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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 3/10/15.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with lots of citrus forward fresh hop aromas and flavors and a definite tea like drying quality in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -1%

There's only one time of year to celebrate the true vibrantly fresh aroma, taste and sensations that the hop harvest brings. Before all the drying out and vacuum sealing all those natural, botanical and herbal juices, still in tact, meet the brew kettle for beer character that uniquely brings the flavor of fall.

Its deep golden color casts a brilliantly clear sheen through a malty sweet center, but never gives the eye any secrets of the hoppy balance within. But once the nose clears the rim of the glass, an explosion of hop aromas abound. Distinctly vegetal, citrusy and herbal, the beer's grassy bouquet commands attention with utter ease.

The middle palate draws upon a medium-light caramel support with the light starch of malt and biscuit in undertow. Its quickly receding sweetness gives the hoppy fruit impressions a succulent, ripe and fresh taste. Stealing the show are the flavors of pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange, a berry medley and a piquant lemon verbena and lime peel earthy tang. Growing bitterness carries a spicy grass and peppercorn balance to keep new waves of flavors washing over the palate with every sip.

Drying to near perfection in finish, the beer's late impressions are citrusy bitter, sticky with fresh pine resins and distinctly herbal for a deeply earthen tea-like refreshment to the palate.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13%

12 ounce bottle - Barrel & Barley in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkened copper body, though quite clear, with a slim, near white head.

Smell: Peppered citrus, mainly grapefruit but also some lemon, black tea leaves. Subtle pale maltiness.

Taste: A spiciness akin to fresh-ground pepper, a tea-like herbal quality, as well as gentle floral and citrus rind flavors overlayed atop the base pale maltiness hinting lightly toasted bread with a little sweetness. Medium bitterness overall. Crispish, bitterish finish with more of them citrus accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, it's fine, and, while I have had better, it's by no means a bad beer.

Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear rich golden with a thinner white head atop.Whoo a big splash of tropical fruits hit ya in the nose along with a hint of Vidalia onion herbal notes,wow fresh hops galore!Grapefruit and tropical fruity hops upfront on the palate with a hint of grass and herb,just a lot of hop complexity,a mildly sweet caramel/biscuit base is well detected.One of the better harvest hop ales I have had in a while...maybe ever,a great beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some wet-hopped beers. Love the oily kind of tone on top of the vegetal aspects. This one carries more vegetal tones than I typically like, but it's still good. A nice example of the style, though nothing I would pass other beers up for to try again.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head that lasts around a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and some earthy hops are light in the aroma.

Taste: caramel, light grapefruit tones, some orange, and a nice earthy bitterness make up a a nice fresh hop ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late.

Overall: this was a flavorful ale that can be a good session beer. Hits the spot on a cool autumn day.

Photo of orangesol
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours clear amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the glass.

Smells of mildly toasted caramel malt, some pine resin, bit of grass and a touch of citric find. Taste is mainly the caramel sweetness and sticky pine resin with some backing chewiness from the malt. Slick, bitter feel with a bitter-sweet finish that lingers long after consumption.

Overall a decent wet hop "pale ale" that has some decent flavor and balance but never really wow's me in any facet. Nice to try but they make much better hoppy beers than this one.

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, lime, pineapple, peach, mango, berry, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, lime, peach, pineapple, mango, berry, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/lime zest, peach, pineapple, mango, berry, pepper, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome wet hop pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From vine to Victory comes a 12 ounce bottle of wet hop beer. There's an "enjoy by" date, however the label tells you to "Drink now. Do not store". On to it we go:

Toasted orange colored with some visible bubbles running through. The head forms low on top, eventually resting as a lace, and the lacing which sticks to the glass is impressive for a beer with little head. As it is so often with wet hopped beer, the aroma is dank and hoppy. Fresh flowers, a note of citrus, cantaloupe, perfume-like hops and pleasing.

The hops are raw in this beer. So raw I swear that I can taste the fertilizer. Very floral in flavor and woodsy, yet also bringing some cantaloupe and orange slices too. There's very little malt noticed, which is strange considering the beer's strength. In fact, the beer feels as close to light bodied as it does to medium bodied. And in the aftertaste, floral and bitterness lingers.

There's no question that this is pleasing ale. But I feel that something small is missing to make this memorable. Or perhaps it's a teeny too raw which keeps it from being at the next level for me.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Copper transparent body with a soapy white head. Fresh hop, pine aroma with a hint of spice. A touch of black pepper in the flavor with grassy and herbal notes as well. Hop forward with a light warmth in the finish. Gentle bitterness lingers. Tasty.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.