Vital IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Vital IPAVital IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,385
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,069
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
650
From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Vital IPAVital IPA
Notes: The IPA style can be a powerhouse of flavors and impressions. But what is vital to you? What commands your taste and attention? We packed our Vital IPA full of fresh, crisp and fruity notes driven by whole flower American hops and robust German malts. You’ll find it bright, delightfully aromatic and complex, leaving you with dry, spicy satisfaction. Taste Victory in these flavors Vital to your senses.
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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Asda, Glasgow (£2.03):
Pleasant & balanced stuff from Victory here, the beer was relatively bitter at points but never overpowered thanks to the pale, slightly sweet malts & floral flavours alongside the hints of banana featuring later on with the taste too. Definitely a nice change up from the more hop-forward beers of this style that can be heavy on the bitterness but this one manages to strike a nice balance & the beers a good one as a result.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Lightly hazy, light amber color. Thick white head with good retention. Left excellent lacing.

S---Tropical fruits and citrus. Grapefruit.

T---Well balanced between bready malts and tropical & citrus fruits from the hops. Really nice taste. Just a tinge of bitterness.

F---Creamy yet still some resinous feel. Excellent carbonation. Juicy.

O---Excellent IPA. I wish I had another, but I'll be getting more for sure next time.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber and orange color. A fingernail length creamy head displays great retention and yields thick lacing.
Aromas of candied fruit, apricot and peach. Soon, the scent of citrus sets in, orange peel, lemon seed, and grapefruit. Although it takes a while, eventually the malt aroma kicks in, toasty and nutty and emitting a bit of caramel.
The taste aligns with the aroma in terms of the order that flavors are perceived. Fruity on the tip of the tongue, peach and apricot provide a moderate sweetness, the finish smooth and dry at first. Then, the mid palate; a bitterness develops, gentle at first, evoking pine and grass, intensifying gradually. However, the flavors of citrus soon overpower this, evoking grapefruit peel, orange rind along with an odd taste of alcohol. The finish becomes quite bitter, even astringent, with hints of grapefruit pith and resin; it lingers somewhat uncomfortably. However, soon the German malts, somewhat absent at first, rescue this beer with their nutty, toasty and biscuity flavors. They balance and smooth things out quite nicely.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation crisp and frothy at the same time.
In the end this was enjoyable. For some reason, midway through, the alcohol and astringent taste bothered me. However, as stated, it was temporary as the malt base corrected it and made the last half of the drink very enjoyable.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a very gently hazed golden with thick band of foam with white hue and fine bead, lace sticks to the glass in rings. The smell is great with strong fruity tropical citrus with a light malt odor and hint of yeast with gentle grassy aspect. The feel has a good malt support with moderate carbonation and bitterness with low astringency and subtle spiciness in the hops with almost sweetish yet semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with a nice balance of citrus and mild grassy hop flavor with a malt breadiness and light tropical fruit quality with a light orange zest taste and mild sweetness as it finishes -you get a hop resinous mouth coating citrus hop bright flavor which I like. This is a goood Ipa more juicy and tropical with citrus and mild dank essence a good update to the portfolio and nice drinkability.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, Enjoy By: 08 Feb 2018, purchased as part of variety pack ... poured into a nonic)

L: yellowish, hazy liquid with a slight tinge of orange and tiny speckled sediment afloat; inch-high, rocky-spongy, white foam... keeps a scummy cap till the end; laces in broad, splotchy bands

S: similar smells to their Prima Pils - floral, mildly herbal hops with essence of spicy yellow grapefruit peel... mellow underlying sugar cookie-like malt... the fruity, perfumy hops do dominate, however... more of a British-German hybrid of aromas, with excellent overall potency

T: again, similar to Prima Pils, but with a noticeable underlying, vaguely honey/light-caramel, (ale) sweetness... herbal, green-leafy (raw escarole) hop flavors linger long through the aftertaste, moderate + (plus) bitterness and softly spicy, with an almost menthol background note... fresh pale malt flavor with relatively vibrant definition quickly emerges in the background after first few sips

F: soft, frothy, cottony texture - seems resin-rich... its bitterness and tonic alcohol leave a whirring numbness on the palate... light and wonderfully dry in its finish... its feel begs for a caramelized, barbecued, fatty food to counter-balance it

O: not what one would consider an 'American' IPA - very much a product with European flavor, and delicious flavors at that... savored at a cellar temp, this beer is actually pretty darn good - maybe not unique within its medium, but does seem to be marginally distinct among Victory's other hop-forward beers

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is slightly hazy straw gold, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles, good lacing on the glass.

Smell is well blended toasty, crackery malt and hops with herbal and citrus notes.

Taste amplifies those aromas, both with malt and hops: good lightly sweet malt with toast and crackers forward, hops balance and maybe overtake with bitter presence and flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit bitter and dry after the initial moderate presence.

Overall a good IPA with great spin on the stronger malt presence.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear medium orange gold colored pour with frothy lacing and moderate carbonation.

S - Fruity with citrus rind. Aroma overall is light.

T - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, grapefruit, some floral, and light spiciness. Hop resin gradually builds as you work through this beer.

M - Big medium body with a frothy mouthful.

O - A solid IPA

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Teku glass. Best by 21 January 2018
4.25/3.75/3.75/4.5/4
Mostly clear gold with light effervescence and two fingers of head.
Smells earthy, herbal, lightly spicy, and heavily citrusy.
Sweet, firm, and almost creamy-rich in the mouthfeel. The flavor is mild and herbal, with pleasant hops. Sweet malt gives a sense of grounding to the beer, but also mostly dominates the taste. Almost vanilla-sweet malt at times overpowers an hop presence.

