Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #96
Ranked #756
4.3 | pDev: 9.07%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: HOPS: Citra, Chinook, Mosaic, Simcoe
MALTS: Pilsner, Ligh Caramel Malt, Dextrose
Flavor: Citrus, pine, resin, tropical fruit, loaded hop nose from heavy Mosaic and Simcoe dry-hopping. Full bodied with hop bitterness and resinous hop flavor. Leaves a lasting impression. Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice.
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Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper Filtered with moderate carbonation and a finger of white bees head.

Smells of stinky foot, garlic, orange, malt, and Carmel.

Tastes of citrus, with jackfruit and exotic tropical fruit.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in RenoNevada and am drinking in Redding California September 15, 2019.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with one inch white head lots of retention and a little lacing, nice citrus smell to it, good hint of citrus as it rolls the tongue then the bitter hops come in with a mild lasting bitterness you expect out of a double, good full body feel

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Photo of jrc1093
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 5/6/19

Pours a nearly crystal clear deep gold topped with around a finger of off-white head; decent retention yields patchy splotches of lacing and a sparse, bubbly collar.

Aroma is exceedingly floral with an exceptionally detailed malt backbone; grass, dank stone fruits, and mild bubblegum sweetness add to the overall bouquet; intense mingling of delicate and dank.

Taste is brightly floral and piney/resinous, supported by a bruising malt backbone and brooding dankness under the surface; plenty of grapefruit and tangerine zest come through in the way of citrus, while bitter herbs add a further earthy component.

Mouthfeel is taut and crisp on the palate with a medium body and carbonation aiding a mild creaminess on the palate; sticky in parts, but ultimately drys nicely into the swallow, and aside from some slight bitterness, mostly clean finish.

Classic take on the style that goes down like nothing but still manages to feel ‘big’; a little citrus, a little sweet, a little bitter; an 8.7% that makes you just want more.

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Photo of lastmango
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to a film. Heaving lacing was present. Nose is floral and citrus with a bit of sweet malt. Taste is Light sweet malt and citrus with a nice balance grapefruit pith finish with the hop bite. Nicely done. Moderate body and carbonation with a slight creaminess.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice double IPA with some great flavors and nice blend of hops. Pours a slightly darker yellow color with some faint haze, small amount of white foamy head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, nice combination of citrus zest and floral hops - and those floral hops really pop at the end of a long inhale. Also a little malt, vanilla and caramel. Tastes of fruity hops - mainly grapefruit, mango, tangerine and pineapple. The floral hops are less pronounced. Nice notes of vanilla, bread, caramel and malt. Smooth, clean, crisp, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. I didn’t experience as much bitterness as other reviews had described - instead, I was struck by the bright floral hoppy notes and good mild malt backbone that didn’t overwhelm the flavors. Very well done.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear amber with a small white head.
Smell: Fruity, bubblegum, grapefruit, mango. Very hoppy.
Taste: Bubblegum. grapefruit. Clean finish with herbal, minty hop bitterness.
Feel: Medium-bodied.
Overall: A great double IPA that's big on hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Draft, served in a snifter.

Appearance: It's a crystal clear gold color with a one finger head that goes away quickly leaving some patchy lacing behind.

Smell: Mostly fruit and citrus with notes of fresh grapefruit and oranges along with some more zesty citrus peel aromas.

Taste: It's very bitter and fruity. There's grapefruit, tangerine and the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: It's full bodied, smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall: A fruity and robust DIPA that's very bitter but still manageable.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice brilliant gold color to go along with the hgold medal it deserves... it with a slight off bright white foam that has nice longevity & lacing.
Aroma is slendid... with very mouth watering fruity citrus with a slight something to it.
As for taste...forget about it! it has everthing the "old factory" picks up in aroma and more, smooth fruity with a little something something at the end. Very nice accent to it.
For the feel...kind of the same, smooth with a slight bitter kick at the end. Superb!!!
This is a great double IPA and worthy of its 8.7ABV in every way.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light honey yellow with a large white head with staying power. Nice lacing. Aroma is full of citrus fruits and a touch of dankness. Flavor is sweet ripe citrus up front with a strong bitter finish. Feel is medium light with great carbonation. Overall a super double IPA.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - clear golden colour, white head

S - citrusy and a lot of tropical fruits

T - Follow the smell plus some berries notes and floral notes like violet (I love violets)

M - Nice mouthfeel

O - a greatly hopped refined dipa

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful and unique DIPA! Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass. Clear and copper-gold, with a finger of spittle foam atop. Piney and resiney in aroma, but quite different in flavor. Lots of earthy, floral, and herbal notes, some tea.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near perfect imperial IPA, done with a dash of East Coast panache. Lightly hazed golden body with small soapy head. Aroma is citrus and pine in equal amounts. Taste is pure hop goodness, nice silky mouthfeel, buttery bitter finish.

