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Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This refreshing session ale delivers citrus and pine notes from unique experimental hops. Two decades strong and we taste mighty fresh. Cheers to 20 years of Victory!

Added by jaydoc on 12-23-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by far333:
Photo of far333
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow, crystal clear with an eggshell colored cap of soft foam that settles slowly. Inviting and bright aroma of citrus and pine. Flavor matches the nose, hint of tangerine, orange rind, pine chive notes. Subtle malt backbone of honey and biscuit, but the hops push it back down. Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick, but finishes with a carbonation tingle. Hops linger.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Victory's twentieth year of brewing, they're celebrating a big anniversary by going small. Experimental IPA takes a reserved IPA role with new and exciting hop varieties, and with little argument from malt, to show a mature and sensible approach to turning 20.

Shockingly bright straw and nary a haze to show, the beer's arid froth builds fast and folds back up rapidly; casting grassy, citrus and tropical aromas in its wake. Supple in sweetness, the beer's pilsner-esque body and bready taste promises a light rebuttal for the hops.

And as the abundance of carbonation carries away what sweetness makes it to the middle palate, the aromas billow over to taste with white grapefruit, dry melon, apricot and tea leaf. Sharply grassy and of freshly torn pine needles, the finish is herbal, minty and juniper-like.

Closing crisp, clean and highly refreshing, the dance of malt is complete and the support for hops is null. Much like seltzer water, the beer's minerally effervescence scrubs the thirst from the throat and ushers in a quick finish that lingers briefly with bitter grassiness and basic hop tea.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was just an okay beer for me, which is disappointing because Victory is one of my favorite local breweries and I expected the 20th anniversary beer to be really special. Looks not much more impressive than your typical macro beer: golden yellow, half inch head that disappeared quickly, and scant lacing. Smell is faint but what is there is primarily fruity (grapefruit, lemon) and piney. Taste is about the same. Surprisingly weak for an IPA, both in terms of bitterness and overall flavor. I gave a sip to someone who normally hates IPAs and even he thought it was weak. There's an oily hoppiness that leaves an enjoyably sticky, lingering bitterness in your mouth, but otherwise I felt it was watery in body. Maybe a good choice for someone who wants to ease into the world of IPAs, but for anyone who's somewhat well versed in the style, it's just a very average beer.

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

i guess i just dont know whats so experimental about making an ipa like this. its a real basic and generic recipe, just with some new hop. in my book, thats experimental for the farmer, not the brewer. this is built like a session ipa i reckon, real blonde and clear, frothy and it smells great. smells like some of those rainbow series beers from toppling goliath with the idaho hops. its smells like citra but mellowed by some other features, made more multidimensional i think. like when you are pulling weeds from the garden and you run into some strange botanical that smells all summery and intense, wild sage or something in there with the more obvious citrus notes. its real easy drinking, very minimal bitterness on the back end, with a bigger mouthfeel than it looks or tastes like it should have. carbonated well too. the taste on this is awesome, and i suspect whatever hop it is will catch on and get a name here at some point, this is a great showcase of that, but i dont like calling this an experimental beer, its too liberal with the term for a one or two grain and one hop american ipa, pretty boring for an experiment, but a real tasty brew nevertheless. i like these guys, not sorry about it.

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

Photo of Tiernan
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sugary fruity resiny hops with a little cattiness.

The flavor is earthy bready malt with very resiny, piney hops with some onion and some fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, decent but the hops are a bit harsh and catty to me.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Adam7m
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petewheeler
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is gold in color with good clarity and a quarter inch head of bright white with light lacing. The aroma is of tropical fruit including overripe pineapple and some cantaloupe. I taste a very balanced beer with tropical fruit including cantaloupe, overripe pineapple, and saltine crackers. The mouth is light and smooth.

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Photo of juicebox
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpawsat
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and grassy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus fruit hints of mango, grapefruit, orange, melon, and lemon along with some pineapple and cantaloupe. Some hints of grass and piney hops. Malt hints of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and fairly grassy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, melon, and lemon. Also some fruit notes of cantaloupe, pineapple, and apple. Mild notes of piney and grassy hops. Backing malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A nice juicy taste with fairly low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid citrus forward IPA. Has some nice juicy flavor with moderate bitterness and body.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An easy pour produces a pint glass full golden suds. Appearance isn't much more than that of a typical American adjunct lager. But oh how appearances can be deceiving. Aromas are earthy, grassy and pilsner like in it's hoppy nose. A tasty, clean, crisp and easy drinking beer. Tastes much like a extra hoppy pilsner. I'm actually having some trouble believing that this is an ipa. Everything about this 20th anniversary "ale" screams lager. Either way . . . Victory has brewed up another delicious beer.

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 278 ratings
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