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NATO IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 12-22-2012)
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Photo of jwhancher
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

jwhancher, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of GrantBrennan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

GrantBrennan, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ububru
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

st9647v3, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Noelito76, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Gavage, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of derekdenim
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

derekdenim, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Oakenator
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Oakenator, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

DWolf, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Dreamer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dreamer, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

wertschy, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of cw13
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

cw13, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of dgherm
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dgherm, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

PatGreer, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Kendo, May 16, 2013
Photo of Durge
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Durge, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

ColForbinBC, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Slatetank, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ranger60
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

ranger60, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Steve_Oldrati, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SadMachine, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

random846, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

banger7, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

nakedninjaturtle, Jan 01, 2013
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NATO IPA from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.