becoming one of my top three favorite breweries.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A bright, clear and rich orange color that is exactly maybe a tinge darker than I want an APA, but a brilliant color. It pours a decent head, but quickly dissipates into a mere ring of lace around the edge. I have to knock it down a bit for head retention.

S: The aroma is tremendous. Almost overwhelming with a complicated mix of hop notes. I smell mostly citrus and floral notes with some grapefruit and pine resin underneath. Very inviting for a hophead.

T: The taste follows up on the promises of the aroma. A very crisp start with great floral and citrus notes flooding the body before letting way to a more bitter grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit flavor dominates the finish and I only taste resin a bit after I have swallowed each sip. Once again, a true treat for someone who loves hops. The malt balance is a bit lacking, but there is an underlying toasty flavor if you can find it through the hops. Nothing too damning considering this is a showcase for the freshest hops.

F: The mouthfeel is very crisp and clear, but not watery. I actually would call it zesty because of the way the hop flavors and carbonation feel in your mouth.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it. I've been trying out pretty much all the wet hop beers that I can find right now and I think this might be my favorite of the bunch. I may even pick up another 4-pack before it is gone.

This beer was poured into a Blind Pig mug from a 12 oz bottle and enjoyed at apx. 55F

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Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean, rubyish medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of wispy sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- Huge tropical fruit aroma brings to mind pineapple, guava and mango with resinous overtones and just enough cereal grain malt sweetness. Has that dank smell that some describe as oniony. It's perfect.

T- Big bitterness clamps down on the palate and stays, bringing with it lots of citrus and pine. Good malt backing provides some sweetness to balance.

M- Soft, almost creamy with a strong hop bite, medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is getting me pumped for Hop Ranch because that's what it reminds me of. If you don't get Hop Ranch in your area but you get this, it's a worthy substitute. Easily the best wet hop ale I've ever had.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: This looks like a shiny, copper penny…well, one that you can see through…and with lots of bubbles. The head is eggshell white and about a half-inch thick. It does not stick around too long, but it also doesn’t settle all that much. The cap is more like a gradually sloping valley with the lowest point inside the rim being the exact center of the glass.

SMELL: The fresh cut grass on this is as intense as I have smelled since the first time I stuck my nose into a glass of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Dank, piney and citrusy as well; this beer smells absolutely amazing.

TASTE: Earthy, herbal, “tea-like” (exactly like the label says) and citrusy. This is a largely bitter beer with just a hint of malt for balance. This is what I imagine (or wish) hops would taste like if I just put them in a juicer and squeezed.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation provides a strong sparkle, but with tiny bubbles, not quite a soda water-like sparkle. The body is medium to light and while a touch of sweetness provides balance, this beer is on the dry side…and pretty bitter.

OVERALL: This is what I remember the first few IPAs I fell in love with tasting like. I was going for as bitter as possible and beers like this were the reason why. The juicy, earthy, intense hop flavor is why I drink hoppy beers. This beer is still well within it’s ‘enjoy by’ date of March 10 and it seems to have been stored perfectly, but my only regret is that I did not pick it up when it was fresher. Not sure how much better it could have been, but I would have liked to have known for sure. Amazing beer.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with moderate head that disputes quickly.

Smells of very strong hops of every kind. Fruity hops, floral hops, piney hops, grassy hops, and with a hint of citrus. And did I mention it smells like hops?

Tastes much like it smells, but with some noticeable bready malts and maybe a hint of caramel. Also, do I taste a hint of tea?

Goes down rather smoothly, with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an exceptional brew. It seems to have an identity crisis, as it's a pale ale, but has the hops of a double IPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

2014 Vintage. Mosaic and Citra hops.
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with medium-light carbonation.

Pineapple, peach, passion fruit, tangerine, mango, pine sap, and candy sugar.

Sweaty pineapple, musky mango, and pine sap. Lesser notes of peach and passion fruit. Light maltiness of candy sugars and lightly toasted bread. Finishes dank and slightly drying with green florals, pine needles, and a touch of onion.

