Victory Harvest Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale
BA SCORE
91.1%
Liked This Beer
4.13 w/ 863 ratings
Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by akorsak on 10-01-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,765
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
863
Liked:
786
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
8.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
146
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 863 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of churchillps
1.77/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What a disappointment. Basically lightly flavored water.

56 characters

Photo of Urk1127
2.16/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Roze
2.25/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of jwhancher
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2009 Version:
For whatever reason, I think Victory missed the mark on this one. After tasting numerous other harvest styled ales, this one comes away with no real hop character and an odd taste I can't quite put my figure on.

A: Pours a gold color.

S: Rather subtle hop hints, mostly grains.

T: Misses out on the hops. Again, mostly a grainy taste.

M: Seems like it should fit more in a lager category. I'm not one to dodge beers in my fridge, but this one seems to be the red-headed stepchild.

D: There's almost no beer I cannot drink. This is certainly drinkable - just not one I'd reach out for or actively search out to taste. There's much, much better Victory beers to try well in front of this one.

2014 Version reviewed on 10/17/14:
Enjoy by date reads 3/10/15. Pours a clear light copper with nice frothy head and gives off luscious tones of pink grapefruit rind. A sweetness prevails in the nose, likely mostly from the wet hops. A certain grassiness lingers throughout. Tastes predominately hoppy with very smooth hop bitterness. Orange and tangerine along with pink grapefruit flavors. This 2014 kicks some butt. Apparently much better than when I tried this back in 2009.

 1,191 characters

Photo of Zetcha7x
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of Dduquette
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Mojoman8561
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had thison tap at my last Craft Brew Club meeting. Victory was the host and learned a lot about their process.

-L- Golden yellow. Light head.

-S- Lemon Zest and hops.

-T- Definately a creamy lemon taste with a distinct hops flavor. Apprently this comes from the wet hops process they use on this brew.

-F- Light in body. The hops really put a swift kick on the end of this mouthful.

-D- Not bad. Different. Wouldn't buy it by the case but wouldn't say no if someone offered.

 479 characters

Photo of s1ckboy
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Stroget
3/5  rDev -27.4%

The bar was high and it didn't meet expectations. Too much grapefruit. Nice scent, color and aftertaste (after a while) but the bitter grapefruit taste was too much. Won't buy again.

 185 characters

Photo of Brandon35
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of mrHWD
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD: 3-7-16
Yeah...no. Not good, and not that old either.
Dark amber orange, lasting surface skim. Spotty flecks around the edges.
Initial aroma is rough, burnt rubber, cabbage, onions. Swirling gets rid of some unpleasantness, but it's still there. Malt sweetness starts coming through, tea, greens. Just not that good at all.

Taste is malty and tea-like, lightly piney bitter greens in the aftertaste. Lingering bitterness, somewhat bland, the hops aren't very present. Not something i'd revisit unfortunately.

 516 characters

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark copper color with burnt orange edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy floral hop aroma with a strong malt backbone.  Some resinous grassy notes but the sweet malts are a bit too strong, overpowering things with hints of caramel, bread, toffee and nut.

Full bodied with a dry earthy hop presence that's countered mid-palate by a sweet malt backbone.  Dry and resinous with pine needle and spruce tip flavor followed by sweet caramel malt, toffee, bread and hazelnut.  Decent but hop profile is boring and the malt presence are too strong for my liking.

 725 characters

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

 674 characters

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of GrantBrennan
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle was probably out of date and the beer tasted old, definitely want to give this another try.

98 characters

Photo of akttr
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of TubaDan
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dertyd
3.29/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was looking forward to this one (bought 2 4-packs). Probably past its prime, but flavor was quite vegetal. Medium body. Will update on future bottles.

 150 characters

Photo of HermitDan
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 863 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.