Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American IPA
Ranked #288
Ranked #3,704
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A go to of mine for years. A nice deep copper color with reasonable head and lacing. The mouth feel is as good as there is outside of NEIPAs. What makes this one special is its delivery of both malt and hop tastes. As it should be, the slightly sweet malt is up front, followed by a lingering earthy and hoppy finish. This is a really good IPA that I've been drinking regularly for years and I never tire of it.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears, amber with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly to a nice cap and lacing.
Smells dank, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, piney.
Taste follows the nose and very hop forward.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice IPA that I would definitely want to drink again.

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, Apr 24, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this beer about 18 years ago. One of the originals. One of the best in this style. The beer that put Victory on themap.

Copper color with great lacing. Dank hop smell with malt in the background. Slightly piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Still the best balanced. Nice bitter finish.

Still reaching for this quality beer after all these years.

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thefireman from Pennsylvania, Apr 18, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked this beers. An interesting mix of hops, earthiness, dank, not going for super floral and uber fruit, I'd like to have it again, it was in a mix pack, I remember being surprised.

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Photo of Mugman8
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy copper on the pour, some head that dissipates quickly and lots of lacing. Aroma is very piney, with some fruit and malt. Taste is very hoppy with lingering bitterness as well. This is a very good IPA, but I'd rate some slightly better......like Bell's Two Hearted, Ithaca's Flower Power and Sculpin from Ballast.

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Mugman8 from New York, Mar 15, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***Disclaimer: I am drinking this 6 months after the expiration date. (Sometimes it's just hard to find fresh beer from far away)***

Appearance: Pours deep, opaque bronze color with a moderate off-white head.
Aroma: Wow so different on the aroma. Tons of artificial and medicinal cherry flavor. Some toffee undertones.
Flavor: Really not much hops here. Admittedly probably because the beer is far past expired. Huge flavors of Vienna malts. Lots of cherry and toffee. There is bitter licorice though. Some caramel and dark fruit too. Finishes bitter though, but not from any hops flavor. Flavor reminds me of a Vienna lager or a Barleywine based on the malt flavors.
Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Sweet, but bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall: Take this rating with a huge disclaimer, as this beer was expired and the hop flavor is all lost. I can't say medicinal cherry is what I am looking for in an IPA. It retains the bitterness and malt flavors so it drinks like a bitter Vienna lager or Amber ale. I will need to try this fresh to reevaluate properly and get the hop flavors...***

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defunksta from Illinois, Jul 08, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like others I’m not sure how I never got around to reviewing this beer. Anyway, I had it on tap at the Philadelphia airport. This is an old school IPA that is malty and bitter and brown. I don’t detect much citrus scent or taste. I get pine and caramel and this ends up being a chewy ale that improves as it warms. Not exactly my thing these days but enjoyable and well crafted. Easy to drink with a nice copper brown color.

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haines710 from Delaware, Apr 25, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. This is the one - Victory can stop with all the other IPAs in its lineup (well, except for Hop Wallop), because this one is superb. Beautiful balance between that caramel malt backbone and the piney, gooey bitterness of the hops. Sticks to your ribs but always leaves me wanting another.

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JA_26 from Pennsylvania, Apr 22, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: amber-copper color
Smell: honey, pine-citrus, carmel/malt, maybe some stone fruit
Taste: honey, Carmel, malt (it is interesting how much malt taste there is!), Pine-hoppiness comes through and clings to the tongue afterwards. Bitterness is lasting as well
Feel: initial feel is very light body, but then transitions to a medium body
Overall: an interesting IPA. Very dark in flavor, smell and color that is not typical of ipas that I have had. Not an IPA guy - and this really isn't a typical IPA. Not bad, decent, but I was actually in a mood for an IPA, I don't think I would get this. Glad I tried it though.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 5/31/19

Pours a clear deep ruby copper body topped with around a finger of fluffy, off-white head, which retains itself well for being on the smaller side; consistent, fairly thick lacing holds to the glass while a foamy collar lasts to the end.

Aromas of big, sticky caramel malt dance with heavy grapefruit and prickly pine presence; slight general citrus, but the pine/caramel malt combination is intense and dominates the overall bouquet casually.

Taste shows pine and caramel malt hitting first, but soon balance out with hop spice and minor citrus tones; generally more fruit-forward than the decidedly piney-malty aroma; lightly flambéd grapefruit and bitter hops are more pronounced easing into the finish.

Mouthfeel has a body on the lighter side of medium accompanied by carbonation that’s lower than expected, with a malty crispness and light grit standing in; clean, but the malt and hops carry noticeably through the finish with a bitterness that doesn’t fall out of balance.

Another quality IPA from Victory; this one just kills it with the caramel malt aromatics, and dries out along the way with just enough piney bitterness and citrus to leave the overall product vibrant; as with most of their IPAs, I could return to this one easily.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Apr 20, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers I've had 100 times, but somehow don't have a review. I'm fairly certain that I did review it but it was lost in one of the BA server crashes back in the day. Enjoy by 3/22/19 (today)

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger off-white head that retains well, decent lacing, crystal clear ruby dark amber color

Nose nice American hops, pine, mild citrus, generic fruity and a little earthy, as well as sweet toasted reddish malt, an almost caramel character, borderline red/amber IPA

Taste is also solid, more of the same hops, a bit spicy with some pine notes, more citrus and generic fruity, turning more to pine but also floral hops, then sweet malts to balance the medium-high bitterness, toasted reddish malt and a little caramel like, again a big hoppy amber ale, maybe red/amber IPA these days, but back then it was just a nice IPA with good malt balance and flavors, finishes a little dry but spicy bitter hops lingering

Mouth is medium bod, a bit lighter on the carbonation

Overall not bad, again more like an amber/red IPA rather than American IPA, but when this was made years back there was no differentiation and this was a solid IPA with good malt balance and amber malt characters, enjoyable and a staple for amber IPA.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 23, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this into a pint glass, I was a bit worried as it is a VERY dark amber color with almost no foam head, not something that usually endears me to a good IPA. The aroma was very Bland as well...not a goox way to start off. But once I took a taste, I forgot about the first two items. It has a very malt-forward taste with a big citrus and slight pine aftertaste. It sits well on the palate with a slight astringent on the back of my tongue, bringing that oh so familiar Piney hop taste and burn, for lack of a better word. It is not heavy at all. Over all this is a very fine IPA offering, one that I would certainly get again. Very solid!

