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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.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 31, 2014.

The pour is mainly copper amber with a good sized foamy white head that lingers and laces. Good clarity.

Pleasant aroma of floral, grass, and pine hops that enhance the scent but do not take it over. However, these are the first esters I get along with a more distant pale malt note.

Medium body.

The roasted pale malts stand up on the first sip but those snazzy floral and piney hops have too much of an ego to be kept down...so they jump forward. However they know when enough is enough so they end in a subtle, yet bitter fashion. This is wonderfully balanced and both subtle and vibrant at the same time. I could drink several of these.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An extremely nice IPA- nice to see Victory breathe some new life into their IPA category. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a slight glow to it and a head that fades just a bit too quickly. The beer itself is delicious, with a deep hoppy fruitiness and a touch of pine to balance things, and some nice spice on the finish. The hops are also nicely balanced with the malt- not too heavy or sweet, but not too thin or acrid either. A job well done.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn gold body with good head and lace. A juicy, crispy, citric hop profile in the aroma and the taste is the same. Classic DIPA as it is light bodied, easy to drink, hops aplenty and not only citric notes but some grapefruit. Very little sweetness but it's there for balance and the beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Just a simple but sessionable strong IPA that is a must try.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, burnt orange color with golden yellow hues and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Nice retention with streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank, floral hop aroma with resinous oils, pine needle and grass along with a touch of citrus fruit, biscuit, crackery malt and booze.  After it warms, the citrus/tropical notes stand out a bit more with grapefruit and orange peel but the nose is still dominated by earthy hops and a strong fusel alcohol/ethanol presence.  

Medium body and slightly oily with a blast of dry, hoppy bitterness that lingers over the pale malt, sweet fruit and boozy heat into a dry finish.  Again, the flavor is dominated by bitter, earthier hops with hints of grass, dank buds, resinous oils, pine sap and spruce tip.  Subtle tropical/citrus sweetness but this opens as it warms.  Lots of grapefruit with some pineapple and blood orange.  Very boozy with strong heat and alcohol sweetness in the finish taking away from the hop flavors.  Pale malt backbone with biscuit and cracker flavor that doesn't interfere with the hop bitterness.  Decent but too boozy for my preference and the strong alcohol flavor takes away from the interesting hop character. Feels more like 10+% beer and most of the interesting flavor falls off mid-palate.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow color. Some fine particles suspended in the body. Nice thin off-white head. Leaves very nice reaches of lace. Good, bigger citrusy, lightly piney aroma. Grassy, citrusy, piney hop in the flavor, some bready, biscuity malt. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation, lightly soft texture, more dry finish. Easy to sip. Good long, hoppy aftertaste, a nice crest on the hoppy wave as it rolls through the finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet towards the end.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pristine clarity, soft glow of sunset orange reveals a medium rise of carbonation that fills the chalice nicely. Oatmeal toned whipped creamy head sits with a moderate rate of retention leaving a respectable amount of lacing behind.

S: Flowery grapefruit is strong on the pour from the bottle, meeting with some tropical notes in the glass. A trail of softly dried hopped grapefruit and citrus is softly bittering and complimentary towards the end. Nice awareness level, some orange tropical fruitiness, mango, with perfumy scent.

T: Flavor was citrusy-mango, dry flowery orange and grapefruit with a flowery bitterness. Sweet toasted grain, bitterness builds up on the finish. Pear-mango with some peeks of semi-dry pineapple, grassy notes along with some dry coconut.

M: Crisp mouthful, refreshing, very sharp on the tongue. Malty full, viscose flowery bittering dry.

O: Overall so smooth, perfectly balanced with a high regard towards drinkability. So smooth and polished bringing a ton of fresh and wet nature upfront followed by a beautiful soft complimentary bitterness on the trail. Honestly the growler never stood a chance. The balance and polished nature of this beer is just so harmonous it will be near impossible to just have one, or two, or three. Not to be a factor the price point at $12 a growler is perhaps the best bargin in craft beer i have ever had and ends up easily as a possible top five double ipa canidate in my book. It is worthy the hype, seeking out, waiting in line and multiple case purchasing (and this comes from a guy who primarily drinks em one and done as singles). Dont worry about the hops expiring, the cases will never sit around that long. A definite wow factor beer for me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Thanks Trent!

It pours a slightly hazy gold with a 1" head of foam that leaves good lacing behind.

Loads of grapefruit hit my nose with a light delicate malty backbone but this DIPA is all about the hops so far.

The taste is super good. The grapefruit runs rampant without going over the top with the bitterness. Thanks to that delicate backbone of malt, I reckon. It's actually sweetish up front then goes into hop mode after that. Very nice.

On the upper end of medium bodied with medium carbo, I can't fault the mouthfeel.

This is one delicious DIPA and thanks go out to Trent again for sending it my way. A top notch example of the style.

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert CA for $3

Appearance - Amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some resin and apricot/peach.

