Japanese Name: アサヒ ヴィクトリーロード（VICTORY ROAD）
Release: Apr. 26, 2016
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥145 @FamilyMart
In support of the Japan Olympic team for this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Gold Medal sponsor Asahi has produced Victory Road. This new genre is brewed with a flavor similar to beers found in Brazil. Light and less bitter, this one is brewed with a blend of five varieties of hops for a refreshing taste.
Victory Road is your pale standard straw in the glass. There isn’t much on the nose, maybe a slight metallic tinge. Up front, there’s a somewhat citrusy flavor, opening up with a little corn-like sweetness on the mid-palate, and on the back end is a little bitterness with some metallic notes.
It’s rare that I say this, but I would like my money back. Victory Road is one of the worst new genre brews I’ve had recently. As I’m going through the glass trying to find something positive, there just isn’t anything that appeals to me. The flavors are all over the place with no direction. I’ve never had a Brazilian beer before, but if they taste like Victory Road, I’ll have to pass.