Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #104
Ranked #848
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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Newtobeet345 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color clear amber
Scent piney and grapefruit orange
Tastes a good mixture of bitterness and fruit. Don’t see this as world class but more as excellent. I like Doubles that have more fruit forward than this. One of my favorites is golden monkey

Jun 23, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.7%. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Moderate white head. Hoppy aroma, notes of pine and spruce, hints of citrus and caramel. Distinctly hoppy flavour, piney and resinous notes, also grapefruit. Very bitter finish, but also very moreish and drinkable for its strength.

May 10, 2021
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Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pale straw yellow. Very bright and inviting
S: very herbal with a nice pine presence.
T: perfectly executed. Pine and citrus, with an earthy background. Phenomenal.
F: medium body. Pretty light
O: I don’t know what category this DIPA would fall in but it is in a class by itself. Most unique and unmistakable taste you will find

Mar 23, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Th beer is a pale straw color but with a decent white head. It is clear. On the nose, rose notes and bitter herbal notes are present. Maybe its the label art, but it smells like a pine forest. On the palate , it is nice a bitter. the same hops notes from before are present but with citrus as well. The malt is there an similar to white beard with some whole wheat flour mixed in. The hops dominate the taste though expect for the finish but before the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is foamy but the body isn't great. The bubbles aren't pointed. Overall, a good well hoped IPA.

Mar 09, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells bright and hoppy with a bit more of an alcohol taste than your average IPA.

The taste is a little sweet up front with a little maltiness but it soon gives way to a strong hoppy grapefruit with subtle notes of orange, orange zest, orange spritz or orange oil, lemon, lemon juice, lemonade, pithy lemon rind, lemon peel, lemon zest, lemon oil, tangerine, citrus, tropical fruit including but not limited to pineapple, mango, star anise, kumquat, not coconut but guava, passion fruit, jackfruit, pomegranate, cherimoya, rambutan, persimmon, a lot of apples, I'm no apple expert but the kind of apples they use for pies also golden delicious, red delicious, granny Smith, pink lady, fuji, honeycrisp and other apples, apple peel, peaches, nectarine, kiwi, banana chips, crab apples which although aren't edible but you can taste them and spit them out, elements of graphite, barbed wire, quick drying cement, pine but not just any pine, Douglas fir, red pine, longleaf pine, Virginia pine, pine tar, pitch, sap, and possibly hops.

The mouthfeel is light with a lot of fizz. It finishes clean and bitter and follows the nose?

In all seriousness overall this is an exceptional IPA. Besides the smell the alcohol doesn't really come through. I give it a solid 5.5 out of 6.

Dec 29, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent clarity in a yellow-orange beer showcasing active carbonation that feeds a 2 finger pillowy stark white head. Layers of lace cling to the glass with each sip. Juicy pine, grapefruit, and resin highlight a well rounded aroma profile. Bold but not too aggressive, almost a savory hop profile. It's juicy up front, grapefruit and resinous in the middle and then it finishes with a zesty pine. There is a an aggressiveness to the finish and a lingering boldly hoppy aftertaste. The body stays on the lighter side, somehow making for an almost refreshing sip and making this as dangerously drinkable as it is sipable. Really good selection from Victory here.

Dec 27, 2020
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HiIBU4Me from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dank Dank Dank. Piney and very hoppy but it defines the term dank, and in a good way. Drink this one by itself. No food pairings just sip, swish, savor and swallow. After you appreciate all that then open another to wash down your Beef, Ribs , Mexican etc. It will stand up to them all. But you owe it to yourself to enjoy that first one by itself.
Best DIPA that is easy to find.

Dec 26, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright golden coloring, lush white, long-lasting head. Lookin' fine. That ain't no lie.

Aroma: honey-sweet, tropical fruit bitter. Citra? Mosaic? Another hot hop I haven't thought of? Nicely balanced, plenty of hop flavor, little bitterness.

Taste: Hop bitterness right away, gliding the palate, stays calm and cool. Modicum of sweetness strokes the tongue, bumps up against bitterness, and the slide together down the throat. Malt body is medium-ish, light, not getting in the way of the hops. Alcohol isn't felt, but hinted at. Oh, wait, there it is…

Dirt Wolf isn't a pretty name, but I assume it has links to the lore of hops. Before I check the label to see for sure, I will add my final thoughts. This is right on the money, delicious, balanced double IPA that perfectly fits the mold set by Bell's HopSlam. It's a good formula that's proven popular. And easy to market: "Can't find any HopSlam? Think HopSlam's too expensive? Try this, it's just as good!" I almost wrote "almost", but, really, it's just as good.

Not a tongue-ripper, not a palate-destroyer, just a nice, hoppy pleaser, with an onset of alcohol. mmm, hmm.

Dec 16, 2020
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a local and it is my "go-to " IPA. Good citrus, nice smell of grapefruit, and a bit of pine but what I really like is the smooth mouthfeel. The 8.7% alcohol content is accurate and makes me feel "comfortable" after a glass but helps with the enjoyable experience. It is an excellent Imperial IPA.

Oct 23, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had DirtWolf poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "ENJOY BY 10 NOV 2020," into tulip pint.

Looks like a classic West Coast IPA, with a citrusy, dank aroma to match. Drinks juicy and finishes bitter with a bit more malt than typical, a plus in my opinion.

