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Victory ESB - Victory Brewing Company

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Victory ESB
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BA SCORE
87
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

djrn2, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at he brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice ted copper with an off white head and plenty of lacing. Nose brings earthy, herbal, and floral hops plus a touch of caramel. The flavor adds in a tiny amount of citrus plus some mild bready notes. Floral hops prevail. Lovely feel with great bitterness levels. A really solid and fantastically drinkable beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber in color with a smooth, even, head of white on top that faded off after a couple of moments. Light lacing was left by the side. Aroma is bready, hints of caramel and grassy notes and warming brought out tons of grains. Light, crisp and clean taste, light grassy hops and a smooth even caramel malt base made up the bulk of the profile

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned. Fairly clear with just a slight haze. Golden-bronze with an off-white head that holds well but leaves very little lace (may have been a dirty glass). The aroma is brightly hoppy with Goldings and a solid caramel malt backing. The body is medium with a gentle carbonation that gives it a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is well rounded with sweet caramel malt and a light hop flavor. The bitterness is softer, playing a supporting role in the cask version vs. standard draught. There's a soft, gently lingering maltiness in the dryish finish. Superbly enjoyable in this presentation. Not exactly a session beer at 6.2% ABV, but worthy of enjoying more than one in an evening.

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Piper's Pub a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but drink the hell out of the Braumeister Pils that was flowing at the same time. This one pours a copper amber hue with a light off white head forming nicely in my glass. Aroma has caramel malt sweetness, hints of cereal bread grains, and earthy herbal hop notes. Flavor continues the trend of caramelized maltiness with a hint of toasted marshmallow with creamy sweet dessert bread, enough hops step up to balance it out but this is very English hopping which works for the style. Earthy, herbal hops grace the palate with a light edge of citrus peel nothing heavy just a kiss that makes the beer very very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample mellow carbonation level that works so well for this beer. Overall drinkability is high, I didn't guess this alcohol to be anywhere near 6% abv, quality American brewed ESB from my own experience that can be a rarity.

WVbeergeek, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the Brewpub in Downingtown, PA. Served at cask temp in a Nonic.

A -A cherry red juice color w/ thick ecru foam - the appearance is mildly hazed as expected.

S - Red fruit, mild spice and sweet, but subtle toasted malts - the aroma is amplified in the cask delivery making for a very inviting combination of grape-like esters and sweet herbal hop notes with only a hint of earthy aroms detected

M - The feel is mildly roasted w/ smooth creamy malt and yeast texture w/ slightly fruit and floral hop resin on the palate w/ mild biscuit middle and bone dry finish

T - The taste has a nice combination of fruity and spicy w/ mild yeast tinged and slight grapeskin-like tannic flavor w/ a mild apple and light almond nutty sweetness and hints of herbal resinous goodness in the finish

D - I was more impressed with this ESB both because it was served in cask format and that it was fresher at the brewery which makes a difference in English Bitters IMO - definitely one of the better examples of style

Slatetank, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty aroma that is accompanied by a mild hop scent. It's light, but still packs a malty punch. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a nice hop flavor. It's an easy drinker even at 6.25%. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite ESB, but it'll do in a pinch.

WesWes, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Kraftwork on 2/17/11.

Pours a clear golden amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a very thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma but the nose is dominated by a sweet malt character. Hints of earthy pine and very faint sweet citrus balanced by toasted caramel malt, rye and biscuit.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a hop forward flavor that lingers into a dry finish. This is quickly countered by a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit. Although this is decently balanced, the hops are the star here with a lingering bitterness and dry finish. The ABV is decently masked but this beer is still a bit harsh.

corby112, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory ESB

Pours an orangeish copper color. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and orange citrus. In the flavor, herbal tea, citrus zest, and mild grassy bitterness from the hops. The malt/yeast foundation adds alot of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and bread tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. Straightforward and very English in style, this is a worthy ESB with a good amount of flavor.

Stinkypuss, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Boone757, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish red as opposed to reddish brown and had a decent head that died quick with minimal lace and a airy, clean aroma of some bread malt and touches of sweet caramel and minimal hops. A bitter hop taste first hit me, but then it smoothes out and is balanced thanks to some sweet caramel and bread malt (possible bitter chocolate or toffee in there). Good balance and finish, not the most flavorful ESB I've had but a pretty good one.

clayrock81, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-copper color with a thin off white head. The head faded very fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biscuit in nature mixed with a bitter hop aroma of earthy and citrus nature. There are light spice and herbal aromas mixed into the nose as well which overall create an overall very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste is biscuit up front as the nose would have predicted. In the middle some of the citrus hop flavor and spice then comes into to the tongue. The citrus loses ground fast but the spiciness gets stronger. In the end the spice flavors mix with the bread an herbal/grassy flavor and an earthy hop flavor to leave a bitter spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Typical for a cask beer this one was creamy in body and low in carbonation. It was nice and smooth and very drinkable.

Overall - The flavors of this beer taste and transition well making this one a very easy drinking bitter with a nice smooth feel and taste.

Darkmagus82, May 24, 2012
Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Victory. The beer is a rich copper color. Excellent hop aroma. Maybe even some floral traces in the nose. Medium-full, well balanced malty taste. There is also a pretty good shot of hops in it. Very smooth to the palate. An excellent Quaff!

Boto, May 24, 2003
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

GreesyFizeek, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -10%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darker brown with a full tan colored head. Good lacing present on glass.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Bread bitterness from the hops up front and through the middle. Malts and maple sweetness to finish.

M: Body yet light enough to have few. Great feeling on the tongue - really creamy.

O: Well done ESB.

Oakenator, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Casked Victory ESB, on tap at Capital Ale House, Richmond, VA, Midlothian location. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: An abnormally dark brew with a foamy one-finger head, very cask-esque, complete with spotty, bubbly, sticky, cheesecloth-esque on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Odd but interesting phenols, a handful of herbal hop notes, and brown sugar and caramel notes make up the bulk of the aroma on this one. A few light fruity notes buried in the mix emerge upon close inspection, sort of like apples and figs.

Taste: Incredibly toasty and malty, with a few stray phenols that come across as fruity though are also slightly medicinal. Bitterness is mild, as are a few buttery notes. Herbalness comes through as it warms, tobacco like. The maltiness here is provided mainly courtesy of toffee and light coffee notes, though there are a few stray dark fruits as well, as well as that crisp, glass-like, crystal malt taste. Balanced, as any good ESB should be, though perhaps more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and soft. Medium bodied, that nice low carb cask feel. A few sticky residual sugars and a slight hop prickle round things out.

Drinkability: A solid offering from Victory, and one I'm glad I tried. Strikes that perfect ESB balance, and the casking brings them out nicely. Though the hop and malt notes on their own aren't my favorite varieties, they do go reasonably well together, and I'd be happy to try this one again.

CrellMoset, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of random846
5/5  rDev +28.5%

random846, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that I would have been more impressed with this beer had it been on the hand pump instead of Hop Devil or Milltown Mild. It does have a nice herbal character that works well with this slightly hoppy take on the style. Still, i was more impressed with several other beers I tried during my visit.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of phishbone23
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Zetcha7x, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +2.8%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
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Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.