Victory Harvest Ale
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale
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IPA - American
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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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Dec 07, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

There's only one time of year to celebrate the true vibrantly fresh aroma, taste and sensations that the hop harvest brings. Before all the drying out and vacuum sealing all those natural, botanical and herbal juices, still in tact, meet the brew kettle for beer character that uniquely brings the flavor of fall.

Its deep golden color casts a brilliantly clear sheen through a malty sweet center, but never gives the eye any secrets of the hoppy balance within. But once the nose clears the rim of the glass, an explosion of hop aromas abound. Distinctly vegetal, citrusy and herbal, the beer's grassy bouquet commands attention with utter ease.

The middle palate draws upon a medium-light caramel support with the light starch of malt and biscuit in undertow. Its quickly receding sweetness gives the hoppy fruit impressions a succulent, ripe and fresh taste. Stealing the show are the flavors of pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange, a berry medley and a piquant lemon verbena and lime peel earthy tang. Growing bitterness carries a spicy grass and peppercorn balance to keep new waves of flavors washing over the palate with every sip.

Drying to near perfection in finish, the beer's late impressions are citrusy bitter, sticky with fresh pine resins and distinctly herbal for a deeply earthen tea-like refreshment to the palate.

Oct 22, 2014
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Odysseyalien from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This is probably as close to a perfect beverage or certainly the closest to perfect for an American pale ale as you're gonna get. There are certainly other excellent APA's out there but the really special brews move on to a higher category. Apples and oranges really -- none of the competitors are really better than each other. But each bring their own special attribute to the table.

Victory Harvest Ale is such a bew. It is a bouquet of flavors dancing on your tongue and without an exceptionally high ABV. Truly a work of art. Between this and their Dirt Wolf double IPA, Victory is becoming one of my top three favorite breweries.

Nov 04, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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!

Dec 30, 2015
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at irish pol in philly - review from notes

Pours a deep amber color, froth of white head fades into faint film. Tons of ringed and patchy lacing are left behind.

Pine hop bitterness in the nose with some lemon peel and citrus. Plenty of bready malt with light caramel sweetness.

Decent pine bitterness, a little sticky and resiny. Larger malt backbone than expected. Caramel and bread crust with light toasted notes. Some residual sweetness towards the finish, which is bitter and lingering.

Lighter medium body, decent but higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Drinks alright, but nowhere near the top of the harvest ale category. More hops needed.

Feb 08, 2012
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped recently by the Sharp Edge Creekhous definitely not a Strong Ale more so one of the most balanced harvest wet hopped ales in the nice. Appears a clouded amber with hop particles a floating froms a large tightly bubbled cream head that leaves even lace all around the imperial pint glass as it dwindles. smells like a bouquet of fresh hps with grassy, citrus (grapefruit), and pine cone scented hops to it. A bit perfumey and seductive all at once with sweet caramel malts that leave a bready spice component there. Taste is awesome albeit not over the top like some brews that claim to have fresh hops...this brew knows how to bring the fresh hop flavor with a substantial bitterness with grassy citrus peel flavors and a touch of floral effervescence and the lucious not sugary but sweet caramel malt profile truly balances so well with the prickly wet hops. Once again a mild spice character is noted within the malts but it's warming yet the alcohol flavor is so hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft gentle carbonation goes down so smooth can't wait to try more of this or something similar from Victory. Drinkability is so sessionable the true pinnacle of Harvest ales, thanks for the great brew bring more to the Burgh please.

Update 2014 version

Dank bitter aggressive fresh hops!

Nov 17, 2006
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Nickls from District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Golden yellow orange color; poured with a half-finger of eggshell head

S - Lager-like aromas with some grain sweetness; aggressive hops; touch of maltiness

T - Hoppy at first; very firm maltiness; a little grainy

M - Medium body; a touch chalky and dry; very subtle carbonation

D - Not the most drinkable brew I've had in the style (even though the style varies greatly); just a bid odd in the lagery flavors against the hoppiness

Overall, definitely a solid brew and it made my palate work, but not one that I would seek out too hard again.

