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IPA - American
Ranked #6,027
Ranked #35,748
3.74 | pDev: 8.56%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Mandarina, Citra, Centennial and Azacca hops
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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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ramseye4 from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -11%
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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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Bluecrow from New York

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +8%
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
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Shiredave from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
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
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Peach63 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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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VABA from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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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secondtooth from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4%
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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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +4%
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
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MrOH from Malta

3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.22/5  rDev -40.6%
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
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

Jun 15, 2020
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into standard pint glass.

L: Slightly cloudy bronze, two finger white head has excellent retention.

S: Some floral and fruity hop notes.

T: Follows the nose closely with some herbal hop bitterness.

F: Light.

O: Solid IPA.

Jun 11, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a can.
A: pours a straw yellow body, pretty transparent, with a white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: floral, sweet citrus rind smell with subtle lemongrass notes.
T: light, crisp sweet Citrus taste with some earthy notes; dry, lemongrass finish with some floral notes
M: medium bodied but crisp and refreshing
O:pretty solid drinking beer; definitely crushable. Solid taste and smell; love that it’s a refreshing, but not THAT sessionable IPA weighing in at 6.8%.

May 31, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lumpy head with some staying power. There's a greenish hue to the dirty gold color. Hazy. Larger 3D, infrequent spots for lace.

Fresh, floral hop smell. Solid pale malt base. In a word, balanced.

Brief watery, pale malt start. The hop is basic black pepper bitter. Lower carbonation. The finish is long and biting. Overall, this is a case of no mistakes but also no complexity. A fine introduction to the category.

May 15, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

CAN: 12 fl oz pull-tab. Verified to be before its "best before" date.

Malt: Pilsner, Carapils.

Hops: Mandarina, Citra, Centennial, Azacca.

HEAD: Fluffy. White ~5 minute retention.

BODY: Filtered. Clear. Yellow. Not your usual IPA copper colour.

AROMA: Starchy scratchy malt (pilsner malts).

Faint citrus, faint tropical fruit, faint Mandarin orange. No pine from the Centennial, unfortunately.

TASTE: Juicy Mandarin orange flavour sways this away from the herd, helping its hop profile stand out a bit. But the Centennial is barely present, bringing only simplistic floral character instead of the pine and resin you'd find in something like Bell's Brewing's Two Hearted.

Malt profile is neutral, never letting malt sweetness interfere with the hop flavour/bitterness.

Balanced, but ultimately it's lacking hop pungency and sufficient hop flavour for the intended style.

TEXTURE: Smooth, a bit dry but tolerably so, perfectly carbonated, medium-bodied. Certainly light and approachable for the style. Adequately soft.

This mouthfeel fails to accentuate specific flavours or to elevate the beer as a whole, despite being generally well executed.

OVERALL: It's a competent IPA from one of the best classic brewers in the business, but it doesn't commit enough either to its specialty hop (Mandarina Bavaria) or to its classic hops (who doesn't love Citra and Centennial?) to really excel as an IPA in the current crowded market. This brewery makes better IPAs themselves, and while its $10 per sixer price point is attractive, it's hard to imagine anyone in Virginia picking this over the aforementioned - or anyone not in Virginia picking this over their best local and regional expressions of the style, not to mention widely distributed examples of the style available at the same price or even cheaper (Elysian Space Dust, Lagunitas IPA, Deschutes' many expressions of the style, et al.).

In short, it's nice enough but I wouldn't buy it again as much as I know I'll enjoy casually drinking the rest of the sixer.


Apr 18, 2020
No Brainer from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 152 ratings