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Hop Wallop by Victory Brewing Company

It is hard for me to believe that at this time next week, my journey will be over. It will come to an end on November 28th but until then I have, including today’s beer, 6 left.  Lets get drinking!!!

Beer #360 is Hop Wallop by Victory Brewing Company.  This American Double or Imperial IPA has an ABV of 8.5% and is brewed in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Into another Pennsylvania brewers, Sly Fox, pint glass this went.  The color of this beer was a clear orange or golden amber.  It had a very thin white head. The nose smelled heavy and syrupy with grapefruit and bready malts.  Hops up front with grapefruit & orange peel (basically a nice citrus fruity overall flavor) and then it gets malty and sweet with caramel mostly.  The body is pretty heavy, sticky & syrupy…it coats as it soothes…and the carbonation is pretty low. Nice and smooth with moderate bitterness coupled with the ABV hidden really well, makes this very drinkable.

I make no bones about…IPAs and DIPAs are probably my favorite styles of beer and this didn’t disappoint.  An excellent brew from Victory!

And then there were 5…

Rating: A+

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Otto Ale by Victory Brewing Company

Back to Pennsylvania I find myself for beer #356.  I have already had 52 (53 if you include tonights) beers from Pennsylvania in this 365, the most from any state.  Otto Ale is my beer of choice for tonight brewed by Victory Brewing Company from Downingtown.  This is classified as a Smoked Beer and has an ABV of 8.1%  Interesting to note here is this Belgian Dubbel styled Smoked Beer was created based on the experiences Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet (co-founders of Victory Brewing Company) had on their trip to Bamberg, Germany in 1987.

Into my new glass, a Long Trail Brewing Company glass that the fine folks at Oak Tree Wine & Spirits (http://www.oaktreebuyrite.com/) gave to me after my purchase there today, went this dark amber brew with a very nice sized thick tan colored head.  The nose was smoky (think camp fire), malty and a bit fruity with raisins and I thought I got a whiff of some grapes.  It started off with a slightly sweet caramel malt flavor that melted off into a lightly smoky flavor similar to Liquid Smoke (if you cooked with this…you know what I mean).  There was a bit of brown sugar here too.  The fruits I picked up on in the nose didn’t really translate in the taste.  It had a medium body and some very fine light carbonation that made this creamy.  The alcohol was hidden very nicely here.

This was an interesting beer.  I really didn’t get the Belgian Dubbel aspect of this but I do find myself really enjoying the smokiness found in this style.  If you dig Smoked Beers or Rauchbiers, give this one a shot.

Cheers again to Oak Tree Wine & Spirits in South Plainfield, New Jersey as they were my go to beer store for the majority of this 365.  I will be visiting them in the future as their selection of beers is really unmatched where I live.  Team that up with a very knowledgeable and friendly staff and the little things like a free Long Trail & Sly Fox glass that will make them my go to beer store for many years to come.

And then there were 9…

Rating: B

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Festbier by Victory Brewing Company

Football night tonight…old cracked ribs and punctured lung Romo will hopefully be leading the Cowboys to victory against the Redskins.  Go Boys!

Beer #302 is Festbier by Victory Brewing Company from Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  This Marzen or Oktoberfest has an ABV of 5.6%.

It had quite the nice brownish amber color with just a very small tan head.  The aroma was kind of light with some hints of roasted malts and caramel.  Throw in a little bread and a nuttiness and you have the nose.  It tasted liked it smelled with roasted malty flavor, a caramel flavor that wasn’t all that sweet, and bread.  Near the finish, I got…bear with me…a flavor that reminded me of pretzels.  That was quite interesting.  It had a medium body, a nice amount of carbonation, was a bit crisp and at the same time…smooth.

This was a very solid Oktoberfest that is worthy of drinking this time of the year.  Prost!

Rating: B

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Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Company

It is the week of my birthday so lets celebrate all week long with some good beer.  You all have my permission (not that you need it…)…so drink up!

Beer #246 is Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Company.  This German Pilsner is brewed in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  The ABV of this PA beer is 5.3%.

The appearance of tonight’s brew was a clear pale yellow and it had a nice white head.  The nose was very hoppy for a Pilsner, lots of citrus going on in here.  There was also aromas of grains and grass.  The lemony flavor and lemon peel bitterness hit me up front in the taste.  That bitterness mellows out towards that back end with a slightly sweet bread flavor.  It finishes very clean, dry, and  with a nice bitter aftertaste.  The mouthfeel was nice, medium bodied tipping the scales towards, ever so slightly, heavy.  The carbonation was nice with a prickly feeling on the tongue.  This was highly drinkable, very crisp and quite refreshing.

