1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Victory Pale Ale - Emmett's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Victory Pale AleVictory Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Emmett's Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mynie on 08-13-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brams17
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Joe_Mahma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Joe_Mahma, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of scootercrabb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

scootercrabb, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of WoodburyMN
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

WoodburyMN, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours a clear, dark golden with a two finger, foamy, white head. Light lacing is left behind and a lot of carbonation is visible. Big earthy and resinous hops are first detected on the nose, and sweet caramel malts and mango come right after that. Taste is very bitter with some bold, toasty malts to balance this beer very nicely. There is a long earthy aftertaste. This is not very a very big bodied beer, and you could guzzle 3 or 4 easily, but it's by no means light.

Overall: This is some of the best stuff on the market coming from Chicagoland. This would be a great beer to give to someone who doesn't like APAs.

offthelevel_bytheplumb, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jgunther71, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of cw577enfield
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

cw577enfield, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of MIA4IPA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

MIA4IPA, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date. I have no idea why this beer is listed three times on BeerAdvocate, once for Palatine, IL, one for West Dundee, IL, and once again for Downers Grove, IL. They are all within close proximity to where I live, but my particular bottle lists Palatine, IL as it's point of origin. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the standard cloudy burnt sienna orange color with an obnoxious fluffy three and a half finger draft-looking head with a decent amount of retention. Very significant amount of sediment floating around. Reminds me in a way of what the Three Floyds Alpha King looked like, albeit less hoppy and spicy. Fluffy scattered lacing.

S - Has the definitive "wet" hop smell going on for sure. Pine. Citrus.

T - Bitter tasting hops, but perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking. The malts seem to become more dominant in the taste. Although I would enjoy some more hop bite, I'm enjoying the way this beer is balanced. Simple, and not overdone, and I give it mad props for that fact.

M - Very dry finish, not sticky, doesn't linger. Little bit of green apple sugary sweetness lingering around, but faint. A nice tasting brew. Slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but it works well with the feel of this beer.

In all, not a milestone beer by any means, but a decent brew with a sessionable 5.80% abv. A simple, yet modest beer with a high drinkability. Use it to introduce your friends to the realm of good beer. Would definitely try again, especially to see if I could note the difference between a bottle bottled at Palatine and one bottled in Downers Grove.

Emmett's Victory Pale Ale ---3/5.

mfnmbvp, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kubrickx, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

mkennedy119, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of miggy2tone
4/5  rDev +3.6%

miggy2tone, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerOps, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of fizzician
4/5  rDev +3.6%

fizzician, May 22, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Palatine brewery (there are three of them, Palatine, W. Dundee, Downers Grove) poured into pint glass. No freshness date, but these things are usually super-fresh as I live about 5 miles from the brewery.

A: Clear light amber with a sizable white head. Retention and lacing are above average for the style. Huge pockets of carbonation float to the surface constantly throughout the session. The carbonation is actually really beautiful.

S: Smell is strong, resiny hops. There are also hints of citrus, primarily grapefruit, and a strong caramel malt backbone. Borderline IPA smell.

T: Hops are fairly assertive but never venture into IPA territory. The hops are really well balanced throughout the drink by a strong malt backbone. Near the end, the malt fades and grapefruit and pine show up and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation probably also helps out in balancing the strong hop profile. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Dangerously drinkable.

O: In my opinion, this is as good as SNPA if not better. The tastes are more pronounced, yet it still remains extremely balanced. There are only a handful of better pale ales out there. Glad this is local and can get a fresh pint or growler whenever I want...

TTAmod, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label, except for the 5.6% abv.

The beer poured a hazy deep amber color, but it only produced a thin white rim for a head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Faint hop and even fainter fruit smell to this. Weak nose.

Big hop flavor to this one - both piny bitterness and grapefruit citusy-ness. Plenty of biscuity malt for balance. Nice if you like your beer on the bitter side - and I do!

Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation to keep it lively.

Not a bad effort. I liked it.

matjack85, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, a clear golden color with a finger of white head. Sporatic lacing clings.

The nose has some fruity and pine filled hops with a touch of sweet malt. Very fresh smelling.

Again, nice balance between the hops and malt. A pretty nice flavor of floral hops strikes my palate with a nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light-medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew due to a fresh and assertive hoppy bitterness.

ChugginOil, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +3.6%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: light amber, 1 finger fluffy head, patch lacing

S: light grapefruit, pine, mild lemon grass

T: sweet citrus front, pine malt middle, slow subtle bitter finish

M: med/light body, light oily/sticky mouth

O: I would have again, but there are other
brews of this style. Could be a fair session brew.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color. Ok head. Fresh mown grass. Fairly citrus like. Sulfury in spots. Strong hop flavor and bitterness upfront. Caramel like sweetness in the very far back but it's there. Lemon like puckering effect from the hops. Good mouthfeel and a very nice US pale. Solid beer.

lackenhauser, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle - Small & local, the way it should be - No idea of freshness - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one finger of soft white head which vanishes into a cap of haze...

No idea of freshness, damn. I hate not knowing when I beer was bottled...smells pretty fresh though. Slightly citric hops with a bit of sweet malt. A bit floral. Pretty good...

A bit soapy at first, dry and bitter. Floral and earthy with a citrus twist. Bitter. Dry. Not much of a presence from the malts. Still a bit soapy. Not bad but could use a bit of a sweet malt boost...Is it fresh?

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Full amount of flavor and relatively easy drinking. Bitter and dry lingering...

Pretty good beer from a local place. But breweries, PLEASE DATE YOUR BOTTLES! At least Pale Ale's, I hate not knowing if I am drinking a fresh example of a beer. This day in age it should not be difficult for all breweries, small and large to date their bottles (or at least give us a range)...Drinkability score suffers because of this...

hawks10, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. 5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Mostly clear golden apricot orange color with no bubbles rising up. A two-finger off-white head rises up but lowers fairly quickly to a film and a ring of suds. Ok lace left behind.

S - Smooth and soft hoppy aroma full of floral lupulun gland notes and light citrus. Cascade goodness is all over the nose of this one. A good caramel malt backbone comes out a little more with a nice swirl.

T - Heavy pine resembles a mouthfull of pine tree complete with gooey resin although a lot less painful. Sticky pine hops and a tiny floral hint overwhelms the caramel malt backbone in this.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied with the perfect carbonation finish, Victory is pretty bitter and fairly dry as well. The mouthfeel on this one is almost spot-on.

D - I put a few of these back last night while grilling and they are definitely drinkable. A very nice APA that I've had on tap a few times and seem to enjoy a little more that way. I'm definitely happy to see it in bottles though!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Prostman81
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an Amber/Copper color, minimal head. First tastes are a little unsettling, and I get an almost soapy taste. A couple more sips and I really get the hops. Tastes very much like a Green Flash West Coast IPA Lite. You can definitely put a couple of these down in no time after the initial soap taste passes, not sure why that is. It was picked up by both myself and my buddy while we were drinking, although it didn't really cause us to put it down. A very drinkable beer. I'd be willing to try this one again to both support a local establishment, and because I REALLY like GF WC IPA but don't always want the ABV that goes with that one.

Prostman81, Jul 22, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.