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Victory Harvest Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Harvest AleVictory Harvest Ale

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

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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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 hints...man, 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 -4.1%
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 +4.6%
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 tlema1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -11.4%
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 -1.7%
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 +14.6%
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 -10.2%
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 +20.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.6%
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 -7.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.8%
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 DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +14.8%
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 scotorum
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with thumb of beige head. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Pine & tropical notes

T: Much grapefruit, a little bit of pear, a little mango & pineapple. A little bready dryness, more grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, slight pineyness as this warms. Finishes grapefruittty, a little piney & juicy

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, fantastic balance

Fantastic! Drinks so easy, probably the best harvest ale I had this year

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Photo of fx20736
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack from AJ's Beer warehouse on 12/4/15. Served at fridge temp.

Look: Coppery amber, thin white head, some lacing.

Smell: peach and pineapple

Taste: Eucalyptus

Feel: soft, smooth

Overall: a decent IPA

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Photo of jancona
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a bit darker than expected - copper with light foam and lacing. Smell is hoppy fruit punch with a bit of tingling citrus - very nice. Flavor is combination of fruity hops with a mild malt foundation finishing with a lingering black tea flavored hop. Feel is a bit slick with moderate carb. Very nice IPA!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

EBD 3/7/16. Clear medium amber (dark copper) pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Delicious world class nose of hops over a light biscuit with a touch of caramel. Citrus, pine, tropical - you name it, it's there.

Light body with a smooth texture plus some oily hop resin. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a wave of blended hop flavor that, like the nose, runs the full hop spectrum. Bitterness is quite tame and arrives in the middle with a balancing biscuit that is perfectly balanced - not sweet, but there. As the finish approaches, light caramel notes appear as does just a touch of herbal pepper. The finish provides the strongest citric element as a subtle rind bitterness lingers.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

Pours light copper with an off-white head. Light lacing and retention.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of garlicy, piney hops. Dank and resinous.

Medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel.

Green, oily, dank hops start the palate. Plenty of wet-hop character. Low bitterness and plenty of pine. Light malt and quite dry.

Finishes with lingering resinous hops and dank, green character.

Great harvest ale and very crushable.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice copper color with about an inch of head and plenty of lacing present.

Smell: Hoppy juiciness, grapefruit, citrus, pine, grassiness, this thing smells dank.

Taste: Same as the smell. This is one tasty brew! Lots of hints of grapefruit and juiciness but very well balanced with the malts. Thing thing tastes dank!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This beer is solid all around and on point! Tons of hop flavor well balanced by the malts. Might be my new favorite harvest IPA. Job well done by Victory on this one!

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Photo of thebeers
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange-copper color with a finger of tan-tinted white head and heavy lacing. Grapefruit and pine duke it out to dominate the aroma. They both continue to the taste, along with a strong green pepper note, some orange crush, slight pepperiness and a sweet malt backbone. Relatively little hop bitterness for the style. Medium bodied. Fresh garden vegetables aren't what I'm looking for in an IPA. Not my thing.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark orange, almost copper. Aroma is fairly unique. Very grassy and grainy. Floral hops as well. This is definitely an interesting tasting brew. The hops are very floral and resiny. The label says it has a "tea-like" character and I definitely agree. Really surprised to find out this one is made with Mosaic and Citra. It doesn't really give me a ton of tropical fruit, like I usually get from those hops. Malt is more forward than I was expecting but it gives off a pretty nice flavor. Medium bodied. I always like Victory's hoppy brews. This one is quite different than Dirtwolf and Hop Ranch but its tasty, too.

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