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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Welcome to our birthday bash! As our gift to you, weíve brewed this crisp and easy drinking session IPA Ė full of hop flavor Ė for you to enjoy all night long. So put this beer to your lips and start shakiní what your mama gave you Ė the party is just getting started.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (10098) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 19, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2015
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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scarletfire65 (1323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Appearance was yellow gold with fizzy white diminishing 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are tropical, stone and citrus fruit and soft pils sweetness, no alcohol. Taste are simple soft malt sweetness upfront with mango, guava, grapefruit,lemon middle. Slight sticky pine resin backend. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with light body, then lasting sticky slightly dryish fruity finish. Overall one of the best session IPAís Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Tap. Boom. Session IPA: nailed it. Light body, with medium level of pine and citrus hops. I tried my wifes Trestle IPA next to this and it was practically undrinkable in comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (3379) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a nearly clear bright golden yellow with smallish white head. Aroma is lemon zest, grass and grains. Flavour is quite grassy with some lemon zest, some herbal character and crackery grains. Modestly bitter finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Pours yellow gold with a white head. white bread with lemony hop aroma. Light body, medium carbonation. Lemon, light honey, pine, some metal... Bitter grapefruit finish. Balance is a bit off, could do with a little more fruitiness. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Golden fluffy pour, citrus and gentle bitterness. If the birthday party is going all night long Iíd be drinking this session beer.

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