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 WillieThreebiers
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber gold with a slight head that lasts. Strong hop aroma mostly pine with traces a citrus. Taste follows scent, nice fullbodied feel. Very enjoyable.

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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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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker orangish golden color with off-white head. Grass, pine, floral notes and some light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes very flowery, floral notes mainly, some grass too.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; reddish bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral and herbal;

T: herbal, floral, and toffee; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: really nice;

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Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Burnt oak colored...minimal head...decent lacing

S-Love how this aroma just bursts out of the glass...blueberries, papaya, strawberries,blackberries, melons, grassy, oily....great aroma.

T-Very pleasant fruit cocktail like flavor.....big on the blueberries as well as strong notes of papaya. Lesser notes of pineapple, strawberries, and melons. Malt never gets in the way but adds a light caramel touch.

O-Great beer. Probably the best fresh hop beer I had this year. Blows Sierra celebration out of the water. Not even close and I like Celebration.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A tasty, if undestinctive, wet hop ale from the fine folks at Victory. As Lagunitas's Born Yesterday was my most recent wet hop purchase prior to this, I couldn't help but compare the two. For a brew that apparently used Citra and Mosaic as the wet hops, I'm surprised at how un-tropical Harvest is. It's got a lightly floral, very fresh, well, hoppy smell to it. It's really pleasant, but not very indicative of the classic Citra/Mosaic tropical/saturated fruit notes you'd expect. In this way, it differs from the more pungent, hop-forwardness of BY. Deep bronze in the glass with an excellent foamy head that leaves good lacing, the palate is standard IPA fare, prominent malt presence, decent hoppy bite. It's, to use the word again, pleasant. It has a better feel than the hollowness of BY, but it's also a less distinctive brew. Distinction, though, isn't always requisite. To this end, I actually think I prefer Harvest to BY, though I'd probably snag Celebration over both. Still, if you're looking for a solid ale with a nice fresh hop character, Harvest might be your brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this season was a somewhat disappointing one for wet hopped beers. a lot of good ones no doubt, but a lot that are awfully similar to each other, and this one, at least for me, gets lost in the crowd just a bit. juicy and fresh and as well made as they all are from victory, but it lacks a certain uniqueness to the hop profile or any sort of mouthfeel element that might make it stand out. nice orangey color, lasting white head in the globe, and a lot of bubbles. nose and taste hint at citrus and pineapple, but even that is somewhat generic. its in the feel where i think this one is made, or at least announces itself as excellent if a little forgettable. its got a great oily decadence to it, slick but also sticky, resinous but clean. juxtapositions you can really only find in wet hopped beers, and this one delivers in that regard, although still i dont see it moving beyond the industry standard for the style. starting to fade a little by now though, i should have picked this up a little earlier, but its still really tasty beer and one of the more slammable ones ive encountered this year.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells lovely. Full of citrus and herbal floral grassiness. The taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and earthy hops followed by some herbal tea-like flavors. The finish is a bit disappointing. Overall my expectations were not met. nb

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gates and Brovi in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a beer stein.

Pours a darker copper body, one finger white head, minimal retention, fair amount of lacing. Smells of pine cones, resin, a bit of lemon, citrus, grass, toffee and a bit of caramel. It's got a really nice wet-hopped smell. Flavour is a bit on the sweeter side, caramel and toffee rounds out the pine, citrus and grass. It's solid, very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation, moderately bitter. Overall, a very solid wet hopped ale that doesn't really have any off-flavour to it. It's very good wet hopped ale, well-rounded and would be worth picking up a six pack each year.

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Photo of rjd722
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of citizencane
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Fridge in Lancaster, PA. Pours gold-brown; doesn't look fantastic but doesn't look bad. Tastes delicious, fresh crisp hop bitterness with a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and very refreshing. Overall, I'd get this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

deep amber/orange/gold with a thick white head.

smells like grapefruit, very citrus-y yet also producing a lighter undertone.

taste is bitter yet clean. pure bitterness with slight sweetness, finishes very dry and bitter. goes down smooth yet still causes a very dry/bitter finish.

overall a pretty good beer, looks and smells fantastic but the taste is underwhelming compared. taste is good but not as great as i was expecting after i poured it. very fresh smelling and tasting!

