Liberty Bell Ringer
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #715
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,512
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
196
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: A homage to the historical and cultural significance of the great beer-loving city of Philadelphia, Liberty Bell Ringer Double IPA packs a punch worthy of the Italian Stallion himself and was created to celebrate Philly Beer Week. We packed double the dry- hops and threw them down super late in our brewing process to make this DIPA sing with massive tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma. And because we can never get enough, we did it twice Let it ring.

2019:
Malt: Pilsner, Carapils
Hops: Strata, Centennial, Simcoe

2018:
Malt: Pilsner, Acidulated
Hops: ADHA 871, 881, 484
8.5%

Original 2013 Version: 9% Hops: Mosaic, Exp 483 (Azacca)

Flavor
Don't be fooled by its pale golden color, our incredibly flavorful Liberty Bell Ringer Double IPA is no featherweight! Sweet and spicy aromas of passion fruit and lemon zest merge in this full flavored, double IPA. Intense flavors of lemongrass, mango and spice mingle with subtle notes of fresh hay finishing with a mild and pleasing bitterness.

Food Pairings
Smoked or grilled meats; sharp cheeses; sweet desserts.
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 196 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dacrza1
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: November 6, 2019... OCCASION: short week in the books and seventieth birthday celebrations for the in-laws in Trenton tomorrow--time to kick off the weekend... pours a mostly hazy grapefruit-colored lava lamp of effervescence... its brightness is attractive, as is its single finger of creamy white head.. bubbles and crags form at the glass... huge pine courtesy of the Simcoe, while a dankness pervades from the Strata... big pineapple, melon, herbal shampoo and perfume counter citrus... its heft and hop promise are fulfilled in its aroma, at least... sticky sweet, its first sip is a puckering, full frontal attack that bubbles well into the throat, buzzing with activity... its finish is lightly malted, settling into a lasting citric/pine cone chewiness... I appreciate a beer that advertises its intention and fulfills it, as this can does--the double dry hopping does imbue a "massive" tropical punch--pineapple, mango, and orange--while harder fruits like pear mix with a dank leathery cologne expanding its profile... this is a great beer to slowly sip the night away with--powerful yet subtle in its alcohol, big and bossy in its flavor, and ultimately refreshing despite its heavy ABV...

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Photo of irs
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The nose is pretty good, nice and fruity. I would have liked a little bit more malt to offset the bitterness of the hops. If you like a lot of bitterness, you'd like the beer more than I did. The mouthfeel is also a little bit thin for such a big beer. Maybe I have just set my expectations a bit too high for anything from Victory. These guys definitely make great stuff. Also, it was a warm box from JC's, so I don't know how fresh it is. This might be way better fresh and kept chilled. I guess I'll need to try it again and find out.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can with a best by date of 11 NOV 2019. Opened 9-12-19.
1+" white head with awesome sticky retention, fresh lace clinging from the start. Opaque yellow gold.
Cheesy, ripe fruit - like fruit salad (pear, apple, orange, etc...) familiar fruit...not tropical or citrus.
Lots of fruit, again I lean towards pear, apple - fruit salad syrup type flavors. On the ripe end. Malt base pokes thru all these hops with a bready base. Some pine in the middle to finish.
Full body, low to medium carbonation.
On the fence on this beer. It's "fresh" based on the best by date but there's a few things that seem "off" to me...cheesy and fruit salad chief among them.

EDIT: Decanted the last 2 cans I had and ended up serving myself a much better beer without the cheesy / weird aspect...initial rating 3.49, new rating = 3.65.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A pretty good, but not great aroma of hops, tropical fruit, malt, a bready quality, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of a some light malt notes (present throughout, though subtle), a bit of citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular), a good shot of hops (a big component), some of the bready quality, and a light tropical fruit presence (pineapple). Not a bad flavor, but it's heavier on the hops than the fruit. Lacks some balance, but not without charm.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has its good qualities. Worth a look.

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Photo of Lucular
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour on draft. This beer is a big beer to be sure, and more than a little bit rough around the edges. It is bitter and boozy and not in a very good way. There is some nice citrusy character but for the most part it is overwhelmed. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-hazed effervescent gold with a thumb of pearl colored head. Lovely head retention and lacing

S: Bready pink grapefruit, pineapple

T: Grapefruit, pine, cakeyness up front. A little papaya, tangerine, a little dryness as this warms. Finishes with a little juiciness, grapefruit, and bready dryness

MF: Pretty thick, restrained carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty, good, west coast take on the style

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow glass holds a frothy cover of white foam that laces the glass in thick curtains.