Medium bodied, juicy, and smooth with a light bitterness.

A lot of tropical fruits and dankness. Juicy and flavorful. Victory did a stellar job on this one!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with a light 1 finger head with big soapy bubbles that lingers for a while. The smell is outstanding. It's a great mixture of mango, tangerine, orange, and other citrus fruits. The smell follows the nose. Mango, tangerine, etc. right up front. Mid palette turns a touch sweet with the caramel malt showing it's face. The finish is bitter grapefruit/pine mixture. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for a while while the finish is dry. This is easily the best harvest ale I've had and its absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a transparent golden straw color with plenty of tiny bubbles rising quickly. The pour kicks up a wonderful fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of lace on the way down. Exactly what I wanted this to look like.

Aroma is glorious wet-hop goodness. Grapefruit, tangerine, oranges, weed, hints of pine and mint. Totally clobbers you with amazing hop aroma even as it's sitting on the table next to you. Just the slightest hint of a sugar cookie malt presence.

Taste follows the nose. Clobbers you with tart, aggressive citrus off the bat, followed by an undertaste of weed, cat pee, and onions. The malt makes itself known mid-palate, with hints of slightly toasted bread and sugar cookie. The beer is pretty bitter overall, but the bitterness is well-backed by some incredible hop flavor. Finish is citrus, with a more noticeable pine and mint flavor, with some lingering bitterness. There's an oddly crisp note on the aftertaste, which is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lots of soft, silky carbonation.

Overall, really great hop flavors here - awesome showcase of citra and mosaic, and they work so well together. I just wish I could drink it all year. The fact that it comes in 12 oz bottles is just the icing on the cake!

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Severing Type: Bottle
Glass: Tulip/Sniffer
Best By Date: Enjoy By March 10th 2015
Style: American Pale ale
Food: Thai, BBQ, Grilled Meat, but anything else really

Appearance: Crystal clear light copper/gold with all light shinning through. Absolutely filtered due to no yeast proteins floating around in the brew at all. Great looking brew!

Aroma: BURSTING with a complex hop aroma that consists of HUGE amounts of citrus, tropical fruit, HUGE dankness, pine, and even a little marijuana. All with a touch of malt sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee. (The aroma on this beer made me jump out of my chair in sheer shock and enjoyment!

Taste: Compared to the aggressive nose you might be inclined to deduce that it doesn't compare in magnitude but the truth is that this is an American Pale Ale NOT an American IPA and thus fits the style perfectly by being (yes hoppy) but balance by a malt backbone that ends in a Dry/Bitter finish. In my opinion the taste was just as enjoyable for the style!

Mouthfeel: Medium body at most with med-full carbonation.

Finish: Dry, clean, bitter, slightly sweet ( You burp hops! )

Overall: A great tribute to the American pale ale by using fresh Citra and Mossaic whole cone hops. I 100% recommend this beer!

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance (4.25): Clear orange copper color with a head or two off white head

Smell (4.5): Oh ya, this is certainly a top notch smelling brew. Reminds me of Stone actually. Lemongrass, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, slight pine and onion, and pepper malt

Taste (4.5): The flavors live up to the smell with a bouquet of citrusy, floral hops with a resinous dank pine finish and light peppered bread malt for good measure

Mouthfeel (4.5): Light medium body yet slightly resinous with a smooth and slightly bitter finish

Overall (4.5): This is probably the best pale ale I've had to date. Its light enough yet packs a punch with flavors and aromas. I love beers that are so aromatic and flavorful yet isnt excessively bitter, and id put this in that category. It goes down more like a <5% beer. Outstanding in all aspects and i urge you to try it yourself!

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Picked up a 12 oz. of this little surprise at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. It's late in the fall season, so let's see how this brew matches up.

Appearance: Pours a deep, golden brown. Very juicy looking and totally inviting. The bubble show from the carbonation is quite impressive. Leaves behind a 2 inch froathy, creamy-looking, head that follows down all the way to the bottom. Incredible lacing.

