4 Front IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American IPA
Ranked #6,660
Ranked #43,163
3.53 | pDev: 11.05%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Bright aromas of citrus and pine bring together fresh, earthy flavors and malts to balance a moderate bitterness in the easy-going IPA.
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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, fermented wheat grains, floral hops, citrus notes. Bready, floral nose.Golden hue, clear, with delicate head and lace. Medium body. Earthy hops are balanced.

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Photo of BrickwallFilter
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very light, slightly amber color upon pouring. Smell is overwhelmingly earthy, but fairly pleasant. I found the taste to be distinctively fruity, with a nice aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Hops are definitely present, but are on the milder side. The feel was the best part of this beer for me, very savory, but light enough that I could enjoy several of these in a session.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light golden with fluffy white head with lots of lacing, not really a scent that stands out but it's nice on the nose, nothing to stand out but still pleasant on the palate with a little hint of grapes at the end

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Photo of Gajo74
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear golden amber color with a moderate frothy head that displays good retention and lacing.
Aroma opens with herbal hops, light pine and grass. On the fruity side, I detect melon, particularly cantaloupe. Oddly enough, a bready and toffee like aroma begins to dominate midway, pleasant enough, but out of sorts for the style.
The taste is rather clean, with a dry cracker and bready malt flavor. There is a modest amount of hops bitterness, a touch of bright, citrusy lemon like hops, and a moderate piny spice. Honestly, tastes more like an APA than IPA.
Nice light and crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and dry finish.
Sessionable overall despite possibly being miscategorized stylewise. Nevertheless, doesn’t quite live up to Victory’s lofty standards.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Slightly hazy caramel colored IPA with a frothy off-white head. Big earthy and herbal aroma with some bready malt. Very herbal & earthy hop flavors with notes of pine, lemon-lime&grapefruit citrus; biscuity and bready malt. Medium body, resinous with a dry finish, earthy pine lingers on. Definitely has the old school east coast vibe with the big herbalness. It's not quite my thing, but it did grow on me the more I drank it. I can't see myself getting it again or recommending it in the future.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Darken, tarnished orange has a good clarity with a good presence of macro-bubbles. Toothpaste white head is part creamy and frothy, at one finger holds steady. Long encompassing circles line the vessel for a good show of lace.

S: Fresh wet grassy hops, with some pilsner malts as a backbone. Grainy and bready feel, with some sliced lemons and a nice herbal, almost noble like aroma coming from the hops. Earthy green and fresh and flowery, wet from the fields, shows a delicate balance and touch. The bitterness is light to medium, but appreciative, soothing and very pleasant with small hints of fresh orange peel.

T: The flavor was grainy, almost pilsner like malts with a fresh wet hop nature. Wet and grassy, delicate and very well balanced as the nose, shows some semi-dry lemon and lightly tart nature with some herbal and tropical hops coming on the finish. The overall strength is gentle as with the nose, but again, very appreciative.

M: Crisp around the tongue's edges, creamy soft base malts with a very smooth texture.

O: Not your typical hop bomb from Victory, but more of a delicate, fresh wet approach, very nice to sip and savor to appreciate its small nuances. Feels like a hoppy summer time pilsner, grainy and bready with just the right amount for future endeavors. Very well balanced and recommended six pack.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour. Mild pine and citrus on the nose. Nose follows through to the first sip but this is very mild. Very sessionable, but nothing special. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, light amber color. Nice, slightly off-white head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S---Hoppy. Pine & citrus.

T---Much lighter than I was expecting. Hops, pine & citrus do not follow through. Tastes breadier that I'm used to from an IPA. It's low (5.5%) ABV for an IPA, so maybe that's what's coming up short in the taste.

F---Wet & quenching. Sessionable feel, you could definitely down another.

O---Good beer in all respects except a disappointing lack of a full taste.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear gold with a small foamy white head. Good retention, with streaky lacing.

S: Very earthy and dirty with hints of pineapple, orange, and lemon.

T: Nicely balanced with crisp, lightly sweet malt of cracker and honey with citrus and earthy dankness. Moderate grapefruit and lemon with earthy and dirty on the back end. Lightly bitter, but well-balanced.

F: Light, well-carbonated, crisp and clean; a little on the thin side.

O: A solid easy drinking IPA, like a DirtWolf Lite.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of white head. Falls fast... nice lacing.

S: Pine and herbal hops. Biscuity grains.

T/F: Crackery cereal grains. Pine forward hops... a little medicinal and earthy. Modest bitterness... light citrus in the background. Clear and crisp. Light with nice carbonation.