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Photo of Aldrich_Devourer_Of_Gods
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

When you first see DirtWolf it immediately pulls you in with the graphical design. The bottle and color design is prestige and has a great weight.

The smell is that of a spicy strong hop packed with flavor. At 65 IBU and 8.7 abv you get a smooth bitterness and strong content beer where you don’t taste the alcohol.

I fully recommend this beer when relaxing and hanging out with friends and family.

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Photo of southerner2
2.27/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Yellowish golden, a lot of effervescence going on, small head
Smell: Citrus, not much to speak of
Taste: Crisp, almost woodsy
Feel: Biting
Overall: Starts out pleasant then abruptly turns bitingly bitter. Not a fan

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy golden color with effervescent bubbles; finger-width head
Smell: Anodyne, hoppy aroma; not over-powering or particularly strong
Taste: Crisp and piney; aftertaste of a bitter, citrus tang
Feel: Surprised at how carbonated it is; well-bodied and sits on the palate smoothly
Overall: Drinkable and inoffensive, though maybe a little too "tangy"

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Victory is a very nice brewer, and this is a great example of their handiwork. Great aroma, solid taste, well disguised alcohol content. If you see it, gab it and enjoy.

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Photo of mickey72
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fantastic smell, overflowing head. This beer pales by comparison to its predecessor - Hop Wallop in both taste and smoothness. It is a very good IPA and is of very good value for the ABV, but it simply takes a back seat to both the legendary Hop Wallop and Hop Ranch (also now defunct). If this beer was available in cans I might buy it once in a while, but it simply lacks the taste of Hop Wallop. Whereas Hop Wallop and Hop Ranch were case-worthy, Dirtwolf simply is lacking the qualities of these other superior beers. When will Victory come to their senses and start brewing fantastic beers again?

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12oz (354 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; not production information evident.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a one half inch head, low retention, but decent lacing.
S: Fruity with aromas of grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple as well as some pine.
T: Follows nose but caramel malt component more notable. Alcohol content noticeable. Bitterness light but evident early and throughout.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very drinkable and enjoyable EC DIPA.

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Photo of claminat420
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

new years eve 2017 beer

12oz bottle poured heavily into my sierra Nevada spiegelau ipa glass. bottle marked enjoy by 09 JAN 2018 1141 P

Appearance- a transparent golden color with a head that's the slightest bit off white. nice lacing.

Aroma- hoppy, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple with a tiny bit of pine. not too shabby.

Flavor- like the aroma but with some caramel malt. nice. the alcohol is easily detectable but nothing overly crazy. bitterness is there and hangs for a bit.

Mouthfeel- medium with the slightest bit of heaviness in the body. really good carbonation.

Drinkability- easily will purchase this again.

Overall- any hophead out there needs to try this beer. i'm not a huge fan of the tropical ipa's out there but this one isn't strongly in that category. real hop forward beer. only thing negative is the abv that is really noticeable but like I stated it's nothing too crazy.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Feel is on thin side but alcohol is well hidden that makes this dangerously drinkable with flavors of malt, bread, citrus, melon, mango, and cantaloupe but is way sweet which must mean it has some hefty dose of sugar because something about this causes a horrible hangover headache even when consuming just 1. For this reason I'll never seek it out again.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a nice head. The initial aroma is grassy with some pine notes, grapefruit, but very subtle. The first sip brings mild piney and grassy hops up front, with moderately bitter finish. This beer has a medium body, medium carbonation, and a substantial alcohol warmth. Nothing jumps out at me however. Its very balaced is the best compliment I can give it.

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Photo of citizencane
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with slight head that quickly dissipated to a ring of foam. Leaves a solid amount of lacing for the style. Smell is fresh strong hops with faint malt. Taste is similar, with just enough malt to keep this from being totally hop-oriented. Extremely drinkable. Quaffable, even, yet no sacrifice in terms of flavor. Great balanced example of the style. If you want the full flavor experience of a DIPA but none of the heavyness or cloying mouthfeel, here’s your beer.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear medium amber, slight suspended particulates.
Wonderful aroma, tropical.
Slightly grainy malt, but overwhelming hoppy. Piney resinous. Bright citrus and grapefruit. Lingering bitterness.
Slick mouthfeel
Strong DIPA.

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Photo of AdamSchmehl
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Dirtwolf got me hooked on DIPAs before I even liked beer. Despite the name, this is a delicious and refreshing beer that will make you fall in love with hops.

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Photo of BubbaGuppy
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This DIPA has always been a favorite.
Taste is great, and (I know) it can be enjoyed out of the bottle.
It satisfies, but it opens the door to a night of mischief.
Highly recommended.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 6786 ratings