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Mandpasbury from North Carolina, Mar 05, 2019
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3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark reddish amber 3 finger head that foams down, I kind of pick up a light chocolate smell with a little citrus, the taste is good but doesn't really have a lot going for it, feels a bit oily

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Photo of Nass
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite malty for an IPA, but that's not too much of a bad thing in my book. It' a decent IPA, well worth a try if you can get this in your area. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Jan 22, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nut brown with a hint of red and nice head without much retention. Well-balanced and mildly sweet with plenty of caramel, malty, bread notes. Hops provide just the right amount of backbone, but don’t overwhelm the beer. Very tasty and unusual; not west coast and not New England. More of a brown IPA/Scotch ale profile.

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RockHop from Massachusetts, Jan 10, 2019
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I get why others like this beer so much, but it just didn't do it for me. There was something about the taste that just felt unbalanced. The floral notes are really nice, but they quickly give way into an astringent bitterness that isn't exactly as nice a follow up as some other IPAs I've had. Beyond that, I didn't much care for the oily mouthfeel. Overall, an okay beer. Not one I would buy again.

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DavidD3 from New Jersey, Dec 18, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 3/6/14: Pours clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves rings and wisps of lace. Aroma is floral and citrus hoppiness with caramel malt tones and hits of dog urine. Taste like the nose is floral and citrus with a hint of tropical fruits, moderately lively spice and backed by sweet caramel malts. The dog urine hint is in the mouth as in the nose. Starts hoppy and slightly sweet, balancing toward bitter hips/sweet malt in the middle, gravitating slowly towards bitter again in the finish but transitioning t o a full bitter hop bite and slightly astringent aftertaste. Just enough malt sweetness here to call this brew moderately balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and spicy with moderate carbonation. 4 stars.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice deep amber color with about a finger of off white head. There was nice lacing left on the glass. It a really good beer for the style, my only problem with it is beers of that ABV, make me sleepy after consuming. I got all of the typical things you would associate with an IPA . Definitely worth a try.

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Schlitz74 from Illinois, Nov 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brings back memories of one of my favorite ales from years gone by: Pete's Wicked Ale! If Pete's was still around, I bet they would have improved and evolved into this. This pours slightly brown and coppery. Hint of caramel with a perfect balance of hops. Good choice if you are in the mood to have more than a few. I would call this an American Brown IPA. Like it.

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Aglassplease from North Carolina, Oct 09, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Can
Best before: Sep-23-2018

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a couple fingers of airy beige head that settles to a healthy film. Leaving nice lacing. (4)

Caramel and spicy herbal licorice. (3.5)

Nice flat bitterness on a vaguely bready malt middle with some grassy-medicinal bite in the finish.  (3.75)

Mediumish body with bright carbonation and a dry hop-shellac finish. (4.25)

This is a nice "old school" IPA. I don't necessarily like that term, but here we are.
Looks exactly like you'd hope, clear with all right retention. The aroma and flavor are both of spicy, somewhat earthy hop flavors intermingled with bready/caramely malt flavors. It is dry and drinkable with medium bitterness. Whenever I have beers like this these days it is a breath of fresh air. I adore NEIPAs as much as the next guy, but being so swamped with them makes beers like this that much more enjoyable. Nothing too fancy, a straightforward profile, dry and drinkable, bracing and tasty. (4)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Sep 30, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic East coast IPA, you won't see many beers like this nowadays - especially north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Robust caramel malt character and spicy, piney hops. A good bitter bite and a lingering finish.

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mike22ne from Massachusetts, Sep 07, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this before but finally got around to scoring it.
A: Mahogany with a thick creamy head.
S: Muted zesty hops; would have score higher but the bar’s sani-rinse would have overwhelmed anything in the glass.
T: Deliciously dry with a solid malt finish.
F: Perfectly carbonated; the hoppiness lingered so nicely.
O: As advertised; probably one of the best (to me) of the category.

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StanleysCup from Maryland, Jul 14, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro pour at brewery. Amber body, slight haze, soft creamy head. Malts dominate the aroma, brown bread, pumpernickel. Niterness slowly comes in st the taste, malts still prevalent. Not as hoppy as you would think based on the name. More English.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jun 20, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pours an amber color with a thick foam head. Flavor is very fruity and unique. Notes of grapefruit, blueberry, with a slight bitter finish. Overall a very great beer! If I ever see Victory Brewing, I always try to pick some up.

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Ginge530 from Korea (South), Jun 18, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has an dark bronze-copper color, if not somewhat amber. Somewhat sudsy finger thick head. Good lacing.

Sweet caramel malt. Very floral. Orange peel, notes of resin, other citrus notes, bread malt, some grapefruit juice, and wood aroma.

Grapefruit peel, resin, and pine notes upfront. Notes of caramel, tea leaves, toffee, syrup, orange peel, toast, and many other earthy flavors. Overall medium bitterness. Feels smooth.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, May 29, 2018
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