Victory Harvest Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 30
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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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 utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with with bright clarity and remnants of golden sunshine hues to make the color sharp. I did not pour a fat head with this one but I was taking a photo and that could change when I do a pour that doesn't necessitate me doing it slowly and carefully while trying to hold a camera. Off white head that fell to a thin ring and film on top. Nose is bold and fruity with orange and with an herbal that seems vegetal andcrisp to me. Grass and a light spice faintly in the shadows. As the beer comes up to temp there is a twiggy scent that's a bit piney. The malt is faint on the nose except for a light, light caramel.

I was not expecting the wild bonanza of fruits in this beer! Taste is pine needles, succulent fresh orange, a bit of bitter pith from grapefruit. An overall citrus character that has something sweeter and more tropical in the background but it remains elusive. A taste like hemp seeds. This beer is perfectly balanced. The malt is a light and dry biscuit that never lets the caramel run away with itself. The beer itself is dry and the mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium. In the middle of the drink is a vegetal quality that really makes this beer crisp and refreshing. The finish is perfectly dry. The citric tartness and that woody pine needle take you to the swallow where there is a decent bite from bubbles and a bit of stickiness to coat the throat. The bitterness seems tame at first because of the sweetness of the mosaic hops and while it does become more prominent as you drink, it does not linger too long. Aftertaste is dry pine needles, citric tartness with some bright orange peel and a surprising caramel that has come forward albeit softly to a sassy and brisk flourish.

I loved this and think this is one of the best pale ales I have had.

Photo of stonermouse
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours totally clear, fairly pale with a touch of amber.

Aroma gives of a quick blast of herbal, grassy hops upon opening.

Flavor is unusual, yet impressive. Grassy and vegital hops flavors dominate. Mandarin orange flavor adds some sweetness and bite. All together, it's reminiscent of a fresh asian salad.

Finishes sticky, bitter, yet slightly sweet.

Nice brew here. Offers a unique hop profile that's more herbal and grassy than most. I'll revisit next harvest season for sure.

Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear copper color under a slowly-deflating head of lumpy beige foam. Aroma is all fresh, dank, oily, spicy hops...really highlighting the raw aromatics of wet hops. Herbs, green grass, marijuana, and peppery citrus all atop a substantial cereal malt base that adds just the right amount of support. Flavor is another blast of supremely oily, resinous hop cones backed by a lighter malty sweetness. Sticky pine needles, spicy grapefruit, lemongrass, peppercorns, and flowers. Very nice all around. Medium bodied, fluffy, and dry, never turning sweet, staying perfectly drinkable until the end. Despite the drinkability, it wouldn't surprise me if this was more like 7.5%+ given the intensity of flavor. Damn tasty stuff from Victory, who know a thing or two about hops.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Mountains of the freshest and juiciest hops are piled into our brew kettles just hours after their harvest to bring you this aromatic brew that's bursting with flavor. With more of their essential oils intact, these wet hops add notes of juicy fruit and a tea-like bite that play perfectly off the lightly toasted malt character. For the freshest flavor of this wet hopped ale, pop that top and taste freshness NOW!" Brewed in the style of a Harvest Wet Hop Pale Ale. Available as a fall release in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pale tan color over a very mildly hazy, nearly transparent orange amber body. Light, subtle relaxed carbonation. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Bold, juicy grapefruit, ripe citrus with peel, resinous pine, mango, some pineapple and pepper for a bold and complex hoppy aroma atop a slick mild caramel syrup body. Very clean and inviting with a moderate perceived bitterness. Potency is medium/high. 4.5

(Taste) Mango, grapefruit pith, tangerine, lemon and citrus rind, a mild peppery, herbal tea finish. Bitterness is moderate, fairly easygoing for the style. Goes well alongside a slick crystal malt backbone with a mild sweetness and a touch of biscuit for body enhancement, clean and simple. The malt profile could have gotten away with less body and still maintained well in the end. The hop flavors were a touch less preserved and bold than the aroma gave off with an herbal, creeping vegetal quality coming in, but overall it's still phenomenal. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and resinous, clean, mildly dry. Carbonation generates a mild froth for a soft crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to mention. 4

(Overall) It's such a tasty harvest ale with all the best found flavors of juicy hop cones, a fitting harvest ale choice to kick off the November wet hop rush and a great balance of quality and price. Worth a try alongside some of the most popular harvest ales of the late fall season. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
Vine To Victory Harvest Ale

Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Founders Harvest Ale Meets a little Zombie dust

light brightness of a Founders Harvest with a little more sweetness and umpff.


Photo of RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -6%

Hey there...

Is the Queen ready for her tea and crumpets? Pretty much like the label on the bottle states: fresh, juicy hops with a dry, tea-like backbone - nothing more, nothing less. So if you are down for an octogenarian IPA (which isn't all that bad) have at it.

Photo of handcrafty
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy shit, Victory! You've just out done yourself.
What a beautiful, smelly, tasty, delicious pale ale we have here.
Dank, resinous, floral, citrus, pine, weed, feet, tree, grass, everything you want to taste in in APA is going on here.
I thought they outdid themselves with DirtWolf. I was wrong. Gahh!. Delicious.
Easily compares to ZombieDust, PseudoSue and all the other big boys, IMO.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Aroma is very fresh, freshest yet with resiny citrusy hops having a grapefruit smell.
Taste is equally just as good. Bold and hoppy smooth with a lingering light bitterness.
Pours nice and clear with about a finger worthy of white head.
I need more

Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got my growler jug filled with this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last week, right before the keg kicked. I was excited to enjoy this after seeing how enjoyable the Dirt Wolf was and even though this reminded me a lot of that, this was a bit different and nowhere near as potent while still maintaining a similar hop profile and like the Troegs Hop Knife, showed that a seasonal beer for the fall doesn't have to be an Octoberfest or a Marzen.

