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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,335
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,863
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
93
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 29, 2021
Added:
Dec 18, 2018
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  16
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Mandarina, Citra, Centennial and Azacca hops
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Rated: 3.57 by Gubblecote from New York

Jul 29, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
12oz can with best-by and pckg-on dates

This bad boy is filled with pils and carapils malts, those are coupled with a large variety of hops (mandarina, citra, centennial, and azacca). The brewmasters knew what they were doing here, it's like a Summit Saga with the pine dialed down and the fruit flavor turned up... In non-Minnesotan dialect: this is a top 95 percentile beer in every which way possible

Thank God for beer. And Twin Peaks.
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by ramseye4 from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a relatively light yellow with a fluffy head into a pint glass. Aroma is subdued, primarily grassy notes. First taste on the palate is actually sort of malty, with some piney hops coming in with a metallic tasting finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant but a bit thin.

Overall it’s okay. It reminds me of something that would be a generic Costco IPA. It doesn’t have those deliciously vivid hop profile that other IPAs have.
Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the can, it pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a nice white head that lasts and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is slightly piney, but I don't get a huge amount of scent. In the mouth, it is ever so slightly bitter, with tastes of lemon and other citrus.
Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.56 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Apr 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
-foggy yellow-orange can pour with a 1 cm foam cap.
The aroma is mostly tangerine and lemon. There is a hint of pine.
The flavor follows the nose. Citrus first, then pine and some strawberry sweetness.
The brew is lighter-bodied with low to moderate hop bitterness.
Mar 30, 2021
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
The beer is a hazy yellow with a decent head. On the nose, it is floral and fruity with honey like sweetness mixed in. On the palate a graham cracker like malt that is sweet. It is balanced just enough by hop bitterness. The hops are also bursting with floral and mango-citrus notes. The taste is very pleasing. The mouthfeel is full but but thick. It could use more carbonation, but is still good. Overall, this a a very good take on IPA.
Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(12 oz bottle, from cold six-pack, best by APR 23 21... poured into a fat tulip)

L: pale amber, mostly-clear liquid with a mild haze; ultra-tight, marginally off-white foam, sticky, rocky... head holds firm for a bit, then collapses into messy cap/collar; a few thick, jagged rings of lace

S: earthy, pine, dried pineapple, spicy herb, citrus blossom; dried fruit-forward, with supporting herbal, spicy notes... maybe a mild, doughy malt poking through

T: mildly-peppery spice sitting in the middle of a broad floral hop expanse; fruit oil essence, with little underlying sweetness; notably dry, again peppery, spicy aftertaste... quite dry, with a mild toasty cracker grain flavor lingering... initial flavor impressions prevail throughout; dry and spicy, with subtle underlying citrus notes... cellar temp is crucial here in order to allow its nuances and balance to shine; a colder pour I made yesterday resulted in a more bland, two-dimensional, colorless fruitiness

F: rather light-bodied and verging upon sharp via its dryness, mildly medicinal alcohol, and pungent hop character; delicate amount of resinous, oily roundness in each sip

O: to me, it's yet another quintessentially-Victory, German-(bock/pils)-minded approach to an IPA, an execution which I have long enjoyed, but the expressions of which would unsurprisingly turn off contemporary (fruity, smoothie) IPA audiences... think of this more as a (mai)bock-strength German pils with a perhaps continental IPA angle (1724)

EDIT: quite fruity (peach, passion fruit, dried mango) swilled from the bottle cold... hmm...
Feb 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.46 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by cauchysequence from Maryland

Feb 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bright "carapils" yellow with a solid 1/2 inch head of clotted white foam, nice lacing and excellent retention.
The aroma is clean and bright, lemons and green tea with a faint white sugar background but not aggressively hoppy or IPAish.
Flavor is on point with the aroma but with more enthusiasm. Thin for style and light on the tongue the flavor is off balance to the bitter hop side.
Not unpleasant but somehow disappointing. Some mild grain notes push through and there is some malt here... I think I tasted some ..... oh well. It's a bit better and more drinkable than I make it sound... maybe. Your results may vary.
The finish is long and dry, which makes me dive in for another swallow hoping I missed something.
Nope.
It lacks malt in flavor, body and character. Malt in beer is like fat in food. Both = FLAVOR. This ain't got no fat man.
It gets a little better as it warms but this no brainer is no Hop Devil my friends.
Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jan 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing.

Aroma of pine, grapefruit, musk melon.

Taste is grapefruit zest, pine, orange.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

An excellent IPA.
Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
7/3/20...pours light pale gold. Heavy white foam. Juicy fruity nose. Loads of fruit. Light lemony citrus bitter. Oranges throughout. Light carbonated mouthfeel. Easy drinking flavorful IPA.
Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.76 by David_Waterman from District of Columbia

Dec 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Amonroe88 from Texas

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.24 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I got a can of this beer off Binnys single shelf from their Naperville, IL location. The beer poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had subtle bright citrus hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.
Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I resemble that remark. I've been sitting here enjoying this AIPA instead of thinking about writing a review. The name of this ale must take over subliminally.

