Vital IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,077
Ranked #21,092
3.79 | pDev: 9.23%
May 10, 2021
Jul 23, 2015
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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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml can, BB date 13 days ago. ABV is 6.5%. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Fresh aroma of pine, spruce, citrus and newmown grass. Medium dry and crisp flavour with distinct notes, notes of pine needles, spruce tips and grapefruit. Refreshing.

May 10, 2021
3.53 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 02, 2020
3.96 by jjboesen from Maryland on Feb 04, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JA_26 from Pennsylvania

Not bad at all. A bit bitter, but not bad at all.

Jun 24, 2019
3.75 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 12, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Aug 06, 2018
3.67 by S_McAteer_95 from Ireland on Jul 23, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 06, 2018
3.92 by mike22ne from Massachusetts on May 28, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

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.

May 12, 2018
3.5 by mojohawk21 from Missouri on Apr 17, 2018
3.61 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2018
3.61 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Sampled from bottle

Mar 30, 2018
3.75 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Mar 03, 2018
4.09 by Hunamaga from New York on Feb 16, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ExtraStout from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 06, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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

Jan 05, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 03, 2018
3.77 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2017
4.06 by Genx from Georgia on Dec 25, 2017
3.44 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2017
3.6 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
4.04 by mjbrandt18 from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2017
3.77 by smb71481 from Vermont on Nov 26, 2017
3.61 by peabody from Kentucky on Nov 23, 2017
3.52 by Nunya from Ohio on Nov 18, 2017
3.69 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2017
2.91 by scottegold from Virginia on Nov 05, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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

Oct 29, 2017
4.05 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Oct 26, 2017
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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by AgentMunky from New York

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Teku glass. Best by 21 January 2018
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.

Oct 23, 2017
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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BubbleChamber from Maryland

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

Oct 17, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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.

Oct 09, 2017
3.75 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Oct 02, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Sep 24, 2017
4.15 by mfigueroa713 from New York on Sep 14, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by jjamadorphd from Florida

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...

Sep 04, 2017
3.43 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2017
3.49 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Aug 30, 2017
Vital IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 653 ratings