Solid pour to this as the glowing apricot hue, foamy head, lively carbonation, and slightly cloudy hue all combined for a pleasing appearance. Nice earthy hop presence to the nose as it easily filled up the remainder of my pint glass from start to finish. The funky, skunky aroma matched up well with the taste as this had strong mango and papaya notes, a waxy mouthfeel, and a hint of piney resin to tie everything together. Just a hint of warming alcohol could be felt but this never seemed too heavy or strong given the dry-hopped feel of this.

While not a session beer, it was hard not to have another serving of this once the glass emptied out. A worthy counterpunch to the West Coast IPA's, this deserves to be a year-round beer and is worth seeking out for hopheads or those who love the Dirt World but want a lighter take on it. A solid winner from top to bottom and in line with it comes to Victory's other current offerings.

Photo of justintcoons
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

Photo of rdilauro
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was totally surprised by this one I've had a few wet hops recently and enjoyed them but was not all that excited by some of them. I know I have enjoyed almost every Victory beer that I had.

We were going to go for a full darker beer after work, but we decided to go iwth Harvest Ale, since it said "Drink it Now"

Really, really good. Have to say its been one of my favorite IPAs that I have had in a long time. I could not find a thing wrong with this beer. The aroma came flowing out as soon as the cap was taken off, the dry hoppiness along with citrus and pine came out in a perfect balance. This beer was neither too late or too heavy. Just right.

Can not wait until I have my next one

Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear bright amber with white head that leaves lacing around the top

S-sweet caramel, grapefruit, some lemon, and light pine

T-heavy hops presence, mostly citrus flavors with some earthy notes, spicey, light bready backbone

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very hop centric beer with enough sweetness to make it drinkable

Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

This one is about the same price as Founders. However, it is much easier to find. Or at least it was for me. This beer was not my favorite harvest, thus far. I have read some reviews where people refer to hops as tasting like cat piss, some like this others don't. I am on the not big fan or feline urine side of the fence. I will say this is the first beer I have had that I would refer to as tasting or even more so, smelling like cat piss. I assume its the hops. Oddly enough its really not a bad beer just kind of caught me off guard.

Color: Amber, with nice head retention.

Aroma: Maybe some malts, but definitely the aforementioned cat piss. Sour hop aroma. Maybe this one is off somewhat? I could also be me.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Some resinous taste earthy not unlike Dirtwolf in that regard. I do detect the floral notes, but it coated my mouth with kind of an odd film. I will try to get one colder and see if that improves things. I don't believe that will make that much difference. Its definitely drinkable, but its a sipper for sure.

Overall: I was interested in trying this one. I bought this alongside Founders, which I lucked up and was able to purchase a four pack as well. They were both around the same price. But to me Founders was a much better tasting and smelling beer. Don't get me wrong, I generally love beers from Victory, but this one falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Its not Hop Devil, but it is good. Don't let the cat piss deter you, you may enjoy that. I know a lot of people do!

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright, light copper golden color with a 1/4-1/2 inch ivory head that slowly recedes to leave a ring and large patch of foam on the surface. The ring persists for much of the beer and there are patches and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass. On the surface of the liquid there is an irregular island of thin foam.

The aroma is all about the hops with hardly any malt showing at all. The combination includes citrus (mostly grapefruit), herbal and grassy notes that even have a bit of dankness and resinous tang mixed in.

The flavors are, as expected from the nose, all about the hops as well. While its possible to tell there is a light malt backbone, it remains in a supporting role to help alleviate but not eliminate the resinous bitterness from the hops. In the flavor profile there's lots of grapefruit with some herbal and grassy notes.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with ongoing light, prickly carbonation. The finish starts in the full flavors of the hops, lets the malt soften the bitterness for a bit, and then tapers off back into grapefruit bitterness and a long long dry finish that eventually leaves one wanting another sip.

Overall this is a really nice APA that shows off the character of the wet hops quite nicely despite the fact that the hops were transported most of the way across the country from the Yakima valley to South Eastern PA. If you like grapefruit you'll enjoy this beer. I'm glad to have gotten a case of this one as that means a few more weeks of sipping and exploring how the flavors mellow, integrate, and change as the days go by.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottles purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep golden amber, with a half inch head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like grass, tea, grapefruit, orange, and other juicy citrusy hop flavors. Smells quite inviting.

This tastes pretty nice. Just really fresh juicy hop flavors. There's some tea-like, herbal earthiness that comes with the "harvest ale" territory, alongside citrusy, slightly catty hop flavors. There's barely any malt flavor, and it kind of falls thin and flat near the end due to this. This tastes amazing, very full up-front though.

Like said above, the mouthfeel and body on this could use some work, it falls a bit flat and thin near the end, feels much lower in ABV than it is. It does have a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, though.

With a little bit of work in the malt department, this would be a much better beer. As it is now, it's still quite tasty.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Resin and grapefruit dominate the aroma, with a dank spin and light skunk notes. Flavor reveals grapefruit underlying a resiny, dank dominance, finishing fairly bitter and earthy. A little more bitter than I prefer, but good flavor/aroma balance. As it warms, it becomes more earthy in aroma and flavor. Not my favorite profile.

Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.