Victory Harvest Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ratings:
863
Reviews:
174
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
146
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 863 |  Reviews: 174
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 jmg480
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 StonewallSipper
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was just not getting this beer, almost no hop taste, aroma was veggie hop like, but taste was lacking.

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Photo of GinDC
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jweis
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dlazze01
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 weezarc
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 CraigP83
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, smell is muted but Vilnius and earthy. Taste has a tea like quality, a bit watery. Not bad

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

Photo of eagles22
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Victory Harvest Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.11 out of 5 based on 863 ratings.
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