Archive for the ‘Victory Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another beer that I picked up from the brewery at their Kennett Square location. It’s one of the few Victory beers that I haven’t reviewed. It also has a brand new label, courtesy of the label redesigns. This is also a beer that I’ve walked past in the store many times since I figured that I would get to it at some point. Well, now is that time, so let’s pop the cork open.

v12

ABV: 12%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste true liquid luxury in this decadent and nuanced Belgian-style quad. Pear and apricot aromas blend with caramel, fruit and spice flavors in this full-bodied amber ale.”

Random: This is a year round offering in 750 mL bottles.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and warm orange in color with lots of soda-like carbonation visible. The nose had some hot booze with apricots, Belgian yeast, clove and orange rind. There was some clover honey sweetness as well. The taste was boozy but sweet with clove, Belgian yeast and honey. It had some white grape notes as well. Even though there was booze, it wasn’t 12% ABV worth. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with golden fruit, honey and bread. A bottle of this was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I thought it was a solid interpretation of a Belgian classic.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Val took me to the Victory – Kennett Square location when we went to Longwood Gardens for lunch. We grabbed a bottle of this from the gift shop and a few other things. The location is slightly smaller (at least from what I remember) from the Downingtown location, but the food was good and their beer selection was excellent. If you’re in the area, make sure you stop for a beer.

sourmonkey

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sour Monkey puts a tastefully tart twist on our Golden Monkey’s sweet, fruity essence. A sharp, citrus-laden tang makes this brew a Monkey all its own!”

Random: I also had the white wine version of Golden Monkey a few years back at Memphis Taproom.

The beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange color with little carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up sourness and cherries. There was also some yeast with a little bit of golden raisins. Oak came through after it warmed for a minute. The taste had some nice tartness, but it wasn’t overwhelming. It had a lemon peel note that quickly went into cherries and yeast. I also got some golden raisin and apricot. The booze didn’t make an appearance despite the high ABV. The beer was very balanced. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and golden fruit. A bomber of this was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. This was an interesting take on the original beer Golden Monkey and one that I would definitely try again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val took me on a trip to Longwood Gardens awhile back. They have a very pretty light show at night that I had heard a lot about. We got there before it started getting dark, so we got to see some of the gardens, but it was filled with kids and got even more crowded as it got dark. The light show was nice, although if I could give them a recommendation, it would be to mark the path better because we ended up walking the wrong way a few times. This was one of the exclusive beers that was available in their beer garden.

longwoodgrapefruitsolstice

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: This beer is only available at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Random: I gave up on watching “The Walking Dead.” It no longer held my interest.

The brew poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left little lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a hazy yellow color with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of grapefruit zest and grass and citrus juice brightness. The taste had some grapefruit juice, which muted the other flavors. After a few sips, there was some orange and fresh grass too. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with grapefruit juice. This beer was easy to throw back, but flavor wise was pretty simplistic. I wouldn’t refuse a plastic cup of this again, but it’s not worth a special trip to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Happy New Year’s Eve! Val and I aren’t big fans of the holiday and usually just do something quiet at home. If you’re going out, make sure you have a designated driver or aren’t driving at all. Now, let’s crack open this beer.

victoryfrischeweisse

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This refreshing beer features a grainy aroma, slightly hazy straw yellow body. Aroma is grainy, touch of lactic acidity. Slightly tannic, acidity is very refreshing but not bitingly sharp. Very refreshing and easily drinkable.”

Random: One of the beer podcasts I listen to discusses physics on their preshow. It’s quite fascinating.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It took awhile to go away and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow. It had slightly less carbonation than I expected to see. On the nose, the dominant scent was tart cherries along with the expected wheat note. After a few sniffs, I lost the wheat and only smelled the cherries. The taste started with a white vinegar tartness. I also got apple with apple skins, but not the same as the off-flavor apple note. It had a lot of cherry notes with cherry pits as well. The body was thin with the same moderate carbonation that could have been dialed up a bit to make it go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with wheat and white vinegar. A bottle of this was $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). I enjoyed drinking this beer, I just wish it had more bubbles.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It’s becoming more and more popular in this area to have a house beer that is brewed by a local brewery. I’m assuming that since Victory expanded production, they’re able to do this more and more. They also provide a house beer for another local chain that I enjoy, Chickie’s and Pete’s (their house beer is CrAbbey Ale). Let’s give this one a shot.

pjwlager

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Vienna Lager

Trivia: P.J. Whelihan’s has 15 locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Random: A Vienna Lager is on the more rare side for a house beer. I would think that they would have gone with a Pale Ale or an IPA.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a warm, copper color with moderate carbonation. The nose was quite nutty with some sweetness and almonds to it along with some lightly toasted bread. The taste was equally sweet with the same nutty malt and a touch of wildflower honey. There was also an off-putting tin and metallic flavor. I was hoping that it would wear off, but I think I just got used to it. The body was on the heftier side with high carbonation, so this wasn’t a problem to drink. It had a lengthy, sweet finish with brown bread. This was a good beer, but I had to knock it down a bit for the metallic flavor. I would have it again, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a new offering from Victory in cans. Val wanted to give it a shot, so she let me have a few sips when she cracked it open. She’s a big fan of shandies and radlers and lighter beers, although she hates Berliner weisses because she doesn’t like any sour beers.

cageradler

ABV: 3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our spin on a German classic connects lemon freshness with crisp lager. Effervescent notes of lemonade, lemon zest, and a hint of graininess. Light, dry, and extremely drinkable, this clean and crisp lager is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas of fresh lemon.”

Random: This beer uses pilsner malt.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away quickly and didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright yellow color. Despite the cloudiness, I could see some carbonation on the beer. The nose was bright and filled with Country Time lemonade powder and grain. The taste was also filed with lemon juice and Country Time lemonade powder. The grain came through next, but the dominant flavor was lemonade. It had a very light body with high carbonation. The finish was almost instant with lemonade and lemon zest. A can of this was reasonable at $1.75 ($.15 per ounce). Generally, I’m not a big fan of radlers (they tend to be more in Val’s wheelhouse), but this one was alright and I could throw it back if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is a new (canned) offering from Victory. Val picked it up for me in a mixed-sixer. Let’s see how it was.

vitalipa

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The IPA style can be a powerhouse of flavors and impressions. But what is vital to you? What commands your taste and attention? We packed our Vital IPA full of fresh, crisp and fruity notes driven by whole flower American hops and robust German malts. You’ll find it bright, delightfully aromatic and complex, leaving you with dry, spicy satisfaction. Taste Victory in these flavors Vital to your senses. Aromas of pine, tropical fruits, and stone fruits precede intense, yet refreshing flavors in this light bodied, golden IPA.”

Random: This beer uses Pilsner and CaraPils malts and Simcoe, Citra and Chinook hops.

The beer poured with a dense, two finger white head. It looked like whipped egg whites. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow. It had moderate carbonation visible. The nose was light. It had grass and some unremarkable citrus. The taste had so much more depth. It started with grassy and earthy hops. Significant grapefruit pith and bitterness came through next. Then, biscuity malt was present with more toasted bread than sweetness. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long and pithy finish. I really enjoyed this beer. It went down easily and had nice flavor, not that I would expect anything less from Victory. It paired really well with Chinese food too.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0