Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #310
Ranked #1,637
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Apr 05, 2022
Sep 27, 2013
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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4.13 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Apr 02, 2022
3.99 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Feb 18, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by LauraMancini from Texas

One of my favorites! Yummy!

Feb 13, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Golden, foggy body. Lacy head. Smell is pine, pineapple, moderately sweet, slightly floral and lemony. Taste is tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, dank pine, more floral notes, honey, and lemon. Pretty nice balance between the pine and the tropical sweetness, with a nice malty finish. The bottle has a BB date of feb 4, so maybe it’s not as crisp as a fresh one. Still, really a good beer.

Jan 25, 2022
3.27 by omb from New Jersey on Jan 25, 2022
4.18 by BombayDingleMonkey from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Appearance: Crystal clear amber-gold, large white head, good lacing.
Aroma: Pilsner malt underpinning supports the fruity, resinous hops that follow.
Taste: Flip flops the order noted in the aroma. Hops more dominant, flush with pine and tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel: Finishes with enough maltiness to keep things interesting and refreshing while still hop-centric.
Overall: Lingering and lasting, well carbonated, full bodied.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 2market from Pennsylvania

Great imperial IPA

Jan 13, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ArtfulDogeR

Rich orange color, decent head, strongly alcoholic, sweet malt base and - most importantly to me - an earthy, piney rush of flavor that balances out and eventually overwhelms the citrus and floral tastes that I find so unappealing in all but the very best IPAs.
I understand why many who appreciate the hazy and flowery side of aledom don't like it much, but it's just up my alley and is my go-to on weekend afternoons when I have no responsibilities.

Dec 31, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour - deep golden honey color with thick white head leaving significant foamy/frosty lacing. Nose is earthy and floral with hints of citrus and pine. Taste follows with a malty backbone and lingering bitterness on a dryish finish.

Dec 08, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

Another boring beer masquerading as an IPA. Flavorful, but not with hops. Not bitter, smooth, but ultimately unsatisfying and difficult to identify its ingredients. I don't get the hype.

Oct 12, 2021
3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Spade from Pennsylvania

I've had this one several times over the years and enjoy the first few sips, but eventually feel like it's all bitter hops without much else going for it. Maybe just not my style of beer.

Sep 11, 2021
4.07 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Aug 30, 2021
4.6 by JakeJChoi from Maryland on Aug 29, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

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
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on May 24, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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
3.99 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on May 10, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Jonnywinning

Hoppy tones and smooth Carmel aftertaste that lingers on tongue. Fantastic

May 03, 2021
4.4 by tbru929 from Delaware on Apr 10, 2021
4.63 by Slyde180 from Texas on Mar 29, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

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
5 by thingman from Alabama on Mar 12, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

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
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
4.09 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by ThePold from Virginia

On tap at CityWorks. Tremendous lacing like a solid wall.clear, low carbonation, not a heavy alcohol tang.

Jan 23, 2021
4.65 by Jonathan_Nadu from Pennsylvania on Jan 14, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

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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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rschis16 from Maryland

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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4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by HiIBU4Me from Pennsylvania

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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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

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
4.52 by FrankCastle from California on Nov 15, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by reedap1 from Pennsylvania

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
4.43 by T66tah from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BigGold from Mississippi

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
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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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