Overall - A way above average DIPA. Lots of vibrant flavours and yet still somewhat balanced. Perhaps a little sweet, but hey, it's a DIPA.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beers pours a slightly hazy yellow orange, with sticky lacing. It immediately hits you with a burst of juicy citrus, almost like walking by a bowl of fruit salad. There is a lot going on.

The taste coats the top of your mouth. It's right on the cusp of too much bitterness for my liking, but I like the challenge. It brings you to that edge, but doesn't push you over. Good amount of pine sap. It has a dry finish that lasts for awhile.

Mouthfeel is good, with just the right amount of carbonation. Doesn't have the smoothness of the sweeter Belgians that I love, but it's not bad. It's smooth and allows you to taste every nuance.

Overall, it's a great DIPA that's very drinkable for an 8.7% ABV beer. Remarkably light.

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Photo of beertunes
3.22/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Finally getting a chance to tick this. Enjoy by date 12/5/16. 12oz bottle into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy deep yellow color, with about 1/2 inch of white head that had light-moderate retention and light lace.

The aroma did have an aspect of musty dirt, close to the dictionary definition of dank in fact. Hop forward, with a light malt scent in the background. Taste was the same musty, earthy, mildly funky.

Body was light-medium, with a mostly dry finish. Drinkability was a bit of a chore, due to the basement dank. Overall, I didn't miss anything with initial hype this beer received. Go ahead and tick it if you haven't, but you haven't missed anything.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip. BB Feb/12/2014 engraved on the neck.

Pours a copper color with an inch and a half thick white head. The aroma is very hoppy with citrus and piney notes. Very big. The taste is a huge hop bomb with a plethora of grapefruit thrown in there too. Slight bitter finish but not too much. Juicy. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall an extremely impressive DIPA that i wasnt expecting to be this good! glad i got the 4 pack and at only $8.99 not bad at all. recommended.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant light copper with a frothy cream head that leaves sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Resin and dank cannabis leap from the bottle. Further investigation reveals earthy hops and a combination of citrus, tropical fruit, and fruit cocktail. There's a touch of caramel malt evident. Onion surfaces late.

Onion surfaces initially in the flavor profile, with fruit overtaking mid palate, finishing resiny and fairly bitter. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and mango become evident, eventually taking over the onion. Malt is slightly sweet, but more of an afterthought.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Great hop aroma and flavoring diversity. Not as sweet as some examples, but the flavoring hops prevent it from seeming terribly bitter. Good balance. The resin is a little overpowering in the finish. But, my mouth is watering for more. As it warms, the onion becomes a little much.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Semi-pungent hop aroma brings notes of grass and that indescribable smell that people often describe as garlic or onion.

T- Moderate amount of citrus hop flavor with a lingering bitterness that's assertive but knows when to say "when." More grass and vegetal tastes.

M- A nice sharp hop bite but, once again, just sharp enough to not be too much. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I see why everyone's so gung-ho about this IPA. Its delivery is assertive but has enough balance to allow a steady drinkability. However, it just does not do it for me as much as the Hop Ranch masterpiece Victory has concocted. To each their own though, as this is certainly tasty enough.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, best by Mar 09 2014. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some spicy hops and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good double IPA, I liked it. $9.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Massive hops give this gold DIPA a slight haze as it sits under a 1” cream colored clingy foam collar.
S: A rich herbal, grassy, woody pine hop nose joins light malt and fruit.
T: Initial grain and caramel give way to lemon, melon, and herbal, woody, vegetal hop flavors to suggest a caramel hop salad.
F: Creamy, medium full body, medium carbonation.
O: A go to big flavored DIPA

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a semi-hazed orange hue. Big, frothy, doughy head. Loads of lacing. Looks great.

S-Elite nose. All that tropical hop goodness that I love the best. Pineapple and mango with blatant citrus. I also get complex hoppy undertones of herbs and moss. A pleasant malt backing cups the wild hoppiness.

T-The flavor is multidimensional. A bit less tropical and notably more spicy in its hoppiness. Hops are very zesty and spicy. The hoppy flavors morph blatantly into a whole new set of flavors; much pinier and grassier than before. Malt gives a little honey and bread with light caramel.

M-Drinks too easy for the ABV. We'll-set bitterness. No booze.

O/D-Hop Wallop was an underrated brew. This one somehow matches my taste even more than Hop Wallop. This is a top-tier DIPA. I am really happy with this release.

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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 avalon07
2.82/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a small, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Spotty lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity ingredient.

T: The taste here is not so pleasant: A whole pile of grassy hops, along with a little malt and some citrus (lemon, especially), combined with an almost chemical element, make this a difficult flavor to like. The citrus is nice, but everything else destroys any semblance of balance.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a very thin, almost watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: All things being subjective, the bevy of high scores for this beer are kind of baffling. This is one of Victory's rare misfires.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has to be at least 2-3 weeks old purchased four pack out in Mount Lebanon for 10 bucks.

