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NATO IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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NATO IPA
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87
very good

63 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 12-22-2012)
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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Knapp85, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 26, 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 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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Stinkypuss, Mar 07, 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 rfgetz
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

rfgetz, Jan 21, 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 Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ShemRahBoo, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

st9647v3, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +3.4%

SadMachine, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JohnK17, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

BMMillsy, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

hollywood_15063, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mdillon86, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hoppymcgee, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Chugs13, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bigfnjoe, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

oglmcdgl, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 31, 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 PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

PatGreer, Jan 13, 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
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NATO IPA from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.