O: A light and easy drinking IPA. Sessionable... nothing terribly special, just a well made beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Easily a 3.7 east coast, easy-going IPA.

a) Pours a hazed pale gold, with 1 finger of white head, average lace and stick.
s) Easy going citrus. bready, English.
t) Interesting and different, soft, easy IPA. English or NE in style. Orange peel, marmalade without the sweetness, dryness, bready. Becomes grassy, bitter in a way that will pair well with seafood.
f) Thin-medium body, prickly carbonation, well balanced, doesnt develop as it warms.
o) Easy going entry IPA, good for English or NE style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent beer, fully bodied for a sub 6% IPA. As described its earthy, herbal, grainy balanced with sweetness and a perfect balance of light bitterness (more crisp than bitter). Nice change of pace IPA, offering unique flavors and aromas and crafted well. Recommend.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color with hints of amber hues and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops and lemongrass are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, some melon becomes noticeable in the smell.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has additional notes of mangos and peaches towards the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the hops. I found it to be quite easy to drink and would have no problem having more than one of these in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Clear, darker golden/near amber look. 1 finger white head with little lacing.
S - Slight piney hops and some mild malt.
T - Follows the nose. Not great.
F - Thin mouthfeel and watery. Dry aftertaste and some stickiness.
O - Not much to say, unfortunately. May have been expecting more.

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light citrus aroma.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, lemon zest, some orange, and a mild earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Relatively short aftertaste.

Overall: a mild mannered IPA that is easy to drink and is refreshing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 15 JUN 2018

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a little citrus complex (orange, tangerine), very slight pine. The taste is hoppy, malty, little citrus complex (orange, tangerine,), kinda piney, kinda sweet. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, little dry/bitter finish. Overall, was expecting more from Victory.

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Photo of jkrich
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: clear and yellow-golden hue with a quickly fading white head.

Quite refreshing aromas of citrus and faint pine.

What a difference allowing an ale to warm in the glass can make on the taste - most especially with this one. The first taste was bitter and bland with very little flavor. After waiting for a few moments, the flavors of citrus, lemon, and faint mint came forward, though not very prominently. Not as refreshing as I thought it would be, there were no lingering flavors on the palate.

The body was very thin with little bitterness on the tongue or carbonation for that matter.

This one lacked the flavor and quality I have come to expect from Victory - it is drinkable and does have some hop flavor, but it simply lacks the qualities to make it memorable or even worth picking up again.

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Photo of Kendo
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly murky golden-orange, with a small bit of whitish head on top that dissipates quickly.

S: Surprising amount of grains - husky cereal grains come to mind, along with the smell of Noble hops, crackery malt, some herbal earthiness, and a faint hint of apricots. Not really an IPA nose at all.

T: Bready malt is followed by modest citrus - primarily oranges, orange peel and clementines. Touch of both lemons and limes too. Overall impression of sweetness - no real bitterness at all, other than an ever-so-faint coating of the palate on the aftertaste.

M: Slightly syrupy in feel; it could use a bite of carbonation since it's lacking any hop bite. Call it medium in heft.

O: Reminds me more of an APA than an IPA. It's not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly cloudy amber yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is flora and herbal hops with a malty biscuit note.

Taste is like an IPA saison. Super floral and herbal. Thin body.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Billed as an easy going IPA. Very light in color. I’d call it straw and see through in appearance. Not much of a head to speak of. More malty on the nose than most IPAs. This doesn’t even have the bite of an APA let alone an IPA. Interesting watery flavor (lemongrass?) that’s not very IPAish. Feel, who cares. I’m really starting to get disappointed in the direction that Victory is going even though I like the old stalwarts. Give me something competitive soon bro’s. Overall slightly more disappointing than the individual scores would suggest.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: golden amber color with a thin white head

S: lemongrass, crackers, and some earthy smells. Not much to the aroma

T: slight bitter citrus, big biscuity note, lemongrass, a generic woody flavor, and sweet lemon

M; medium mouth with lower carbonation

O; a little bland for an IPA. This tastes more like a blonde to me. Not bad, just not a great IPA

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent looking IPA golden amber in color with a 1/4 inch of foam that settles to a decent ring. Mostly floral hops and some grainy bitterness in the aroma. Taste is different than standard IPA's much more fruity but still bitter. Body is on par making it pretty easy to crush.

Overall not a bad ale really not very boring and session able. Would get it again at a fair price.

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Photo of citizencane
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear-ish gold yellow. Smell is grain, herbal, and floral notes. Taste is sourdough bread, lemon, lime zest, and some floral and herbal notes. Feel is about average for the ABV. Not great, but definitely not bad. Kind of a basic IPA with some sour and funk. IPA meets saison?

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/16/2018. Pours slightly golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces t oa small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, orange, apricot, peach, pear, red apple, mango, melon, mint, sage, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, orange, apricot, peach, pear, red apple, mango, melon, mint, sage, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange, apricot, peach, pear, red apple, mango, melon, mint, sage, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this was a nice and interesting IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and pretty refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. This got better as it warmed, first nose hit on pour is pure weeds. More citrus and fruitiness came out later on. Very unique mix of dank, fruity, and earthy hops; with a nice solid pale malt backbone. This has Lemondrop, Cashmere, and Azacca hops; pretty weird and unique combo, but I enjoyed it in the end.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Victory - 4 Front
IPA - 5.5% abv
No detectable bottling date
Purchased for $2.29 at Monde Market

L - 1-finger frothy head atop a dark yellow translucent body.

S - pine first, then floral and citrus.

T - very floral. Pine and citrus are there too. Moderately sweet. Very little bitterness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - Glad I didn’t buy a 6 of this. Too floral-dominated for my liking.

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4 Front IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 111 ratings