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NATO IPA - Victory Brewing Company

NATO IPA
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87
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 12-22-2012)
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at The Top in a pint glass. Pours golden with some red-orange hue, not much head but maybe the bartender was wiping this off to get it up to the top of the glass. Smell is sweet citrus and faint pilsner like malts in the background. Flavor is a nice crisp citrus, very little bitter, and a hint of sweet. More of an APA than IPA but a very nice beer. Easy drinking. Light and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 23:51:33 | More by BMMillsy
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Kendo

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear amber-orange with a big (3-finger) ivory head that leaves thick foamy lace.

S: Biscuity and caramel malt foundation with citrusy & floral hops on top. Not terribly hoppy in the nose, which is a bit of a surprise.

T: Sweet caramel malt is followed by piney & citrusy hops; finishes with piney bitterness - resin, pine needles and a lingering bit of spruce. Aftertaste is quite bitter, though malt sweetness remains underneath.

M: Good creaminess; carbonation is modest, heft is medium.

O: Easy drinker if you like a long, bitter finish. Surprisingly balanced otherwise, however; it's jut that piney bitter finish that reminds you that this is an American IPA.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2013 00:38:40 | More by Kendo
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory NATO Ipa

Pours a clear light copper. Large soapy topping leaves plenty of lacing down the pint. Smells of herbal, woodsy hops and bready malt. Strong bitterness, mild peppery note and fresh grapefruity citrus. Malt is complimentary only, providing almost enough to balance bodied feel with soft yet ample carbonation. Overall, this tastes like Hop Wallop's little brother. Quite hoppy and very drinkable. One vote for NATO!

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 22:25:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a smack in the mouth IPA. It's going for pure punch with no intent at grace or a suave delivery. Strong pine and citrus tones are definitely here. Carbonation seems a bit high as I feel it for some time after I finish my sip. It's good, if you like that hop punch, but for me at this point, I like things a bit more refined and evened out. Especially since I'll be working up the ol' hop allergy with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 00:38:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

An orange colored body. Crystal clear with some streams of bubbles. The head was a firm two fingers of off-white foam and retreated slowly, in raindrop fashion. Spider web lacing left behind.

Oily hops on the nose. Fresh cut flowers with some bready notes underneath. Additionally, some lemon, pine, and peach notes poke through.

A little bit of sweet caramel adds some complexity over these soft but bright hops. This is hoppy without being biting. Tremendously balanced. Notes of pine, lemon, peach, and apricots with large doses of flowers.

Just hop oil throughout. Extremely oily. On the lighter side of medium, with a light lingering bittersweet floral flavor.

This is an interesting IPA. I couldn't find much information online. It's almost like an American IPA meets an English IPA with German malts. This is solid. Bright but perfectly subtle hops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 15:04:26 | More by ColForbinBC
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-amber colored brew with a tiny white head. The head fades fast to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is bready with notes of caramel mixed within. Along with these aromas is a nice blend of hops. The hop aromas are mainly of a floral nature but also contain some smells of a pine and herbal aromas as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother malty and lightly caramel sweetened taste with notes of a pine hop. The pine grows a bit stronger toward the middle of the taste with the sweeter and maltier flavors losing some of their ground. Lighter citrus hop and some herbal flavors join the profile more toward the end. All the flavors, when combined in the end, create a moderately bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side for a 7% abv IPA in terms of it creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Pretty good for the style and it made for a rather fast drinking brew.