Jul 05, 2009
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Hanna56 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 08, 2014
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Triklino from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Dec 03, 2014
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%

Had this on 2014-10-26 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge from a bottle

Victory has produced an excellent harvest ale. Lots of flavor and aroma. Fresh, juicy and pretty dank but with little malt. I had a fresh Sierra Nevada Celebration side-by-side with this brew and they are quite different. This Victory Harvest Ale tasted more like a a Stone offering. Generally, I like a bit more malt in my Harvest Ale's, so Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere suits me a bit better but if you a dryer, hop-oriented flavor profile is your preference, this is a really good one.

Oct 26, 2014
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Dec 09, 2013
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Yeroc from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nov 08, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From vine to Victory comes a 12 ounce bottle of wet hop beer. There's an "enjoy by" date, however the label tells you to "Drink now. Do not store". On to it we go:

Toasted orange colored with some visible bubbles running through. The head forms low on top, eventually resting as a lace, and the lacing which sticks to the glass is impressive for a beer with little head. As it is so often with wet hopped beer, the aroma is dank and hoppy. Fresh flowers, a note of citrus, cantaloupe, perfume-like hops and pleasing.

The hops are raw in this beer. So raw I swear that I can taste the fertilizer. Very floral in flavor and woodsy, yet also bringing some cantaloupe and orange slices too. There's very little malt noticed, which is strange considering the beer's strength. In fact, the beer feels as close to light bodied as it does to medium bodied. And in the aftertaste, floral and bitterness lingers.

There's no question that this is pleasing ale. But I feel that something small is missing to make this memorable. Or perhaps it's a teeny too raw which keeps it from being at the next level for me.

Oct 30, 2014
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WesM63 from Ohio

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

Jan 12, 2015
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jcugafsu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 18, 2014
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campfirebrew from New York

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Nov 16, 2014
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TempeBeerMan from Arizona

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Clear copper hue with a fluffy, one-finger, cream colored head. Complete rings of lacing left behind with every sip. Appealing.

S - Powerful aroma of hop flowers, grapefruit, tangerine, spruce, and fresh hay.

T - Man, this IPA is juicy. Big grapefruit/melon fruit flavors forward. Also light pine and a hint of scallion. Toasted bread malts provide a sturdy foundation in the mid-palate. A long finish provides yet more hops in the form of mint and herbal tobacco. Superb.

M - High side of medium carbonation. Body would best be classified as "medium" but with a rounded fullness. Dry finish. A perfect delivery for the flavors.

O - Ok, this pretty much blew me away. While it would be a stretch to call something this hoppy "balanced", the malt and hop bills layer perfectly. Just super solid all around. If I could get this year around it would become my "everyday" IPA. Great job Victory.

Nov 26, 2015
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NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 04, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Oct 24, 2014
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Dduquette from Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.7%

Oct 24, 2014
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Booner818 from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Nov 11, 2014
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pkalix from California

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 01, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

When I think harvest ale, I think something brown, with a distinct maltiness, some hops, and possibly some rye or other grain, maybe even some dried fruits. Not being a hop head, I guess that's my naive take.

This is a pale ale made from the fresh hop harvest. It's hoppy, fresh, and delicious, with tons of essential oils coming through and lots of bite. The hopes are incredible clean and bright and they really shine. I wish all hoppy beers drank like this.

Nov 20, 2014
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a relatively clear light amber color, slight copper. Big, foamy white head that leaves significant lacing and a solid white film across the top throughout.

Aroma: A well balanced aroma of juicy citrus and floral notes, definitely get the light grapefruit and grass along with some pine. Everything about this beer is extremely fresh.

Taste: Floral and faint citrus, again those more grassy notes coming through towards the end.

Feel: Crisp and slightly bitter with a mild malt accompaniment, this is an excellent brew overall. Really clean, drinkable, and refreshing, it's easy to see why the label reminds you to DRINK NOW. Victory comes up big yet again.

Nov 23, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Copper transparent body with a soapy white head. Fresh hop, pine aroma with a hint of spice. A touch of black pepper in the flavor with grassy and herbal notes as well. Hop forward with a light warmth in the finish. Gentle bitterness lingers. Tasty.

Nov 21, 2014
Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 864 ratings