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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using whole flower Chinook, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured with a 1 inch, soft/frothy, off-white head. The beer is a golden pale color with a bit of haziness to it. Lacing is left all the way around the glass once the head dissipated.

Aroma - Wonderful smells come from this one. Tropical fruits, peach, grapefruit, and some resinous undertones combine to produce a magnificent aroma.

Taste - Similar to the smell; peach, grapefruit, resin and some floral flavors linger about.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Smooth with moderate carbonation. Bitterness from the hops comes through in the end, but in an enjoyable way.

Overall - Great creation from Victory and I am glad this will be a year round offering. Looking forward to having another soon.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden hue with a sticky white head. Amazing nose, lots of tropical, fruit, pine, earthy rusticness. Taste is much the same with big bold bitterness.

Beneath everything is a solid yet slightly sweet malt body which carries a moderately carbonated, full bodied blend of hop flavors across the tongue. Up front look for tropical hop flavors, pineapple, papaya and mango. Along the mid-palate is a tart-citric hop flash and bitter resinous piney presence. On the back end look for that bold brash rustic earthy bitterness. Finishes slick with a lingering bitterness and fruitiness that builds with every sip. An amazing blend of hops that showcases their fruity sweet characters and balances with their bold bittering properties. Mouthwatering to say the least. (At cooler temperatures you can taste more of those earthy bitter flavors while as the beer warms you can expect to taste more of the fruity sweet hop flavors)

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Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale gold with a nice finger of soft silky head. Good wispy lace retention.

S - surprisingly earthy with grassy and lemon notes. Also a hint of peach. Not the dank citrus bomb you would expect.

T - taste brings lemon, orange and grapefruit, but not in a sharp or aggressive way. Soft touches of mango and peach also follow. All of this against a grassy, herbal backdrop. Nice bready caramel malt center. Dry floral finish.

M - mouthfeel is soft and dry almost more like a Belgian blonde or saison than an IPA.

Overall, nicely restrained, with a lot of nuanced flavors. Doesn't smack you in the face like a lot of DIPAs. It's strangely reminiscent of some sort of Ocean Spray cran-peach-guava juice. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Too bad Victory stopped putting dates on their bottles...

Bright orange that becomes hazy as the last bit is poured. Frothy collar of lace around the edges of the glass, not the longest lasting retention or surface coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, floral sandalwood and slightly cheesy.

Resinous bitterness, slight citrusy sweetness, bready malt middle. Dry aftertaste, some dried citrus peel. Fairly smooth and easy to drink, abv is felt but not overbearing. It's good but not especially nuanced, not really a world beater in my opinion.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp amber body? Check. Small cream head, with decent lacing? Check. Sweet malts as a prelude to juicy fruity hops? Check. Nose finishes pine-ish, and round as a gumball. Tongue follows the same blueprint. This is not a groundbreaking beer by any means, but what it is is very delicious. Finish is sweet giving way to a gently abrasive finish. As I said this is not breaking any new ground, but it is extremely enjoyable. Would gladly grab another.

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Photo of whiterabbit
3.09/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really eager to try this anticipated Double IPA from Victory, love their stuff!

A - Nice, hazy golden yellow . Mellow, yet inviting

S - Ok, now I get it. I have seen and heard the term "cat pee" and always shook my head. I won't anymore. Wow, about as uninviting as it gets, and I get that this particular hop has that effect.

T - MUCH better than the smell. starts out grapefruit, more pith than peel, bitter, piney grass, and subtle tangerine in there somewhere. Sticky - bigtime. But that good bitter you want from a double.

M - smoother than what it sounds, definite layers and various taste profiles here. I kinda dig that. Not a boring offering, that is for sure!

O - I expected more. Unfortunately when there is a lot of hype for a product, there is an expectation that you cannot help but to have. There will be those who swear by this, and those that will not get it, not even for a minute. I fall somewhere in between, as I think it is worth a try, but does not rock my particular vote. Am going to grab some Harvest ales next....

