Moving Parts 01
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American IPA
3.65 | pDev: 10.41%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: We like to mix it up. New flavors, new ideas, new ingredients; we welcome them all. In celebration of our penchant for prolific experimentation, we present Moving Parts: The Ever Evolving IPA. Each release in this series celebrates a tweaked ingredient or two, creating an endless array of possible flavor profiles.

For our first batch (codenamed MP01), we blended whole-flower hops from the US, UK and Germany with German malts to create an IPA featuring citrus and piney notes. For us, Moving Parts are a good thing!
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this has been a weird series for me so far, not totally successful, but interesting enough. i like the hop profile on this one a lot, with all the german and english strains, but i am not in love with the pilsener malt base that they chose to use for it. clear and blonde, it looks like a pils or a golden ale, nice white head though with good good retention. aroma of those euro hops is crowded out a little bit the intense biscuit and pils malt smells, which are strong here. grassy vegetal hops are more apparent in the taste, but again over shadowed by the pils malt for me. that bready base just doesnt allow this beer to get to the ipa level with the hoppiness. as a hoppy pils, i think its excellent, but as an ipa, its too malty, even though its this pale. nice carbonation though and i can see it being quite refreshing, but again the abv forced by all the grain in the mash sort of turns me off, makes it less sessionable. that aspect could be scaled back and this would be a much better beer i think, or at least more agreeable to my palate and the ipa style.

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Photo of adamkeen_beatlanta
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first taste offers that hop explosion you want from an IPA along with carbonation and a lingering and prevalent citrus. The pine comes in with the citrus and a hop residue that lingers for a can taste the pine minutes later. The flavor stays strong throughout your entire glass. Its brewed with whole flower hops from Germany, the U.S. and the U.K. so its pretty hop forward. It did have an enjoy by date of Nov 2014 but I’m not sure the extra 4 months affected it too much; still tasted great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Enjoy By 06 Nov 2014. Sorry about that, Victory.

Pours cloudy, yellow-bronze, with a good sized head and a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is vaguely fruity, strawy, slight funk.

Taste is strong bitter, more of the vague fruit (light colored, like maybe unripe apricots). Heavy pine.

Mouthfeel is light with a bit of a resinous coating. Overall, it's not great, but it's not bad. Wish I'd had it fresher.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left. Good here.

4.75 S: This smells freakin amazing. Citrusy, floral, and piney hops combine to make one of the best hop profiles I've found in a while. It smells like a mountain stream flowing through a citrus orchard. Crackery sugary malts underneath. Quite nice.

4.5 T: Doesn't taste as good as it smells, but I guess that would be hard to do given how much I like the nose. Still, really good beer. Again citrusy, floral, and piney combo works super well. Again crackery sweet malts.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Really good beer. They should keep this one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"We like to mix it up. New flavors, new ideas, new ingredients; we welcome them all. In celebration of our penchant for prolific experimentation, we present Moving Parts: The Ever-Evolving IPA. Each release in this series celebrates a tweaked ingredient or two, creating an endless array of possible flavor profiles. For our first batch (codenamed MP01), we blended whole-flower hops from the US, UK and Germany with German malts to create an IPA featuring citrus and piney notes. For us, Moving Parts are a good thing!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Part of a newly launched IPA lineup, available in limited release 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a gold-tinged white over a golden amber body with a mild haziness and plentiful carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The malt aroma is distinctively pilsner cracker malt with a touch of sweet undertones from some pale malt syrup. Hop notes are notably fruity and mild citrusy up front, with pine and grapefruit both a stretch for the aroma. Very clean and mild on the aroma. Potency is mellow. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of pilsner malt, mildly dry with a hint of sweet body, reminiscent of a moderate-bodied German Pilsner. The hops are less fruity and more lemony, grassy and resinous at this stage, with a polite bitterness to follow for a medium dry and citrusy hop note finish. Unfortunately overall they don't seem to pop as brightly in the flavor as they did in the aroma. The flavor is altogether fairly mild and simple but that focusing on the arrangement seems to be the desired target, and the beer comes together more favorably than less so. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation generates a medium fizziness for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is somewhat more bitter than sweet. Alcohol presence is low to indiscernible and there are no notable off-characters. 3.75

(Overall) A good start to a series for the beer connoisseur in all of us who care to learn more about hop impact. Future beers in the series are likely to keep simple and focus mainly on slight tweaks in malt and hop flavor. For that reason it may be worth the trouble to pick up more than one bottle to have alongside the second installment just to see how widespread these changes will be. I view this beer as more of an experiment for the curious than as a finished product, but the flavor, simple as it is, was enjoyable and the hops did a decent job as well in accenting the malt bill. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Moving Parts Batch No. 1

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Batch#MP01. Enjoy by 06 Nov 2014. Consumed 9/17/14.

