Victory Brewing Co.

Victory HopDevil Ale

Beer No. 30 – Victory HopDevil Ale

The first beer I’ve reviewed that I drank the night before. Contemporary notes, belated verdict.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 6.7%

LOOK: Caramel candy, almonds, khaki head.

NOSE: Pineapple, grapefruit, apple juice. Smells like Smoothie King. What’s expected but missing is that woody, piney nose. Bit of a letdown.

MOUTH: Unsweetened grapefruit and lemon dash. Missing the little details. Too hop forward, the bitterness squirts into the mouth and leaves an abrupt, rusty finish.

Beeradvocate Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 78

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Victory Hop Wallop

Beer No. 7 – Victory Hop Wallop

What a relief. This better-than-expected brew makes me happy on a sleepy Sunday. Put your nose into it, then slowly sip the day away.

STYLE: Double/Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Musty orange, cloudier than expected. Off-beat peanut. The carbonated but creamy head dissolves nicely with above-average lacing and retention.

NOSE: The gem. Floral, orange peel, sweet tangerine, grapefruit. I’m glad I skipped that afternoon nap in favor of this tasting session. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t do it now. The sweet, piney, hop-filled aroma has me alive and well.

MOUTH: Candied orange slices with a lemon-pine spritz. The grapefruit comes to the fore as it warms. I recommend letting this one sit for a few minutes before imbibing. The hoppy, floral notes are stronger on the nose than in the mouth. The 8.5% ABV is well masked by a refined, almost idyllic, finish. You don’t want it to linger any longer, and it doesn’t.

Beeradvocate Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92