Hoppy Quad
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
13%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 7.48%
Ratings:
186
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 13, 2022
Added:
May 20, 2015
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  36
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Hoppy QuadHoppy Quad
Notes: Belgian-style Quadrupel with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.
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Ratings by JohneHoodlum:
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2015
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4 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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!

Oct 09, 2018
 
4.16 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on Aug 11, 2018
 
4.02 by zonker17 from Texas on Jul 20, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

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)...

Apr 27, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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.

Apr 19, 2018
 
3.35 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2018
 
4.06 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pencible from Virginia

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.

Feb 01, 2018
 
4 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

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.

Jan 09, 2018
 
3.77 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by the1andy from Maryland

Not really a Quad, but more of a high gravity hybrid

Dec 25, 2017
 
4.3 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2017
 
3.85 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 08, 2017
 
4.07 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2017
 
3.92 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Oct 12, 2017
 
4.49 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Aug 30, 2017
 
4.15 by _nickg_ from New Jersey on Aug 08, 2017
 
3.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 04, 2017
 
4 by valkyre65 from Texas on Jul 26, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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!

Jul 24, 2017
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3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 24, 2017
 
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2017
 
4 by ptat from Delaware on Jul 07, 2017
 
4.14 by Zach136 from Georgia on Jun 30, 2017
 
4.05 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Jun 30, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 28, 2017
 
4.29 by Partaking from Texas on Jun 18, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ksimons from Illinois

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

Jun 18, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Jun 16, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 06, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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

1917

Jun 06, 2017
 
4.04 by micropale from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Dec 18, 2016
 
3.99 by rawfish from California on Dec 07, 2016
 
3.92 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Nov 13, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Oct 25, 2016
Hoppy Quad from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 186 ratings