(3.60) A: Pale orange coloring, sharp clarity with a quick release of macro-effervesce. Bready, dull white head, 1 finger, is fairly resilient leaving a small amount of lacing.

(3.50) S: Flowery hop aroma, small lightly dry hopped whiff, dry orange and lemon peel with fresh barley stalks. The strength and complexity is reserved, considering thier hop ranch and dirt wolf.

(3.60) T: Flavor was grassy-herbal hops upfront, dry pine and grapefruit peel with a a dry, barely stalking malt backing. Dry floral-orchard like hops move in of a bit less then moderate strength, with a dry pine-orange hop finish.

(3.60) M: Dry, bittering mouthful, toasted dryness of citrus and alcohol, some active co2 around the tongues edges with a medium body.

(3.55) O: a good level of dry hops, but not much flavor component. An evolving experience that still needs a bit of evolving. Time is much better spent seeking out thier hop ranch or dirt wolf. Doesn't give much reason for multiples. A bit warm on the alcohol side, a bit mundane on the flavor side.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/6/14. This definitely seems past its prime. Or maybe it is just a mediocre beer.

There seems to be some citrus going on here, in a somewhat muddled and defining tone. Consistent as it is, it isn't as vibrant as I would hope for. Nice to try, but wish I had a fresher sample.

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Photo of beerded_drunk
4/5  rDev +9.6%

I love that it only comes in a bomber or a keg, the aroma is very floral and simple, pure white head, it was very vitamin pee in color didn't last very long in the pint glass but for the time we spent together it was a beautiful looking ipa!!
The taste was very expected due to the nose I got from it. Super drinkable, the malts come through more german than a BMW full of Lugers. The hops are snappy and fresh and very outgoing. Very carbonated and bouncy, again very floral and fun to drink pretty much any time of day or year. By no means is this beer a palate wrecker, it's subtle and very very fresh. Mouthfeel was that of a soda, small prickle and malts out at the end. Very balanced and quite interesting how Victory is taking this project on. this beer wants to b drank, it came and went like a short moment in time, Pure pleasure!! Getting more today, and very excited for the following batches!!

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Photo of Zach136
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

22 oz bottle, Globe Glass, Enjoy by 06/11/2014

Appearance: Deep yellow-light orange, one finger white head, great lacing (4.25)

Aroma/Flavor: Moderate high levels of citrus (tangerine) and earthy hops. Touch of bread malt character. (4.00)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, med-high carbonation, drinkable (4.00)

Overall: 4.10, very delicious. Great idea for an IPA series, and I can't wait to drink the rest.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/6/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, apricot, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, orange zest, apricot, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, lime, grapefruit, apricot, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Enjoy by: 11/6/14.

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grape jelly, grape juice, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grape juice, citrus zest, and pine flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting grape jelly and grape juice qualities, but the fairly strong and long lasting bitterness diminishes the drinkability factor on this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of McStagger
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Transparent copper orange. Finger off white head. Carbonation appears subdued. Retention is good, as is lacing.

S: English IPA sounds appropriate. Fruity, estery notes from the nose. Big malt sweetness, but not in the caramel vein.

T: English in the flavor as well. Not much in the way of citrus. This one leads with a yeasty, biscuit like note. Fruitiness comes off the mid palate, but it's nondescript. Almost like marzipan and dried stone fruits without being particularly vibrant. Tastes a bit muted. Definite tea like qualities, especially smacking green tea. Bitterness hits in the finish, but it's not citric nor abrasive. More of a mellow, drying bitterness to refresh.

M: Prickles more than the lazy bubbles would have you believe. Present, but not overly powerful, bite in the body. Medium to light otherwise.

