Hoppy Quad
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #71
ABV:
13%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,695
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
185
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Hoppy QuadHoppy Quad
Notes: Belgian-style Quadrupel with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a concave curved pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi cloudy yellow body with medium bubbles and a white head rising roughly just about one finger's length from the body.

Smell: white wine scent with hint of green grapes and warm sugar.

Taste: Complex sweet and touch hoppy feel consisting of robust hops from which add a raw pine feel. It is a touch sweet, but definitely offset with its deep smooth bitterness.

Mouth: Sticky brew with a honey like finish, medium carbonation and full bodied.

Overall: Perfect brew and might be one to call it the last for the night. Good brew, and one I would buy again and again....salud!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: April 26, 2018... OCCASION: the 2018 draft is upon us, and Cleveland drafts first and fourth--this calls for a special Victory... pours an attractive golden, crystal-clear body rife with a herd of bubbles creating a reasonable quarter-finger off-white head... the aroma sparks sherry oak, flowery hops, pepper, ginger, tea, vanilla and phenol that broaches vodka... a packed profile... sips at a biting, bitter sharpness that states its 13% with ferocity... as intense as the initial buzz occurs, the secondary mouthfeel is sheepish, soft and welcoming... its finish is respectful, fizzy and dry... as the glass drains, a smoother sherry takes over, sippable and worth holding on the tongue... unbelievably drinkable, as the sip is rewarding and wine-like... the lightness of this profile is rich in sherry, oak, dry tannins, white wine, and flowery--lilac, earthiness, oat, vanilla, and ginger all mesh to create a formidable sweetness... by its end, a buzzing strength courses through it at half-bottle... perhaps not worth its price tag, but like the Browns draft, rewarding (they chose Mayfield and Ward)...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a sparkling clear golden color with a modest head, that eventually diminishes to a lusty ring and a large continent in the middle. Grass, malt and alcohol in the nose. The mouth gets a nicely flavored, somewhat boozy malt beverage. Dangerously easy to drink, however.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some coriander and clove and pithy citrus.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and pithy citrus, with some grassy hops and apricot and clove. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice brew with complex scent and taste. Not the most delicious combination of flavors, but fun to try. The body was solid, but the finish was hot, so it was better to sip. Not for aging. Ended up more like a strong saison than a Belgian imperial IPA like I expected. Interesting but not great.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty beer - kind of a hybrid between a Tripel and a Quad. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with kind of an orangy cast. Small, bubbly white head shows average retention for a beer in general, but quite long for a 13% abv beer. A light covering of the top of my goblet remains for quite some time. Aroma is fruity (but has aspects of both the light fruit found in Tripels and dark fruit from Quads). Candi sugar is quite prominent as well. Taste is very good. A malty beer with strong fruit presence and some candi sugar. The sweetness is balanced (possibly by the hops - although they are probably faded by the year I have hung on to this beer). There is a fairly strong alcohol presence, more than warmness - less than a harsh alcohol "burn". Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a significant alcohol presence. I would like to try one of these "fresh" to see how the hops blend in.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found a bottle of this for about $9.50 at the Giant Eagle in Waterworks. Into a standard pint.
Much brighter than a quad style more bright yellow with a ton of bubbles and two inches full head. Malty honey and hops on the nose with some Belgium yeast to balance. Malty grainy some fruity yeasts and just a touch of hop bitterness. Mostly surprised to get no ABV burn so the hops and malt must be balanced. Very close to their V-12. Body is pretty exceptional this bubbly brew keeps its body at medium even though the octane is heavy.

Overall not a quad more of a malty triple but dry hopped to perfection. Very tasty stuff from Victory!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold with a vortex of carbonation and swirling head. Aroma has some tropical sweetness but more from phenol than any hop addition, which I would say is lacking on the nose. Flavor profile is much more aligned with a tripel or Belgian IPA (and certainly not in a Quad). Some spicey phenol, Belgian yeast - hops only show up at the end to add some bitterness but are otherwise underutilized.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow chalice: color is straw gold, good effervescence, head is brighter white, dense with fine to small bubbles, head laces the glass sides and lingers with a thin top. Definitely a pale quad or triple look.

Smell is malt, light bread, then grain and maybe some sweeter sugars; hops are noticeable but not dominant.