Aroma: I smell hops at arms length at the pour. Grapefruit skin, hard candy, yeasty, and hop leaves.

Taste: Citric juice, pineapple, pear, so much hops there's a cut grass vegetal note. The base is crystal malt sweet without too much depth leaving a lasting bitter.

Mouthfeel: Sudsy, medium low body, medium carbonation, oily, slightly hot.

Overall: Take a beer, double the malt, quadruple the hops, and then go hazy. This is a perfectly logical course of action, I approve. It's a big, somewhat unrefined beer, but it's made from good stuff. It seems like it would be something I really like, but I'm having trouble thinking about buying it again. I'll enjoy this 4 pack of tall boys no problem. But next time I go for an IPA, there are just so many good choices. This is in the range of "ooh, it's on sale" not "going to the store to get some Liberty Bell". That said, I'll watch for a sale!

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool rattlesnake artwork.

L: Slightly hazed light golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Pine, bubblegum, grains, and citrus.

T.F: Sweet and grainy up front. Fruity... mango, peach, and lemon rind. Some pine and bubblegum. Solid bitterness. Oily on the tongue and medium bodied. Slightly boozy. More pine and fruit at the finish.

O: A very solid DIPA from Victory. I like the increased bitterness (especially when compared to the NEIPA hazies that are all the rage right now). Drinkable... great price point. Overall well done.

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Photo of -steve-
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very different, but no less enjoyable, experience to the Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (listed in the Other Beer Style Examples in case you are wondering why I am bringing it up) that I had last week. Very hazy and murky as is the East Coast proclivities. Very light golden as you would expect from the pilsner malts. Solid head and lacing. Abundant orange and grapefruit aromas. Tropical tastes ending with pine. Loving it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Co. "Liberty Bell Ringer"
one pint can, coded "ENJOY BY: 14 OCT 2019 012554 P FL"
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I think I've had this beer before, on cask at Johnny Brenda's, but I'm not sure. A full pint at 8.7% ABV might be a little much right now (9:42 AM) but we'll see. OK, it's poured a hazy yellow body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white foam - no problems there. The aroma isn't that strong but a lot of double IPAs are like that. It's tropical fruity, apricot and berry-like, and a little bit piney as well. on to the flavor... well that's odd, usually the flavor follows the aroma but there's something else going on here. First let's get the malt out of the way, it's basic, pilsner-like, and works perfectly to just let the hops come through without distraction. OK, back to the hops. It's got everything the aroma suggests but it's also earthy and a little bit "dank" and herbal like cannabis. I wasn't expecting that. It lingers in the finish. It's odd. I'm also thinking of "red Hot Dollars" candy, but not as sweet of course. I'm also getting passion fruit and a bit of spiciness. It's interesting but I'm not sure I personally like it. I can say it's unique though. Most DIPAs these days are all about the tropical but this one veers off that path. As to bitterness, it's quite firm but balanced. It's definitely got a dry and spicy finish to it but it's certainly not overly bitter. There is a bit of alcohol there, in the finish, but that works with the spiciness. In the mouth it's surprisingly medium to medium-light in body. How strong is this again? 8.7%, yeah, right, OK, it's pretty well fermented through. It's got a nice crispness to it. This is really unlike any other DIPA I've tasted. It seems more like a "brut" DIPA. Lot's of passionfruit in here, and "the weed". I'm still not sure how I stand on this personally but it is growing on me. Of course I'll rate it numerically without my personal tastes involved.

Review #6,635

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent DIPA in my opinion.

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

Aroma: tropical fruit and pine

Taste: The flavor starts out with tropical fruit mango, pineapple, grapefruit followed by more aggressive grapefruit, grapefruit rind and pine.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rolling into Philadelphia Beer Week, Victory Brewing revamps their annual imperial IPA, this 2019 edition with Strata, Centennial and Simcoe hops for a more dank and tropical take on the big and hoppy beer.

Pale gold and rich with a hop fueled haze, Liberty Bell Ringer floats a creamy off white head that entices the nose with tropical, herbal and citrusy scent along with a striking peppery grassy scent. Its soft and sweet taste revolves around honey, light dough and shortcake to start.

And as the hops unfold on the middle palate, its full and hoppy breadth starts with the tropical taste of pineapple, mango, passionfruit and papaya before embarking on a sharper character of orange, pink grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Seeming like a hazier, more New England styled ale, this beer departs from those trends with a much more bitter, drier and sharper late palate of grassiness, pine resins and hemp.

