1337 Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1978, our world was more about street hockey and "Star Wars" than brewing beer—after all, we were only 15. But in October of that year, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that legalized brewing beer at home for personal or family use. H.R. 1337 went into effect 1979 and a few years later my ever-resourceful Dad was cranking out credible lagers.

In 1985, we took up the hobby for the flavor and the culture of handcrafting beer. Cheering the opening of each new "microbrewery," we honed our craft. Hoppy ales were the vogue and bold enough in flavor to mask the flaws a novice brewer often stumbles into.

Now, with a brew kit that makes 200 barrels per batch and 49 years professional experience between us, we have things pretty dialed in. So we dusted off an old, old recipe of ours to ride the wayback machine with you. Hoppy trails, behind us and ahead for all!

Added by crag on 03-31-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 10
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 6/16

Pours copper colored, some orange, next to no foam. Malty nose, a little bready too. Faint citrus. Light pale taste, firm hop, some bitter which fades into the malt. Firm carbonation. Little bit of bitter hangs out. Simple by tasty. Love the concept of bringing back an old recipe for a specialty bomber.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a honey color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is hops, some bitterness, light pine, no real malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but certainly not one of Victory's better efforts.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of caramel malts but any associated sweetness is masked out by the underlying malts, the latter of which contribute a slight amount of bitterness and faint hints of pine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to today's IPAs, this beer might taste a little bland, but is interesting to try if you want to see what the brewmasters' predecessor to Hop Devil Ale tasted like. It's not bad for a homebrew recipe.

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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.75 A: Clear dark orange color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is very good and plentiful lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells pretty damn good. It has a viney, grassy caramel thing going. There's also a good bit of citrusy orange with just a hint of lemon.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good. Grassy hops with citrusy undertones. Orange is strong with lemon, apple, and peach. Deep, complex caramel.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Velvety richness and super smooth.

4.0 D: This is a good beer. It's been a while since an IPA impressed me.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with plenty of carbonation bubbles feeding the 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Nice lacing for Homebrew.
S - Citrus hops, orange peel, squeeze of lemon and a nice caramel malt backbone.
T - Lemon rind and bitter grapefruit almost sour. The body is bready and not overall sweet. Leaves a bitter bite on the tongue. Not bad!
M - A bit on the medium side so it drinks heavier than I expected. Still goes down easy enough.

Overall its a decent IPA reminds me of Voodoo in a way since they are a commercial but home brew kind of brewery. Worth the price at just 6 bucks a bomber.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this baby into a nice glass. Standard copper color with most other IPA's. It is a lot less interesting than the more contemporary IPA's. I like the idea of showing an old recipe. There is a good mixture in the smell with the citrus mixed in with caramel scent. This beer is brewed well, but did not fancy my style.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange / amber color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a mild hop presence is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, some mild orange tones, ripe fruits, and a milder than expected bitterness, Some earthy tones are also present.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied bere. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very easy to consume beer that has that homebrew taste to it that reminded me of some batches I made years ago. Very enjoybale beer.

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1337 Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 53 ratings