O: Honestly, not what I was expecting. Being a huge fan of Hopdevil, Hop Wallop and Dirtwolf, I though this one would come in and dominate. Sadly, it doesn't. Given Victory's reputation, I will still try the next in the series.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

My first impression was; You can tell this is by the same brewer of HopDevil. Then I began to concentrate on this a bit more.
The nose is leaning towards English IPA territory as the hops are muted. Caramel malt forward, there is still plenty of hop presence on the taste buds.
Lemony, earthy herbal, and piney hops with a bit of palate coating resin send this back into American IPAville...Decent opener for this Moving Parts series, but I'd like Victory to mix up their malt bill a bit more as this is too closely related to HopDevil to be original...

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Golden tan/burnt yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Floral fruity hops, orange, grapefruit, pine, lemon, some cameral malts along with spices.

Taste - Nice amount of fruity hops at first sip. Sweet, mix of lemon and honey add a real sugary kick.Citric fruits bring a zesty flavor that works well with the sweetness. Herbal notes, along with spices adds a grassy feel and flavor. Malts are as usual with victory, present and very crisp and caramelly.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue with floral and citric fruits. Palate gets spices, herbal hops, and caramel malts. Aftertaste is a hoppy, bittered and a little sweet.

Overall - Another nice ipa. The combo of german hops, along with german malts, and victorys great ability to brew german beers, this is a nice flavorful beer. It has a nice Mix of sweet, bitter and caramel malty. Still, its nothing world class, and nothing that special to where id want to drink on regular basis. Worth a drink though and always solid price from victory.

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Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev 0%

A lush two fingers worth of crisp airy light khaki colored froth... Excellent retention... The color is a slightly pale medium gold... A moderate bit of exceedingly sluggish carbonation... A nice hop forward aroma which is in no way overpowering... Just light and nuanced... Very pleasant... The flavor profile falls a bit flat as the hops are even more understated and the malt backbone is pedestrian at best... Just loads and loads of dough undertones... Medium bodied and sturdy... Moderate carbonation... Not a bad beer... Not an especially good one either... I would hope for more from the rest of this series...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

I enjoyed this bomber solo -poured chilled in a large mug, review from notes.

The color is golden with amber highlights thin white head with very fine bead and ringlets of lace stick. The smell is nice with slight citrus tangy scent wiht light malt aroma and light sweet fruit ester from yeast with a gentle floral element. The feel is moderately bitter with tangy and juicy texture with moderately carbonated and light tangy juicy continuing in the lighter bodied feel with moderately dry finish and lasting resinous dry bitter effect remains with a somewhat long finish.

The taste is good with mildly herbal and lemony hop quality with slight pine tinged bitter and resinous aspects with gentle grapefruit in the taste and subtle grassy tinge with malt picking up the slack with slightly sweet flavor in the semi-dry finish with cracker like element and lemon zest flavor that lingers. Overall I like this, not my first choice of IPA's but if I had to decide between this and Hopdevil it would probably be a coin toss..I anticipate good things for this experiment

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Photo of mattbk
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

A: Dark golden, slightly hazy, nice head retention, appears fairly carbed. 3.75
S: Interesting aroma, may be slightly oxidized, malt character, some white wine type hops. Definitely not your typical citrus/tropical IPA aroma. Slightly floral as well. Not particularly inviting. 3.25
T: Hmm, not that good. High level of bitterness, some floral notes, very weak hop flavor, some light sweetness, but not much going on here. Again, may have suffered from oxidation, exp date indicates Nov 6, 2014. OK. Fairly hard to drink. 2.5
M: Nice and dry, slightly overcarbonated, almost like a pilsner. 3.0
O: I would not recommend this IPA. It has almost no characteristics of an IPA, or really any beer that is pleasing. I've had these German IPAs before - Stone's comes to mind from last year - this is an interesting experiment, but just did not work. 2.75

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a half finger of off-white foam.

Piney, citrusy, caramel, toasted malts.

Pine and citrus are there, but lacking. Crisp toasted malts.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall, a rather dull brew.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber with a pry-off cap and a best by date of 11/06/2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with 1/2 finger of head with lacing down the glass

Smell: Very grassy and floral hop character, light

Taste: Bitterness upfront with a clean malt middle with the hop flavor really coming in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean; this is dryer than expected

Overall: This is different than what i expected. This is lighter in almost every aspect than I imagined it would be, except for the bitterness. The bitterness is strong upfront which then subsides to some clean malt and gives a floral hop note in the finish. I enjoyed this offering and with such a crisp clean finish it almost feels like an IPL. I look forward to the next iterations of this IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by Nov 6, 2014, so quite fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent soapy lacing, clear honey orange color with nice stream of bubbles in the middle.