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very bright, goldenrod coloring with sediment throughout and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. A sparse, film, bright white surface coat of head clings throughout while you drink. Aromas of wet, resinous hops, with bitter notes throughout, tangy citrus highlights of tangerine and grapefruit, subtle pine notes, and a rich caramel backbone. This smells pretty damn good! Flavors are roast and resin forward, with piney notes throughout. Subtle citrus highlights accent the bold malt backbone of caramel, and there are kicks of pepper, cut grass, pine tassel, and bitterness throughout. Very dynamic and layered palate, with a resinous undertone throughout that is a hophead's dream. Very tasty, and very drinkable despite increased ABV and heavier taste profiles. The body is robust and smooth, yet kept light with the increased carbonation. That same carbonation also helps clean up the finish, which comes together as a crisp, slightly effervesced, bitter finale. Great beer!

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Photo of bum732
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: Big passion fruit and peach notes, apple blossoms, some candy-like perceived sweetness

L: Hazy, golden yellow, creamy white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet, passion fruit like malt with additional peach hoppiness. Medium high, resiny bitterness. Clean, light malt sweetness throughout. Smooth hop flavor into the finish. Finishes semi-dry with residual peach and citrus.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Touch of alcoholic heat.

Solid stuff, quite drinkable without being overwhelming. Not sure if citra or mosaic, but quite pungent.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a little weird. It's a great big American style IPA that works, but the aroma is a little over the top and smells a little of ass. Not good.

This well made brew pours pretty, keeps a little head and is fairly clear. Nice looking. The aforementioned issue with the aroma is obvious from the first, but the taste does not have the same funkiness. The taste is great. The aftertaste reveals just a tad of that funky smell.

Overall, this is a failure - I would not refuse one but I will try to remember not to buy it - I really would want to avoid it with good food.

I had another bottle of this and also had it on tap at Melt (without food). I'll stick with my rating, but it was better.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dogwood Growlers in Kennesaw, GA. Great place.

Appearance 4.0: Really nice amber-golden color to this beer. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into very attractive foamy residue that lasted the entire session. Good lacing.

Smell 2.75: Note to brewers: adopt a male cat. Litter box train it. Now, when blending hops for your IPAs (Imperial or otherwise) make sure that -when combined-- they do not produce a smell like the cat's urine. If only the brewers at Liberty followed this simple procedure. Bleargh. However, there are some good points to this beer's bouquet, it's just that the cat urine thing...yeah, hard to move beyond it.

Taste 3.5: Front is...nuts, I still detect some of that cat pee at this taste level. Nonetheless, the middle is a revelation with a big kick of lovely pine, grapefruit rind, a subtle floral taste; all balanced with a very pleasant maltiness. Finish is big in the front of the palate with malt, sweetness and hop bitterness, then fades quickly into the Aftertaste level which is long and hoppy and very satisfying. Almost makes me forget about the cat pee.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Typical C02 carbonation (it's a growler, duh!) that was right on the money for the style.

Overall 3.5: Good beer and good example of the style. Not a hint of the massive ABV this bad boy packs, so be careful. However, let this beer stand as an example to other brewers: match the blended hop scent with care before you go into final production.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 4/27/2014
A - hazy golden-tangerine color, thinner foamy off-white head leaves a bit of lacing
S - juicy, fruity, tropical mango and pineapple
T - juicy and bitter, tropical Citra hops dominate the palate, biscuity, grassy, pineapple, acidic at times
M - resinous and dry, medium bodied, bitterness lingers
O - good hop forward DIPA, but I'm finding all these Citra hopped beers to be so similar in flavor. This one is very well crafted, but I much preferred the old school DIPA, Hop Wallop, to this new-age DIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by 4/27/2014. Not sure what Victory's standard dating is- if its 4 months vs 6 months or not. We can probably assume it's a little over a month old. Poured into a shaker pint today, 1/3/2014.

