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Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Gmartin75, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

bigfnjoe, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ceberly
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ceberly, May 11, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

corby112, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of GrantBrennan
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

GrantBrennan, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of ncworster
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ncworster, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a HopDevil pint glass. The growler was filled a few hours ago.

A - Pours a totally transparent bright copper color. Some semblance of a head for a few seconds, but this dies away quickly to wisps of thin film. The lacing is spotty.

S - Big caramel malts and fragrant floral hops. It has a syrupy citrus sweetness to it along with the damp mustiness of fresh cut grass. I am really enjoying the fresh hop aroma.

T - Starts with clean, grainy malt. Citrus follows along with bitter hops. Dank lemon on the back end. The caramel and grain malts keep the finish moist, despite the prominent hop profile. Extremely well balanced.

M - Light-medium body with tingly carbonation. Impressive feel.

O - I was happy to see this Victory draft-only offering during a stop at Whole Foods. This is a great example of a wet hopped ale. Great citrus, floral hops, and a complexity of malts. Easy drinking and refreshing. This is a very sessionable beer perfect for fall, I wish it was available in bottles.

PS. I am confused by the style classification on this site, a this is clearly an APA/IPA.

NoLeafClover44, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DIM, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Twifiter, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +9%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of Bigtimmy
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Bigtimmy, May 01, 2012
Photo of gloveman
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

gloveman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

xnicknj, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of gcare02
4/5  rDev +2.6%

gcare02, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of blange3
4/5  rDev +2.6%

blange3, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with solid white head. Pretty good lacing. Some moderate carbonation. Smell has a nice, slighty hoppy aroma, a hint of breadiness. Taste is classic Victory pale ale, with less bready notes than usual. Hops are more dominant, but not apparently because it's hoppy, but more because malt backbone is light. Very well balanced. Medium bodied, only slight mouthfeel. Very nice classic hoppy beer. Not sure if this is supposed to be "wet" hops or "fresh" (Sierra Nevada definition), but it's a solid pale ale.

Blanco, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Harvest Ale

Pours a clear copper color, white head forms and dies quickly. Aroma of fresh hops, piney, dank and resinous floral notes. In the taste, mild citrus, rind like bitterness, pine and a bready, caramel malt body. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Overall, a nice, easy going fresh hop brew with deceptive strength.

Stinkypuss, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub. Pours a dark copper with a white head. Fairly mild nose of bitter citric hops. Mouth is heavily hopped, grapefruit skin, pine cone, light caramel malt. Fresh, robust, lively. Feels soft with ample carbonation. Not the nuance or balance of Victory's better IPA's but a really nice beer.

JAXSON, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler picked up 3 days ago at the brewpub.

First off - there's no way this can get lumped into that "strong ale" category. It's much closer to an American Amber/Red Ale, and doesn't present with anywhere near enough alcohol to be an ASA.

Pours with a short, off-white head over a clean amber colored body. Lots of lacing. Exactly what you want to see in a "harvest style" ale.

Aromas lean mostly on the malts, with lots of rich, fresh bread, and just a woft of English hops.

Fairly soft mouthfeel - carbonation is moderate, and the hops bring a fairly tight dry sharpness, but it's rich enough to be pretty smooth overall. Flavors present a really clean, pleasant hop bitterness that has no astringency. Plenty of caramel sweetness to make this really well balanced. Strangely enough though, the hops win the battle in the flavor category.

A really nice Fall beer from Victory - full of flavor, but not over the top in any category. I thought I could session this growler, but after two, it's clearly closer to the listed ABV here.

BeerImmediately, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Rifugium, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jpro, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of david18
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

david18, Dec 03, 2010
Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.