DirtWolf | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by aengleman on 09-27-2013

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Photo of dcmchew
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours shiny golden, but hazy, with a nice white head that pops off soon enough, leaving a sticky messy lace.
Lots of pine resin in the smell, lime, grapefruit, very faint caramel sweetness. A bit straightforward but really intense.
Hops surprise right from the start, with a nice clean leafiness from the get go. Citrus mostly, with great grapefruit, but there's also some sweet-acidic orchard fruit, like a bit of green apple, some unripe apricot and some faint Chinese plum. Some light crackery malts with just a splash of caramel, but then the pine resin and spruce tips get all up in your face. Big hoppy finish, strong and flavourful, spicy leafiness, some dankness, a bit of grassiness too. Hops and hops and hops, and very bitter, dry finish.
Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, "wet", splashing ho(/a)ppiness all over the palate. Really clean hoppy aftertaste.
A great DIPA, extremely refreshing, with an easily ignorable alcohol content and tons of hops. Great craftmanship, need more Victory Brewing in my life.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely tropical notes, great nose

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head but it leaves plenty lace--blanket in some areas and spotty in others. Neutral gold color with a very mild haze.

Strong pine aroma with a white pepper background.

A very bitter beer--upfront and throughout the tasting. Decent body with a good level of carbonation. Lots of harsh bitterness with a good dollop of alcohol. Very little malt taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -18%

12 ounce bottle - Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pale copper-hued body, a bit hazy, with almost an inch of whitish foam.

Smell: Chiefly hoppy in the nose, sporting notes of melon, citrus, fresh herb, riding atop the softly bready, lightly doughy, lightly honeyish malts.

Taste: Honey-toned malts blended with the melony, citrusy, floral hop flavors. Bready base malts, a little doughy. There's an encroaching dank resinous quality. Medium-high bitterness. Some semblance of a renewed honey taste underneath the hops. An alcoholic warmth and a little boozy bent precedes the resiny, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation which has some life to it.

Overall: It's fine, acceptable, but it's just good to see ole Victory making the effort.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks so much to Tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a teku.

The color is a amber tinged golden with light haze with thick white cap, the lace clings like paintball splatter on the glass. The smell is very fresh with lots of citrus, tangy smell of grapefruit and light hint of dank herbal aromas. The feel is great, lots of citrus acidic quality with a mild resinous and spicy aspect, the finish is very dry and carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is incredible. I expcected good things, but damn, this is phenomenal the lovely citrus and tropical graprefruity flavors are fresh and vibrant without a ton of bitterness and the flavor of the malt is low with the hops up front and some very low pepper in the back end. The flavor has a valencia orange flavor which considering the 'enjoy by February 5, 2014" ...Overall this is pretty fresh and tasty -as an Imperial IPA should be - I am looking forward to having this again, it exceeds expectations at least for me lots of hop flavor without a lot of alcohol flavor or excess malt to intrude - well Done Victory!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

a - Pours a somewhat clear golden amber color with one inch of bright white head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, pine hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, fruity malts, earthy notes. Awesome nose, with tons of pine and citrus hops to it. I like it a lot.

t - The taste is even better than the nose, and more hoppy. Tastes of tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, citrus hops, dank pine hops, floral hops, lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, and light earthy notes. More tropical fruits here and just super hoppy and fresh. Just awesome.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. No real bitterness to it at all, which I love.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; one of the best Victory beers I've ever had. Tons of fresh hops and a lot of tropical fruits, pine, and citrus. They've been knocking it out of the park with their new DIPA's lately with this and the Liberty Bell Ringer...I hope they continue to these two beers.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange. Not much of a had. Thin collar.

Smell - Orange hops. A hint of herbal notes. A smidgen of toast malt.

Taste - More emphasis on the herbal character to the hops. Orange hop flavor behind it. Sweet caramel malt. A little musty. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. A shade too sweet for me.

Overall - Pretty good. What people would call balanced, but I call too sweet.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish fluffy white head that persists for a good long time. Aromas of pine and resin with bits of tropical fruit and citrus. Very faint bready malt deep in the background. The flavor starts with a light sweet bread malt back bone. Assault by hops starts with some dank resinous pine and follows with tropical and citrus fruits. A touch of alcohol pops in before a lingering dank resinous bitterness lingers on the palette long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and slick resinous bitter mouthfeel. Great double IPA, big bold and aggressive.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow body. Mild haze. Thick, foamy, white head with lasting retention. The aroma offers pine, biscuits...hold up, let me blow my nose. ok, there we go...where was I? Oh yeah, pine, biscuits, resinous hops. Perhaps a touch of tropical fruit in the flavor, but not much. Alcohol presence is certainly there, but not overly so. Definitely a balance of malt to hops, though favoring the hop character. Medium to full bodied for the style. Lingering hop bitterness and bready notes. Overall, pretty tasty.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,617 ratings.
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