Blackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with Grapefruit
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Blackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with GrapefruitBlackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with Grapefruit
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American IPA
3.62 | pDev: 11.6%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Blackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with GrapefruitBlackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with Grapefruit
Notes: The first special in the series, Agave IPA with Grapefruit, will be released on January 1, 2016 and is brewed with four variations of American hops that juxtapose strong and bitter aromas against agave and grapefruit additions to create a light, citric bite. The ale is fresh, crisp and bracing, reminiscent of a ripe, ruby red grapefruit. The sweet agave syrup provides a perfect foil to the tartness of the grapefruit resulting in a juicy winter fruit beer. Agave IPA with Grapefruit is available from January through March '16.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"Best by 5/22/16"; drank 1/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small bright white head; minimal lace.

Grapefruit, honey & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Blood orange & grapefruit flavors up front; cloying honey & dry wheat notes on the finish.

Flavorful but way too sweet; interesting but not very enjoyable.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackboard Series Agave IPA With Grapefruit brewed by Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown. This American IPA pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered IPA, you can not see though it. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of glass well. The smell of Blackboard Series - Agave IPA With Grapefruit is sweet with Hoppy bitterness. The agave and grapefruit really give a nice sweetness aroma to this IPA. There is also some nice earthly grains and malts in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold but smooth with flavors. There is a lot going on in Blackboard Series - Agave IPA With Grapefruit. You first pick up on the nice bitter sweet from the Agave and grapefruit. Then some nice bitterness from hops and ends with some great malts and grains. There is a lot going on in this brew, I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of this American IPA is soild medium. The mouth feel of Blackboard Series - Agave IPA With Grapefruit, Rich. Bold, clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. This is one fine drinking brew, there is nothing overpowering about this brew, it goes down nice and smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, did a super nice job with this American IPA.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackboard Series - Agave IPA With Grapefruit | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's got a 2 finger thick head, with lateral lacing, and an opaque golden body.

The agave smell isn't too sweet and the juice compliments the hop aroma very nicely.

I taste more of the grapefruit/hop notes with really just a touch of the agave going on. Clean and refreshing.

Medium-light mouthfeel with fair carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Blackboard Series - Agave IPA With Grapefruit | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown a 4.5.

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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, slight agave, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of agave, citrus hops, floral hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and fruit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a unique and refreshing IPA. It is a hazy yellow, with a tiny bit of fizz. The aroma is a earthy, unusual smell, but not too strong or at all offensive, just interesting.

The taste is obviously enhanced with grapefruit and agave juices. I think enhanced is the right word. It is obviously not a product of the brewing, but the taste and earthy taste is a nice combination with a bitter IPA. The added flavors dominate the finish.

I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but I would not refuse one either. A nice drink.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Torn on this one. Like the concept (I like sweet and citrusy beers) and enjoyed drinking the beer, but a few of the individual components were disappointing. Look was a very pale gold with minimal head and moderate carbonation. Lots of sugar and grapefruit rind on the nose, nothing really balancing that out, with a little dankness, but also a bit of an unpleasant skankiness (cat pee-ish, Heinekin-ish). Taste is better, but not very complex or layered: very sweet on one side, very bitter on the other. And the two don't really balance each other, more just battle. I like the juicy grapefruit notes, and the overall experience is very crisp and tropical, but a little muddled because of the sweet vs. bitter tugofwar. The feel is very good and much more in keeping with a Victory IPA: medium bodied, sticky, silky, with just the right amount of carbonation. Interesting beer that both hits and misses.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger of fuzzy head that settle to a solid cap with traces of lacing. Very faint aroma, mostly citrus, maybe some grape. Oddly sweet, with no hop bitterness. I suspect time has not been kind to this brew. On the thin side.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Release 01. enjoy by may16. consumed june16.

A: Brassy orange coloring with a good clarity reveals a moderate paced and glass consuming rise of effervesce. 0.25 inch head is slight, milky cream texture, but provides a moderate rate of coverage of dirty dairy coloring. Low lacing dressing.

S: White grapes, tequila like aroma, with a sharp tang of citric fruit, lightly sour, with the agave being forefront. Lightly souring fruit on the trail of moderate strength, short duration.

T: Big tang of agave and citric fruit on the opening tasted. Tequila laced citrus, sour grapefruit peel with musky pine, but very mannered and well blended, with a soft eloquence. Floral hops come on strong, some vinery notes and sour lemon coming of the close. Nice strength level, some malt and sweet syrup like interludes and bittering orange and grapefruit peel to balance on the finish.

M: Crisp mouthful, light syrupy feel, good initial impression of carbonation turns to a soft syrupy and creamy finish off the tongue.

