Hop Ticket Session IPA | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop Ticket Session IPAHop Ticket Session IPA

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rrski198 on 01-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 329
Photo of stephens101
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear and shiny like freshly polished brass. Has an off-white froth. Smells of subtle light fruits and distant hops. Fruit and malt forward with a quick hop strike at the back. Lighter body. Obviously made for drinking, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy straw gold with a light quickly dissipating white foam cap. Very fruity nose with tropical fruit and melon. Light, highly carbonated and packed with fruit and very light grain character. Mild bitterness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 23, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: Easing into the night after Shan, Mary, Ricah and the boys it the WineFest... APPEARANCE: First, the head: like overyeasted dough, the head rises like sea foam above the lip by a good inch! ( a prior bottle poured itself out the glass!); the ebbing tide leaves thick, clinging clumps of snow-white moss; the body is pale golden yellow with hefty floating sediment that settles at the glass's bottom... AROMA: definite flowery hops and biscuit malts moderate each other; some lemon zest and citrus, but not as big as an IPA would normally be... PALATE: fizzy, lively, and thin early with a dry, reasonable aftertaste; medium-bodied...TASTE: light and crisp as promised; light bitterness; lemon zest dominates, but the overall flavor is not an IPA, in the American sense--more like an English IPA in its drinkability--more spritzy than strong, more crisp than crunchy... OVERALL: Drinking this as last year's Hop Ticket Session IPA, the beer is (literally) a refreshing take on the genre; indeed, sessionable and refreshing...

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.5/5  rDev -33%

I had this on tap at the pint room in Carmel. The color was extremely light golden, dare I say miller light-ish? There was a hint of hops, but not a ton of flavor. The carbonation was intense, not sure what that was about. I've been really into session ipas lately and it was going to be a long night, so I was a little disappointed. Not a good representation of the genre.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweetness there in the nose that was surprising with a hint of raspberry at first that gives way into a pineapple aroma.

The taste of this beer is crispy fruit flavor with some green grape and grapefruit. There is a light bitterness that comes out toward the end that brings a pine needle flavor that holds for a moment then slips away.

The feel of this beer is light bodied with a good drinkable feel. It has a good taste for a low ABV IPA. There is a smooth finish that slips in and out and hardly registers. Smooth.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Figured I should drink this since its almost to its best by date.
A - Well not a super attractive IPA in the slightlest not only is it loaded with floaties but the beer itself looks like a light lager. Head is good though a 1/2 inch which makes for great lacing rings.
S - Smell is rather skunky with some herbal bitterness. Smells more like a lager to me though.
T - Very dry, herbal and not very sessionable the bitterness seems unbalanced and the malt seems no existent. Bad just so bad.
M - For a light session IPA they got the INTENSE bitterness part way turned up making it unbalanced and hardly sessionable.

Overall I enjoyed the Dry Hopped Pilsner imensly so I am super confused what the hell happened here. Were they in a rush to make another beer for the Hop Ticket series so they just released it for the hell of it? Did they even drink it before putting it on the shelfs?

Regardless I have never truly appreciated a session IPA so I am not sure why I even got it. Bad Victory! BAD DOG!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent golden in my Icelandic Viking pint glass. Huge head (nearly overflowing) of fine, white bubbles. Thin, wispy spiderweb lacing.

Nose is crisp citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Obviously heavily hopped, this is an extravagant and oh-so-impressive start.

Taste is sharp and ultra-hoppy, with tons of tropical (pineapple, mango) and citrus notes jumping out instantly. A really wonderful session IPA, and one that deserves wider release. Definitely a superior and world-class IPA!

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Photo of crag
1/5  rDev -73.2%

This was a huge disappointment so much so that it was poured down the sink. Was having a family gathering and tasting all kinds of beer and everyone around the table looked at me like something was wrong when we all tasted this beer. Basically tasted like grass clippings in carbonated water. What just baffled me is that the palette that help create Dirt Wolf helped create this. What were the conversations in the brew house when they first tasted this? Really - how did this get paste QC or the marketing groups. its as if you took spent grain and re-boiled it to extract trace sugars and then through in some really bad hops and some yeast.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%

BOTTLE review.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing if typical label art and branded blue pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a Victory variety box and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

"Enjoy by 15 OCT 2014." 4.5% ABV.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. White in colour. Lacks sufficient creaminess and thickness. Retention is above average - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's far from unique or special for an IPA, but I find it generally appealing.

AROMA: Dank floral hop notes. A hint of cannabis. Noble hops. Pils malts. Helles malts. A generally pleasant aroma of average strength. Some fruit rind. Tropical fruit hop notes.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes, or spices are detectable.

It's a biteen starchy, which is odd for an IPA.

TASTE: Ugh. The off-note many describe as "cat pee" is present here in spades, but I don't pick up on any ammonia. Grassy noble hops. Some floral character. Pils malts and helles malts. Starchy crackery malts form the backbone of the beer. Strangely, there isn't really much of a pale malt taste.

