4 Front IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

4 Front IPA4 Front IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,983
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,737
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
112
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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4 Front IPA4 Front IPA
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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RBorsato from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 28, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Jul 29, 2018
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Nunya from Ohio

2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Godawful. I agree with the first reviewer of this beer. I couldn't believe it could be this bad but it is. Looks like a beer, but smells terrible, tastes terrible, no redeeming qualities to this beer. I'm really surprised that Victory would make a beer this bad, but here it is. Steer clear of this one.

Jan 06, 2018
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Captain69 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GOOD TASTING IPA - HAD BETTR BEERS FROM THIS BREWERY

Jun 18, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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.

Aug 30, 2019
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BrickwallFilter from Virginia

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.

Aug 07, 2019
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jkrich from Florida

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.

Mar 17, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Victory Brewing Co. "4 Front IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "27 MAY 2018 2220P"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice golden body, slightly hazy beneath a finger thick head of creamy white foam. The aroma is citrusy with grapefruit, and earthy and piney. The earthiness and pine remind me of a dense pine forest floor, and there's also an almost incense-like character to it. It's quite nice. A little bit unusual. And it's bright and welcoming. Let's hope the flavor lives up to it. Hmmmm. It's earthier than I expected, with less pine and far less citrus. I'm finding it slightly grassy and herbal as well. It's an interesting switch, big in the nose but then softer in the flavor. Except that it's 5.5% ABV I'd say it could almost be a session IPA. 5.5%, by the way, is the starting point for alcohol in an IPA according to the BJCP. Ah, I just noticed there's some very good lacing to it. Very nice. Back to the flavor, it's not that bitter, it might not even be 40 IBUs but it's somewhere around there. If this is an IPA it's really just right over the line from a pale ale. If someone handed this to me blind I'd guess it was a pale ale. Very nice aroma though, and with a nice, sweetish grainy malt base. It finishes mostly dry though, and just lightly bitter, with some lingering sweetish malt and herbal and earthy hops. In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. You could drink a few of these. And it's interesting, at least I think the hops are slightly unique, but as an IPA I think it misses the mark a bit.

Jan 21, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have very little on today's menu so I am spending the day winnowing through some of my now-modest Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I will readily cop to having become a bit of a recluse, especially in comparison to my past, but since I have so much beer at home already, I do not hear the siren's call as strongly.

From the bottle: "Bright aromas of citrus and pine bring together fresh, earthy flavors and malts to balance a moderate bitterness in the easy-going IPA.[;] Contents: 12 fl. oz.[;] Alcohol By Volume: 5.5%[;] Brewmasters' Approval: [signed] Bill [&] Ron"

This is one of their latest releases, so I was anxious to Pop! the cap & get started out of an innate sense of curiosity. I performed a gentle pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, almond-colored head with good retention. I was both amused & bemused by the sticky lacing that was left behind in its wake. Color was a beautiful Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all vying for a taste. I lifted the glass to my nose and inhaled for a whiff of very earthy malts, but not much of either citrus or pine. Mouthfeel was medium, a little prickly on the tongue. The taste was rather muted, slightly earthy, but very mild, not at all bitter. I only got a very light sense of its citrusiness and nothing in terms of pine. This was a really poor rendition of an AIPA, more towards a session AIPA, except for its ABV. Finish was dry, slightly refreshing, but not at all memorable. I have to agree with MikeWard & tone77 in that this is a swing & a miss from a usually solid brewery.

Feb 11, 2018
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 27, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with on finger of eggshell colored head.

S: Citrus peel, a little breadyness, fades a bit as this warms. Pretty good lacing, average head retention

T: Orange peel, dryness, a little breadyness up front. Bready dryness, a little grassyness & orange as this warms. Finshes dry, crisp, a little grassy & a little citrussy

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, okay balance, body thins a touch as it warms

Easy drinking IPA, but doesn't finish as strong as it starts

Jan 11, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

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.

Mar 21, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 18, 2018
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jak from North Carolina

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

Jan 09, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, transparent, moderate carbonation, head is bright white with fine bubbles and laces the glass very well.

Smell is neutral malt, light citrus hops, some biscuit like aroma.

Taste is similar with citrus rind, light toast/biscuit, also some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp a moderate lingering bitterness that does not compliment the other aspects of the beer.

Overall a decent brew, but just a bit sharp on the finish.

Jan 12, 2018
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Kendo from New York

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.

Mar 14, 2018
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Budlum from Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Apr 08, 2018
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 06, 2018
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timmy2b from New York

3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 23, 2018
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 17, 2018
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tykechandler from Kentucky

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

Mar 24, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The deep golden amber colored slightly hazy beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2" foamy white head that begins to recede fairly soon and leaves a nice thick ring of foam around the glass. Eventually the foam becomes a thin irregular area almost covering the liquid. Sipping creates sheets and legs and small patches of lacing.

The aromas include grapefruit, pine and a bit of herbal earthy character along with hints of malt in the background.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include pine, citrus and a slight herbal, earthy character. The hop bitterness is noticeable but not unpleasant and well controlled by some light sweetness from the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with some moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the pine and grapefruit flavors begin to recede along with the bitterness until the clean, slightly bitter ending with its touch of dry earthy character.

On the whole I'm enjoying this beer and would be happy to have it again. While it's not particularly strong in either the flavors or the ABV, that would make it fairly easy to have more than one. I think it would be a good choice for a party on the porch or some other social event where this would be on one of a few different beers on offer.

Feb 11, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Jun 28, 2018
4 Front IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 112 ratings