Victory ESB | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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87
very good
86 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of letsgopens
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on cask at Victory Brewing, this selection stands very cloudy/woody peach with some nice golden highlights. A thin rim of off-white bubbles hang around the surface of the brew. And of course no real head on this cask selection.

Dim but malty with a bit of spice and tanginess. Fruity and yeasty with a hint of toastiness and toffee. Just a hint of dim hops floats about. Not terribly pronounced in the aroma department.

Dim with some mellow yeasty fruit. That familiar mellow crystal malt character is present along with orange and lemon. Very similar to the nose; dim and rather uneventful. Reasonably flavorful I suppose.

Soft and smooth but also rather dull and matted; and not just do to the cask conditioning. The finish brightens up a bit but not much. I think this selection just doesn't lend itself well to cask.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Kraftwork on 2/17/11.

Pours a clear golden amber/orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and one finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a very thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly earthy hop aroma but the nose is dominated by a sweet malt character. Hints of earthy pine and very faint sweet citrus balanced by toasted caramel malt, rye and biscuit.

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a hop forward flavor that lingers into a dry finish. This is quickly countered by a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit. Although this is decently balanced, the hops are the star here with a lingering bitterness and dry finish. The ABV is decently masked but this beer is still a bit harsh.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber in color, clear with moderate head andr lace. Very hoppy with slight carmel pinch. Taste is rich and biting with slight alcohol flavor. Hop flavor reminiscent of sour apple with floral hop bite.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt this beer was solid, but nothing special for an ESB. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but I would have again if available.

It was an amber color with a haze. Tasted nice, but not as strong enough for the style in my opinion. Not enough hops. Not enough flavor. It seemed like a milder version of the ESB's I've tried. On the plus side, it is smooth and drinks easily.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that I would have been more impressed with this beer had it been on the hand pump instead of Hop Devil or Milltown Mild. It does have a nice herbal character that works well with this slightly hoppy take on the style. Still, i was more impressed with several other beers I tried during my visit.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Victory ESB from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.99 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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