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Photo of BubbleChamber
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold color. 4-finger head with tiny bubbles, diminishing slowly with lacing. Nose is mildly hoppy, a bit yeasty. Taste is of citrus and some tropical fruit. There is some sweetness throughout, but with the hop bitterness coming to the fore in the finish. Not much malt flavor. I’m not crazy about this one. —Reviewed 2017/10/15

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus hops, with decent grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, and good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with a BB of Nov 2017. Purchased recently from ASDA.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Can-conditioned. A bright, hazy golden colour with plentiful floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a persistent surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of sharp, spicy hops with hints of pine resin, weed, herbs, citrus peel, floral notes, pale malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Satisfyingly dry and hoppy, though not as juicy as some American IPAs.

T: Tastes of resinous aromatic hops with notes of pine, dank weed, herbs, tart citrus, stewed hops, pale malt and earthy yeast. Bone dry, with a powerful hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of bitter resinous hops, pine, citrus, earthiness and pale malt.

O: A solid example of an American IPA, though lacks a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. Perhaps the hops aren't fruity enough? Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are laden with pine and herbal notes. Nice body. Very dry - would suit on a hot day. Goes down all too easily; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another brewer I really want to like but some of these offerings of theirs I've come across just fall short for me...

Though not a bad brew, this Vital IPA in my opinion could be so much more. There could be more juiciness to it, there could be a better blending of the citrus and hops, and there could have been a more medium-bodied mouthfeel (rather than the light to bordering on watery I detected.) Nonetheless, I did enjoy this, I just wished it was better than I had gone in expecting. A solid brew and another one to add to the hot-summer-day-list...

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear gold color with a solid two fingers of a whithish colored head with large foamy bubbles.

Smells of citrus and pineapple. Some dankness coming out as well.

Taste is of light citrus and just a hint of pine. Seems to have a bit of a medicinal taste to the hop profile.

Mouth is medium and fairly sticky on the back end.

Something seemed to be off in this IPA. It has a bit of a medicinal taste and that is not pleasing to my palate. I have to say overall I felt dissapointed in this IPA.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Single twelve ounce bottle copped from Wegmans in Whippany. Pours a ruddy copper hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really excellent IPA straight from the bottle. Hop perfection. This is a great contrast to their Hop Devil IPA. Lighter, with a very subtle fruitiness, without the typical piny taste, so lighter and a great accompaniment to anything, sandwich or any cuisine in fact. I would not choose to drink this from a can, like other reviewers. This ale lends itself better to come from a bottle or a cask. Very smooth, with a slight lingering head. This is high on my list for a lunchtime ale.

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Photo of Vader444
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into my favourite Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Surprised to stumble upon this in ASDA today. Pours a tangerine orange with a cloudy white head. Cereal on the nose and pleasantly malty flavour. Not much hops but god knows how long this has been sitting in a warehouse. If you told me this was a traditional English IPA I'd say it was a great example! Very crisp and drinkable. Cheers

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like bready biscuity crackery malts, some honey, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, mango, peach, passionfruit, peppery spice, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like bready biscuity crackery malts, some honey, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, mango, peach, passionfruit, peppery spice, with resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

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Photo of haines710
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at supermarket. Have had the double IPAs from Victory that I enjoyed but hadn't tried this IPA. Tried it with a burger for dinner and loved it. Very nice crisp feel with light pine and citrus smell and taste. It was a great beer to have with dinner. I will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of lic217
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Yellow, very light haze, lots of lacing, long lasting head
Smell: Nice malt aroma and orange citrus Roma
Taste: Starts sweet and malty Finishs dry and bitter with a orange rind flavor and a bit of pine
Feel: Leaves piney dry bitterness after each sip
Overall: A really nice beer

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 8/8/17; into a pub glass.
Appearance- cloudy gold with the slightest bit of sediment. Plenty of carbonation and a medium thick, bubbly white head that leaves nice sticky lacing!
Smell - German malts dominate the nose with hints of pepper and floral hops.
Taste - earthy hops and German malts blended with herbal and pepper notes.
Feel - plenty of bitter, but a strong malt backbone make for a very balanced brew!
Overall - I enjoy the east coast style IPA, just not as much as the hop dominant west coast versions.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look of this beer is light golden and slightly hazy with a thin white head. The scent is of tropical fruits including sweet pineapple and a slight malt back. Good flavor that starts slightly sweet and fruity and ends slightly bitter and piney with a drying finish where the malt comes through a bit. Pretty complex, I like it !

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Photo of EMV
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly... sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and citrus. Zesty and fruity.

T/F: Light malt sweetness... cracker and pale grains. Fruity/tropical hop profile. Lemon and pineapple... fruity and a bit floral. Bitterness is subdued. A little bit of peppery and earthy. Light in body and well carbonated. Finish is citrusy and bittersweet.

O: A nice light summer IPA. Very tasty... easy to drink and strong on the citrus side.

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Photo of JohnnyB
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA will insult no one. Not bitter, not sweet, not hoppy, not malty. Very nice IPA for someone who may be a bit turned off by the big hop and juice bombs...The 90's are calling, They want their IPA back.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear gold with an average head. The aroma is rich and biscuity with melon, pineapple, tangerine, and some caramel. The flavor features tangerine, biscuit malt, cantaloupe, and general fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and averagely fizzy. Overall this is drinkable, but it sacrifices flavor to get there. Just really dull beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Normal color, minmal head. Very grapefruit-ey beer, lots of bitter citrus style hop notes on the nose and the tongue, some hop cone flavor & grass as well, fine but doesn't stand out in the crowd.

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Vital IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 650 ratings