andyhwcinc (1884) - 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, it’s good but nothing outstanding, definitely sessionable. slowrunner77 (12060) - 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. ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Everybody is making a Session IPA these days and I don’t mind since most of them are actually pretty good. It’s 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.
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
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 (that’s 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. There’s a strong grassy character to the hops, especially at the beginning. A slight herbal/earthy quality too, though mild enough that it’s 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, what’s here is pretty enjoyable to say the least.
Drinkability: It doesn’t matter how light in alcohol (and flavor) a beer is; if it tastes bad it won’t be easy to drink. Victory Anniversary 19 Session IPA is a rare breed in that it’s both flavorful and quaffable. A thin, crisp mouthfeel that’s refreshing while on the tongue and mostly clean after it’s 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 it’d be more portable).
Yellow color like pineapple juice; slushy head. It doesn’t quite look like a Bud/Miller product, but it’s 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. It’s not "sweet" and it’s not "sour" but it’s got a spiciness to it. It’s strong but I’m not sure how much I’m 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 it’s now overpowering or unpleasant. The aftertaste is very very spicy.
Feel is slick and prickly. It’s a beer that is not weak by any means. Challenging but ultimately very packed with flavor for a 4.5%er. scarletfire65 (1466) - 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 SIPA’s that have flooded the market in the last year. NIce and balanced, but the hoppage doesn’t quite reach SIPA levels IMHO.
Wittales (762) - 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 IPA’s I’ve had. Zeswaft (1773) - 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. Spab (3855) - 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. Niall73 (2432) - 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. JFGrind (2050) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Golden fluffy pour, citrus and gentle bitterness. If the birthday party is going all night long I’d be drinking this session beer.