The tropical fruit and fruit rind hop notes from the aroma are absent here, to its detriment. Grassy hops dominate.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Average depth, duration, and amplitude of flavour. Low flavour intensity.

It's a very simply built session IPA with insufficient hop flavour. There's no subtlety or intricacy here. It's balanced decently, and has loose cohesion, but it isn't a gestalt build.

TEXTURE: Scratchy, rough, and dry on the palate, which doesn't suit it at all. Slightly overcarbonated. Smooth. Light to medium-bodied. Relatively thin.

This texture doesn't suit the style or taste well at all. It's unrefreshing and drags on the palate. Bad overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: It's a subpar IPA - session or not - and feels more like an attempt to cash in on the growing popularity of this purported style than a sincere inspired attempt to brew a good beer. It's not a beer I'd want to have again, but I'll easily finish the bottle. I'm glad I tried it once, but this is a swing and a miss from Victory. I've had pale ales with more hop flavour. This tastes like an overhopped pilsner.

Low C

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Photo of Tucquan
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%

Had this on 2014-08-06 from a growler and again on 2014-08-30 in Columbia, PA from a bottle.

A - Pretty clear, straw-yellow with a 1-finger white head and mild lace

S - Grass, mild citrus and hop floral

T - Decent with some malt to balance the hop forward flavor. There's a bit of pineapple sweetness.

M - Fuller than some session IPAs.

O - An enjoyable session beer focused on pineapple and hop bitterness.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Good till October 16th.

Big bleach white and bright three finger head. Large soapy bubbles and snapping head that disappears fairly quickly. A big bright lemon body color, quite clear with fast rising fine carbonation.

Aroma is true to description, floral notes with a perfume earthy quality. Not as strong or bright I would say, with a mellow juiced quality. Hop forward with nothing else to detect, and light as expected.

Palate comes with a bit of classic hop flavor. Cantaloupe angle with some fruit, and an extremely wet and watery body. A bit of a chalky finish to match unfortunately, with a good hop astringency of lemon and lime washing nicely.

It's a standard session IPA, with a decent hop profile.

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Photo of DIM
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a clear, brain shining golden color. It poured with a large fluffy white head.

Lots of leafy, grassy hops in the nose and on the tongue, maybe a little citrus rind as well. Biscuity, bready malts for balance. Much better than the Hop Ticket pils, but this isn't one I need to revisit.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours perfectly clear gold. Nice levels of hop spices with an overall earthiness and inkyness that lingers as an accent. Leafy citrus is most dominant. Overall an interesting mix of flavor character that very much leans towards an earthy and leafy thing. Interesting to try; not sure if it's something I would go back to though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the Victory summer mix-pack.

Pours a pale golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells like grass, grapefruit, lemon, and citrus peel.

The taste is similar. This is one of the better session IPAs, but like most of them, I'm left wanting a little bit more. No malt backbone, with bitter grapefruit and pine notes galore, and some typical Victory hop flavors- grassy with spicy peppery notes.

Light bodied, without being watery, with a high carbonation, almost biting.

This is one of the better session IPAs out there, but like most of them, it left me wanting something a little more.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a cap that actually lasts quite a while

S: Quite hoppy and juicy up front, with a bit of citrus and floral notes. Some bready maltiness in there as well, but definitely more hoppy than malty

T: Starts off with the juicy hoppiness but is well balanced with the malts. Again, a bit of citrus and floral notes from the hops that are relatively quickly balanced by the light bready sweetness of the malts.Some bitterness linger into the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nicely done session IPA with plenty of hop flavor. Very easy to drink (duh) and does indeed make for a nice session brew. Another solid part of the mixed summer 12-pack

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Photo of Chaney
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This session IPA is certainly the new craze in the beer world.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a foggy, slightly darker than straw color, with a wispy, sticky white head.

S: More hop than sugar, for sure, with more of a pilsner-esque quality as opposed to a hop-forward, IPA one.

T: Ahhhh, but the taste was definitely in IPA territory. Clean and refreshing, with Victory's signature flavor profile in spades.

M: Victory always excels in this area. There is always a certain "fluffy" quality I always get on most of their entries. Smooth a silk!

O: Victory is on fire. I can think of very few breweries who have produced a string of amazing beers in the past year or so.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is one finger high, with a fluffy texture and a white shade. Retention isn't the best, though. As the head recedes, streaks of thin lacing are left on the glass.

S: Victory did a great job of packing fresh tropical notes into a smaller brew. Mango, grapefruit (not tropical, but bear with me), guava, and papaya appear relatively vividly for the gravity. If it didn't have a weird onion-y-ness (uh oh, Mosaic?), I'd easily give the nose a 4 - still, that's really just nitpicking.

