Victory Home Grown New American Lager

This was the second beer that I had at City Tap House. I was trying to have lower ABV beers since it was early in the day and I was curious about how this (relatively) new lager from Victory would be.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gotta give the people what they want, right? A lot of you have been searching for your next go-to beer. Something hoppy, but still drinkable and refreshing. Search no further! Six varieties of American whole flower hops pack bold and juicy flavors into this crisp, drinkable lager. Meet Victory Home Grown. Your NEW American Lager.”

Random: One of the prettiest bars that I’ve ever been to is in the original Victory brewery.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of pure white head. The body was mostly clear except for some chill haze and straw yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was relatively mild with some toasted grain and also had an odd chemical characteristic. The taste luckily did not have the same chemical characteristic, although it had plenty of toasted grain. It was quickly followed up by a touch of Noble hops, but the grain was dominant in this beer. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the Noble hops. I liked this beer, but it didn’t wow me. I could see this beer as a good addition to a barbecue for people who are used to drinking Bud Light who may want to branch out to craft beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Victory Longwood Oro Blanco

Val and I took my family to Longwood Gardens awhile back to see a Josh Ritter concert. Since we were starving when we got there, we stopped at the Victory Brewpub. Everyone really liked the food and they even said that the wine they got was decent. This was the second beer that I had there.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Quench your summer thirst with this German wheat beer that features a refreshing, tart taste of the juices and peel from Longwood Gardens grown oroblanco grapefruits. This signature beer was developed by Victory Brewing Company for Longwood Gardens.”

Random: I put together the new cat tree for the cats and they have been going crazy for it. It’s the same one we had when they were kittens, so it doesn’t seem as big as it used to.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It was thick, but dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange. I couldn’t see the carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had notes of wheat and lots of nutmeg and allspice. The taste had a large amount of spice as well. I picked out the same notes of allspice and nutmeg as in the nose, along with some wheat and orange segments. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with a lot of spice. I enjoyed this beer, but the spice took over all of the other flavors.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Victory KSQ Kiwi Gose

Awhile back, Val and I took my parents to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square for a concert. Before we went there, we stopped at Victory for a late lunch and this was the first beer that I had.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Kiwifruit (often abbreviated as kiwi) or Chinese gooseberry is the edible berries of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. The most common cultivar group of kiwifruit (‘Hayward’) is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg (5–8 cm or 2.0–3.1 in) in length and 4.5–5.5 cm (1.8–2.2 in or in diameter). It has a fibrous, dull greenish-brown skin and bright green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds. The fruit has a soft texture and a sweet but unique flavor. It is a commercial crop in several countries, such as China, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France.”

Random: The Kennett Square brewpub is perfectly done and the food is amazing.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of very thick, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was very clear and yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lime juice and brine. I didn’t pick up any kiwi in the nose. The taste had a significant amount of salinity, along with lemon and lime juice, which made for a nice balance between sour and salty. There was some kiwi to it, but it was in the background. The body was on the lighter side and the carbonation was significant, but pleasant. It had a quick and citrusy finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired well with wings.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Victory Blackboard Series #6 – Peach Belgian Blonde With Coriander

I tried this beer when we went to The Farm and the Fisherman at their new location in Pennsylvania. I was disappointed that the food at the new location was not as good as their regular location, but it was a few weeks into them opening, so I would give them another try.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re excited to bring you the series in adventurous and unique beers –the Blackboard Series. Combining our award winning brewing techniques along side the deliciously fresh ingredients we are known for, we bring you four new rotating “special” brews available on draft, with two of them also available in bottles throughout our distribution footprint. We invite you to taste what our brewers are cooking up! Blackboard Series Release No. 06 is Peach Belgian Blonde with Coriander. Bursting with fresh peach and spice aromas, this Belgian-Style Blonde Ale features stone fruit notes with a touch of sweetness and a refreshingly dry finish.”

Random: This beer uses Pilsner, Wheat and CaraPils malts.

This beer poured with a very small, less than a finger high. It was slightly off white. The body was a cloudy orange with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with peach and apricot and yeast. There was also notes of banana, coriander and black pepper. The taste had mild peach along with yeast. I picked up banana and coriander and bubble gum. There was some white sugar as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peach. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Victory Round Robin

I’ve always had a certain affinity for Victory beers. They’re widely available in Jersey and I cut my teeth on their beers when I first started the blog. Prima Pils is still one of my go-tos when looking for a beer to bring to a party. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The brewers’ playground. At Victory, we’re an experimental and thirsty bunch, and our limited-release, draft-only specialty series, D’town Drafts, is an outlet for the creativity, ingenuity and passion for which our Brewmasters are known. Pours a pale straw color with white foam and lacing. Aroma of clean lager fermentation and American hops. Flavor of clean slightly citrusy hops and nice light malt character. Slim with a hop finish. A drinker.”

Random: This beer uses Cascade hops.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really grassy and lots of grain. It had some mineral water as well. The taste had some grass along with a touch of malt and mineral water. There was some lemon pith as well. It was simple but super drinkable with a light body and moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with mineral water and river rocks. This was a solid beer that I could easily put back while watching a game. It doesn’t pull any punches, but I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Victory V-Twelve

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

Victory Sour Monkey

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