I think this just might be my favorite Pilsner.  They usually aren’t my thing but this was really, really good.  I loved how the hops really took over and the malts were just playing second fiddle.  I wish it was a scorcher heat wise when I was drinking this as I think this would be perfect compliment to a hot muggy summer day.  I could also see this being an excellent compliment to one of my favorite styles of food, hot & spicy Thai.  All in all, an excellent Pennsylvania brew!

Rating:  A

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HopDevil Ale by Victory Brewing Company

Today is a sad and sobering day for myself.  I attended a funeral of a man who was taken away from us much to early.  Funerals always put life into perspective for me, “Too much, there’s too much fucking perspective now.” as David St. Hubbins would say…look him up.  Life truly is fleeting and much too short not to go out and enjoy it as much as is humanly possible.  Not that it will mean much, but today I will dedicate my daily brew to Ken or “Keek” as he was known as.  I truly wish I had gotten to know him better than I did but as it has the way of doing, the daily grind always seems to get in the way.

Beer #221 is HopDevil Ale by Victory Brewing Company.  This American India Pale Ale with an ABV of 6.7% is brewed and bottled in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Into my Victory Brewing Company pint glass went this brew which had a clear amber color with reddish hues.  Topping off this beer was an off-white head.  The nose was heavy with hops (pine resin and grapefruit) and had a nice caramel malt aroma.  It tasted wonderful to a hop head such as myself with lots of white grapefruit and pine flavors.  Mix in a bigger than average caramel malt sweetness and a slight toasted bread flavor with a nice biting bitterness and the King was one happy subject.  It finished off quite dry and had a lingering bitterness that lasted long after the sip was swallowed.  It had a medium body, wasn’t overly carbonated, almost creamy, and a bit sticky.  It was highly drinkable for myself in that I could easily drink a six-pack of this if I wanted to.

To me, this was absolutely wonderful.  I love hoppy, bitter brews with a nice maltiness and this fits the bill perfectly.

Take the time to enjoy everything life has to offer.  Drink good beer, eat good food, and let the ones close to you know how much they mean to you.

Ken…I raise my glass to you today…

Rating: A+

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Sunrise Weissbier by Victory Brewing Company

After waking up with a slight hangover from too much of the Black & Red I enjoyed yesterday, I really wasn’t in the mood for a beer today.  As the day went on, my mood changed so I figured why not give today’s beer, #209, the old college try.  What the heck is the old college try anyways?

Anyhow, let me introduce Sunrise Weissbier from Victory Brewing Company which is brewed in the quaint town of Downington, Pennsylvania.  Sunrise is a Hefeweizen with an ABV of 5.7%.

I actually had a Victory pint glass for the pour.  The color was a hazy pale yellow or maybe gold with a huge frothy white head.  The nose was straight up Hefeweizen with a spicy clove presence, bananas, citrus (lemon), and surprisingly Bazooka Bubblegum.  The taste was lemon zesty and heavy on the wheat.  I didn’t get all of the other aromas like banana or the cloves.  Odd.  It had a lots of tight tingling carbonation with a fairly light body.

This was OK but nothing to write home about.  For me it was maybe slightly better than average.  But what do I know…I’m just a King…who enjoys beer and sometimes I enjoy that beer too much.

Rating: C

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V-Twelve by Victory Brewing Company

Sleepy…that is how I feel today.  After getting in super early this morning from a very interesting flight from Washington DC to Philadelphia, I needed to relax.  I have never been on a flight that started to take off but then aborted that take off after about 100 yards down the runway only to be transfered to another plane (due to mechanical issues) where we watched the airline mechanic apply what amounted to duct tape on the pilots windshield. Strange but true…anyhow, time for a beer.

Beer #133 is by our old brewing friends at Victory.  V-Twelve is a Quadrupel with an ABV of 12%.  Yowzer…going to be a hot time in the city tonight.

I haven’t broke out the tulip glass in a while, so into it went this brew.  Amber was the color of the day here with a one finger width head.  I think I poured it too gingerly as other photos of this I have seen have had a huge fluffy head.  I got some pear and pineapple in the nose along with some caramel malts.  Oh yeah…the alcohol was there also, how could it not at 12% ABV?  The taste was more malty (think bread) than the nose let on.   I got a bit of cherry which was odd as I didn’t really get anything like that is the nose.  There was a bit of spiciness here also.  The alcohol had a nice bite and warming sensation near the end of the sip.  The mouthfeel was just shy of being heavy and it had some decent carbonation going on.  Sip with caution…it is pretty drinkable for a beer with a high ABV.

I liked this a lot.  It wasn’t as sweet as the nose led me to believe.  It was a perfect drink for a lazy Sunday watching movies & trying to rest up from my vacation.

Rating: B+

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