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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American IPA
Ranked #5,265
Ranked #29,620
3.76 | pDev: 7.98%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: Mandarina, Citra, Centennial and Azacca hops
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Singlefinpin
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a fresh keg.
Looks slightly hazy orange.
Smells citrus.
Tastes citrus and piney
Mouth feel More like a pilsner.
A little too piney to become a favorite.
I prefer more citrus than piney.
Would I order again? Probably not.
Still a very well balanced beer in my humble opinion.

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Photo of jernjawn
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

hazy orangish gold. nice looking, long-lasting creamy head. a touch of lacing
mild citrus, grapefruit and apricot or peach on the nose
a little grapefruit tang and the apricot/peach flavors are done well. very little aftertaste, maybe some lingering fruit
mild-moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel. the mouth feel gives some complexity to the fruit flavors that i find impressive
dangerously drinkable. like many AIPAs it's not much of a standout but victory has put out another solid offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a pilsner on the pour, with a fairly clear golden color capped by two fingers of snow white foam; shards of lacing hang above the long-lasting head

Smell: Bready with hints of papaya and apricot; somewhat piney

Taste: The pilsner malt really impacts the flavors here, with the clean, bready aspect dominating the fruity ale expression; piney tones develop, in the middle, bringing a moderate level of bitterness; fairly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant, easy drinking IPA

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle

clear, medium yellow in color, bone white colored head. decent head retention. Aroma is more like a pilsner - grainy, grassy and lemon hops. similar taste, starts a touch sweet, mild bitterness. thin bodied.

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Photo of Nass
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is yellow. The aroma is citrus with some hops in the background. The taste is citrus forward with a gentle amount of bitterness & a minor floral note. There is a canned on date which let's me know that i'm a few days from the expiration date. It's not a big deal anyway they give IPA's a short shelf life these days anyway, the beer doesn't taste old & stale either. Cheers!

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Photo of lastmango
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy yellow pour with a one finger white head that dissipated to a partial film. Moderate lacing. Nose of papaya and light pine. Taste of weak pineapple juice, papaya and pine, the latter of which is the most pronounced. Not detecting the breadiness that others have. Moderate body and carbonation. I am just not getting the vibes from this one and would not search this out.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear, pale yellow with billowing carbonation. Persistent white head.
Smell: Bubblegum, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine.
Taste: Orange and grapefruit juice. Fairly dry and bitter, in a good way. Lime citrus and pine bitterness. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness.
Feel: Light and crisp.
Overall: This is a delicious, highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some tropical fruits. Taste is grains, malts, light citrus, hardly any bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, if I drank this beer without knowing what it was, I would have guessed "German Pilsner" with a bit of extra hops.

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Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull lighter yellow color, light chill haze. two finger white head laces well.

Aroma is tropical fruits and light pine on a lightly bready malt base.

Taste is light tropical fruits not really juicy but it is tropical with some lighter citrus notes along with a few pine needles. Bready malts fairly light fruitiness, good citrus with light pine bitterness. Not a bad IPA just not something to go looking for.

Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium but medium level carbonation .

Overall a pretty regular IPA .

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a healthy golden yellow with many bubbles. Nice creamy/foamy 3" head. Smell is reminiscent of muted hops ,grapefruit pith, almost a grain smell. Taste is much more pronounced with hints of lemon, grapefruit, peppery spice, pine cone. The malt comes into play but feels a bit out of whack.Feels light bodied with a juicy finish. Overall a very drinkable, decent run of the mill IPA- Liberty bell by Victory puts this to shame.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like the design on the can. There's a Hop Atom with a Hop Nucleus and four Hop Electrons on the picture as well as mathematical formulas. I also thought it was a pretty good IPA.