Medium full in body, the big IPA is drying and refreshing from its highly hop dependent late palate with a bitter extension of peppery resins that outlasts all other malt and fruit flavors that reward the palate with such delight. The warmth of vodka supports the bitterness without hindering its drinkability.

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can - Enjoy by 14 Oct 2019:
Pours hazed yellow with a fluffy white head that lasts quite awhile before becoming a thin cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical and citric notes with a touch of pine.

The taste is of assertively bitter hops - plenty of grapefruit. Tropical notes come through strong. Some pine. It has a balancing pilsner malt backbone. Bitter finish with some noticeable alcohol.

It is full-bodied but not thick.

Strata, Centennial and Simcoe hops show up well. Hop-forward with enough malt to keep it together. Another victory for Victory!

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Photo of brureview
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I must admit that this beer grows on me as it warms up.
For the best flavor and hoppiness, let it warm up.

Light golden color with a 4F head in a Mikasa Tulip.

Aroma: lightly floral, tropical fruit, citrus.

The taste broadens with warming: citrus, tropical fruit, and other fruit tastes.

This beer is brewed with Strata, a newer hop and also centennial and simcoe. Very unusual taste.

Very hoppy finish. Spicy, tart. Quite nice.

Excellent beer- needs to served at warmer temps.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours semi translucent, deep golden color. Smell is somewhat non de script, mainly hops, mostly non distinct, a grainy smell, wet hay. Taste is pleasant with nuances of lemon grass, tart apple, yeast is present slightly. Feels well put together. Nice bubbles,head retention is good. Very thin and dry for a 2X IPA. I like it more watery than viscous usually. Overall I am sure people got their bell's rang with Liberty Bell Ringer-

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Sorta cloudy, yellow golden, white head . Good head retention. Mix of fruity and grassy hops. Similar flavor, fairly bitter. Feel is a bit smoother, medium bodied.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can with a label that reads 8.7% ABV.
Very pale, Hazy golden with a good white head.
Dank, grassy and fruity. Moderate bitterness and moderate plus strength for style.

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Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a light  hazy appearance. Poured with a moderate, bright white foam with medium low retention. Robust, fruity citrus and earthy hop aromas with a solid malt base and boozy notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Brief creamy smooth feel followed by prickly, but friendly,  boozy warmth. Mellow, fruity citrus flavors with a solid malty backbone with caramel notes. Medium hop bitterness followed by malt, light fresh pine hop notes, and boozy warmth. Finished with caramel malt notes, light citrus and mellow, sticky pine hop bitterness that slowly faded. Hip character is mellow, but intense with a solid malt backbone in both aroma and flavor. DIPA booziness is pleasant and easy. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz into IPA glass. Dated best by 10/23/19.
Look is nice hazy yellow. Smell is light citrus with orange leading. Taste follows nose with nice orange note leading. Feel is light. Overall a very drinkable DIPA that hides the alcohol. Easy drink and would have again.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a modern amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of gooseberries, green grapes, and papayas are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with fruity flavors of mangos and papayas and then quickly transitions to those of grapefruit with hints of pine, the latter of which is most noticeable towards the finish. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer will really ring your bell as the hops deliver a heavy dose of bitterness along with a interesting mix of
flavors. Some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish, which somewhat limits its drinkability.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Trillium pub glass.

Look is a slightly hazy yellow with a full thick head.

Aroma is a light citrus lemon.

Taste is a delicious herbal bitter lemon with a light biscuit malt.

Really delicious.

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Photo of malrubius
2.34/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can Gold with light haze and loose island ring head and a little lace. Light tropical fruit herbal and dishwater aroma. Sweet old fruit and butterscotch/toffee with medium light herbal citrus bitterness. Medium-full body lively carbo. If I had to guess, I'd say this is a diacetyl bomb. Gross.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass, courtesy of Greg, thanks man. Best by October 2019, so plenty fresh.

Hazy goldenrod colored body with a small white head which quickly dissipates to a thick ring and covering. Leaves scattered lacing.

Good strong tropical fruit aroma, non citrus edging out the citrus.

Good bittering hops mixed in with the fruity hop profile. Solid malt background, dry hopping seems to make the bitterness edge to the sour side.

Mouth closing in on full, finish is bitter edging out the fruit.

Overall, a well above average DIPA with some serious punch to it, and not from the abv. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tonymoore
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Like many Victory beers, it seems lighter than it should, almost fizzy and without a required smoothness. I'm getting no head retention at all. A little confused by it in the end.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light mellow gold with a small head. Smells of citrus and hops. Bitter taste and slightly tart aftertaste. Doesn’t taste as good as it looks but still a nice entry.

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Liberty Bell Ringer from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 196 ratings