Hoppy Quad
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #79
Ranked #8,107
4.02 | pDev: 7.46%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Belgian-style Quadrupel with Cascade, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.
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mrhartounian from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Sep 30, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!

Oct 20, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Nov 11, 2015
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Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Oct 16, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Nov 01, 2015
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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


Jun 06, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Jan 29, 2016
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RBorsato from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 08, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head. Some mild lace develops.

Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and alcohol is easily detectable.

Taste: loads of fruit sweetness as mango, pineapple, pear and orange is up front. A floral bitterness and the alcohol rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that is very sweet and had a nice hop bitterness.

Oct 31, 2015
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml caged and corked bottle from TW Arrowhead in late October for $8.99. Bottled on 08-31-2015.

Beer poured a Quad IPA pale with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is citrusy and fresh.

Taste is hop forward. Notes of citrus, peach, lemon, and a touch of peppery pine. Just a touch of alcohol heat felt in my belly after the first sips. There is enough hopping to keep the massive malt bill sweetness tamed.

Feel is medium bodied and fantastically smooth yet fresh.

Overall this is quite a nice brewing job by the folks at Victory. This is a Quad IPA all the way. Do not expect V-Twelve or any other quad you have had in the past. I am really curious as to the IBU's in this beer as it has to be in the 100-130 range to tame this monster! Cheers!

Nov 25, 2015
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rajendra82 from Georgia

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.

Mar 26, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.1/5  rDev +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

Dec 19, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

If you're going to call it a "hoppy quad", then the only way to make the hops really stand out is to lighten the malt profile. But not backing down on the alcohol content, the character of malt has to take a lighter profile. Let's see what else that Victory brewers have in store...

Their hoppy quad actually sells an imperial IPA appearance- its bright golden globe is laced slightly with haze and capped with a stark-white froth. With the nose hovering above, a bright citrus, orchard and tropical medley rounds out with a friendly floral perfume. Once its malty-sweet taste reaches the tongue, it is greeted with supple confectioner's sugar, rich angel-food cake, and an overall candied succulence.

And as those hops unfold on the palate, its true balance takes hold. With subsequent pink grapefruit, ripe orange, pineapple, melon, lemon and mango taking their turns teasing the tastebuds, a bitter, leafy, grassy and herbal taste transpires. While the stone fruits of apricot, fig and date contribute an earthy and fresh tobacco leaf fruity tar, its clean and resinous sappy pine taste and texture rounds out the bulk of taste.

To finish, the medium-full beer has a honey-like heft, begging for its succulence and lavish maltiness to be savored and sipped. Not for those seeking a fast and thirst quenching session, its long and bitter linger is adorned with citrus peel, root, and torn tea leaf.

Nov 14, 2015
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rab53 from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2015
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kwgduke from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 15, 2015
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chicagoish from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

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.

Jan 09, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 28, 2017
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ksimons from Illinois

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

Jun 18, 2017
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 13, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

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.

Feb 01, 2018
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 02, 2015
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear, shining golden color and it poured with a thick, creamy head.

This was bursting with tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango, plus lots of melon. The "hoppy" part of the name is no lie. I did find some fruity, Belgian yeast esters that I would call more tripel than quad. The candi sugar was prominent while the 13% abv was not.

This was both incredibly hoppy and incredibly sweet. The hops were very much fruit forward, mostly melon and pineapple, with very little bitterness. There was a minty dankness to the hops as well. I found plenty of candi sugar and strong, fruity esters as well. Nothing in the flavor profile was quad-like.

The body lush, chewy, and silky smooth.

Overall this was an odd beer that was oddly misnamed in my opinion. I just didn't find any quad characteristics here. But on the other hand, I have had a dark tripel, so why not a light quad? I enjoyed this well enough, but 750ml was a LOT to get through. I would recommend this to a friend with one shoulder raised and my head cocked to one side in a sort of half shrug of ambivalence.

Oct 25, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 22, 2016
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 10, 2015
Hoppy Quad from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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