Victory Harvest Ale
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale
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American IPA
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale
Notes: Highly aromatic and sensual, this novel pale ale delivers a fresh hop flavor like no other brew. Its secret? Fresh hops piled into our boiling kettle just hours after their harvest. With many more of their essential oils intact, these ‘wet’ hops add glorious middle notes of juicy, fruit and tea-like bite to play off of its lightly toasted malt character deliciously.
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Photo of ordybill
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is full of tropical fruit and hops and spices. The taste is hop/grass and tropical fruit driven

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Looks really inviting. Burnt orange colored, mild haze. Head is light beige, frothy, leaves a nice lace. Retention is good
S: Hops. Super fresh, nice citrus zest, herbal and floral. Malts are toasty and bready
T: Tasty. Upfront is a bitterness, its quite present but soft, not sharp. That citrus and herbal note comes after the bitterness. Malts finish, are dry and grainy.
F: Full mouthfeel, smooth. Bitterness doesn't take away from drinkability. Typical of Victory, the mouthfeel is great
O: Great harvest IPA. One of the better ones I've had

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Photo of EMV
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Medium to light golden pour. Clear with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Bread and pine... some citrus and herb.

T/F: Grainy to start... giving way to a moderately bitter hop profile. Reasonably complex. Citrus notes... but also pine and a little something from the herb garden. Definite vegetable character. Good carbonation... very drinkable. Light despite the 6.5% ABV.

O: A very drinkable IPA. Not my favorite Victory IPA but a very easy drinker. Not up to the old standby 'Hopdevil'.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an Imperial Nonic glass
From notes - 11/09/15

Dark caramel-amber body with great conditioning that shows some well streaming bubbles. Hass a brass like appearance with a healthy dollop of sea foam mousse over top. Nice hang time to this one and lots of scattered sticky lace noted. Aromas of dank green hops flexing grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest with a bit of peach/mango. Furthers into some green berry and grassy herbals with modest pine, and a firm caramel and bread malt character. Lots of floral/grassy earthiness here. Nice complexity with displaying them wet hops up front and a nice balancing malt bill. Taste offers more grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest, with a sappy pine and herbal dank quality. Lots of floral grass and light tropic mango with peach. There stands a solid caramel malt and bready core without this being all that sweet. Alcohol is well masked throughout with a low level of stone-fruit esters. Finishes dry and crisp with resinous oils and some residual tealeaf astringency. Touts a lot of floral/grassy earthiness and a fair amount of piney citrus rind bitterness on the finish. Heavily balanced by the malt bill I was hoping for a bit more pop from this one and perhaps just need to find fresher. Still delivers plenty of that distinct herbal and fresh sticky pine that you wax for in a wet hopped brew. Snoogens approved!

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Photo of RockAZ
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great smell, grassy a bit of orange aroma to me - but that is the fresh Citra hop. Had a sample last month of a very fresh keg and it was good. Got a couple bottles today to rate. Unusual to me mouthfeel on this one, very soft, fine carbonation - a little different from other IPAs, enough to really stand out from the rest. At first the sweet grassy taste hits the tongue quickly followed by a pleasing wash of the bitter hops. I feel this is a well balanced beer, one I would like to have more of.

Edit* read some other reviews, those people had a different batch / year. So, as the last couple of entries here state - this one is a winner.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 3/7/2017.

Bright amber color with a small white head that shows great retention and sticks to the glass to provide some great lacing on the way down. Clear when held up to the light. Just a really nice looking beer.

Pleasant aroma of orange citrus and grass, courtesy of the hops. This beer isn't all about the hops though. Caramel malt sweetness becomes more apparent in the flavor, along with a subtle pepper spice. A bittersweet finish wraps things up in this all too drinkable beer.

Victory's wet-hop ale is a home run. The hops are the star of the show but there is great balance as well.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: November 10, 2016... OCCASION: at the West End Ale Haus with Shan celebrating our fortieth birthdays and our fifteenth anniversary... GLASSWARE: nondescript pint... poured a beautifully clear, brown amber body... head is at the glass's edge, leaving little room for development...considering this, it still presents well, off-white and clinging with coral lacing as the glass drains... the aromaa is grapefruit and melon, slightly hoppy, with a blanket of bread and caramel malts that balance nicely and provider the "harvest"... the body is medium strength, lively at the teeth and throat, and inviting the next sip with fervor... the taste is as balanced as its scent suggests, with caramel, toffee, grapefruit, resin, and floral, this is a slammable, satisfying beer that has enough heft to distinguish itself from other Victorys yet belong in the family....and a shout-out to the Ale House too-great service and knowledgeable staff here...

