Hoppy Quad | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style Quadrupel with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-20-2015

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#5,280
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182
pDev:
7.73%
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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely fruity and flowery aroma with that whiff of the barnyard. Clear golden amber-tinted brew with plenty of foam. Deeply fruity and full of mango and papaya flavors. Rather sweet, but it seems to fit with the strong sipping beer. The sprightly carbonation seems to help. Just acidic enough to go with the yeasty dry finish.

I would have to agree with some who think this is more of a Tripel than a Quad, if it makes any difference. It's a full-flavored beer with lots of Belgian character. But the American styling makes it all the more interesting.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego for an exorbitant price. Still, it's good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This pours a medium amber gold color that's not a Tripel color and not a Quad color, thick white creamy lacing ring.

S - Spicy citrus rind with tropical presence.

T - Citrus, melons, spicy lemons, honey, earthy, yeasty

M - Heavy, thick, and full bodied and very smooth.

O - Holy crap, this is a weird little monkey. Quad color? no. Quad taste? no. I'm ignoring the name of the beer - Victory is screwing with our mind!!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big crystal clear body, golden mix of copper and brass, with wild amounts of carbonation everywhere. Streams all along the sides, a good middle column in the centre, and lots of pinhead sized fine bubbles everywhere. Populating head, manages a simple white off the pour, two fingers easily tall, and a collar that always manages a creamy half finger puck when drinking. Some light sheets of lacing.

Aroma is hop forward and juicy. Big notes of tropical juiced citrus and pineapple. Lots of classic Belgian character is completely burried under this at all. Smell more like a simple new American IPA than anything else.

Palate manages to save itself with providing some true Belgian character, with an American hop forward angle. Juicy texture, with also a bit of heat but not too overboard and less boozy sweet. Fruit front hop notes in the mid palate with a dusting of sugar. Tropical pineapple and citrus notes with a mix of classic Belgian sucrose. Finishes thick and rich, with a bit of American hop bitter. Accents towards honey and sugars as the sweetness dials down with warmth and heat. A good boozy warmth, but controlled and not too overbearing.

This is a total style blur in so many ways, and should just be called an Imperial Belgian IPA or something. A fun brew but if you go by the moniker that this is a quad you're going to be in for a surprise.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Wine Glass.

Ok, I am reviewing this based on a High Gravity Hoppy Brew and not a Belgian Quadruple. Victory is pretty much saying "Style Guidelines Be Damned!". Well enough jibber jabber, let's get it on! While I popped this baby's Cork, she made the most sexiest sound possible. It was a rich Pop! I had to put that in here because it was other worldly the sound this brew made. So now I pour this "Quad" into my Wine Glass, she Pours hideous for a "Quad". Yet, again I am judging this on a HG Pale Ale and not the Dark Malted Beverage we've grew to love. She pours a nice Copper Tone on the verge of being Bronze. Nice looking really. She was crowned with a huge soapy white head that lasted a few seconds. Looks Belgian enough!

Aroma Therapy should tell me which direction we are going in! Wow, first waves of Citrus being Molested by some Tropical Stone Fruits. Picture Oranges and Lemons with the back up of Grapefruit being Raped by Honeydew Melons, Pineapple and Un-ripe Mangos. Some ripe Berries getting in on the action too! Yeah this brew is pretty enjoyable to smell.

Let's taste this Biatch! First hits you with Malt sweetness that flows into heavy Citric tones of Oranges and Grapefruit. As it follows through notes of Lemon Zest gets to present itself in diligence. As this party continues Blueberries comes in for a visit yet gets broadsided by some Pineapples and Passionfruit. Then Honeydew Melon shows up wearing a toga bringing that refreshing Quality. This finishes Dry with some Booze but not offensive. Fruity esters in the aftertaste resembling Orange Fruit and subtle Tart Berries. The feel is Medium Built With that Soft Carbonation. Feels pretty on the Palate.

Overall: I'm not rating this on a BSDA/Quad style because it's neither. Yet this is helluva Hoppy Brew. So I'm grading this on a IIPA or "Quadrupel" IPA, if you will. This outshines a few brews in that field...hence my score. This is enjoyable for a Hoppy Brew so don't let the Style Nay Sayers get the better of you. This a nicely crafted brew that showcases Four American Hops and Belgian Yeast. That's all I went into while rating this. This brew is Worthy.