Look: semi-clear golden hue with a 2 inch thick white head

Aroma: tropical fruit and pine

Taste: the flavor is biscuit, mango, pineapple followed by grapefruit rind and pine.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great IPA. Nose, taste and feel are enjoyable, but not exciting. This is a really great brewer and I was admittedly a bit disappointed in this selection. Good, just not inspired.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man I will tell you what...this has a nice fruity nose to it, not citric but fruity for sure. Here’s the problem, the flavor is mostly piney and it’s not overpowering or anything but it’s not what i was hoping for. Pretty decent feel with good carbonation. I’m struggling to give this a 3.75
Edit:the caramel malt helps this beer on my second try a few months later.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass at Hucklebuck's in Pottsville PA last night. Best by September 2019.

looks good enough. Slightly hazy yellow body with a good white head which persists most of the way through the drink leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly of non citrus fruit, not overpowering, which I appreciate.

On tasting, those non citrus fruits come through, and it's quite a pleasant drink overall. The only issue I have is that the hops do not come through well enough for this palate, so it's less of an standard ipa.

Mouth a little above medium, finish a clean fruitiness, again not a strong one.

overall, it's a nice enough beer taste-wise. It drinks lighter than the 6.8abv would suggest. Just wish the hops had been a little bit more forward.

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Photo of hman43
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with tiny beaded white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a lot of stone fruit aroma, mostly apricot. There is some orange and citrus in support.

Taste: The stone fruits and orange elements are balanced in the flavors. There is a background support of floral notes.

Feel: It has a medium body with a slight, surupy texture. The orange comes off with a bit of harshness in the finish.

Overall, the orange and stone fruit flavors are refreshing, but the tinge of harsh finish throws it a bit.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, near transparent, head is 1.5 fingers thick and pleasant looking with soft fine bubbles and a pillowy top and great lacing on the glass sides with lingering presence.

Smell is crisp hops, earthy, herbal, light citrus/lemon rind; malts are lightly toasted with hint of biscuit.

Taste follows with crisp hops, notes of herbal spice and citrus rind; malt is lightly bready, definitely pilsner based.

Mouthfeel is moderate, crisp bitterness and lingering presence.

Overall a pleasant ipa and timely as I was homebrewing a pilsner based version not too dissimilar to this base.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: very slight haze; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice rings of lace;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is grapefruit, pineapple, and mango;

T: flavor is hard to describe; it's a mishmash of tropical fruit, citrus, floral, pine, and who knows what else; nothing comes through cleanly; not sure I've ever been this confused about what I'm tasting;

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

O: can was date stamped 7/19/2019 and I drank this in May 2019, so it wasn't old;

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/3/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; big fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. It smells similar to a lager or a pilsener. Mild hints of citrus. Lots of fresh bread and crackers. Some fresh grass. Malts are there. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. More subtle hints of citrus. Some grapefruit in the finish. More fresh grass. More fresh bread and crackers. Nice clean bitterness. Malts are there, but almost take a backseat in the flavor department. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, slightly fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It drinks more like a "hoppy lager" or a "hoppy pilsener", and a nice one at that. It's very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. It might not be flashy or anything super crazy for the style, but it's simply enjoyable and fun to drink. This one is perfect for the warmer weather. I like it. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” foamy off-white head that slowly but visibly recedes to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam and small ring around the glass while leaving a web, some rings and patches of lacing on the sides. Sipping creates two arches and some scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The clean crisp aromas have lots of citrus, including tangerine and lime. There’s also some citric zest and tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple. In the background there’s some crackery malt and just a bit of pine.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with some tangerine, some lime, some pineapple, some mango and some citric zest. The clean crisp bitterness from the hops is softened a bit by some light crackery sweetness from the malt that does nothing to conceal the bitterness that is mostly citric zest with just a bit of resin..

The mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit prickly from the moderate, persistent, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, fruits and malt flavor begin to recede and allow the citric zest and bitterness to move forward a bit before they too recede to a moderately long clean dry lightly bitter ending.

Overall this is a clean, crisp drinkable IPA that is fairly dry throughout and has just enough sweetness to smooth out the bitterness but not to interfere with the clean dry bitterness. This is an enjoyable beer that is an IPA to have when you want more than one. I expect I’ll be picking up a few more.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a 13 ounce tulip glass.

