Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Anniversary 20 Experimental IPAAnniversary 20 Experimental IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 8.65%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
278
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Anniversary 20 Experimental IPAAnniversary 20 Experimental IPA
Notes: 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!
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow gold, like a Chardonnay, with two fingers of lasting, foamy white head. Sweet melon, fresh cut grass, tropical notes and a touch of powdery yeast in the aroma, relatively little of which carries over to the taste. It has an abrupt dryness to it, with a small amount of pine and crackery malt in the flavor, and just ghosts from the nose. Looks and smells great, but falls off quickly upon drinking.

Feb 05, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jan 08, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Feb 23, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Mar 16, 2016
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 16, 2016
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BKotch from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 23, 2016
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DonnieHops from New York

4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My new favorite session IPA....

Fruity and hoppy with a bubblegum taste....

Drink it right out of the bottle like a light beer, but one with lotsa flavor and zip... 5.5 is the perfect ABV....

Jan 18, 2016
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with high clarity, good head of white bubbles and good lacing. Nose has some tropical notes and a pleasant bready quality. Good malt component on the palate that is rounded out by the hop qualities, and I pick up on some melon-like flavors that stand out to me. This is very easy drinking, almost as if it is a session IPA. Some elements remind me of Dirt Wolf. Good carbonation.

Jan 11, 2016
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luke12345 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 27, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory Brewing Co. "Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 04 JUN 2016"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Experimental Ale!!! Right up my alley. Oh, wait, it's not an experimental beer, it's an experimental hop.... well that's OK too, right?!

It pours a crystal clear straw gold body beneath a frothy two-finger thick head of white foam. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

Given the aroma that's issuing forth, I'm quite surprised that it's so clear as it seems like it would have to have been dry-hopped to achieve the bright, fresh hoppiness that I can smell from a foot or so away. It reminds me of crystal hops, although that's just an impression. I also get lime candy, and a bit of soft pine like you find as the snow melts from the trees in spring. It's fresh and bright and almost impossible to resist (of course who would really try?).

The flavor is not quite the same... The note of lime is still there, but it's also more directly pine-like, and a touch spicy. It's woody and earthy, almost like cedar, but at the very least like dried pine needles coating the forest floor. As might be expected of any beer from Victory, it's perfectly balanced with a malt that's simply straight-forward and mildly grainy to allow the hops to come through, and anchored by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry, and a little raspy with herbal and spicy hops not unlike a good pilsner. If the goal was to showcase the hops, and I believe it was, then they've nailed it.

As to drinkability and overall impression, I can't really imagine anyone not liking this... it's in a way not that far from a pils, nor too far from the currently hot "session IPA"s. If you appreciate the hop component you've got it made! Nicely done!

Feb 02, 2016
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aknalley from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 21, 2016
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mar 11, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2016
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far333 from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Jul 09, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours stray-gold with a thin white head. Mild aroma. Grassy, fresh, fruity. Taste is pine and light malt and slightly bitter. High carbonation. The beer is slightly astringent and thin in the mouthfeel. An interesting beer. A fresh, light IPA sounds nice, but the astringency and lack of aroma of this beer made it something that I would not seek out again.

Feb 08, 2016
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12o bottle, best before date June 2016.

Pours clear gold with a minor head and moderate lacing for the duration. Aromatics are floral and pungent with pine and cut grass. Undertones of lavender, peppercorns, and onion. Medium bodied and crisp. Toasted biscuits lay a malt foundation with a firm bitterness and zesty hops. Citrus-like and grapey. Finishes with some lingering bitterness and peppery hops.

Decent enough but the hops are a bit strange and are restrained for a modern IPA.

Mar 17, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours a golden color that is on the light side. It has a white head.

Smell: It has a strong citrus aroma with a tropical melon and a bit of grassy hops.As it warms they mango and cantaloupe feature more prominently.

Taste: It has flavors of mango, citrus on the sweet side, pine, and hints of malt.

Feel: It has a moderate feel on the light side that does not have the bitter finish that most American IPA’s do. Instead, it is rather smooth in the finish although the tropical fruits do last fairly long in the finish.

Overall: It is not an American IPA to style, but the combination of the tropical fruits and other balance makes this enjoyable.

Mar 29, 2016
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 05, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow into a pint glass, little head or lacing. Smell was clean and distinct, a bit lemony. The taste and feel is crisp. The taste in of lemons, pine with some bitterness. Overall not bad.

Apr 03, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Feb 15, 2016
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WestmontDon from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 12, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored ale with a small white colored head, this looks like a lager.

Smells dry and of green spices, mostly pine needle, cardamom and pine board. Lesser scents of aspirin and willow tree. Faint caramel. Frankly this is very aromatic and the scents are hard to pick up on.

Starts out very dry with a medium bitterness and a mineral water taste. Taste of pine board. Slight lemon taste. This beer is about as dry as they come.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall this tastes like like some sort of Session IPA.

Jan 02, 2016
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Adam7m from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 11, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ENJOY BY: 23 MAY 2016

Crystal clear straw gold with a small, bubbly white head. Aroma is of black tea, peppercorns, citrus oils, flowers, dried apricots, herbs, and fresh grain. Tea, melon, apricot, honey, cereal - definitely hoppy, but in an unusual way. Medium-light bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. Nothing outstanding, but quite pleasant.

Jan 31, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. A somewhat clear yellow with ample carbonation. Nice hop smell and flavor. I expected that the beer might be just your average IPA but it surprised me. It was much better than that.

Feb 26, 2016
Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 278 ratings