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Photo of mrhartounian
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agree with the others - this is no quad, but a damn tasty beer. If I blindly tasted, I would say it is a hefty Belgian IPA. Maybe a new style - Belgian Barleywine?? Anyway, it's quite good and would gladly have another. The 13% ABV is almost criminally well hidden and the hops work well with the base beer. I love the effort by Victory.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bought a corked & caged bottle from the retail shop in Downingtown on 10/29/15. Didn't see a bottled on or drink by date on the bottle. Pored into my Bruery snifter for review.

Pours gold with nice persistent rocky white head with a bit of haze. Carbonation looks nice & steady.

Decidedly hoppy upfront with notes of lemon, pine, tropical fruit, and some hop resin. Some faint malt notes of biscuit & toast. Alcohols seem in check for 13% ABV. No off aromas noted. Smells like a double IPA.

A wired orange Tang marmalade flavor hits upfront followed by a ménage of hop flavors and citrus punch. Malts seem light but somewhat caramelized. Combined with hop flavors, it first strikes me as odd and clashing. Belgian quad flavors seem nonexistent.

Tastes medium full with an upfront dryness that finished sweet and a tad cloying perhaps from the hop resin. Fairly bitter upfront that gives way to hop flavors & resin. Alcohol seems well in check for 13%.

Overall, this beer seems like a double or triple IPA, not a quad by any means. I wonder if Victory played around with their Dirt Wolf recipe to make a bigger badder beer. I don't get any of the Belgian or Trappist qualities. Perhaps they're there but I think they are masked by the hips if that is the case. For a hoppy IPA, this one satisfied as the alcohol is well in check and the hop aroma and flavor is very upfront, nice and enticing. For a quad, this one definitely missed the mark. Perhaps a rebranding of this beer is fitting in the near future.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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 sabitu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, and I could find no bottling date/freshness info

Pours lightly hazed lighter amber, off white head is all fluffy and large to start, then going to a thicker film, collar and respectable strands and bits of lace left on the glass.

Lots of lime and biting hop juices on the nose

This a hop bomb with loads of lime, oranges and hop oils. Looks and tastes like a DIPA...a fresh, bold tasting and thoroughly hop infused DIPA, not really getting where the "Belgian Quad moniker fits in here....but I kike it

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant burnished gold under a 3” white, very finely bubbled, mousy foam stand that produces Belgian window lace and takes over 3 minutes to descend to 1/3 its original size. S: Moderate hop aromas consisting primarily of citrus, some faint resin, some biscuit lies faint in the background, traces of stone fruit. T: A big, layered citrus palate with contributions from more than one variety of hop in addition to the yeast. Medium stone fruit supported by a medium to medium high hop bitterness and a layer of malt. Traces of tropical fruit. Good balance between the slightly warming alcohol, the malt sweetness, the yeast flavors, the hop flavors and the hop bitterness. While there is a light sweetness though out, the finish is dry with a little juicy tartness. F: An absolutely delightful texture. Medium body and medium high carbonation. Very creamy with almost a wild yeast character. Does not taste or feel like 13% abv. O: Exceptional beer.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 geodonnokepyo
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged poured into Spiegelau glass no bottle

A: light amber body leaning toward yellow with great clarity. Has a big chunky head head but it fell down to almost nothing

S: big tart fruity smell like mango but acidic some big clove but cut in half by the hoppy floral nose

T: Wow the alcohol is in your face and not too overwhelming with the banana and clove as I feared but a nice dose of hops but they are more floral and herbal than fruity

M: medium to a little fuller

O: This is a lot better than I was expecting but the alcohol is over the top wow is this boozy tastes absolutely nothing like a quad none of that deep fig raisin toffee taste its more light light clove with lots of floral and a touch of fruitiness. Has a lot of a burnt sugar residual taste too. I don't love it but I don't hate it.

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Photo of whatname
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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 KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exceeded my expectations on every account and basically stole the show during a recent visit to Victory. It's certainly not a Quad - more like a Belgian triple IPA. Juicy and sweet (but not cloying) and only mildly phenolic. The nose says big american IPA, while the flavor profile adds mild banana and spice to the big hop presence.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwgduke
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbuzz
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _nickg_
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hoppy Quad from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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