Victory Blackboard Series Agave IPA With Grapefruit

Total Score: 7.05/10 Grapefruit1Honeycomb1Orange1Tulipglass1

Victory is mine! Yes, I’m no stranger to hyperbole when it comes to Victory, but as far as DirtWolf goes they just get exactly what I want in a Double IPA… their other styles [style: I’ve only had their Golden Monkey Tripel] don’t work so well for me but when it comes to India Pale Ales – these guys do it, and they do it well [again and again]. So as far as this Agave IPA With Grapefruit goes I am concerned it is going to be another Sierra Nevada Otra Vez (which had prickly pear cactus and grapefruit) i.e. a hit and miss beer. That said it never hurts to have low expectations going in to a beer review.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents with a hazed pale golden body and a white 1 centimetre cappuccino foam head that drops back to a thin blanket on top. Much like their DirtWolf Victory do tend towards very pale Pale Ales, nothing wrong with that – I feel it adds to their allure. 8/10.

S: Much like their aforementioned DirtWolf this IPA has a real pineapple chunks in syrup aroma to it. Not quite getting the grapefruit as much as I am straining my olfactory senses to their smelling point (which is kinda like the breaking point, but with odour). Agave sweetness comes through a little bit. Hint of citrus perhaps that’s the grapefruit? 7/10.

T: Grapefruit comes shining through in the flavours, notes of juice concentrate and fresh grapefruit specifically. Agave nectar, a suitable honey replacement for Vegans, comes through as a thin sugary note. Sweet and sour is the name and this brews game – the classic pairing works well to balance it out but I’m having trouble detecting a third flavour – maybe a pepper spice character towards the back. Aftertaste provides a light blood orange bitterness. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a cloying stickiness from the Agave and a thin but sharp carbonation. 7/10.

D: A bit of a one-dimensional brew from Victory, and there’s nothing bad about it, but likewise it’s no tour de force like their other brews. If this was a lesser brewer I would give it a “good effort” but because it’s Victory this does come across as one of their worst beers (which still means it’s pretty good in the grand scheme of beers). Wouldn’t buy this again but I can see where they were going. 7/10.

Food match: For some reason a Nasi Goreng comes to mind… must find Nasi… Goreng…

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