A - Very bright yellow orange color much different that what I usually see with an amber tone. Head is massive from a slightly aggressive pour Good lacing
S - Very juicy mango and pineapple hops with a mild tingle of alcohol indicating a big beer or possibly having this too warm. I taste
T - Not overly aggressive but smooth is the first adjective I use to describe the beer. The sweet juicy hops then a mildly aggressive bite to the tongue. Finish is malty sweet not as heavy as wheat but very bready which compliments the beer as a whole. I could see why it's world class.
M - It drinks pretty good medium at best and it only has a mild burn to my stomach. Other than that smooth as silk.

Overall I was skeptical at first with the smell but I will be damned it turned into one of the smoothest DIPA's I had in a while. Some may argue it doesn't carry a massive hop bite other want to taste the kick of the high volume. I find perfect balance is worthy of praise.

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

12 oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine Stem.

Appearance: translucent golden / pale straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Head drops to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: tropical fruits with dirty, dank, earthy hops. Juicy pine and grapefruit rind. Slightly floral and herbal notes.

Taste: moderate bitterness with a little bit of bready malts to help tame the hoppy bitterness. Quick jab of sweet oranges, pine bitterness, grapefruit rinds, dank hoppyness, and stone fruits / tropical fruits. Hint of bready and biscuity malt profile. Finishes mildly bitter with juicy pine notes, mandrin oranges, and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable DIPA.

Overall: This is a nice DIPA by Victory. Nothing mind blowing, but just a great 6 pack beer that will keep hops heads returning to purchase more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been waiting to try this one. Single from Whole Foods. Hop Wallop was one of my first DIPAs and while my tastes have come a long way since then, that beer (and this brewery, in particular) has a special place in my mind. The neck states 01/06/2014 - not sure how far back this beer was brewed.

Pouring a mildly hazy orange amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a beautiful DIPA. The nose is bright, pungent and hoppy. Alcohol is noticeable as well. The hop character is bright and fruity, with a blend of grapefruit, orange peel, a touch of soap, all complementing the mild cane sugar sweetness that's present as well. Some peach and mango are present.

The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, simple in nature with sugar and honey and (thankfully) minimal caramel flavors. Along with this is a moderate hop flavor - honey, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and, unlike the palate, some candied citrus - are all present. Bitterness is moderate and thoroughly enjoyable, mildly resiny, moderately oily and quite nice. The sweetness is surprising - this has the sweetness I expect from a good triple IPA (Notorious?) but the hop character of a good DIPA. Carbonation is a little bit on the high side, but all told, this is a solid DIPA that I will likely buy again, especially if I see it fresh.

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with a short, cream coloured cap of fine and sticky bubbles. Sharp hop aroma with lots of citrus zest and grapefruit, spicy and fruity, slight orange and an undercurrent of malt sweetness. The flavour was all citrus up front, then oranges, followed by lingering dry bitterness. Notes of mild malt sweetness, spicy zest and a bit of fruity tartness, slight tropical/pineapple character. Medium/full body with soft carbonation, sturdy mouthfeel. Overall, it felt very balanced, yet jammed full of American hops. Very enjoyable.

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

on draft, in a pint glass

clear, golden yellow, white head. good head retention. strong well rounded hop aroma. taste is light on malt flavor, bitter, hop dominated. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright pale with a huge damn head into the glass. Lots of lacing left on the edges too. Holy cripes, this looks great.

Lots of citrus notes, especially those of grapefruit. Lots of malt upfront too. A distinct set of aromas.

Strong dose of grapefruit upfront that coats the tongue. I actually coughed after a swig. Definitely is a total hop bomb.

Once again, grapefruit overwhelms the palate. Sure, there's a touch of malt but nothing compared to the grapefruit!

An assertive hop monster here. I'd recommend slowing down as I didn't and it's got that kick.

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Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 12oz bottle to a large chalice with a fairly clear, golden body. Creamy white cap builds up to about a finger or two with decent retention. Bubbly ring leaves nice webs of lace, especially thick at the top.

S- As one might expect, hops lead the way with juicy citrus, stone and tropical fruit notes. Tangerine, mango, orange and apricot come to mind with some pine and floral. Just a bit of light caramel sugars and yeast hints in the background.

T- Things really seem to open up nicely here compared to the aroma. The hops become very floral in a nice way with juicy melon and canteloupe coming out along with the tangerine, stone fruits, grapefruit, pine, tropical and bitter citrus rind flavors. The melon flavor something new to me and is really pleasant. Hop bomb in the biggest sense, picking up a tiny bit of biscuit graininess but not much else.

MF- Moderate bodied ale with a creamy, silky texture. Carbonation is medium-high and should be to support those nice hop flavors. Finishes with a good bitterness on the palate.

Really psyched on this beer. The hop flavor is different enough from the more common hop bombs of today and somehow it captures a unique melon/canteloupe flavor with floral and citrus fruits. It all comes together very well.

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DirtWolf from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.27 out of 5 based on 6,549 ratings.
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