Aug 14, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely beautiful pour. Even cold, there's a lovely soft white head and plenty of lacing on the quickly emptying glass. Steadfastly on the clear side, even during this unfiltered/hazy era. Not much aroma, but the nose will tell you the taste of hops will follow. That taste is just about perfect. The malts provide a solid background while the sharp dry hops deliver all you could hope for. This is so tasty, so smooth going down and brings a perfect hop delivery, at 8.7 ABV, this could be trouble.

Jun 19, 2020
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Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite IPA. The lower bitterness and slight malty flavor is really pleasant. The overwhelming majority of IPAs I have (reluctantly) tried are simply too bitter to enjoy the hop flavors. Not this.
I will say there’s a marked difference between draft and bottled. More than one would reasonably expect. It’s like two completely different beers. Given the high ratings here, I strongly recommend you don’t try a draft if it is not always available. Going back to bottles will ruin this beer for you.

May 21, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dirtwolf pours with a beautiful head and a clear golden color with good carbonation. Smells more malty than citrus and hoppy. Taste is excellent. Definitely malty. Slightly hoppy. A nice blend and not too bitter or sweet and very crisp. Has a thinner but nice mouthfeel. A really nice drinking beer. Overall an excellent brew I would love to try again. From a 16 ounce can with an enjoy by 29 Jun 2020. A special thanks to @jzeilinger.

Apr 15, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass. Has a clear straw color, finger and a half thick head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is piney and citrusy, particularly tropical. Notes of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, bubblegum, caramel, and fruit rinds.

Very piney and has bitter citrus peel flavors, which essentially embodies the flavor of this beer with the other notes mentioned in the aroma taking a minor role. Funky and dank, although slightly sweet. Bitter aftertaste. Feeling is quite chunky and delightful.

Mar 08, 2020
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 16-oz can into pint glass in March 2020. There is an ejoy by date of 06APR2020 on the can. I drank this less than 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Deep gold color with thick white head. It is a bright and clear color, like other IPAs. Head is very thick and it lasts a long time. There is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma filled the room while the beer was being poured. Strong aroma of pine, citrus, and hops, as well as some sweetness like pineapple. Also a littel egg aroma. Overall the pine and citrus aromas dominates the other aromas.

Taste: Sweet taste with a bitter hops edge. There is a typical hops and citrus flavor but with some sweetness as well. This is bitter like most other IPAs. Has a very nice after taste that lasts a long time. Overall a nice balance and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, which makes this very drinkable. Medium-Strong alcohol which matches the 8.7% listed.

This is a good and interesting American IPA. It has a nice mix of grapefruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it enjoyable. I like the overall balance, and that the citrus flavors are pronounced but do not dominate the flavor. It has more of a hop edge than many other IPAs. This would be a good IPA to drink often. I would buy this again.

Mar 07, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head, which dissipates. Light lacing.

Strong aroma of pine, citrus.

Taste is pine, grapefruit.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

An excellent DIPA, perfect hop flavor and bitterness.

Feb 23, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look... The traditional beer color, it looks like beer. moderate carbonation

Smell...Not much just a piney hoppy smell. I can tell this is fresh and I snatched it off the shelves the first time I saw it. Usually I never grab it because I never know the date of bottling and I want to be fair on the review

Taste...Piney and immediately a strong bitterness which is about what I expect. No expectations coming into this one.
A little better than some IPAs but nothing that memorable...

Feel... Thin with a nice finish

Overall... good competitive price but nothing I would go out of the way to get. I would prefer other offerings from Sierra Nevada and other west coast brewers that do the west coast style much better

Feb 11, 2020
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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts

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

Look: 4.5 thin one finger head, copper-golden hazy
Smell: 4.5 strong hops and candied piney grapefruit
Feel: 4.5 medium/light boy, low carbonation, smooth to the tongue
Taste: 4.75 really like the taste. Nice full hops, grapefruit. Incredibly smooth for 8.7%. Not much boozy-ness. Bit earthy, piney.
Overall: 4.75 nice full, complex flavor with solid mouthfeel that makes for a great beer. very crushable for 8.7%

Feb 03, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ok, look, this is a good beer but i don't know if it's a 95 beer
L: one pretty beer. clear pale yellow with a nice head.
S: wonderful aroma. spicy, citrusy. floral with a bit of funk.
T: citrus. some crazy funky flavors and a solid bitterness.
F: nice carbonation, smooth finish with a last bitter bite.
O: ok - it's good, very good. solid 90-92. definitely a PA classic that should be beloved in Philly.

Jan 10, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the better double ipas out of Pa. Looks like a dark straw color with a nice white head. Smells great when fresh with citrus, resin, and some sweet tropical smells. Taste follows the nose well with a hit of bitterness followed by citrus, resin and pine plus some other sweeter tropical flavors. Feels is great with a good amount of carbonation that tickles the buds. Overall a top duble ipa from victory

Dec 21, 2019
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jeffdr123 from Florida

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Stone. A whole lot of resin going on. Light and floral on the front end and plenty of bitter on the back end. It's a high ABV, but it doesn't taste boozy.

Dec 20, 2019
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a small quickly dissipating head.

Smells of hops. Tastes of pine and grapefruit. The body is very light for a brew with near 9% alcohol. Medium carbonation.

This was one of my "go to" beers when the Yardhouse had it on tap. One of my favorite west coast IPA's.

Nov 26, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Sep 16, 2019
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CodyBasden from Texas

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

May 18, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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.

Apr 18, 2019
DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 6835 ratings