T: Tastes just like a baby DirtWolf. A subtle combination of tropical fruits, pine, and flowers give way to a crackery malt finish. It starts off bitter, only for the aforementioned malts to keep it from ravaging the back end. It's really well balanced - if rather simple - and does a good job of showing off its hop profile. While the malts are very light, it manages to avoid being watery.

M: As expected, this is as crisp and light as nothing else. Even better, it doesn't stab the tongue with excessive bitterness or carbonation. Make no mistake, this beer is quite dry - and yet, it manages to be just substantial enough. How's the best way I can put it? Okay, how about this: it comes off like a 4.5% beer normally would, but the hop flavors prevent it from being dinky.

O: I could see why someone might call this hop water. This is very dry next to something like All Day or Go To, but not really all that bitter. Honestly, as far as light IPAs go, this is second only to DayTime in my mind. The other two bottles in the 12 pack will be slain with minimal effort.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, oranges and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and lemon zest fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and bitter. Nice, tasty brew.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 15 OCT 2014.

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a thin white head.

Smell: Juicy citrusy hop aroma from the Citra and Simcoe hops. Very nice!

Taste: Wow! Nice tropical fruity hop flavor. Tart and tangy. Decent malt body holds up well despite only being 4.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light summer refresher, but in no way watery.

Overall: One of the better session IPAs I have tried. A lot of bitter hop flavor without being watery. Simcoe hops dominate the palate.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Very light straw with rapidly diminishing head.

Smell: Floral and citrus, crackers and tea. Fairly subtle.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, but sharper. Nice cracker and tea malt backbone, with maybe some light fruit touches. The hops are quite floral and citrusy. Finish is more spicy than bitter.

Feel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Pretty good "Session IPA" overall. Reminds me of Founders All-Day IPA more than anything else, but not quite as strong.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer but then again it wasn't.
It was good that it had a nice hoppy aroma and the taste was pretty hoppy.
It wasn't good because it was way too lean in the flavor.
The color was very light gold, think pils. A small head formed and was soapy looking.
The aroma was hoppy and smelled good.
The taste, lean but tasty.
I liked this beer. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just too lean.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill, PA. Looks rare and new(er)? and hopefully good. Let's see how this stacks up.

Appearance: Pours a straw, pale yellow that displays a pretty impressive, one-inch head and some impressive bubbles. Lacing is pretty decent as well, as it follows all the way down. I like it, even though the coloring is a bit clearer than I had anticipated, but overall nice.

Smell: Upon first inspection of initial aroma of heavy grapefruit-like citrus hops, pretty deep as well. Upon more inspection, I notice earthy tones and quite nice. Explosive hop aroma is definitely noticeable and some graininess is thrown into the mix, but I do like the deep hop scents. Quite nice.

Taste: Upon first sips I notice a strong overflow of grapefruit hops and some lemon peel. Very nice and goes down quite smooth and nice for an IPA. Surprised to see such a beer with hop flavor and still be drinkable and smooth. Second and third sips bring on a earthy hop-like, but also some watery flavors, but everything comes together in well-balance. Also noticeable is some orange peel and slight caramel flavors. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Such a lower ABV brings forth a somewhat dry, yet drinkable brew. Medium carbonation with an aftertaste of some sweet flavors. Nice.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was intrigued by what new beer Victory has thought up and boy was I right. Light-bodied beer with an explosive power of hop flavors and aroma. Delicious and easy ti drink. Definitely defines the term session IPA. Would totally recommend to a friend and will try again. Cheers!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance; color is a light, pale straw. pours a half finger of head that quickly settles into a ring of lacing.

smell; tons of floral hops, slightly yeasty, tropical fruit in there as well.

Taste; pine, lemongrass, grapefruit peel.

mouthfeel; light body, high carbonation, crisp.

overall; a nice session beer, if it came in six packs i would buy at at least one more time.

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Photo of IronLover
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with a slight chill haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Fabulously intense aroma. Ripe pineapple, and tropical fruit aromas with dank, earthy, funky hop aromas in tow. Light bodied with tight, tangy, refreshing, aggressive carbonation through the middle to the finish. Earthy, dank hop flavors up front, followed by spicy and minty flavors through the middle. Spicy flavors intensify and add on pine hop notes from the middle to the end. Finished crisp and dry with lingering spicy and pine hop bitter aftertaste. Probably the best "light" IPA I've tried to date. 

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow with a 1/4 inch white, foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Crisp hop profile. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit. All hops, nothing more.

Taste - Riding the wave of the latest trend of session ipa's, its victorys turn. Crisp straight up orange and grapefruit with some lemon, very faint malt backbone. A little sugary note at the finish.

Motuhfeel - Crisp hops coat the tongue with some bitterness. Palate gets a little sugar and minor malt note. Aftertaste is hop bitter, grassy/lemon-ish and a little dry.

Overall - Not bad, a little weak flavor compared to other sessions ipa's out there. Decent though and very drinkable but not the best in the style. Another solid beer from victory.

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