O: Overall the agave makes a perfect companion for this drink, dealing an unique flavor and impression for first time consumption, not sure how many thereafter i could handle, but if it is a agave like unique beer drinking experience you are looking for, clean, then give this a try. Warming tequila and flower hops come on the finish and lingers a bit on the tongue.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory is mine! Yes, I’m no stranger to hyperbole when it comes to Victory, but as far as DirtWolf goes they just get exactly what I want in a Double IPA... their other styles [style: I’ve only had their Golden Monkey Tripel] don’t work so well for me but when it comes to India Pale Ales - these guys do it, and they do it well [again and again]. So as far as this Agave IPA With Grapefruit goes I am concerned it is going to be another Sierra Nevada Otra Vez (which had prickly pear cactus and grapefruit) i.e. a hit and miss beer. That said it never hurts to have low expectations going in to a beer review.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents with a hazed pale golden body and a white 1 centimetre cappuccino foam head that drops back to a thin blanket on top. Much like their DirtWolf Victory do tend towards very pale Pale Ales, nothing wrong with that - I feel it adds to their allure. 8/10.

S: Much like their aforementioned DirtWolf this IPA has a real pineapple chunks in syrup aroma to it. Not quite getting the grapefruit as much as I am straining my olfactory senses to their smelling point (which is kinda like the breaking point, but with odour). Agave sweetness comes through a little bit. Hint of citrus perhaps that’s the grapefruit? 7/10.

T: Grapefruit comes shining through in the flavours, notes of juice concentrate and fresh grapefruit specifically. Agave nectar, a suitable honey replacement for Vegans, comes through as a thin sugary note. Sweet and sour is the name and this brews game - the classic pairing works well to balance it out but I’m having trouble detecting a third flavour - maybe a pepper spice character towards the back. Aftertaste provides a light blood orange bitterness. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a cloying stickiness from the Agave and a thin but sharp carbonation. 7/10.

D: A bit of a one-dimensional brew from Victory, and there’s nothing bad about it, but likewise it’s no tour de force like their other brews. If this was a lesser brewer I would give it a “good effort” but because it’s Victory this does come across as one of their worst beers (which still means it’s pretty good in the grand scheme of beers). Wouldn’t buy this again but I can see where they were going. 7/10.

Food match: For some reason a Nasi Goreng comes to mind... must find Nasi... Goreng...

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Photo of basaywhat
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Clear golden color with minimal white head. Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is sweet tropical fruit start with grapefruit juice. Finish is grapefruit and floral hops. Very crisp and clean beer.

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Photo of topofthehops
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As I type this I'm drinking a pint on draught. The bar's description (chalked on a blackboard, appropriately enough), reads "Victory IPA Blackboard". I was excited to try something new by this excellent brewer, until I realized (after taking a sip and checking BA) what it was. I grabbed a sixer of this three months ago and was unimpressed, and feel the same right now. Just blah all the way around.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a light haze. Aroma is meh, has a sweet straw quality. Flavor is a sweet earthy grassy. I'm not feelin the flavor. It's kind of muddled and all over the place. Overall this isn't too great just drinkable.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into narrow glass, color is straw gold, clear, lightly effervescent, head is bright white with fine bubbles; head dissipates to a ring with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat neutral pale malt, light toast, maybe a hint of citrus rind.

Taste is similar but with more emphatic citrus rind flavor, pale malt is light and crisp with hints of biscuit and toast, then the lingering flavor is citrus with some light earthiness; agave may have thinned this out a touch allowing for the citrus like flavors to come through.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light tartness on the tongue with pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall, an interesting take on the citrus/grapefruit IPA and a good balance to the hoppier IPAs of Victory.

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Photo of fx20736
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, Apr 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.
Bought a single bottle from AJ's, Apr 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: clear gold, thin white head

Smell: unique, herbal, nice

Taste: juicy, herbal, jam-like sweetness

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: interesting, tasty

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light straw colored IPA. Not my thing. Too light. Thin in body. Smell is decent. Definitely pick up the grapefruit, but not the agave. It's OK. Flavor is citrusy, not bad. Maybe good on a really hot day? Just too light for my taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by: 5/22/16.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit juice, grapefruit zest, grapefruit soda, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda, citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has lots of grapefruit qualities, but I am not getting any distinct agave ones in either the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-January for $2.79. Best by 5-22-16.

Beer poured a pale gold with little to know head to speak of. I like the clarity though.

Nose has a vegetal-fruit subtle sweetness.

Taste initially was pilsner malt forward. The grapefruit is in the background but a vegetal bitterness dominates with subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel has a nice pils crispness to it. The refreshingness factor is the best thing going for this brew.

Overall initially i thought this brew as going to be good but the vegetal hop oil slick is to overbearing in the end.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer, release #01 2016, best by June 15, 2016.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly thanks to streaming bubbles in the crystal clear golden tan light colored beer, mild soapy lacing.