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, tea, piney hops, slight citrus hops, hint of yeast, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tea, piney hops, slight citrus hops, hint of yeast, and spicy hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, but body and blend are almost exclusively hops, hops, and hops, and yet still not too bitter.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is piney hops and orange/citrus/slightly juicy. The flavor is orange/citrus, pine needles, grapefruit, malts and a mix of tart and bitter/spicy in the finish.

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Photo of TonyLema1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep golden color, with a thin lacing off-white head
S: tons of hop aroma, citrus, pine tropical fruit
T: mimics the smell
F: Medium body, very easy drinking
O: this beer is delicious

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Photo of Matthew315
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

They say juicy fruit and tea like bite on the bottle. i'm getting more of a tea like floral aromatic and slight flavor. Some caramel malt flavors. Great golden/bronze color. very clear and seems filtered. great lacing. Teku glass. Decent head that spins nicely back on a swirl. Hoppy character at 38 degrees around 40 it gets much more malty and sweet. Feel is very smooth throughout.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label says BB of 10 March '17 which seems a bit odd considering the other part of the label says "Drink NOW. Do not store." Anyway, the beer pours a dark amber, slightly cloudy but clean. Aroma is dank with hop and vegetation / grassy notes. Good, solid hop uop front without excessive bitterness or off-flavors. The malt is a little less than I prefer for balance, so the finish is a hair ragged. A solid ofering in an increasingly crowded field.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They kicked off New Beer Sunday (Week 610) just a short while ago & I am jumping in with some fresh/wet-hopped ales as they beg for consumption as early as possible. Not necessarily early in the day, but early in their shelf life. I submit this one with a heavy heart as rumor has it that this will be the last iteration on Victory's part after many years of annual production. Boo hoo.

From the bottle: "Mountains for the freshest and juiciest hops are piled into our brew kettles just hours after their harvest to bring you this aromatic brew that's bursting with flavor. With more of their essential oils intact, these wet hops add notes of juicy fruit and a tea-like bite that will play perfectly off the lightly toasted malt character. For the freshest flavor of this wet-hopped ale, pop that top and taste freshness NOW! Cheers, [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron[,] The Brewmasters of Victory"; "Wet-Hopped for Freshness"; "Drink NOW. Do Not Store."; "Victory for Your Taste"; "Vine to Victory".

The Pop! of the cap was a bittersweet event, but the aggro pour was perfect. The foam rose up to create two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Speaking of great, the aromatic esters that were released were equally great and set my hophead mouth to watering. Bringing it up to my sniffer, I was met with notes of fresh-turned earth/dirt, black pepper, drying hay, light tobacco and a dank resinousness. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. I usually gauge color first, then smell, but I just could not inhaling the odor of this beer! It is fitting in that Victory Hop Devil was the beer that really allowed me to make the connection with hops in beer and reveal my latent hopheadedness. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft and caressing on the tongue. The taste was less peppery than it had been on the nose, but the earthiness was accompanied with a light, pleasant tropical fruitiness that was definitely tea-like in its mellowness. Mango tea is a thing, but this was a bit sweeter, more like papaya. Finish was mellow, semi-sweet, very tea-like and extremely easy-drinking. It breaks my heart to think that this may be its final iteration. I can't even bring myself to savor it as it is just so tasty & easy-drinking that over half of it has already rushed down my gullet! 8=( Bring back, bring back, bring back my Harvest Ale to me, to me.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, about 2 weeks old

Hops: Citra

2016 version, first time having this. Pours much darker than I like my hoppy beers. Not a good sign. No surprise that the aroma and taste are malt driven. Disappointed, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of bahafu48
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was on the hunt for my favorite "Sours" & during my quest I was given a sample that was being used for a photoshoot & I loved the aroma and the taste was excellent! I ditched my sour quest & grabbed a NEW cool growler from them. BTW the Wings, Fries & Service couldn't be better either! I will be taking my wife back for a date very soon!

