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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Harvest Ale
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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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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

For whatever reason, I think Victory missed the mark on this one. After tasting numerous other harvest styled ales, this one comes away with no real hop character and an odd taste I can't quite put my figure on.

A: Pours a gold color.

S: Rather subtle hop hints, mostly grains.

T: Misses out on the hops. Again, mostly a grainy taste.

M: Seems like it should fit more in a lager category. I'm not one to dodge beers in my fridge, but this one seems to be the red-headed stepchild.

D: There's almost no beer I cannot drink. This is certainly drinkable - just not one I'd reach out for or actively search out to taste. There's much, much better Victory beers to try well in front of this one.

12-30-2009 21:15:38 | More by jwhancher
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

Had thison tap at my last Craft Brew Club meeting. Victory was the host and learned a lot about their process.

-L- Golden yellow. Light head.

-S- Lemon Zest and hops.

-T- Definately a creamy lemon taste with a distinct hops flavor. Apprently this comes from the wet hops process they use on this brew.

-F- Light in body. The hops really put a swift kick on the end of this mouthful.

-D- Not bad. Different. Wouldn't buy it by the case but wouldn't say no if someone offered.

03-06-2010 23:57:44 | More by Mojoman8561
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark copper color with burnt orange edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with a strong malt backbone.  Some resinous grassy notes but the sweet malts are a bit too strong, overpowering things with hints of caramel, bread, toffee and nut.

Full bodied with a dry earthy hop presence that's countered mid-palate by a sweet malt backbone.  Dry and resinous with pine needle and spruce tip flavor followed by sweet caramel malt, toffee, bread and hazelnut.  Decent but hop profile is boring and the malt presence are too strong for my liking.

02-14-2013 06:53:55 | More by corby112
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

on tap at irish pol in philly - review from notes

Pours a deep amber color, froth of white head fades into faint film. Tons of ringed and patchy lacing are left behind.

Pine hop bitterness in the nose with some lemon peel and citrus. Plenty of bready malt with light caramel sweetness.

Decent pine bitterness, a little sticky and resiny. Larger malt backbone than expected. Caramel and bread crust with light toasted notes. Some residual sweetness towards the finish, which is bitter and lingering.

Lighter medium body, decent but higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Drinks alright, but nowhere near the top of the harvest ale category. More hops needed.

02-08-2012 01:44:43 | More by xnicknj
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Gmartin75

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

10-13-2013 21:49:06 | More by Gmartin75
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

12-02-2012 01:05:31 | More by GrantBrennan
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david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

The fact that this is a strong ale explains a lot. I thought I was ordering a wet hop pale ale and was surprised then when it came as dark and as strong as it was.

Overall, this beer did no knock my socks off but it was ok. Carmel color with a nice hoppy aroma and a light colored head. The flavor was quite bitter but the dark malt also came through. I'll try it again now that I know more about it but overall I wasn't all that thrilled.

12-03-2010 19:34:31 | More by david18
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jpro

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

Tried this one on tap at the Oak Barrel Tavern - a new place that we stumbled upon this evening. Served in a standard shaker pint...

A: Dark copper, with an off white head; not much lacing to speak of as the head quickly dies down to the thinnest layer of wispy foam.

S: Resinous hops... herbal and almost woody. A faint hint of crispy malts lies underneath.

T: Big time hop character is noticed first, as the slightly piney / resinous flavor dominates the palate; behind the hops, there is some roasted malt character that smooths things out. Lots of good hoppiness, but unfortunately not that well rounded.

M: On the high side of medium-bodied; lower carbonation, but the finish is really dry...

D: Interesting, this one... The dry resiny- ness makes this one rough to have a few of... Not the most interesting beer, but worth trying if you're into fresh hopped stuff.

12-12-2010 07:19:08 | More by jpro
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Twifiter

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-17-2012 12:39:49 | More by Twifiter
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-09-2013 21:28:54 | More by mikeburd1128
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Chegui

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-08-2014 22:17:47 | More by Chegui
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-08-2014 20:51:55 | More by VikeMan
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gloveman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-02-2012 21:03:11 | More by gloveman
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-23-2013 23:50:41 | More by DaveHack
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FlakyBiscuit

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-28-2013 02:32:42 | More by FlakyBiscuit
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Stermax

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-21-2014 14:21:20 | More by Stermax
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

a: This was a clear, coppery color. It was served to me with a small, fizzy cap.

s: Caramel malts and a hint of pine.

t: Light caramel sweetness up front with some fairly strong bitterness at the end.

m: Crisp and fizzy.

o: Not bad, but kind of lifeless overall.

11-16-2012 22:08:36 | More by DIM
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Clear copper color with a finger+ of off-white head. Fluffy lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Mild hop scent with some grainy, malty sweetness in the background.

T&M: Heavy pine and floral hoppy flavors at first. Very dry and fluffy. Almost like the muthfeel of a Sam Adams lager. Quite grainy.
Medium body; Almost too chalky and dry; very subtle carbonation

Not the most drinkable brew I've had by Victory. It's just odd with the lager flavor against the a non-fruity hoppiness.

11-07-2010 21:13:26 | More by cdizinno
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baldmasterflex

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Thought a cold, crisp fall nite in the middle of WCU's fall break would be a great time to pick this up.
Pours a really rich pinkish-orange-red color with very little head at all it. My roommate asked if i was drinking wine, which makes alot of sense because it definitly reminds me of a pink sangria. As i stare at the beer there really isnt much carbonation other than some that builds up around the rim that lightly sticks to the sides of the glass.
I have a cold which is killing my senses but the nose of the beer definitly has a sweet aroma with easily detectable very citrusy hops, similar to the kind used in Hop Wallop if my memory is correct (the release of which is about a mere month away).
The taste is very much like the smell, but the hops dont bite the way i expected them to. They really seem to fade very smoothly into a malty sweetness.
The body is medium and the lack of carbonation makes it very smooth going down without any detection of alcohol bite (even tho i know 7.7% isnt dangerously high).
I can see how the use of malt sweetness in this could possibly classify it as something other than a type of IPA or DIPA as the Strong Ale catogorization suggests. But, for clarification and comparison for people who wont have the opportunity to try this brew, i find it to be somewhere halfway between Dogfish's 60 and 90 minute IPAs.
After im finished with the next 50 ounces, Im gonna find the person that stole my victory growler.

10-16-2006 00:11:02 | More by baldmasterflex
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Burtonfree77

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-07-2014 16:46:32 | More by Burtonfree77
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-26-2013 19:26:44 | More by IPAchris
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-13-2013 23:26:11 | More by kmos27
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-19-2014 17:16:30 | More by Sellen
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-23-2013 23:43:43 | More by djrn2
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-15-2013 23:46:45 | More by pearljam118
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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.