Nose is very bright, lots of grapefruit, pith, citrus, fruity bubblegum, generic fruit, little musty resin, dankness in the background with a touch of earthy pine, a little tropical note, and sweetness.

Taste brings more of the same, but out front is a very earthy herbal agave flavor, some green plant with tropical notes mixed in, quickly into grapefruit pith, orange zest, tropical notes and mixed citrus juice, back into fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, and a little pith late. A little sweet candy note with faint booze warmth on the back end.It has a little syrupy orange peel and weird bitterness in the middle as well with I think some weird boozy esters. Finish is drier, fair bitterness, more grapefruit, little orange zest and candy syrup flavors, more mild earthy herbal green plant agave note lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little booze warmth nice carb.

Overall interesting, hops are nice for the most part, agave adds a weird character, booze warmth and esters are eh, grapefruit juice was nice, all in all a strange beer that was OK to drink but doubt I would get it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This seems more like a fruit beer than an IPA to me. Quite tangy and refreshing, though. The aromatics are all grapefruit with something like peach and passionfruit. Sparkly on the tongue.

I think the agave adds a little too much stickiness to the feel, a sugary sense. Then it dives into the grapefruit peel bitter aftertaste more enthusiastically than I like. This might have been a better Witbier. But this is highly drinkable, if you're in the mood for a sweet and fruity concoction. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Wash.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2/23....bright clear gold, very little foam. See through and still. Sharp bitter nose, distinctive agave. Crisp clean taste. The citrus open spills towards the grapefruit and syrup blend. Touches of flavored sweetness. Bright and crisp - very creative.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Pilsner and CaraPils malts, agave nectar and grapefruit.
Hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Cascade
ABV: 7.0%

Pours out to a brilliant sparkingly clear beautiful medium golden, forming a modest white head with poor retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Nose of cat pee and distant sour milk. Mouthfeel is lighter than I would expect for a 7.0% beer, slightly watery, very dry finish. Smooth, with a nice hop bite. Taste of cat pee, and an odd sour slightly metallic note (likely due to the grapefruit). Bitterness is firm, finish is bone dry.

Hrmm, not really all that enjoyable. I wouldn't be inclined to get this again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I like Victory's beers a lot but I thought that this one would be a lot lighter than their offerings that I've had, which turned out to be the case. Had I not seen what was on the bottle, I would have thought that this was a Lager or a Pilsener for nearly every reason imaginable.

The pour to this was light, as the beer had a clear, golden hue, a moderate head, and lots of grain and cereal in the nose. Not a lot of agave to smell with just a bit more in the taste, as the grapefruit was also hard to discern. No puckering, hardly any bitterness, and the juice wasn't present either. A bit of lemon was present here and the malt seemed to stand out a bit too much. Was there onion in here? It almost felt like it as there was a bit of earthy vegetable in the midst of all of this, as alluded to by other reviewers on here. Somewhat crisp, the carbonation was just enough to save this from being a letdown as it kept the flavors from sticking around too long.

I was surprised how much alcohol was in this given that I couldn't taste it and how light the feel of this was. While not a fruit/vegetable beer, this may as well have been one as it paled (no pun intended) to other IPA's that were also given as examples on here. Possibly Victory's weakest offering but given that this had a limited release, it's not a big deal. Probably worth skipping over unless you're itching for a lawnmower beer in the winter.

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Photo of CommonSense
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly fresh.

Smells like a cheap beer at first. As it warms, some hops come out.

Taste is not great at all. Nothing shines through except maybe grapefruit rind. Pretty off putting in general.

Medium body.

Unless you really like the bitter part about grapefruits and sub-par IPAs, this beer is not one to seek out. So many other citrusy/tropical IPAs that are far superior.

Let down in this beer, and personally haven't been a fan of Victory all that much. I probably won't finish this.


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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Light citrus notes, somewhat bland otherwise on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with the same bland flavor but little citrus does come through.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Belmont Station.

A clear light orange with a thin white head that falls off quickly leaving a little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of a mildly grainy cereal character, a noticeable agave aroma and grapefruit. Hops are subdued, there's some lemony and mildly minty character. The palate opens crisp, clean and with minimal hop bitterness but moderate hop flavor. Definitely citrusy, though some of it is clearly from the grapefruit juice, which presents itself as a simpler flavor note rather than the more complex blend of hop volatiles that you'd get from a heavily hopped beer. The mid-palate has the agave character, mildly cactus like and fruity. Crisp, drying and refreshing on the finish, this beer has a lingering grapefruit and lemon character. Solid , stuff, especially for an adjunct-heavy IPA.

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Blackboard Series #1 - Agave IPA with Grapefruit from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 365 ratings