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark orange/brown, a bit hazy, not much head at all.
S: Very bright floral american hops, malty back.
T: Malt forward IPA, almost brown ale-like. Toffee, pleasant molasses, caramel. Robust hop backbone.
F: Very wet mouthfeel, low carbonation.

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Photo of hman43
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours light amber with a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has an aroma of floral hops, some citrus, bready and toffee malts. As it warms it takes on an apricot and peachy aroma.

Taste: It has flavors or floral, and citrus with a backbone of bready malts and toffee flavors.

Feel: It has a medium body feel to it. It has a moderately bitter finish that does last for a while highlighting the floral and fruit elements.

Overall: The initial combinations of floral and malts work well together, but the feel seemed slightly watery to me and the bitterness on the palate was a bit off for me.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep hazy amber with a thin khaki head. Smells great! Citrusy and piney hops with a nice caramel malt aromsa. Taste is just a litlle disappointing though, I picked up some dankiness (which i'm not fond of) with the citrus and pine, as well as a very slight metallic aftertaste. Nothing real off-putting though. Nice malt backbone to compliment the hop profile. Worth the try, but I prefer other IPA's out there.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow I'm just getting around to reviewing this beer. It pours a solid Amber color, with a scent that is not overpowering but hints at hops. The taste is a smooth hop taste, with subtle malts. This beer sits well and is a very solid beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 07 Mar 2016

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrusy, slight pineyness. The taste is very nice hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus, and some nice pineyness. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Recommended!

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Lovely fragrance of flowery hops with just a whiff of pine. More melon than mango, but fruity. Some malty taste with a touch of sweetness on the lips.

Crisp honeydew melon with a white grape touch. Juicy and light bodied with with some malty sustance. Just slightly bitter, but enough to put it in the IPA category. Another tasty hopped-up brew from Victory.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber brown in color with a 1/4 inch of head that dissipates slowly to a great looking lace ring. Some floaties in the glass.
S - Balanced hop bitterness with some cracker malts and sweet malts.
T - Crisp and smooth like a lighter version of the Rancher DIPA. Citrus and pineapple hops smooth tasting with very little lingering bitterness. In a way quite damn good!
M - Dry hop goodness even pounding it was light to medium in body and easy to drink.

Overall I really hope I find more of this next year I only found a single for 3 bucks and it was tasty. Will get it again!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A memorable wet hop ipa. When it seems variations are a dime a dozen, this simply tastes amazing. Fresh lemon and orange zest lingers, the malt balance is terrific, and it's just juicy fresh. At one point I'm reminded of a Torpedo ipa, but with a tropical fruity center, and no shortage of pine (especially on the dank nose if this beauty) The brewery's description is spot-on.
A pleasant surprise on a random single I bought. I'll have to grab a pack next time.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: malty. The hops jump right out as soon as your open the bottle. There is a slight onion in the aroma, which I also got from Dirt Wolf and Hop Ranch.

Appearance: copper-amber colored with minimal haze and a light tan head. The head foams quickly but fades quickly, too, especially for the style. The head retention could be better. Only a very thin head remains throughout the “life” of the beer.

Flavor: juicy hops – sticky even – which are well balanced by a solid malt backbone. This is on the maltier side of IPAs for my liking, but it is well balanced by the hops. Alcohol is very detectable. It isn’t hot, but the alcohol certainly contributes to the flavor. The bottle’s label references a “tea-like bite,” which is perfectly said. There is a tea-like astringency to the flavor/body.

Mouthfeel: medium. This beer doesn’t seem heavy while drinking it, but it fills you up quickly – like a small meal.

Overall: If you were to make each sip last 20 seconds in your mouth, this beer opens up and develops very well. This is a good beer and worthwhile, but not one about which you immediately tell your friends.

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Photo of scotorum
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4


No visible bottling date. Bought last week.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick

a: Clear amber with an inch thick whit ehead which receded tro even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Citrus leaning to grapefruit.

t: Citrus notes over a solid bready malt base, Bitterness lingers somewhat on the dry finish.

m: Medium with very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A good wet hop IPA, with a more substantial mouthfeel than some. A fine hoppy seasonal.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 864 ratings