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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A taste of… Victory Hop Devil

Victory Brewing Co.
420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 873-0881

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Victory Hop Devil was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Market in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There is a note stamped on the label: “Enjoy by May 21 2010 B3”

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: Light bronze brew with sparkling carbonation that builds a respectable head of parchment foam of sparkling small bubbles. A fair tat of Belgian lace is left behind.

Aroma: The first impression is of fresh cut hops. If you have never smelled a fresh cut Cascade hop flower this is what it smells like. The next “nosing” revealed more floral aromas. The third nosedive brought up only a touch of funk.

Flavor: After the refreshing cool sensation there is a sharp tang that slides around the edges of your tongue. A second sip brings out more metallic hop flavor but also a touch of the grain base. The third swing is even more grainy but that is not a lot. The hop spikes and shimmers remain prevalent.

Mouth feel: There is a good bit of body to this brew.

Finish: The tang of the heavy hops recede into the sunset with a slight stagger but quietly.

Comments: I would be inclined to call this a U.S.-style India Pale Ale.

Food & Beer: This would be a fine beverage of choice to accompany a salmon grilled on a sheet of cedar, steamed small red potatoes and grilled asparagus.

The Brewery: http://www.victorybeer.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/345/1005

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/victory-hopdevil/618/

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