edwardbass (661) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright, mostly clear yellow color. Aroma is citrus, grassy. Taste is mostly citrus rind and grapefruit with very little sweetness. Itís decent, but not something Iíll be trying again. There are better session IPA choices (Stone Go-To is one of my favorites).
sturmthis (942) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy yellow/golden with very thin head. Grassy
and citrus aroma. Likewise with the taste, slight grapefruit and dry finish. Pretty good session IPA.
blklab2007 (2106) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a light golden color with a thin coating of white head. Aroma has citrus, nice supporting malts, mild resins, and a bit of sweetness. Mouth feel is light with medium low carbonation. Flavor has nice clean hops, citrus, mild grapefruit, bit of bitterness, and sweet supporting malt. Feels like it is much bigger in abv.
obxdude10 (2127) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely one of the better session IPAs Iíve tasted recently. This beer poured a bright and clear light yellow color with a straw-like hue. There wasnít much head on the beer, but it did leave some really sticky lacing around the inside of the glass. The nose was fairly aggressive, with plenty of woody and hoppy notes. The flavors were bright, clean and fresh, with plenty of spicy, dry, woody and fruity hops. There were just enough malts in the beer to provide a balanced backbone. Very delicious IPA!
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truly the first Session IPA I will rebuy. It has a great hop flavor that is more than an American Pale, really on par with a decent IPA, but the alcohol is less, so it isnít sweet or alcoholic. Great.
andyhwcinc (1682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Thursday night at home after a whirlwind week. Appearance is a cider like bright gold with a thin white head. Aroma of resin hops and light hay. Taste has a light hop profile with a crisp finish, itís good but nothing outstanding, definitely sessionable.
slowrunner77 (7440) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
different lavel than the pic. not worthy, imho, of an anniversary ale, as this was average at best session ipa (though the 90th percentile scores disagree with me there). Yellow pour. nice hop bite, but nothing special compared to Stone, Firestone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, etc etc... Perhaps too light.
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everybody is making a Session IPA these days and I donít mind since most of them are actually pretty good. Itís interesting that Victory decided to brew one in honor of their 19th Anniversary Ale. That means it was probably a one-off, which is a bit of shame because this is a more-than-solid brew that would be great in their perennial portfolio.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle, but the case had an expiration date of May, 2015 (thatís lame, Victory. Date individual bottles, not cases!). It cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale yellow color with high clarity and visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, white, soapy head that retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Initially very grassy hops, but seems to become more citrusy (especially lemon). Aroma seems to fade quickly, though.
Taste: The malt bill is pretty simple (base malt and one specialty malt) with three trendy hops: Simcoe, Citra and Chinook. Thereís a strong grassy character to the hops, especially at the beginning. A slight herbal/earthy quality too, though mild enough that itís not abrasive. Lemon is fairly strong as well; it comes through as both the fruit and the peel. Some residual piney flavor and dry bitterness on the back end to round it out. I have had other Session IPAs with more flavor than this. That being said, whatís here is pretty enjoyable to say the least.
Drinkability: It doesnít matter how light in alcohol (and flavor) a beer is; if it tastes bad it wonít be easy to drink. Victory Anniversary 19 Session IPA is a rare breed in that itís both flavorful and quaffable. A thin, crisp mouthfeel thatís refreshing while on the tongue and mostly clean after itís gone (I do get some dry starchiness, though). I found myself gulping this down and had to pace myself for the sake of this review. At only 4.5% ABV, this is indeed a session beer and the kind I would love to have a lot of in the summer (especially in cans so itíd be more portable).
williamherbert (1400) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow color like pineapple juice; slushy head. It doesnít quite look like a Bud/Miller product, but itís not too far off. The slight lacing differentiates it.
Aroma is very resinous, woody hop; oily. There is a pungent, almost bitter citrus component as well. Itís not "sweet" and itís not "sour" but itís got a spiciness to it. Itís strong but Iím not sure how much Iím into it right now.
The flavor is a combination of bitter pine-oil and spicy tangerine rind, with a hint of bitter pineapple. This is a very bitter flavor, and yet itís now overpowering or unpleasant. The aftertaste is very very spicy.
Feel is slick and prickly. Itís a beer that is not weak by any means. Challenging but ultimately very packed with flavor for a 4.5%er.
scarletfire65 (1149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Some grapefruit, grass, and tropical fruit nuances. Modestly hopped finish. Overall it is quite mild in comparison to most of the SIPAís that have flooded the market in the last year. NIce and balanced, but the hoppage doesnít quite reach SIPA levels IMHO.