Cloud Walker
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,729
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,712
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 6.87%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
106
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
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Notes: Soaring far beyond hazy, this dry-hopped hazy juicy IPA explodes as tropical and fruity elements float through cloudy formations to elevate hops to the highest pedestal. With its expert dosing of oats, wheat and lactose, Cloud Walker delivers a pillowy soft mouthfeel showcasing an opaque, orangey-blonde color. Cloud Walker is dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, making it juicy as it explodes with tropical and fruity hop notes.

Composition

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Oats, Wheat

Hops: Citra, Mosaic

Pours an opaque dark straw hue. Huge Mosaic and Citra hop aromas bring tropical pineapple, citrus, and stone fruit aromatics. Flavor is fruity, rich and is backed by a pillowy malty sweetness. The hops spill out throughout this beer but the bitterness is balanced by the residual lactose.
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Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/1/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a yellowish golden; eggshell white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. It looks like your typical "New England IPA". The aromas have some orange and apricot leading the way. Some fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. Citrus comes through. Some exotic tropical fruits seem to come through in the flavor department. More orange and apricot. Some fresh grass. Moderate to low bitterness. Nice hop flavors. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid "New England IPA". Nice hop flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. It's refreshing, enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: July 11, 2019... OCCASION: watching Holey Moley (yes, we are at my in-laws) with the family, and I am checking up on a beer I had while scheming Little League strategy at the Panther Valley Pub--good memories... GLASSWARE: nondescript wide-mouth pokal... pours from a 12oz. can a soupy, opaque sallow yellow body... its head is off-white and skittish, evacuating quickly to a small ring of off-white bubbles.... I don't make a point of bashing looks, but at best, this conforms to its style... grapefruit and mango figure most prominently, with the mosaic's lemon and fresh citrus mixing somewhat evenly with mellow buttery malts... this one strains to get big enough to drag me in, but it does present its hops agreeably... thin to medium-bodied, juicy sweet at the finish with accompanying warmth... mango, pineapple, and grapefruit burst in the flavor profile, larger than its aroma suggests... the oats mingle thickly with vanilla and resin--it's winning in the place it counts, with ample amounts of citric kick packaged in a sip that belies its 6.8%... guava and peach are also present, making this a bit more complex than originally suggested... listed as a wheat ale on the menu at the Panther Pub, this has some lightness to it that other IPAs lack... up in the Victory pantheon? not quite, but I would be fine sipping this at a backyard barbecue this summer...and I guess every brewery has to have one now....

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

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed light golden pour with big fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit. Juicy.

T.F: Sweet tropical juice up front. Mango, pineapple, and melon. Lighter grapefruit and tangerine... guava and peach. Medium bodied.... minimal bitterness. Creamy carbonation with lingering fruit at the finish.

O: An outstanding and super drinkable everyday NEIPA. Great flavor and the ABV let's you put a few down before you even notice. A well done offering from Victory.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 6/15/19.
“CANNED ON: 08 APR 2019” on bottom of can. In reefer at point of sale. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light yellow, slight haze. Can was stored on its side and rolled for approximately 30 seconds before pouring.
Body – Yellow, murky and dirty.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density and looks soft and pillowy, average retention, diminishing to an irregular lacy five to fifteen mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – Good. Lacy band with many peaks and stalactites, definite torn curtains.
Aroma – 4 – Citrusy, most like grapefruit but not quite.
Flavor – 4 - Begins slightly bitter with a bit of grapefruit followed by a glimpse of the malt backbone. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.8 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, more viscous than water but less than cream, somewhat flat carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Overall, a very pleasing NEIPA. Not too bitter, not over-carbonated, not exceptionally ugly, with just the right amount of maltiness coming past the hops. Seems relatively mild after Hop Wallop.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, canned on 16 Apr 2019... poured into a Trillium tulip)

L: tall, rocky, open-spongy white foam atop an opaque, sunny yellow-amber liquid... foam eventually almost entirely disappears with only a few random splotches of craggy lace

S: powdered sugar, citrusy spice, orange gummy candy, heavily floral, hint of fresh-cut grass... with the foam subsiding, a yeasty oat bread maltiness pokes through, but the nectary, juicy hops pervade... perhaps a touch maltier than NE natives?