Taste is that of an amped up clean triple (not spiced like golden monkey). Malt is very lightly toasted, then grain, then sweeter adjunct. Hops are neutral at first and somewhat overtaken by the strength and malt, though the bitterness shines through at the finish. As it warms some lighter notes of grapefruit, pineapple, earthy notes are present. ABV is not necessarily noticeable at first but the strength catches up and numbs the tongue some.

Mouthfeel is sweet at first, then bitter, then lightly numbing - all good transitions and expected from a hoppy/semidry/strong ale.

Overall this is a beer that hids its strength very well - though it does start warm you up. Flavors are fairly neutral and not out of balance, though I might say the hops are knocked down by the strength a bit. It holds well in the mouth and finishes well - a little dangerous as a large format.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear golden yellow with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, and a bit of citrus

T-nice amounts of hops to balance the sweetness of a Quad based beer. Still get the typical Quad tastes of sweet fruits, yeast, and bready malt but there is also a nice amount of citrus hops

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall an interesting combination of a Quad and IPA qualities, impressed with how well it works together

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Photo of hman43
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours clear golden with a white head that has moderately low head retention.

Smell: The aroma is of barnyard and leather. There is a strong mix of peaches and some low citrus mixed in.

Taste: The flavors bring out the peaches with a complex mixture from the barnyard and leather. There is a low background note of grain and citrus. It also has a low sherry like element with it.

Feel: In spite of the ABV it has a moderate body. The aftertaste is moderately bitter with the earthly elements intertwined. It has strong alcohol warming, but it not hot.

Overall, this is a complex Belgian ale with strength that is easy to consume because of the lack of a hot alcoholic feel to it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a bit different expected for a quad, but then again I see in the margin, it’s a Belgian Strong ale. Golden in color with a thin white wisp of a level head. Minimal semi-foamy lacing. The smell takes on sweet tropical fruits, peaches, light grassiness blending nicely. Slight citrus pulp. The taste takes all of those aromas to wrap in and out of each other in a decent dry fashion. Definitely a dry citrus aftertaste and quick semi-boozy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a crisp sweet sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Overall, for a quad, I say nope. Definitely closer to a Belgian Strong ale and because of the semi-light body, could be a decent one with its respected food.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a 10oz tulip of this at Victory Parkesburg on 01JUN17, as well as a 32oz "crowler" back at base in Reading on 02JUN17....

I first noticed that it was rather light on color for a Quad, though I have seen others looking similar on rare occasion. My tulip was filled with a clear, medium-to-deep golden colored brew. Carbo was scattered, and the head was a frothy, fluffy dollop of white foam, leaving excellent stick in the glass. Body was medium, and it was quite smooth on the tongue.

Had some bready, dough-like malt character at the outset. Also showing up was a bit of cotton-candy sweetness; some tropical fruity action - mango, pear and melon; and some honeyish notes. Rounding things out were some citrussy hops and some warming alcohol. Quite the different Quad, but quite the tasty one. Well done, Victory!! Prosit!!

4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernards goblet the brew is a pale amber producing little more than a finger of off-white, foamy, short-lived head that recedes to a filmy surface cap & thin collar ring that leaves no lacing. The color is very pale for the style. Aroma is a bready pale malt, dough, Belgian candy sugar sweet & a heady hop presence of tropical fruit orange, pineapple, melon & resinous pine, with some subdyed herbal/floral hints combining with notes of spice, alcohol & yeasty white fruit esters. Taste is lacking the malty profile associated with the style being more pale & doughy with a deficit of richer malt, toffee & dark fruit with the pineapple, orange, pine, earthy/dank & melon hop notes coming to the forefront. Spice, alcohol, a sweet apple, pear & honey undertone commingle in the background. The finish rapidly transitions to more pine resin & bitter citrus with the bitter becoming dominant in the dry tropical fruit/citrus/pine, dough, warm alcohol aftertaste. The balance is also divergent for the style as I'm sure you have already gleaned from my description. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slick, lightly syrupy & chewy, a little peppery but overall smooth & silky on the tongue with a dry aftertaste. ??To my senses this is overall more in line with a Belgian IPA or certian DIPAs or a TIPA with characteristics of a BSPA. A fine example of an American craft beer hybrid.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, candied sugar, light citrus and pine.

