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Victory Pale Ale - Emmett's Brewing Company

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Victory Pale AleVictory Pale Ale

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Ratings: 32
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

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Beer added by: mynie on 08-13-2005

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt sienna and copper color with a two finger tan head. This recedes to a nice layer of film and a little lacing too after each sip.

The aroma is dry dirt and musty orange peel hops with some biscuits and flour in the aroma.

The taste is a grainy, flour dry texture with those musty orange peels upfront. The middle to the finish is a little more resiny, only faint. And the biscuits balance out the hops a bit.

This is an interetsing beer and worth trying sor a session or twelve. Glad to see this Brewpub has started bottling at leat one of their brews.

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!

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange with a good white head.

The smell is very fresh, like something you just picked and haven't washed yet. Good balance between big hops and caramel malt. A bit of grapefruit sneaks in, too.

I taste a litle bit of soap upfront, but only for the first few sips. They're quickly overcome by some very nice grapefruit and pine hops (Pretty sure they're cascade but not 100% certain). Lack of complexity and the soapy start knock this down a peg, though.

This is a nice, flavorful APA that doesn't rape your palate and goes down smooth. An excellent session ale.

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure I am reviewing this in the correct place, but the bottle indicates this was "proudly brewed and bottled in Palatine," so I am putting it here.

A: Light copper in color with about a 1/2" of foamy white head. Little retention, reduces down to a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. Some chunkies floating around the bottom of the glass.

S: Grapefruit and pine, but not a very strong scent.

T & M: A mild pale. Some toast flavored malt, followed by a moderate pine bitterness. Dry on the tongue. Clean. Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation.

D: A good all-purpose pale ale that would go well with all types of food and would also be easily sessionable. Much better than I expected.

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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.


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.

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.

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Brams17
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and dark orange into my New Holland snifter. One of the most wonderful, sweet and tangy smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure to cross my nose. A bouquet of pine, honey, and dense pineapple. The taste is at once so bitter and so sweet. Massive pine bomb hits the tongue first than goes all coffee crazy bitter but with a wonderfully mixed fruity complex aroma. Orange peel, grapefruit, and pine resin all resonate completely in this amazing brew. Like I said before, a hopslam lite awaits you in this beer, a must try and deserving off all accolades it receives.

Photo of scootercrabb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Joe_Mahma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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...

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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...

Photo of klikger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Very dark amber with virtually no head or lacing.

S - Urine from a flower-eating cat.

T - Upon first taste, I sense a vague hint of honey and some summery fruit, strawberries perhaps. The hops are present throughout, but they're not as intense as the nose suggests. I thought they were Simcoe at first; now I'm not sure. The finish is bitter; about right for an APA.

M - Nice amount of carbonation and fine mouthfeel all around.

D - I can see this as being readily sessionable for a lot of people. It's well balanced, relatively light, and quite enjoyable.

This is a quality pale ale; no more, no less. If you're into the style, this is definitely worth a try.

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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