Overall – While it is nothing that is out of the park it is a nice IPA and one to try if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 01:08:25 | More by Darkmagus82
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Durge

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this on tap at the Somerset Hills Tap Room in New Jersey. The appearance is clear, pale reddish-copper with a polite white head and decent lacing. The aroma delivers a fairly grassy citrus with a sort of funky evergreen quality that finishes tart with a near sour cherry sweetness. The flavor brings a neat cherry-grain mix that features more of the medley of hop beauty; citrus, pine-evergreen and grassy edges. This a bit different and highly wonderful. It's medium bodied with a quality feel that is slightly viscous yet clean with a hint of a resinous surface. With moderate carbonation this brew is a thoroughly satisfying hop refreshment.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 15:25:36 | More by Durge
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Sturges Speakeasy served chilled in a Nonic, this went well with my taco burger.
The color is a brilliant polished copper shade with light haze and thick cream cap with tight bead. The smell is fruity and piney with some light caramel tinges from the malt with a mild citrus element. The mouthfeel is relatively high in bitterness with slightly dry yet acidic texture of hops mixed with light sweetness and mild alcohol with generally moderate carbonation for the style.
This IPA has a nice flavor profile with agressive citrus bitterness with light malt which has a hint of caramel sweetness and light oiliness of hops with light grapefruit type bitter flavor as it finishes. The overall take on this is this is a quality Ipa in the more west coast style which is fresh and hoppy with nice dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 15:00:06 | More by Slatetank
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ranger60

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a 5 oz sample on draft at Tap Room in Warren, NJ.

Appearance is crystal clear, dark golden color.
Smell is hoppy and piney.
Taste is excellent - good balance, good lingering taste without being overpowering. Piney but not overdone, and picking up grapefruit notes.
Mouthfeel - smooth with good level of carbonation.
Overall - I could drink this again!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 17:30:07 | More by ranger60
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with strong dense cap of off-white froth. Scent brings floral, grassy and herbal hops along with a bitter malty backbone. Taste brings a decent amount of hops in the grassy/floral/earthy/herbal range and malts in the biscuity/nutty relm. Medium bodied, nice cask pour body. Decent but unremarkable IPA.

Serving type: cask

01-21-2013 17:57:49 | More by rfgetz
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Filled up a growler yesterday at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold to light copper. Nice foamy white head that leaves awesome lacing. Smells hoppy: floral, piney, citrus, and lemon. Enough malt backbone to back up hops. Tastes sticky sweet with substantial hop character that feels soft & even. Feels medium light with crisp snappy bitterness. Overall, a great IPA. Would live to see this one in regular rotation.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2013 21:57:16 | More by jwhancher
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a two finger head that leaves some thick lace on the glass while it slowly recedes.

Smell: loads of floral hop goodness here, along with some caramel and fruit sweetness.

Taste: caramel, golden apples, orange citrus, and a big floral component creates a well balanced and non-biting IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a drying finish. The floral tones really last long here.

Overall: a very enjoyable and highly drinkable beer. I can say this is one of the better beers I have had from Victory over the years.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 00:02:48 | More by Gavage
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden orange with two fingers of white head in a British pint glass. Complex lacing and good head retention throughout consumption. Aroma is floral hops - really present at the nose. Flavor is definitely hoppy but starts mild, builds to nice malt flavor, then finishes and lingers on the bitter hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 23:17:44 | More by Oakenator
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up growler today since they didn't want to fill Scarlet Fire (why? No explanation given). 25 minutes after ordering, finally tracked my growler down sitting in front of some other dude down the bar. They need a new growler filling process / line.

Pours with nice 3F of soapy off white head over a very clear copper body. No carbonation flowing up. Great lacing.

Aromas are very perfumey. Lilac, herbs, citrus... Soft and aromatic.

Flavors follow suit - lots of floral going on. Rose bud, English bitter hops, herbs, and touch of tropical fruit sweetness. Good carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel, and highly drinkable IPA.

An English IPA with depth / balls.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 01:40:46 | More by BeerImmediately
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazed golden color with a decent looking white head on top. The smell of the beer is hoppy, some nice resiny pine aromas with a subtle malt aroma in there also. The taste of the beer has a mixture of earthy mellow hop flavors with some additional piney ones in there as well. It's an interesting flavor profile for sure. It's like a collision of English and American IPA all in one. The mouthfeel of the beer has more carbonation than I expected from a cask/firkin. Really surprising. It's medium bodied and crisp. Overall this beer isn't too bad. It's an enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: cask

12-22-2012 22:27:50 | More by Knapp85
NATO IPA from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.