Quick Take – Victory Hop Wallop

You can’t accuse the folks at Victory Brewing of false advertising.

Their 8.5% confection is a hop-head’s delight. It is overwhelmingly hoppy, especially at first when it’s still cold.It pours a bright yellow color, which is surprisingly clear. In fact, other than some nice lacing on the side, you might confuse it for a Bud.

Looks are deceiving, however. The first whiff is pine oil and a mild oak hop. It comes across as both bitter and flowery. As it warms up, some sharply bitter Bavarian malts come through. But the malt balance seems like it was thrown in at the last second, because the hops are very intense.

The sip is just more of the same. We are in Imperial IPA territory here. At least in the flavor, those German malts rise up to become a bit more apparent. There is a bite at the swallow that is doubly bitter, due to the heavy woody hop and the sharp roasted malts.

I would like a little more balance on the malt side, but this is still a damn solid beer. Not one you’d want to bring around mixed company, due to its intensity. Also it’s almost $13 for a six-pack and I’ll be damned if I let some rookie drink them all up.

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~ by William H on September 14, 2009.

2 Responses to “Quick Take – Victory Hop Wallop”

  1. Somebody help me out and let me know where Bill Newman is. I’m working on brew concept for the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, involving other fun stuff. As a student of Bill’s and having grown through 30 years in Boston in the Koch era, I know what Bill had (has?) to offer. Miss all you New York types, Ithaca, Albany, Syracuse and downtown. Please write back or e-mail to flmbear@aol.com

  2. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2009/10/02/wolf.green.beer.cnn

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