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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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IPA - New England
3.99 | pDev: 6.77%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: This super juicy sour New England style IPA pours opaque, with heavy aroma of fresh juice and drinks with a danky, tangy distortion that will leave you wondering if that all just really happened.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 6/23/20

Sour monkey is a staple around here, so it’s nice to see a sour IPA from these guys

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with 2 fingers of white head that reduces to a cap at a decent pace, minimal lacing

Some nice citrus up front in the aroma, tropical hops (mosaic?), a touch of pine, and some toasty malt. A bit perfumey overall

The sour comes through heavy on the front of the sip, not unlike sour monkey. Lactic and lemony, almost puckering, before the hops come in with a good balance of tropical feuit like pineapple and resiny pine

Moderate tingling carbonation and a medium body makes this go down super easy. Just short of dry on the finish, and lightly bitter

Nice to have something tart and hoppy at the same time, though this was not as sour as these kinds come. Very good nonetheless, smooth for the abv

May 18, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic that prevents me from being able to get a proper pint of beer any where.
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appears hazy yellow with a nice foamy head.
Smells citrusy, orange, grapefruit, lemony, slightly crackery.
Taste follows the nose, with the lemon up front.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall the mouth feel and citrusy juicy aspect makes this like a NEIPA, but maybe a little too sour lemony for my taste. I'd definitely drink it again if I can ever find it on a tap!

Apr 17, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden body with thin white head. Aroma of citrus, lemon, mango, papaya, grass, pine. Tastes of citrus with rind, papaya, light mango, grass, light pine, and fruity acidity, mild booze notes at the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Apr 11, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunshine yellow in color with a hazy, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Pineapple and citrus aromas with notes of grapefruit rind, fruit and a light tartness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creaminess through the middle with mellow warmth to the end. Fruity and malty flavors up front with pineapple and grapefruit notes in the background. Light tartness through the middle with returning fruity and malty flavors to the end. Finished with light fruity and malty note flavors with a light lingering tartness. Pretty tasty with the tartness providing a nice balance to the fruity and malty characters.

Apr 04, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "ENJOY BY: 24 JUN 2020 133822 P FL"

Appearance: The body is nearly opaque with a semi-transparent hazy straw gold appearance. It has a very short head that is fizzy and fades very quickly to a thin ring. Nothing but momentary lacing.

Aroma: There is a sour lemon aroma mixed with a bit of wildflower. A pleasant mango scent comes through when inhaling deeply. The aroma as a whole is very mellow. A light urea scent was coming through at times which isn't specifically bad but worth noting.

Taste: Up front there is a pineapple flavor. It gets a little tangy towards the middle of the mouth, both in flavor and character, giving it a bit of a powdered orange drink mix flavor. It tastes a little salty as well. Towards the end there is a light bit of grain husk flavor mixed with lemon. It's an interesting tasting beer but it tastes more like it should be a component of a more balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: It's tangy and a bit rough on the tongue in the way sucking on a lemon would be. It is a little bitter but it is mostly towards the back and edges of the mouth and always in the company of a fruity flavor. The body is light and dry.

Overall: The can calls this a "SOUR NEW ENGLAND IPA" and although it does feel sour it doesn't really have many New England IPA qualities. The beer also lacks in a cohesiveness or a balance of character. It is tangy and dry but it makes the palate want something else. It's worth buying if you have a decent palate cleanser. The beer would pair well with herbal crackers and fatty, smooth, creamy cheeses. I could drink it again but not as a New England IPA.

Mar 29, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a: slightly hazy burnt yellow and copper color with a hint of light orange. 1/2 finger forthy vibrant white head

s: oranges, clementines, orange juice, sweet grapefruit, candied mango, apricot, pineapple, and passionfruit. a solid crackery backbone as well

t: sweet clementines, orange juice, and sugary pineapple juice upfront. tangerine and a big hit of apricot as well behind those. some sweet malts as well. peach and strawberry with a little bit of dough

m: medium, mouthfeel with high carbonation

o: very mediocre to me. it's billed as a sour NEIPA, however it's lacking elements for both of those styles to me that would take it to the next level. not a bad sipper for hotter weather, but not something i'd seek out again

Mar 27, 2020
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sour IPA? Yes please. Bright, attention grabbing flavor and tang. Very much makes me think of passion fruit juice, or a really good passion fruit cocktail with refreshing carbonation. I am a fan of Sour Monkey and this feels like it's in that family.

Mar 16, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 6/23/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellowish golden; small eggshell white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are citrus forward. Some sweet malts. Mild and subtle funk notes. The flavors basically follow the nose. More citrus leading the way. Some grapefruit, orange and lemon. Nice citric vibe. It's tart, tangy and sweet, but the perfect amount. It's not over the top. Some fresh grass in the mix. Some bread and crackers. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy and dry at the same time, but it's probably more on the juicier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid brew. Solid aromas and flavors. It's basically what you would expect from a "Sour New England IPA". The sour aspects are balanced and don't completely dominate. It's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. It's enjoyable stuff. I like it. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

Feb 22, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of sour monkey I was glad to find this on the shelves. Color and smell are not really throwing me off by the taste quite exquisite has that distinct Brett the character that takes edge off of the bitterness that is the IPA style. Body is crisp and clean and it's quite easy to finish. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA experimental beers one I will be sure to buy again.

Feb 19, 2020
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy, pale yellow, tinged with a little bit of green. Tall, rocky head with large bubbles.

Smell: Peach, grapefruit, grapes. Smells sweet, sour, and slightly hoppy. Hints of banana and wheat.

Taste: Sour and lightly sweet up front. Light, dry juice flavor that's a bit generic and indistinct. A little bit of lingering vanilla lactose flavor mixed with light hop bitterness.

Feel: Light/medium-bodied, with the sourness and dryness making it feel light and crisp.

Overall: An interesting, well-balanced mix of sour, dry, and juicy. This feels like a more restrained version of Victory Juice Boost -- a little less sweet and sour. Definitely worth checking out.

Feb 14, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Best by June 2020. Split with a friend.

Hazy yellow/orange body. Small white head dissipates to a ring and faint covering. No lacing, but carbonation bubbles continue to pop on the surface.

Light citrus aromas

On tasting, there are aspects of both sour and the ne IPA. Neither are strong, and it's quite well balanced.

Mouth a little above medium, finish a lightly sour tang.

Overall, an interesting and fairly well executed concept. Doubt I could deal with more than one of these at a time though.

Feb 08, 2020
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