Pours a clean, lager-like straw-orange body, very appealing with a 1cm white head that retains quite well. In fact, ten minutes later there is still a thick, thick white film on top. Splotchy lacing throughout. Definitely a delicious looking DIPA.

Smells very floral, dank with a dash of citrus. Very floral and dank nose that is rescued a bit by the citrus aspect of the nose. Not super intense but certainly not a wilting flower here. Some breadiness backs up the hops.

Tastes a lot better than it smells- Up front is the floral hops- a lot of it accompanied by quite a bit of dankness with a slight earthiness- which transitions into a nice citrusy mid-palate, ending with a piney bitterness. A bit of breadiness is tasted throughout the swallow. Delicious with a good bit going on.

Medium bodied, perfect carbonation and creamy. Resinous on the palate- after each swallow, I can move my tongue around in my mouth and it remains quite hoppy. It's like drinking a whole wet hop and sucking on it. Actually is not that bitter compared to a lot of other DIPAs out there. And no sign of the 8.7% ABV, as expected.

This is a well-done wet DIPA, especially for the price of $10/4 pack. Very well-integrated and complex, with a really nice resinous mouthfeel. The nose suffers a little bit for some reason, however that is not enough to make me not recommend this beer to the hopheads out there.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I did a blind review of Lagunita's Sucks, Long Trail Limbo, Victory Dirt Wolf, and Green Flash Green Bullet. These notes and ratings were recorded before I knew which beer I was drinking.

A - Pours a very hazy, creamy orangish color, with three quarters of a finger of creamy head. Moderate carbonation slowly climbing to the surface.

S - Bitter and unpleasant.

T - Very light, watery hop flavor. Hint of onion?

M - Light body. Decent carbonation.

O - This bottle was just barely a month old, so I'm not sure if that had an impact, but this was a very mediocre DIPA. The aroma was definitely off. I'll try to re-review this at a later date with a super fresh bottle.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick orange sap body with floating mass of white wash over top. Thick lacing develops on the sides of the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus with rind, palm leaves, and sharp fruit soap. Flavors mirror the aroma but with a more pronounced grassiness, a bright lip-puckering fruit effect, and boozy undertones. Thick in body with medium carbonation. A standout beer for Victory. Not as menacing or dirty as its name suggests but rather a hoppy fruit bomb that will be familiar to any double IPA drinker.

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Sporadic yet persistent lacing.

S: White bread, a little yeast, pine cones, and pine resin. A bit of a soapy character, too.

T: Bitter pine hop. Sourdough bread. And just a hint of resiny sweetness.

M: Light bodied and crisp body. A bit of syrupy character through the experience. Biting, mouth puckering, dry finish; which continues to tingle the palate throughout.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Rich golden hue, only a slight head, and very light persistent lacing. Nose is bready with piny and lightly sweet components. Bitter and crisp, a bit of yeast, and some resiny sweetness for balance. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DirtWolf pours a golden color with a large frothy head. There is a floral and hoppy but sweet aroma. The taste is the same, bold floral and hoppy taste, but finishes sweet. Good and bold flavors, nice strong body. Overall its a very good beer, but a bit overrated.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date April 19, 2014. Not sure what time span is used for this beer. Today is Dec. 30, 2013 though.
Pours clear gold with a fat one finger of white head. Head lasts awhile ad leaves an average amount of fine lacing.
Smell is pungent hops with a touch of tropical fruit.
Taste is popping bitter hop hit with a surprisingly sweet tropical fruit backing and a touch of pine resin.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth with a dry bitter finish.
Overall a unique beer. Enjoyed it very much. I will revisit this review tomorrow when I have another. Never tasted the alcohol but I could smell it on my breath as I exhaled. Watch out this beer drinks easy!

Update: Aug. 5, 2014. From a keg this time. Still easy drinking for a Double IPA. Hop presence is very nice. Assertive but user friendly. Hop character is not buried under a blanket of flat bitterness. Yum!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: One finger head that sticks in loose splotches. Slight carbonation floating from the bottom. Trace amounts of settlement at the bottom of the glass.