T: fleshy orange, powdered cookie, mellow citrus spice in the aftertaste... long after first sip, notably dry on the back half of the palate, with a subtle grassy/leafy, orange oil-y flavor lingering, maybe even a note of lemon-oiled wood grain?...

F: lightly milky up front, but the finish has a wonderfully-sleek, vanishing cut to it, with a warm afterbuzz of hop spice and booze... really enjoyable dryness

O: pretty good - checks all the boxes with the style... I for one am not an avid enthusiast of the style, but I can only see brand loyalty bringing one back to this as it doesn't stand out from the crowd

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks cloudy orange as in "orangeade" Foamy/creamy head slowly dissipates,leaves lacing in IPA glass. Smell is very muted, mild scent of an orange cream popcicle, mild onion? Tastes juicy and refreshing. Tastes somewhat like an orange cream popcicle. The addition of oats makes it velvety smooth. Overall a solid NEIPA- For being dry hopped the hop presence is tame- Would recommend

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Photo of Nass
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The can is 3 months old & I like the artwork as well. The pour is hazy yellow. The aroma is tropical fruits. The taste is rather soft for a New England Style IPA, the juicy notes are there but not as much as other in the style that I've had before. I'm picking up on some melon & citrus notes in here as well. Cheers! B

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

cloudy yellow in color, white head. nice fruity and tropical hop aroma. taste is on the sweeter side, not much bitterness. does mainly focus on juicy fruity flavors - orange, lemon, mango, papaya. fuller bodied, softer feel.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unlike some of their other beers which come in both Bottle format and CANs, I actually found this one for inclusion in The CANQuest! Thanks goes out to the FGBS for the hookup.

From the CAN: "Soaring far beyond hazy"; "This dry-hopped hazy juicy IPA explodes as tropical and fruity notes float through cloudy formations to elevate hops to the highest pedestal."; "Malt: 2-Row Pale Hops: Citra, Mosaic Brewmasters' Approval: [undersigned] Bill & Ron"; "See all of our creations @ victorybeer.com".

Upon Crack!ing open the vent, I was pleased to see that it was a brimful craft CAN! It usually occurs with smaller breweries, making this a pleasant surprise. I went with a heavy-handed C-Line Glug which produced a mountainous two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was … hazy?!? This was downright murky! Call it a murky Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose appropriately smelled like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, which is what it resembled. There was also a whiff of tropical fruity sweetness, but it was far more citrusy. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was more muted than it had been on the nose. The grapefruit was present but not as assertive as the nose had led me to expect. The tropical fruitiness, on the other hand, was a bit more prevalent than on the nose. Still, the two flavor profiles meshed nicely, leading up to a dry finish. It wasn't super (Brut) dry, but it was the kind of dry that I dig, dig? YMMV.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice, thick rings of lace;

S: pineapple, orange, and apricot;

T: apricot, orange, and pineapple up front; from the middle through the finish, apricot is dominant with orange in the background; mild bitterensss at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not especially interesting;

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Photo of IronLover
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy yellow in color with a hazy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Mellow fruity and citrus aromas with pineapple rind and malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation, a smooth, creamy feel and light warmth near the finish. Citrusy hop flavors, a mash of orange, tangerine and pineapple with light sweet fruitiness and a solid malty backbone. Medium bitterness through the middle followed by malty and sweet fruity notes. Finished with a bitter, boozy bite followed by malty and fruity flavors along with light, sticky, citrusy notes. Victory jumps into the hazy IPA business. This is pretty good, tasty and easy drinking with a nice boozy/hoppy bite.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $2.29) with a 13 March 2019 canning date stamp on the bottom.
Pours hazy, pale amber colored with a very good white head.
Aroma: strong, fruity and a bit pungent, with grapefruit, oranges and hints of other tropical fruits; a bit dank.
Flavor: Mild-moderate for style, with a tropical fruit tinged hop hit featuring grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. Moderate bitterness for style.
Feel: Medium body with soft, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste off vs DIPA Pulp Patriot. both great.
a) Yellower hazed body that cream colored head that slashes lace and lasts.
s) Citra / mosaic in abundance, wheat, cream of wheat.
t) Big tropical mash flavor, tickly more than bitter, too much like orange juice for me, but abundant
f) Clean, ticklish. Powdery, teeth numbing finish.
o) Fine example of NE Hazed citrus bomb - would taste off well with any. Great brewer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium hazy pale yellow-peach with a smaller head and some lace. Nose is not as big as I was hoping for, with some pithy orange and some sweet tarts. Taste is also subdued with watery orange juice and mild tanginess. A decent beer but I can't help feel it is a half-hearted effort.