T - The taste is follows the aroma. Candied sugar, honey, Belgian yeast, citrus and light pine.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A very nice beer that's really hard to categorize. This is like a hybrid DIPA and strong ale. Quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

couple of points on this on. first of all, its really pale, hazy blonde at its darkest, and predictably at this color, lacks some of the malt depth the style is known for. i really found it to be a little one dimensional in terms of the grain here, the deeper, sweeter, fruity, richer notes just arent here, so its more of a belgian strong ale than a quad as most of us know them. second, i probably shouldnt have let this sit in the cellar for so long. about a year old not, a lot of the hops have apparently faded, and only bitterness remains, exacerbated by slight oxidation, i didnt get the citrusy mosaic or citra at all hardly. third, i wouldnt reccomend taking one of these down by yourself! the 13% is surprisingly well hidden, and it sneaks right up on me, definitely didnt need the whole one last night! some cool flavors in here still, green apple, grassy hops, white wine, pear, and a cool picy belgian yeast strain that obviously worked hard in its prime. a neat beer, maybe mislabeled as a quad, but something a little different as far as american made belgian style ales are concerned. beautifully effervescent carbonation. i will have to try this one fresh and see how the hops are. i think they would have made it way more dynamic. on me for ageing it too long...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Bright and bold, the Trappist brewers who inspired this style of ale might marvel at the aromatic hints of citrus, resinous cedar and tropical fruit that flow from this special brew. Belgian-style fermentation and impressive American hops make this light bodied ale intense, inviting and entirely unique. Enjoy Hoppy Quad and Taste Victory!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Quadrupel brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a creamy white tone over a very clear pale amber body with subtle haziness and very light carbonation. Retention is average and there is no visible carbonation. Unusually bright and pale for a Quadrupel. 3.25

(Smell) Aromatic hop notes of citrus peel, dank pine and tropical fruit pulp atop a delicate malt body of light breadiness and pale malt grains with a moderate sweetness. Very accessible and inviting aroma, again very out-of-place for a Quadrupel. 3.75

(Taste) Rich, residual malt body with juicy fruit notes is seamlessly complimented with a bouquet of hop flavors; tropical fruits, citrus pith and dank herbal notes elevate the perceived body of this beer to a very desirable level. The flavor swings a bit pale and light on darker fruit notes than a Quadrupel usually does, but there's no mistaking this beer has a sizable body and a lot of malt depth, even if the focus is on the hop profile overall. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly chewy, slightly syrupy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter and smooth grain alcohol. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This beer comes off as difficult to categorize, but I would likely not have chosen Quadrupel over more appropriate choices of Tripel, Belgian Strong Pale or even a "Belgian" Imperial IPA, all of which seem fitting for this beer. It's challenging to rate a beer based on the style, as this beer does not nearly come through a Quadrupel, and thus does not pass on the "true-to-style" front. That aside, this beer is highly drinkable and very enjoyable with an incredible range of hop character that nicely compliments a smooth, but ultimately bold and deceptively high gravity malt body. It is a bit sweeter than the traditional Imperial IPA but works incredibly well. I would love to see this repackaged in a 4 pack format, and think it is one of Victory's best 750's out there. 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Hoppy Quad
3.82/5.00

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6/2...pours dark bronze with a thin layer of white foam. Bright floral citrus scented meadow aroma. Hint of pepper. Thick mouthfeel, syrup like mouthfeel. Sharp bitter and tart buried under a citrus bitter. Fascinating taste. Hard to evaluate.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a pint glass bought at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a clear amber gold color with a large white head. The aroma is all citrus. The taste is citrus and some honey that hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was picked up in an elegant 750 ml bomber with a cork and cage cap. The label was also well designed with hop cones in a arrangement of fours (quad). While the packaging was authentic looking, the pour was anything but. Don't get me wrong, this was a very good looking beer, but it looked exactly like a BSPA, with a golden body and constant stream of bubbles, and not at all dark red and quiet like a Quadrupel. The smell of the beer was a nice mix of grapefruit and pine from the American hops, and aromas of the Belgian yeast derived spices like white pepper and cinnamon. The taste was much closer to a Quadrupel than the looks and smell indicated. I could detect a lot of sweetness from the malt, which tasted like cherry, melon, and pineapple. The hops were more in support in the flavor, but they showed up in the finish, and their tropical flavors played off against the yeast spiciness well. Despite all that sweetness, the bitterness seemed to break through mid palette before fading again. The body was quite thick, and the beer was warming, but not quite to the level expected from such a high ABV. This was good find, and a nicely enjoyable example of what a Belgian Double+ IPA would be.

