Beer Review: VICTORY BLACKBOARD SERIES AGAVE IPA

Beer Review: VICTORY BLACKBOARD SERIES AGAVE IPA

Victory Brewing’s foray into the special series, Agave IPA with Grapefruit, was a daring move that hit the shelves on January 1, 2016. This IPA, part of the Victory Blackboard Series, combines four variations of American hops with agave and grapefruit additions, promising a unique flavor profile. Let’s dissect this creation that aims to balance strong and bitter aromas against the sweetness of agave and the tartness of grapefruit.

Tasting Notes

Appearance

The Agave IPA with Grapefruit pours into the glass with a clear yellow-gold body, showcasing visible rising carbonation. The settling process leaves behind a small, uneven film of white, creating an inviting visual appeal.

Aroma

Upon lifting the goblet to your nose, the prominent notes are unmistakably grapefruit essence and a hint of confectioner’s sugar. The olfactory experience sets the stage for what’s to come.

Taste

As the liquid touches your palate, you’re greeted with authentic grapefruit flavors, cleverly minus the harsh bitterness. The taste journey extends to a delightful fruit cocktail in light syrup, complemented by biscuity malt and subtle mineral undertones. The finish is characterized by a sturdy bitterness that doesn’t overstay its welcome, leaving behind a lip-smacking citrus twang.

Mouthfeel

With a medium-bodied profile and pleasant carbonation, the Agave IPA provides a satisfying mouthfeel. The well-balanced texture enhances the overall drinking experience.

Overall Impression

Despite personal reservations about agave sweetener and a lukewarm attitude toward tequila, the reviewer found themselves pleasantly surprised by Victory Brewing’s Agave IPA with Grapefruit. The juxtaposition of bitter and sweet elements, along with the refreshing citrus twist, contributed to an enjoyable beer that defied initial expectations. This brew, with its fresh, crisp, and bracing qualities, successfully captures the essence of a juicy winter fruit beer. Whether you’re a fan of agave or not, Victory’s Agave IPA offers a unique and satisfying sip worth exploring. Cheers to breaking preconceived notions!