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Photo of peepicheep
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Highland Pizza. Pale orange juice color. Head disappeared quickly. Orange citrus flavor as opposed to the usual grapefruit flavor I get from most IPA's. The open question for me is feel. Does juicy refer to the mouthfeel. I'd say yes. It's certainly not a thin beer and that's OK by me. Very enjoyable beer. Drink at the beach or poolside.

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Photo of RC_Saunders
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Relatively smooth. Little bitterness, I like citra and it shines on this one. Not anything monumental but a solid hazy ipa. Victory is pretty hit and miss but this one is somewhat solid

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent hazy orange no head from tap type NE IPA. Sweet wizzy Mosaic nose on this brew...pretty decent. Limited bitterness and a gentle fruity flavor but nothing special. Decent carbonation and a lighter feel actually help this brew. Not bad with alcohol hidden well.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - Canned on 07 March 2019 stamped on bottom:

Pours clouded yellow with a creamy white head Lacing sticks.

The smell is tropical and citric - orange, mango, grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose - very fruity - tropical and citric. Low bitterness. Long, juicy finish.

Juicy, a little spritzy and tangy. Alcohol reasonably well-covered.

An excellent example of a fruity hop-forward NE IPA!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, light golden color. Thin head that faded quickly to a ring and left fairly meh lacing.

S---Sweet & juicy. Right on target for what they said they're trying to do. Orange, mango & grapefruit are up front, with more tropical notes in the background.

T---Orange & red grapefruit are first. Some mango & a surprising bit of maltiness show up as well.

F---Juicy & sweet. Definitely some citric tang. No notes of the alcohol show up.

O---I'm coming around on NEIPAS. I'm finding good things in them now and this one has good things to offer. I might not seek it out, but I sure wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of haines710
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice to try a new local beer. 16 oz cans and 4 pack for less than $10 is not bad. My pack was canned on 3/8/19 and I am drinking in late March so pretty fresh. I like the can design and colors. Citra and Mosaic hops hard to see how this could go wrong. Smells like an IPA and taste is bright and juicy. I get citrus and pine, but also a little metallic with a bitter finish. I haven’t had a Victory beer for a while, but glad I am trying this one. Nice addition to their list of good beers. I think I would prefer this in 12 oz cans.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very hazy, orange-yellow. A nice, cream-colored, slightly orange head. Lots of creamy lacing.
Smell: Sweet citrus aroma. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango. Vanilla, pine. Really nice and fun to smell!
Taste: Sweet orange and grapefruit, then a biscuit-like malt flavor. Some vanilla. Pulpy fruit juice. Slightly bitter hop finish. Some nice herbal, minty hop presence throughout to balance the sweetness.
Feel: Creamy. A little heavier than medium-bodied. Slightly grainy, but not unpleasant.
Overall: A great, tasty, fruity, hazy, orange-creamsicle IPA. I'm really glad I picked up a 6-pack of this -- it's really delicious and fun to drink.

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Photo of JA_26
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth and easy drinking. Plenty of peach and tangerine aromas and flavors, without being cloying. Not as thick and creamy as other NEIPAs, which actually is a refreshing change once in awhile. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of Smooth_Hoperator_13
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the beer. The citra are dry hopped and that bitters this ipa more than juices. Mossaic comes through nicely. A good early spring session beer at 6.8% but more ipa than neipa.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque deep gold in appearance with a creamy white head. Good retention.
Aromas and flavors of tangerine, peach, apricot, mango, blueberry, lemon sugar cookie, and vanilla--with just a hint of orange zest on the finish, but balancing with touch of creamy lactose sweetness. Leans slightly sweet but does not become cloying.
Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated, and quite creamy in feel.
A nice new offering from Victory. A pleasant take on a NEIPA.

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Photo of JasonC73
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm usually not big on real hoppy IPA's but have been enjoying NEIPA's lately as they usually don't have the in your face bitterness of an IPA. Cloud Walker was everything I want in an NEIPA, nice gold opaque look and a more citrusy taste, I got some grapefruit on the back end and just a nice smooth finish.

Loved it and will drink it again!

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Cloud Walker from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 106 ratings