Blood Orange IPA with Agave | 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): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This rose-colored IPA explodes with citrus aromas, flavors of blood orange, and smooth maltiness. A balanced finish ends with a sweetness from the agave syrup. Yellow hued pour, bright white frothy head. Aroma is rich in pithy orange rind and blood orange meat. Flavor is very rich with blood orange juice flavor. Sweet citrus twang right in the middle. Bittersweet finish from the hop load interacting with the agave nectar. It really does taste like a delicious glass of juice.

Added by superspak on 09-29-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,727
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
54
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Falls fast... nice ring of lacing.

S: Almost musty... orange/citrus... what I presume is agave in the background. Perfume-ish a bit.

T/F: Sweet and grainy... the orange is definitely present. Citrusy hops... tastes better than it smells but sweetness a bit cloying... again almost a floral/perfume feel. Relatively light bodied. Well carbonated.

O: Meh. Victory has made a lot of solid IPA's. This one is near the bottom of the heap and very glad I only picked up a single. Not really my thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If hops are supposed to carry a distinct citrus aroma and favor, then why not just just citrus fruit as an ingredient in the beer? That's the question that prompts Victory brewers to roll out a dry, crisp and blood orange laden ale in a display that only IPA can provide.

Simply named Blood Orange IPA, but with Agave, pours with a slightly orang tinged golden color that's just off of amber and copper. Its frothy off white crown brings the beer to life with an abundance of orange aromas along with their leafy, stemmy and tea-like vegetation. Modestly sweet, notions of caramel, honey and agave add a curious granola flavor on the early palate.

With its sweetness retreating, the beer's flavor engulfs the middle palate with radiant, branch ripe blood orange and a distant backdrop of grapefruit, peach and mango. Trending grassy, sprucy and herbal, the late palate has the hops trending dry, bitter and peppery.

Medium bodied, the agave flavors render on the finish like simple syrups, providing only tepid support for the hop bitterness and the orange's resinous, pithy and peppery bite. As the session comes to a close, a though of furniture polish comes to mind with the beer's strong pectin bite and its curaçao alcohol spice.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells more of malt than hops and citrus. Mild bitterness. Orange/citrus flavors are mild and help to add another layer. I agree with others comparisons to an almost artificial citrus flavor. Sticky and balanced mouthfeel.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ShaunSolo
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sendbeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of grapefruit, pine-agave combination,
Flavor with notes of spices, agave, blood orange, bread and perfume. Quite dry aftertaste with a good bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is relatively hidden.
Citrusy, perfumy and bitter sweet American IPA the delivered what was promised. Though not sure the flavors were bonded in harmony.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/17/18 draft @ BLU Jazz

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/13/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of juicy blood oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper/pine, honey, agave, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt/agave notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy blood oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper/pine, honey, agave, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness; and slight fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of blood oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper/pine, honey, agave, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt/agave flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a nice fruited IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, blood oranges, and moderate pale malt/agave flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the tame bitter/drying finish. This was definitely on the sweet side, but not overwhelming. Nice balance of juicy hops/fruit; with balanced agave/pale malt flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jbexphys
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Leah really likes this! Super fresh. On tap at Industry Public House.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have been a long-time fan of Victory B.C. & their beers so that when something new becomes available from them, whether in a bottle or a CAN, I try to purchase one just to keep up.

From the bottle: "This rose-colored IPA explodes with citrus aromas, flavors of blood orange, and smooth maltiness. A balanced finish ends with a sweetness from the agave syrup.[;] Contents: 12 fl. oz.[;] Alcohol By Volume: 7.0%[;] Brewmasters' Approval: [signed] Bill [&] Ron".

Time for another Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour & an in-glass swirl. The finger of foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head dissipated fairly quickly, but it left behind some nice lacing as a legacy. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), causing The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to rush in from my living room, where they were watching the 2018 Winter Olympics on TV. Nose had a perfume-y sweetness, orange-y, but not entirely citrusy. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but kinda light for the style. The taste was oddly bitter, more like pith, rind & seeds than the fruit itself and with the same off-putting perfuminess that I noted on the nose. These are not qualities of a quality AIPA. It was drinkable, but the flavors did not seem to be meshing well. It tasted closer to experimental homebrew than a commercially made AIPA. Finish was semi-dry, but I just kept coming back to the perfume-y quality, which I really disliked. Strike two!

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Blood Orange IPA with Agave from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 54 ratings