Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #90
Ranked #782
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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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
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 12, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Feb 17, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 31, 2018
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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.

Nov 30, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 29, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

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.

Oct 08, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Jul 04, 2018
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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.

Jun 23, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jun 20, 2018
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Aldrich_Devourer_Of_Gods from Pennsylvania

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.

May 17, 2018
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