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Photo of TheWolf
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is delicious. Hazy copper. Smell is great. Big nose of citrus and tropical fruits but there is also layers of earthy hop. Taste combines the tropical juicy feel that is all the ravening the new pale ales and iPas but it balances with hop bitterness and bready malt. Mouthfeel is classic victory chewy and well carbonated. Impressed.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a tulip glass. 2015 edition

L - Medium dark amber color with a hint of pink. Cloudy hue with some light coming through the sides.

S - Strong grapefruit and grass, like smelling fresh produce. Heavy scent of flowers also.

T - Soft grapefruit, tropical taste with a smooth spicy finish. Explosion of juicy hop goodness.

F - Not aggressive at all. Really smooth all the way through. Just about anyone can drink this IPA.

O - This is not just a beer, this is like hop juice. An absolute explosion of juicy hops right off the bine and into the beer. This rightfully has 5 across the board for me. Very good example of a harvest ale.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle enjoy by march 7, 2016 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Ruby red, mainly clear, with a one finger head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Dank, sea salt/onion, and pine.

T - Interesting. I get the toasted biscuit malt underneath, with herbal/pine layered on top. There is some zing and salt. Resin.

M - Carbonation is medium, with moments of sharpness. While the heft is somewhat smooth and creamy, there are moments when it seems thin and hot.

O - Another harvest ale that is worth a go. I may come to appreciate this more as I move through the 4 pack.

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Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD: 3-7-16 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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of tropical and citrus fruit, piney and citrus hops, lightly caramel malt. Flavor is bready malt with hints of caramel and biscuit, piney, somewhat dank hops, light tropical and light stone fruit. Finishes with resinous dank and piney hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good mouth feel. A nicely complex wet hopped ale with an interesting hop bill that was robust throughout the taste and left a long lingering resinous bitterness while still retaining great herbal flavors. The malt is also rather multi-layered with the hints of biscuit in a malt body that leaves the flavors to the hops, but adds good support and interest. A great year for wet and fresh hopped ales and this one is right up there with the best. I'll look forward to it next year again.

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Photo of pinyin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Long Island NY, 4 pack $12.50 in the Union Distribution footprint.

Somewhat disappointing that I was unable to find it anywhere in North Eastern Pennsylvania. Victory has virtually no market share in this section (Monroe County) of their home state.

Served 40F from a 16 bottle into an 18 ounce tulip.

Color is a reddish orange, translucent and clarified. Look is very similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration. Celebration has more of cloudier shade and a better mouthfeel which I tend to prefer, but Victory Harvest ale edges it out slightly in taste and aroma. If you hadn't noticed by now, this is Victory's attempt at the style (Harvest Ale) that Sierra Nevada Celebration originated in the early eighties.

Aroma is a nice balance of sweet dark malt and fresh hops. Very pleasant but also subtle and not too overpowering like many double IPA's.

With the taste you get the familiar Victory house blend yeast up front, bready malts and then the hops kind fall right on top in perfect succession. Now Harvest Ales aren't as pleasing to my palette as a DIPA, but still great when in season and fresh. I do get a slight diacetyl note in the aftertaste, which I can presume came from improper handling during shipping and retail stocking. It's as if the hops are kind of fading away exposing the actual alcohol content of the ale. Coincidentally, I also get this in SN Celebration. Perhaps it is hop blend though, although I have never noticed this in Troeg's Hop Knife, which is the superior product of the three.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very typical Victory state of the art brite tank conditioning. Carbonation is done to perfection as all Victory products are.

Solid seasonal ale from Victory. Certainly not the best, and I think it is definitely overpriced at $12.50 for the 4 pack. Hop Knife is a much better tasting product and is $12.99 for the 6 pack. Yes the ABV% might not be as high, but it is same style and is superior in my opinion, so Victory might want to take that into consideration for next years launch.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.11 out of 5 based on 861 ratings.
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