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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 734
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 44
Gots: 104 | 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:
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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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 734
Photo of Beers-es
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber that's very clear. Half-finger of foam that doesn't stick around. Smell is citrus and pine right off the bat, then more of an herbal spice with a bit of malt, with hints of tropical fruit. I don't get a ton of citrus or pine taste, more the herb and spice. Also there's some sweeter malt underlying that provides a nice balance. Feel is a nice medium body that's just a little watery, which slowly resolves into a dry bitter aftertaste that lingers pleasantly. This is a really balanced, well-made, complex beer that's worth checking out if you like harvest ales.

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of fruit, pine, and hops. The pine is noticeable the second you open the bottle.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, a very distinct piney quality, malt, and some grapefruit mingled in as well. A fairly robust flavor that's complex and well balanced.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely well made, likable beer. Not exactly a groundbreaking beer (what could be these days), but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One whiff of the nose, and I know this will be hoppy as fuck. Is that a bad thing? After all, the aroma is loaded with grass, pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon. Also some sweet onion - I forgot to mention this seems to have a lot of Mosaic. I've said many times before it is not my favorite hop at all, but I'm quite impressed how fresh and hoppy this one comes across anyways. A bit more malt comes through when this hits the palate (bringing flavors of caramel and a touch of toast), but hardly enough to detract from the hoppy goodness. It's grassy and piny, with hints of dankness and tropical fruits hiding in the background. Despite the prominent hop bite, the malts keep things in balance nicely. It feels medium to slightly full in body, with slightly low carbonation. Aside from my Mosaic biases, this is a great wet hop ale that hits a wonderful middle ground between fresh hops and malt.

3.85/5: An impressive rendition of a seemingly rare style

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Photo of chicagoish
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle. Thin Head and nice lacing.

S: Hoppy nose of grapefruit and pine.

T: grapefruit juice and herbal, hops, bready malt. Finishes with lingering pineapple/grapefruit juice bitterness.

O: Solid wet/fresh-hopped ale.. Similar to Sierra Nevada. Very Good.

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Photo of Prager62
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love wet hop ales, so when I struck out looking for Founders and Sixpoint, I turned my sight to this recent delivery. I love Dirtwolf, so I figured why not?

Look- Pours a transparent dark amber color with with a finger of soapy white foam that lingers around. A very clean looking beer.

Smell- Dank spicy weed aroma up front. There are floral notes in the background along with some malt.

Taste- A spicy hop bite takes center stage. Flavors of herbal dank weed, pine and bitter grapefruit with some malt in the finish.

Feel- A bit thin, but oily and slick with a very dry finish that leaves you craving more.

Overall- A very solid representation of the style that deserves a place in the conversation with the best. I'm definitely going to pick up another 4 pack while they're fresh.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By far one of my favorites from them. Rivals the SN harvest ales in their deliciousness. Lighter than expected body and overall easy to drink. Delightfully hoppy through and through with some malt sweetness in the back.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Enjoy by 03.20.13. Consumed 02.20.15.

A: Oxidized orange, sharp clarity with a feverish pitch of macro-effervesce. Whipped, old white colored head with a strong resistance to fold. Full skirt lacing down the vessel.

S: Freshly sliced lemon, hint of lime, and tangerine. Nice wet freshness.

T: Grassy-orange and dry pine hopping to open. Big front of hoppiness, backed by dry toasted speciality grains. Hints of dry flowery tangerine, green melon, white grapes, and dry toasted apple skin that finishes with a big encore of grassy hops.

M: Active carbonation, chewy malts, with a big dry touch of hops on the tongue.

O: Overall a big, fresh, wet nose, with a good complexity of dry grassy hopping and dry tropical fruits that stay on the tongue long after the swallow. Labeled as a APA but clearly has the an overclocking of hops on par with IPA standards with a huge helping of bitterness and flavor hops. ABV% is perfectly suited. Drink fresh.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
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 secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden with medium head of off-white suds. Lace is light but ornate.

Aroma: Heavy on the tropical hops. A stunning experience, really, that seems to signal a great beer experience on the horizon.

Taste: Crisp, and bursting with fruity tropical hops and a dank, resinous, bitter finish. Overall, a well-balanced IPA, but not my favorite from Victory.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a little older than I like it style kept a reasonably hoppy profile of aromatic flowers, pine needles, rose petals, barley and tea leaves.

The flavor is interesting as its bitter with hops and pine but has a bit of lemon and citrus. The malts are barley, tea leaf, maple and nutty.

I will have to revisit for freshness but I like this.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was served from the bottle at the Intercontinental Hotel at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Actually, we enjoyed this in our room, having brought it along with us to enjoy after attending to our business in Cleveland. We borrowed some house pint glasses, and poured a beer of ruby-honey hues. It held a finger and a half’s worth of eggshell colored foam, showing decent retention. This left doily patterns of lacing all down our glasses throughout the tasting. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma popped off white grape skins, freshly juicy citric and herbal hops, sweaty pale and amber malts, green corn husks, lemongrass, wet sage herbals, darker tea-like tannins, juicy pineapple and papaya fruitiness, raw and fresh honey sweetness, spicy white pepper, lightly fusel booziness, and a more sticky pine sap as the beer warmed. The flavoring followed with notes of surprisingly bittering pale and amber malt toast, sweet and savory herbal, floral, and citric hoppiness, hibiscus florals, aromatic sage and parsley leafiness, honey sweetness, bittering white wine grape skins, juicy pear and apricot fruitiness, potato starchiness, powdered chalkiness of ale yeast, lemon balm, bitter lemon zest, fusel alcohol, green twigginess, and clayed mineral. The body was medium to full, and carbonation was medium. Slurp and smack were nice off the top of the sip, while cream and froth were only okay beneath it. The feel was otherwise oily, sticky, and resinously drying to the tongue and palate, broken up warmly by just enough carbonation. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was nice.

