Victory ESB | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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88
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:
0
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of Oakenator
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a darker brown with a full tan colored head. Good lacing present on glass.

S: Malty and sweet.

T: Bread bitterness from the hops up front and through the middle. Malts and maple sweetness to finish.

M: Body yet light enough to have few. Great feeling on the tongue - really creamy.

O: Well done ESB.

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Photo of robdip9
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of phishbone23
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of VinnyA
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BrettVache
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this wonderfully delicious treat a couple years ago at the brewery and it turned out to be the best I tasted there. Wish we could get it in Rochester New York. Fantastic from start to finish, and also paired well with my meal, wish unfortunately I can't remember what it was at this time

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Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Larry_C
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Thirsty2383
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of KevinTK
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of erha2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-copper color with a thin off white head. The head faded very fast leaving only a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biscuit in nature mixed with a bitter hop aroma of earthy and citrus nature. There are light spice and herbal aromas mixed into the nose as well which overall create an overall very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste is biscuit up front as the nose would have predicted. In the middle some of the citrus hop flavor and spice then comes into to the tongue. The citrus loses ground fast but the spiciness gets stronger. In the end the spice flavors mix with the bread an herbal/grassy flavor and an earthy hop flavor to leave a bitter spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Typical for a cask beer this one was creamy in body and low in carbonation. It was nice and smooth and very drinkable.

Overall - The flavors of this beer taste and transition well making this one a very easy drinking bitter with a nice smooth feel and taste.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Piper's Pub a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but drink the hell out of the Braumeister Pils that was flowing at the same time. This one pours a copper amber hue with a light off white head forming nicely in my glass. Aroma has caramel malt sweetness, hints of cereal bread grains, and earthy herbal hop notes. Flavor continues the trend of caramelized maltiness with a hint of toasted marshmallow with creamy sweet dessert bread, enough hops step up to balance it out but this is very English hopping which works for the style. Earthy, herbal hops grace the palate with a light edge of citrus peel nothing heavy just a kiss that makes the beer very very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample mellow carbonation level that works so well for this beer. Overall drinkability is high, I didn't guess this alcohol to be anywhere near 6% abv, quality American brewed ESB from my own experience that can be a rarity.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory ESB

Pours an orangeish copper color. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and orange citrus. In the flavor, herbal tea, citrus zest, and mild grassy bitterness from the hops. The malt/yeast foundation adds alot of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, and bread tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated. Straightforward and very English in style, this is a worthy ESB with a good amount of flavor.

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Photo of ChadT89
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of random846
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of roastTHEmost
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sparger
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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