1337 Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Obi-Wan-Bonjovi
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of schmitter
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of robertjskelton
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Fenix2009
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

"In 1978, our world was more about street hockey and "Star Wars" than brewing beer—after all, we were only 15 years old. 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!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA, this is a limited release available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 62º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a tan-white color over an orange amber body with high clarity, moderate haze and plenty of modest sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuity, grainy caramel malts with a mild bread malt undertone forms a solid aromatic malt body, while herbal, fruity hops with a mellow bitterness round out the hop profile. The aroma is fairly clean and well rounded with no significant high points nor low points worthy of mention. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Much of the same flavor as in the aroma, with slightly grainy and dry bread malt forming a mild under sweetened malt base, and a subtle hop presence generates a fruity hop flavor with a mild bitterness. While very drinkable, it's nothing to write home about. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, and slightly dry. Carbonation is very mild for a soft, mildly frothy mouthfeel. Body is moderate for the style, medium overall. Balance is just about even, with both a mellow sweetness and bitterness rounding each other out perfectly. Alcohol presence is very mild, with no notable off characters. I appreciate the relaxed tone of the carbonation in this beer for the sake of the subtle malt and hop flavors. 4

(Overall) Thanks to the help of industry grade equipment, even the muddiest, most unclean kitchen sink beers can be cleaned up a good bit, so it's good to see an old homebrew recipe from a pair of brewers become rejuvenated and released to the public. To some, this will be a sign of the times, as American IPAs have come far in the past 20 years and neither the malt character nor hop bitterness is likely to blow any critical enthusiasts away, but the balance was fair for what is in there and the beer itself was ultimately highly drinkable. As it was fairly priced I did not regret picking up a bomber of this. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
1337 Ale (Bill + Ron's Excellent Homebrew)
3.63/5.00

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Photo of wiegs4life
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of IPAchris
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of supermanny
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Iamstryker
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MKrauss
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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1337 Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.76 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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