Nose decent hops, floral and fruity at first, but those are quickly overpowered by spicy slight piney tones, a touch earthy, with also a little orange peel zesty aroma coming back through with touch fruity, a faint pithy almost grapefruit touch, with some candied orange peel, and a mild sweet malt base, with faint alcohol.

Taste is thankfully not too malt forward, which is what I was worried about. It has a mild fluffy malt, but not a big sweet malt, a toasty grainy almost pilsner malt flavor that comes on fluffy and airy, just enough to prop up the hops. Hops bring another blend of characters, some fruity notes out front, a stone fruit like hop character, apricot perhaps, into some mild clementine like citrus and a little rind, faint faint pith and even a flash of a tropical like papaya thing but that's just a flash and then it's gone like it never happened. Hops turn spicy and almost chewy towards the back end, a touch earthy and faint pine even. then a hint of warming booze bringing some mild esters, fruity pear like esters. Finish is drier but a touch sticky, a bit more warming booze and some fruity esters, with a touch of sweet malt washing over the spicy earthy hops with a faint citrus rind.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, faint warming booze.

Overall pretty nice. I didn't have huge expectations from this, although Victory beers have been good in the past, I haven't had anything spectacular from them in a while. The rAVG is also pretty low, but I think that's cause most people want a tropical citrus fruit bomb IPA these days, and sometimes these style IPAs still have a nice spot in the IPA chain... but only if they are executed well. This wasn't bland at all, nice complex but subtle and soft, great malt profile to tease the senses and prop up the hops nicely, very faint booze character brings a nice extra level of complexity, and hops aren't the best IPA style hops these days, but enough to bring niceties from their own characters. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a blend of flavors of citrus and pine resin hops, with the citrus being slightly more dominant in the initial taste and the pine being a little stronger in the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The piney hops towards the finish leave a little prickling sensations on your tongue.
O: This beer really has a nice balance between the citrusy and piney hops that it's difficult to pick out any dominating flavors. It's a hop forward beer, but is relatively easy to drink because the bitterness is not overly strong and the body is not that heavy.

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Photo of Pencible
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and dank herbal hops, with some resin and metallic and cattiness.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and resin, with some herbal and sweet honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent IPA, better than Hop Ranch but worse than Dirt Wolf. The scent and taste were fairly basic, mostly good but a little catty. The body was weak, but the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special.

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Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear golden orange with a very small off-white head.

S: Faint piney hops; not terribly strong, but appropriate for the style I suppose.

T: Spicy hops over modest caramel and bready malt. Clementine orange sweetness is present too. Finishes with good piney bitterness offsetting the sweeter, malt characteristics.

M: Medium in heft. Modest carbonation.

O: Very good; Victory always seems to do a nice job with its IPAs and DIPAs, so I'm not surprised.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden yellow with 1 finger of white head. Crystal clear with moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit, florals, honeydew, caramel, and pear.

Grapefruit pith, soap drizzled florals, pine, and onion. Some earthy hop flavors and bosc pear in there. Honey maltiness covered by a persisting bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp, bitter, and mostly dry.

I'll give the next in the series a try, but I'm not digging this one. Save your money.

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Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden amber with big-bubbled, 1 finger head with okay retention and a few stray scraps of lacing.

S: Pungent herbal, floral, and grapefruit citrus aromas, and a lightly bready, light caramel malt sweetness.

T: I can see how this is a combination of a bunch of different hops, but part of this beer's problem is that the hops flavors are varied but subdued and a little muddled. Equal parts floral, herbal, citrus, and pine are there, but none asserts and so all are kind of middling. The malt backbone is staunch with a light caramel breadiness that follows nicely from the nose but does leave a little bit of a honeyish flavor in the finish. Alcohol and yeast are not detected. QUite bitter -- more than I was expecting.

M: A little overly slick and leaves an oily coating mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Body is also medium and the finish is only mildly dry.

O: NOt a bad beer and I will probably try 1 bottle of each of these although I think a more measured and less kitchen sink approach might help the hops push through with a signature flavor aside from bitterness.

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Moving Parts 01 from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 314 ratings