S: Strong floral, honeysuckle, and caramel aromas. A very fresh smelling beer that is reminiscent of spring time.

T: Mix of pine and citrus hops off the first sip, malt sweetness interluding, and finishes with a dank, earthy bitterness and hints of pepper. An interesting interplay between sweet and sour flavors.

M: Medium bodied, a bit creamy, and finishes with slightly bitter and dry. Pretty easy drinking for a style that is typically heavy and over drying, especially given the ABV.

O: A lighter take on the double IPA, but still retains the complexity typical of the style. An above average beer that really with its unique aromas and mouthfeel. There was something missing in the taste department that would have set this beer apart.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along bits of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrusy and floral hops along with a light to moderate amount of miter ness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied, somewhat crisp and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might not have the high bitterness that you would expect from a an imperial IPA, but the blend of four different hops lends nice complexities to the smell and taste.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden orange color with a pillowy white head that is 2 inches thick. Nice lacing as it goes down.

Nose is unlike any beer I've had to the best of my knowledge. This is more like opening a sack of….well maybe you get where I am going with this. Wow! Needless to say there is a pleasant aroma of pine, tangerine and resin.

Smooth. Medium body. Not too carbonated or bitter at first. Beautiful hop bouquet. Complex and just hits so many places. Citrus, pine and something I cannot quite pick up. This maybe a newer hop than I am not equipped to decipher yet. It is wonderful though. Some grassy characters from the malts but these play well with the hop presence. Earthy tones and a blending that is again wonderful. The 8.7% is hidden well and doesn't overpower the sense.

Ok, here comes more of the bitterness as this goes down. Pine and hop oils left to coat the tongue. Still a delicious beer. A quick glance at the hops in this and I'm guessing the Mosiac is what I'm getting that I cannot judge. Could this be the blueberry I've heard about? It is fantastic!

I've heard this replaces Hop Wallop. I'll be sad to see it go but this is a worthy replacement for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange with a moderate amount of suspended sediment. Fine white head with moderate retention and lace.

S - Bright resiny wood, cilantro, and boozy orange extract.

T - Sharp woody hops, waxy resin, honey, grass, and a touch of prickly booze.

M - Almost perfect for the style. Medium-full, smooth body.

O - Nice, big, fresh DIPA on the greener and woodier side of the style.

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Photo of vkv822
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a lightly hazy, bright golden with a thick, foamy, thick white head.

Delicious, inviting blend of big fruity, citrusy, resiny hop notes.

The taste follows the nose, with lots of citrus and fruit mixed with resiny pine notes.

Medium+ mild foamy carbonation.

A very tasty, well done DIPA that I'm glad I was able to try.

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Photo of HillsdaleHops
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, medium amber color. Head subsides quickly but leaves decent lacing.

The nose is not as hoppy as the style would demand and shows some alcoholic/phenolic notes.

It is very full and pleasing in the mouth, with some weighty maltiness at the beginning and a strongly bitter and alcoholic finish.

A very satisfying drink - built for sipping, not for quaffing.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 3/27/14. Golden pour with a strong head that laces well. Nose is of hops, mostly earthy (dank) and citrus, but there is pine in the background. Light medium body with typical carbonation resulting in a smooth, but not slick, mouthfeel. The taste is a mixture of hops against a slight sweetness. Dank and citrus flavors are the most forward, with pine in the background. The bitterness component has grapefruit characteristics. Smooth finish with a lingering grapefruit tartness and bitterness over a nice dankcentric aftertaste. Well balanced overall.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank and piney hop assault...

Oily and loaded with palate busting bitterness...

Quite drinkable considering the ABV...

Enjoyed while watching A Christmas Story and was my first beer away from the Bourbon County Coffee I had been enjoying...

I liked this beer.... quite tasty and the bitterness wasn't overpowering although the hop flavor was...

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,498 ratings.
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