Liberty Bell Ringer
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,501
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,780
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
172
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 07, 2022
Added:
Jun 01, 2013
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  23
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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.

2021:
Malt: Pilsner, Carapils, Oats
Hops: Sabro, Mosaic, Idaho 7

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.
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Rated: 3.93 by Icemann383 from New York

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
great combination of hops / hoppy to the finish
Oct 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Best by Nov. 6, 2021.

L---Hazy, bright golden color. Fluffy white head faded slowly to a cap and left nice lacing.

S---Overflowing with tropical notes. Strong mango and passion fruit with some light backing citrus.

T---Lighter than the nose, but still the same flavors. Maybe some lemon/lime.

F---Medium/light bodied which was unexpected for a fairly high ABV. Well carbonated.

O---Excellent work from an excellent brewery.
Aug 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.74 by hophugger from Virginia

Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured chilled from can into a willybecker chilled

The color is a hazed golden with thick white cream with fine bead, lace clings to the glass

The smell is fairly mild for the double dry hopping with mild citrus fruit and spice with hints of floral and tropical fruit scents low yeast and malt in aroma

The feel is mostly dry yet mildly bitter texture is perceived with medium high carbonation and low sweetness with slight spice in hip profile and light alcohol in the finish which is dry in a semi long yet a balance in general with sufficent malt support of the hops

The flavor has hops that give herbal tea and slight citrus flavors up front yet subtle astringency with light lime like aspect and floral resinous element with a hint of herbal mintiness and light zest with earthy element in taste of the hops with mild malt sweetness in the back with alcohol very mild in the flavor.

The overall impression is a high quality hop focused yet not cookie cutter grapefruit or west coast style more new style in many ways yet very hop flavored and dry which I like as it is very drinkable for 8.7%
Jul 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this on 2021-07-07 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 12oz can with a best by of 2021-11-07

A - Fairly hazy straw-gold with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly leaving little lace.


S - Unusual. Moderately dank, lemon-lime, unripe peach, pepper

T - Lemon-lime tartness and bitterness, light cracker, herbal tea and more pepper up front than the smell. Not much fruit or malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Reminds me of an amped up Session IPA except with more alcohol. This "fortified hop tea" isn't my bag but it is well made.
Jul 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
DIPA 12 oz. single for a mere $2.19? Yes, please. Thanks, Catoctin Mountain Wine and Liquor in Thurmont, MD. really solid, almost too perfect appearance, with two fingers of mellow head over a clear golden. Nose is tropical with herbal notes. you can taste the layering left by the dry hopping and this brings the bitterness but not at the expense of flavor. Tropical and citrus notes with medicinal backing. Not much for balance, but that is really par for the course. Maybe a touch too much carbonation but this is what its supposed to be, if that is what you are looking for.
Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by njbusa from New Jersey

Oct 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by DOCRW from Washington

Sep 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.16 by bubseymour from Maryland

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Picked up a 16 oz single can from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 5-21-20 for $2.99. Best by 09 AUG 2020, consumed 8-1-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose has some lemon and orange that is at the forefront.

Taste is lemon forward blended by orange and grapefruit over a substantial pils malt base. Finishes with a nice subtle but effective bitterness consisting of pine and rind; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both pretty smooth and refreshing on a 110 degree afternoon.

Overall i like the lemon expression on top of the pilsner base yet it provides a nice traditional west coast fashion finish with the pine and rind expression at the end of each sip. Nice beer at a nice price point!
Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
"Like walking through an orchard", exclaimed Leah on first whiff.... Taste is on par with smell.... REALLY enjoyed this at Annie Bailey's Irish Pub in Lancaster. So full of orange smell and I can hardly stop. Delightful! A "light" DIPA.
Jul 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
First want to say that DDH does not necessarily equal NEIPA, and doesn't in this case. Lib Bell Ringer is first and foremost a DIPA, and it hides the alcohol pretty well. I'm drinking it approximately one-month before the drink-by date. Maltiness has started to take over, but it's still bright with lemon and citrusy flavors. Appearance is more unfiltered than hazy, with a thin head around the rim. Taste is one big smear of malt, pine, soap, lemon again, bread.
Jul 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz. can. Slightly hazy orange. Smells of pungent citrus. Lemon and lemongrass herbal notes. Tastes of lemon and turns to lemongrass and some soapy flavors. Slightly grainy. Pine back end. Mild bitterness. Medium body and does not drink like a DIPA. This is really nice. Two months from the best by date, but who knows what that means. Even if it isn't the freshest, it's very tasty.
Jul 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by gooddaydiablo from Texas

Jul 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jun 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by 61Fergus from Maryland