Smell: The explosion of hop aroma is definitely noticeable as it sits in front of me. Very impressed in that department. Dry-hopped, West Coast hops are apparent in the beginning. Lemon-zest is the underlying aroma and citrus is also present. Very inviting.

Taste: Upon first sips, the dry-hopped hops are very present and apparent. Somewhat bready and fruity-citrus are also obvious in the sips. Upon further inspection, tealeaf's are also present in the flavors. Has a somewhat soft, caramel-like flavor. Ripe grapefruit is also on the aftertaste with a boozey-like flavor. Good and fresh, like the label says.

Mouthfeel: Medium to above-medium carbonation is present. Actually, with the boozy flavor, goes down quite easy and light.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was a little skeptical. But a lot of Victory beers never fail to impress me. This brew was loaded with hop flavor and actually went down quite smooth. I would try this again if it were readily available. I would recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that settle into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and piney hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and resin. Upfront citra hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, apricot, and pineapple. Earthy and floral hops with hints of dank pine resin and grass. Background malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a ripe, juicy, and earthy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and pine resin. Very ripe and juicy upfront with citra hop notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and apricot. Earthy, floral, and spicy hop notes with some pine resin and grass. Solid backing malt presence with notes of caramel sweetness, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and very drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good fresh hop ale. Good ripe and dank presence of citrus and earthy hop notes.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden amber color with a two finger white head.

S- Pretty big, citrus, grapefruit, hints of wet grass, pine, slightly dank, nice toasted malt backbone.

T- Piney, somewhat dank, citrus, hints of toasted malts, well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium body, high carbonation.

O- A great IPA from Victory, I am kicking myself for only buying one bottle. I need to remember to buy full 4/6 packs when Victory makes a new IPA because they are always good.

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Photo of cbutova
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by March 2015.

A- 12oz bottle poured to a chalice with a translucent deep golden, copper body. A puffy cap rises to about a finger with decent retention. Sheets and webs of lace around the top with large spots following beyond that.

S- Intense passion fruit notes really grabs my attention right off the bat with a battering of glorious fresh hops beyond that. Tangerine, oranges, lemon zest, herbal and floral notes as it leans towards the citrus side of things. Light grainy and bread hints but the hops are the king here.

T- Follows the aroma, thankfully. A glorious passion fruit note is probably met at equal strength by citrus hop derived tones of orange, dankness, tangerine, lemon and clementine. Not much juicy hop character but some stone fruit hints beyond this. A bit more base grain character here and some yeast hints but the fresh hops are the star.

MF- Light overall body but a crisp edge to it with a substantial frothy consistency. Carbonation on the high side and it seems to really help accentuate the fresh hop character. Bitterness lingers in the finish moderately.

This is my first time having this brew. I had not really heard of it or seen it much until this year but I am very glad I discovered it this week. Hopefully I can find a full pack of it as I only bought a single; a very nice surprise!

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Photo of patpbr
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly amber copper with a white light head.
S - Its juicy and pine like with a bit of grapefruit.
T - Very fresh hops with the above aroma and adding in lots of earthy tones and lemon and lime.
M - Medium body and a slight bitter and dry finish
O - Very good, this stands with some of the best in class.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle (best by 10 mar 2015) poured into a Young's nonic pint.

A- 1-finger, khaki head. Clean, copper body with moderate carbonation. Head drops to a nice, full film and leaves lacy webs on the glass.

S- Lots of fresh, juicy hops. Grapefruit and grassy. Pineapple sweetness. Warmth brings tobacco, leather, and spice.

T- Fresh, leafy hops- tobacco-like and medicinal spicyness. A little black pepper. Cracker-like and slightly sweet malt backbone brings excellent balance.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O- Is there such a thing as a session barleywine? Bold hops balanced with a decent malt bill makes for one of the better APAs in memory. I'm glad my wife surprised me with a bottle from her wine trip to The Copper Vine. A good pair with leftover bacon, mushroom, Swiss burger fro Winchester.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.