It is yellow and fizzy to start, and mostly clear. The aroma is subdued (too cold), but clean. The taste is not too bitter, not sweet at all. Extremely refreshing. I wish I had more than just this one can. Bogus dating on can - can't tell when it was made.

Recommended. It's been a while since I had any Victory brews, and as usual it is a favorable experience.
Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.25 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Oct 22, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: A very strong carbonation factor quickly paces through a translucent, dull orange colored body. A lot more clear then their Cloud Walker, which I previously enjoyed. Chalky white head is foamy, clumpy and slight at one-half inch inches but remained sturdy none the less. Big display of lace decorates the glass walls with thick, mulitple bands.

S: Wet tropical, peaches, pineapple that was very similar to their Cloudwalker, thou a bit toned down and without the big grassy bite. Green melon, breakfast fruitiness. Aroma doesn't stick around long.

T: Grassy-pine bitterness hop bite upfront. Some dried fruit, bitter tangerine, flowery dry pine hops with a range and flavor depth that was a tad limited and shallow per expectations. A hint of lime-tangerine, peppery herbal and dry lemon dry candy. Decent flavor.

M: Light carbonation, medium body, a bit dry and bitter on the tongue, slights the tongue.

O: A nice level of hop bitterness, some raw citrus and dry tropical hops, solid, but comes in as just another ipa filler when compared to their other successes (dirtwolf, cloudwalker, hop devil). Didn't seem bold nor unique enough to stand out to me or recommend. Moderate drinkability, hey no complaints if its in my hands, but would hardly seek out or invest in a six pack, a single is fine enough to enjoy. Things thin out a bit body wise on the finishing swallow. Moderate enjoyability, an 86 says it best for me.
Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy yellow-amber color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a citrus smell mixed with lots of stone fruit and some tropical fruits. It is a big mix of tons of peach and apricot, some tangerine and orange as well as some mango and papaya. Along with these smells also comes a little bit of hay and bread, giving a very fruit forward and inviting smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins very different than one may anticipate from the nose. It begins with a cracker malt flavor that is mixed with a light amount of tangerine and peach sweetness. The taste is rather dry upfront, with a moderately stronger showing of some grapefruit hop and a bit of herb. As the taste moves forward it dries out even more, and at the same time, acquires higher levels of herbal hop as well as some pine and earth. With the loss of much of the sweet, the crisp base, and the hoppiness, one is left with a rather crisp and dank hop taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter and more crisp with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the mix of dryness and the dank hop tastes, the feel is great and makes for a nice crisp drinker.

Overall – A rather tasty brew overall that is lighter in malt nature, but big in hop flavor. Rather nice.
Sep 24, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear golden color with a generous head and lacing
Aroma has slight fruity and citrus hints
The taste follows the nose with a fruity and citrus flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IPA
Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
APPEARANCE: Semi-hazy light amber, with an impressive white head and attractive lace.

AROMA: Tropical juicy, nicely.

TASTE: Big tropical hops, with notes of Mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit at finish. Smooth and syrupy body. Very tasty and impressive!
Sep 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by bruceb from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pale amber with off white head that leaves some decent lace.

Smells of flowers, citrus, and pine with some cereal grain malt.

Taste is bitter citrus and pine balanced by floral hops and cereal grain malt.
Aug 31, 2020
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Gold pour, medium white foamy head. Flavor's mild--there--but not in your face aggressive. This beer will not offend; it will not overjoy. It does moderate citrus hop bite in a pleasant, though largely unmemorable way.
Aug 23, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Enjoy by Nov 12, 2020
Pours a large foamy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace, sticky lacing, semi clear slight hazed pale orange-golden color

Nose brings bright hops, floral grassy and a touch piney, with plenty of citrus and some stone fruit, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, light creamy base malt, a little grainy as well

Taste brings grainy malts, cereal grain notes, hops seem a bit old, but bring citrus, a bit of stone fruit, an almost oaky character, as well as floral grassy, and grapefruit, some citrus rind, touch of pine, med bitterness, grapefruit pith comes in late, drier finish with a little sticky note, med-higher bitterness lingering

Mouth is med bod, med to a bit higher foamy carb

Overall not bad, decent west coast style IPA, with a nice hop profile, seems like it has some age but plenty of time before the best by date
Aug 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.54 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Aug 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.64 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by bundy462 from Texas

Jul 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.53 by BalancingBrooms from California

Jul 21, 2020
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Slightly hazy straw, nice white foam, good retention and lace.
Citrus, tropical, and slight pine aroma
Citrus/tropical hop flavor, bready malt
Light bodied, good carbonation
Goes down easy, but I want a little more.
Jul 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.56 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.97 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jul 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.01 by gooddaydiablo from Texas

Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

2.22/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
12 oz can. Enjoy by 10/18/20. Pours slightly hazy light yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some malt and fruity hops.

The flavor is subdued as well - cracker malt with grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very subdued.
Jul 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Jun 27, 2020
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