Jun 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured on tap into a 16oz can, then sealed, then poured from can into a glass.
Looks golden, mildly hazy. Nice little forthy head
Smells like citrus and grapefruit
Has a nice tropical punch, very hoppy
Finished clean and slightly dry, not very carbonated so it's smooth
Overall, a mighty fine double IPA
May 29, 2020
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Rated by evanwoertz from California

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
watch out pliney!
May 26, 2020
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Reviewed by listenatjoes from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
While this is a flawless DIPA, I wonder if Victory has hit the limits of what can be achieved in this style using only whole cone hops as they pride themselves on doing. These styles benefit from concentrated hop pellets, lupulin powder and cryo-hops. Dry hopping with tons of whole cone hops is not going to cut it.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

2.29/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
No. No 100 times over. Like stroking a hairless cat, Raul is not feelin’ this one. Why did Victory do this to me? It’s all basic IPA upfront like some captain taking a voyage to the West Indies, but then the ship takes a sharp turn to Skittle Island because it ends hella sweet. This one is foul straight off the bat like when Jose Altuve doesn’t know which pitch is coming.

(Apparently there is a new hop edition of Cashmere hops here. And I think it’s pretty safe to say that like Raul, Robert Plant would not be feeling this one.)

Peace!
May 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

May 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Enjoy by 8/9/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with some haze, but there's also some clarity to it; creamy and fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are floral along with some citrus. Fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The aromas aren't bad, but they're pretty mild and subtle. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. Very citric. Lots of lemon and fresh grass leading the way. Hints of grapefruit. More floral notes. More bread and crackers in the mix. Solid bitterness. Low sweetness. Malts do their thing without dominating and almost take a backseat. Finishes very dry. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's not flashy, but that's not a bad thing in this case. It's very clean, crisp and refreshing. Nice floral and citric notes. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate. I like it.
May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours golden and somewhat cloudy. It has a white head with very good head retention.

Smell: There is a moderate herbal element in the aroma with citrus, lemon, and lime.

Taste: The flavors are forward with lime and lemon. There is still a bit of a strong herbal presence as well. It also has a bit of a dank flavor to it as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with a moderately high bitter aftertaste.

Overall, interesting flavor combinations.
May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Golden hue, small head, light lacing. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste of malt sweetness mingles with a zesty hop profile highlighted by lemon, lime and tropical fruit. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Alc content imparts a modest buzz. Long lasting finish.
May 04, 2020
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Look. I'm sorry to say but Victory just doesn't make great beer anymore, I don't know why? I suspect it has to do with selling out or whatever they did with their business. The best thing about this is for $2 a can (I got two) it packs a wallop 8.7% 16 oz equates to an 11.6% beer. Very mediocre attempt at an, I guess? NE IPA. No bitterness, looks boring as hell. Smells boring, lightly hopped tastes follows. Nothing to describe here, other than boring. Been drinking Troegenator since the beginning circa 2010, loved certain Weyerbacher beers miss the Slam Dunkel was incredible back in the day, my favorite spring seasonal ever. And I remember (fondly) the happy hour poker game every Wednesday at Reeds (rt 73 and 202) when we drank $2 Hop Devils all afternoon. But this beer, like EVERY Victory beer I've had lately, fucking stinks.
May 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by dcbeers from District of Columbia

Apr 27, 2020
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 16oz can dated enjoy by 8/9/20 (assuming it's pretty fresh!) into a pint glass.

Pours murky dark gold color with about one finger of white head. Pretty decent retention and lacing.

Smells mainly of pine, resin and a little bit of grass. Picking up some citrus sweetness in the background.

Taste is dominated by pine and resin bitterness. Given the 8.7 abv there is very little malty sweetness-just a touch. This is a hop bomb-no complaints here.

Mouthfeel has some stickiness. All the bitterness makes the swallow not as smooth. I would say it's just a bit out of balance-dominated by hoppy bitterness with a strong bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a keeper if you enjoy big bitter DIPAs. Nice price point too. Glad there's 3 more left in the 4 pack.
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Revisiting 8/21 and I’m gonna bump up the smell a notch. This is a fine offering! Victory!

a simple pleasure, enjoyed at home in the time of the virus. best by 8/8/20 so good job by my peeps at bella vista beer distributor.
L: just slightly hazy yellow orange. nice head that sticks around for a bit. good lacing
S: fairly mild. bit of sweetness and tropical fruit.
T: sweet fruit, then bitterness with grapefruit. I like it. A lot.
F: medium. nice carbonation.
O: Another winner from Victory!
Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Looks like a slightly cloudy ordinary commerical American lager. A sharp taste of hops defuses that notion. Perfect hop finish without any malt taste.
Apr 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by BioPhilly from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2020
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