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Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant, golden hued body; lots of carbonation; one-finger thick head, sticky and rocky. Spicy, malty aroma; dull, apricot-like fruitiness; earthy tones. Rich and sweet caramel malt flavors; heavy, ripe, yellow stone fruit notes; dull yet somewhat heavy boozy quality; low-key hop bitterness. Heavy body; vinous, almost oily.

A strange yet wonderful off-shoot of the Belgian quadruple style. It delivers a lot of malt sweetness (yet not too heavy or cloying) along with the heavy body expected from the style. Most of the hop character seems to reside within the aroma although there is a fine, easy edge that nicely tempers the rich sweetness. Deep and complex flavors with a full-bodied mouthfeel. It's not your average quad and stands apart, in a good way, from most...

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I gotta say this doesn't look like any quad I have seen.Poured into a chalice a slight hazed medium golden with a full one finger but quick to fade white head atop,looks like a Belgian Pale to me.Big time tropical fruity tones in the aroma along with some candied sugar and sweet alcohol to go along with a sugary sweet cookie dough,it's actually kinda sweet smelling.There is a decent hop presence on the palate giving off tropical fruits and a hint of leafiness but the sweetness is also quite large,sugary and doughy with a big shot of alcohol in the finish.I thought I would like this more but to me the Chinooks don't play a big enough role,I was hoping for more earthiness and herbal/leaf hops,it's pretty sweet.Like others have said it's alot like a big sweet DIPA.

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Photo of avalonbrewing
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color, high carbonation, not a big nose of hops but can smell the alcohol, the taste is initially Multi but becomes nicely better and then has a sweet note on the finish

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Photo of Lukass
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden yellow with a white frothy head into the tulip glass. Smell is hoppy - piney and citrus fruit, with a syrupy sweet Belgian malt character. Some molasses and brown sugar behind the hops on the nose. This beer goes down wayy too nicely for being 13%. Bubbly, but with a syrupy smooth mouthfeel going down. Sweet, but not cloying given the abv. The fruity hoppiness is balanced well by the candy-like Belgian malt, giving this beer a very juicy character. A very nice quad with an interesting twist on the American hops. Tastes like a Belgian imperial IPA. A real treat of a beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a glass.

The color is a beautiful golden with thick white head with fine bead and mild hazed clarity. The smell is very fragrant with both hops and yeast phenollics with a citrus/tropical odor and slight malt in the nose with sweet aroma. The feel is a little odd -full bodied with moderately sweet texture yet moderately bitter with lower than average carbonation for a belgian style -resinous with a semi-sweet finish w ith slight alcohol and bitterness lingering

The taste has the hop profile of an American IPA yet there is certainly belgian yeast flavor there with a depth of malt that is not quite bready or sweet but there is a noticeable alcohol presence in the taste. This is a strange mash-up of Belgian Quad and American IPA/Strong ale that has to be tasted to be understood -it has a good amount of hop flavor but as far as the style of Quad goes it really only has the belgian yeast/alcohol in common with that. I liked it for what its worth.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2015 bottle served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: nice artwork of a hop cone on the label. The beer looks much more like a tripel over a "traditional" quad. The color is a pale amber with a thin wisp of white foam on the surface. Plenty of carbonation from the glass and the cork gave a very satisfying pop when pulled.

Nose: dank hops, fruity and strong. Very tropical, mango, pineapple, citrus, lemony, oranges, ripe fruit. Some alcohol.

Taste: very hot and strong although it drinks very light for a 13% atom bomb. The tropical hops carry through to the finish. The beer is on the thinner side of things but it is nice. Crisp and fruity finish.

Overall: what an interesting offering from Victory. Not at all a traditional quad but very enjoyable in the end. Because of the hop character I'd say that they want this one to be drank fresh however I do believe it will stay a while in the cellar. Very nice beer.

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Hoppy Quad from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 185 ratings