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.
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
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