Overall, this was an extremely flavorful and dankly sticky beer. The wet hopping gives it all the zest and zip of its freshly-hopped brother, the American IPA, but tucked into the vessel of an American pale. We’ve been excited about this one for quite some time now, with all of our beer loving compatriots berating us for delaying our sampling of this fine beverage. We have finally found it, and the timing was right to drink it. We were not disappointed. This is just a wonderfully fresh and clean beer, with malty toast that easily meets the challenge of balancing such an otherwise hop-heavy deliver. On top of it all, it makes us really happy to see some of these “bigger”, or “classic”, craft breweries like Victory keeping things relevant, competitive, and innovative.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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 beerbully
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass
Could not find a date on the bottle

L-Golden amber 1/2 inch white head mild to thick lacing that runs down the side of glass

S-Floral hops with some sweet tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple) spicy herbal notes (sage, thyme) sweet bready malts

T-first impression is the spicy herbal hops that give way to the sweetness of the malts.......lingering taste of sweet tropical fruits and some orange or lemon peel that provides some bitterness in the finish.........this is a pale ale that meets a spicy, peppery saison........plenty of hops, malts, but has that spicy dry peppery notes of a saison.......great combination citrus, fruity hops, sweet bready malts, and dry herbal tea leaf notes

F-Medium body, mild carbonation with a crisp dry feel

O-Provides a variety of flavors in each sip as waves of hops, malts, and spices push through.........well done

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Photo of rab53
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was looking forward to this one (bought 2 4-packs). Probably past its prime, but flavor was quite vegetal. Medium body. Will update on future bottles.

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Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The more I sip this brew, the more unfolds. 12oz bottle poured into my Spiegelau. Enjoy by 3/10/15. Nice deep amber hue with a 1/2 finger of off-white head (little retention). Light nose, but an APA so can't compare to the Head Hunter I finished earlier. Some bitterness, clean nose, with some interesting dank notes. Lemongrass. Tea? Odd grassy taste on the front of the palate, finished clean and slightly bitter. Overall decent body and good malt profile. I wouldn't compare this to other fresh hop favorites (Celebration, Hop Stalker) but not sure it should be. Something missing? Not sure. Definitely worth a try. Victory. Indeed.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 3/10/15. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts and grassy piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and a little fruit with grassy resiny hops that leave a good bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, one of the better wet hop beers I've had - they are usually too grassy.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a medium-dark orange, bright and almost completely clear, somewhat coppery overall. The head is just a touch off-white, easing in at about 3/4 finger with moderate retention. It leaves a film on top with some foaming at the edges that achieves tiny but dense spotting with some ringing where it settles in the glass.
This is an aromatic one for sure, lots of hops pouring out when the bottle is opened. It's got lots of citrus, herb and pine with a spicy herbal note becoming prominent, maybe a touch of earth but mingling dank notes with brighter ones. Malts are notable for balance while letting fresh hops dominate.
Hop oils are fresh and delicious and seemingly plentiful in this pale ale that drinks like an IPA. Lots of the herb hits of the tongue first without diminishing while piny wood/dry notes strike. Malts hold up the middle just enough to even out the pithy-leaning bitterness and keeping it in check without lowering it. Spiciness remains strong in the herb as well as black pepper notes while a touch of fruits linger in the back.
Crispness is strong and remains extremely consistent, putting lots of bite on the tongue the whole way. Pepper, leaf and a tea-like dryness also contribute, each lingering on the palate after each sip.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium to light amber, slightly cloudy with one finger of bubbly head.
Smells a nice balanced aroma of malts and dank hops.
Taste is a little more understated than I was hoping for. Less hop flavor than I wanted.
Finishes fine, with a decent amount of hop bitterness.
All in all, a good beer but disappointed given prices and hype. maybe I had it too far after it was best.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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 Kendo
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small off-white head on top.

S: Big hoppy nose of grapefruit juice and pine needles.

T: Follows the nose, with loads of grapefruit juice and herbal, leafy hops over modest bready malt. Finishes with lingering pineapple/grapefruit juice bitterness that coats the palate and really stays.

M: Medium in heft, nice carbonation levels create a good sharpness to the hoppy bitterness on the palate. Too slick and this beer would've been a different animal; as it is, nicely carbonated, it's well done.

O: Solid wet/fresh-hopped ale; reminds me of Session IPAs at times, an APA at other times, a straight American IPA at other moments. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

2014 version - pours a dark orange amber color with a frothy two finger head. There is a lot of carbonation and the beer is very clear. The odor is strong, IPA like, tropical fruits, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, resin, thick, sticky, slightly floral. The taste is bitter, grapefruit, pine, herbal, grassy, some fruits, tea. Bitter throughout.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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 patpbr
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 HopDeezy
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

A - burnt orange/auburn color with a dissipating white head.

S - Fresh, grassy, piney with hints of lemon grass, spices, wild flowers. There was some there that was familiar but I couldn't figure out until I read Victory's description and it was the tea. Very prominent tea notes here.

T - sweet hops, again with the tea, syrup, fresh lemon grass.

M - good carbonation, fresh tea infused bursts of hops and citrus.

O - Unique and pleasant fresh surprise. I really enjoyed this beer. Not in the great class but very enjoyable nonetheless. WIll be getting this again.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.