See through golden color, like a yesteryear lager, big white cap. Ample lacing and well carbonated.

Orange family citrus hops. Herbal notes.

Some tropical fruit with the orange. A touch of pine. Alcohol is present.

Good medium feel with a solid malt motor mount. Hop dry and alcohol is there, too.

No Brainer @ 6.8% abv is slightly contradictory, says me.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could only find this in Bottle format, but given the picture, I need to be on the lookout for it in CANs.

From the Bottle: "Get Thirsty [-] Taste Victory!"; "Easy thinking meets easy drinking"; "A perfect formula makes for an easy choice as fruity and citrusy hops lead the way in this IPA. Our proprietary HopVic technology drives big hop flavor with notes of tangerine and mandarin orange."; "Malt: Pilsner, CaraPils Hops: Mandarina, Citra, Centennial, Azacca Brewmasters' Approval: [undersigned] Bill & Ron"; "See all of our creations @".

I Pop!ped the cap, but I was a tad conflicted on how to proceed. It looked like there may have been lees on the punt, but it was still within its freshness date so such should not have been the case. I went with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass just to be on the safe side. This produced just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, soapy, bone-white head with modest retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, none of whom were expected until Monday night for Game 1 of the 2019 NHL Finals. Nose smelled really nice with a pleasant admixture of old school pine & citrus with modern tropical fruits. This is the sort of thing for which I have been advocating for a while. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about par for the course. The taste was really nice, slightly peppery with a beautifully cool pine mintiness accompanied by a semi-sweet tropical fruitiness. I still miss the pine intensity of old skool hops, but this was a pleasant balancing act. Mmm. Finish was dry, but not gasping, just the way that I like it. Mmm. YMMV.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm fan of Victory. No surprise I like this above abv avg.
a) Pours a somewhat clear, slightly hazy, very light yellow body that supports a loose small, but lasting and dot lacing head.
s) Aroma is punchy, pungent, citrus, herbal and floral.
t) Flavor follows with more citrus and tropical fruit , well balanced with the malt, supported by a firm bitterness.
f) Finishes dry, wine-like fruity with a touch of pepper and pine, medium bodied and crisp.
o) No brainer is well named.
Returned Labor Day 2019, and loved it, upgraded to overall 4.

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Photo of therealmattyb11
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really pleasant new england style IPA. Lots of citrusy, pineapple notes on the nose, and a beautiful hazy golden pour. This is everything I want out of a juicy IPA at a fair price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Co. "No Brainer"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 21 JULY 2019 0956 P" and sampled on 28 APRIL 2019

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a mainly clear, just slightly hazy, light yellow body beneath a short head of bright white foam. The head is holding quite well so far. The aroma is pungent, citrusy and floral over a straightforward grainy and grassy malt base. It's bright and fresh and welcoming. The flavor follows, adding in more citrus (orange) and some other tropical fruits (mango, papaya). The flavors are nicely balanced with the malt, and a very firm bitterness. The Pilsner malt gives is a bit of a Pilsner character, while the hops make it into an IPA. It's a little bit odd at first but I think perhaps people who aren't familiar with Pilsner malt won't even notice that. It finishes dry and fruity with a hint of pine. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. Overall it's quite nicely balanced and polished. Looking back the head has dropped to a very thin but almost 100% completely solid surface covering... it might be 99.5%, and there's some very nice lacing left behind.
Review #6,562

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Opaque medium orange tan color with white dense head and sticky lacing.

S - Juicy tropical fruit aroma: mango, papaya, nectarine, and some peach.

T - Mangi, nectarine, papaya, some pineapple, and ends with a juicy pine bite that lingers for awhile.

M - Thick and frothy body that leaves a dry layer on the back of the tongue and the tip of the to glue very wet.

O - Surprised to see Victory taking a shot at the New England IPA style, this is an easy sipper. Dig it.

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