1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Strangeways Golden Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Strangeways Golden Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

17 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 02-21-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap, served in a pint glass

A clear golden color once the cascading came to a stop. The head was creamy and small. Heavy sheets of lace.

Subtle aroma. Soft, sweet malts and floral hops with doughy yeast.

Crisp and clean with a light sweetness that counterbalances the floral hops and doughy yeast. There isn't much going on with this guy, simple and straightforward.

Light body, a tad on the thin side, but creamy and smooth overall.

Given the extremely low abv and the style, this is a beer you could drink for days. Personally, I found it to be a little too bland for my liking.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-18-2010 20:22:43 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of zoso1967


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up a deep golden color with a wonderful creamy white head and nice lacing. Served on nitro, something I did not realize until I asked for a growler of it and was turned down. The aroma was very clean with great biscuit malt sweetness and just a hint of fruitiness. It smelled almost like a Dortmunder lager, but with a bit of ale yeast character. The taste picked up where the aroma left off. Clean, malty sweet and delicious. Some grassy hops were present, but bitterness was quite low. It also had a sort of buttery quality that I found to be unique, and a welcome guest at the flavor party. The mouthfeel was light to medium with a wonderful smoothness from the nitro and a subdued carbonation. I could pound these all day and the super low ABV would mean that my biggest worry would be bathroom breaks. Possibly the best Victory draft only offering I have had to date.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-11-2010 12:33:14 | More by zoso1967
Photo of selecter70


2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Perhaps it's because I wasn't really jones-ing for a golden ale on a near 70' Boston winter's day (technically, though it's really Spring for what it's worth). Regardless, it was a nice pour from Michael at the Otherside, so there's no faulting his recommendation either. Brilliant yellow straw colored with a dense white creamy head a la nitro, though I was told cask...Crisp and clean with subtle malt and a bit of flower an mineral water, but overall bland. The creamy head that stuck nicely as lace did add some nice body to this cream ale meet pilsener. A good hot day low alcohol substitute for many weaker contenders, but not that impressive overall. Nice as a cream ale.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2010 19:03:49 | More by selecter70
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a creamy white head. Took a while to clear up after the pour with the cascading foam. Big lace develops during the session.

Smell: little aroma as some soft malt sweetness and a hint of floral hops are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: soft malt presence with hints of lemon zest, and a soft floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish. Aftertaste was almost clean.

Drinkability: this beer was a pleasure to have after having a big alcohol beer. Very easy to quaff and despite the mild flavor profile, and it is somewhat refreshing.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-18-2010 22:45:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of Reagan1984


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so my introduction to this beer was interesting. I was at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA which is a pretty good little pub. 70+ taps and decent food. The issue there is that some of the wait staff know very little about beer. This also includes the folks that put together the beer list. We were sitting at the table and I noticed "Victory Strangeways" listed in the "STOUT" section of the menu. I asked about the beer and was told that it was a new stout. I asked for a sample and when she returned she handed me a sample of a dull gold/straw colored beer... Of course, I asked. "This is a Stout?" Her answer.. "Well it's a lighter stout" Not kidding. At this point, I did two things. Pull up BA on my blackberry and go over to the bar to see the tap. Mystery solved. They placed the tap in the "NITRO" section of their tap line-up.. (makes sense for this style) But the list creator and wait staff assumed that was the "STOUT SECTION" of their taps, not the Nitro section.... So... I had this on nitro and from the sample ordered a full glass.

I thought it was pretty good. Creamy off white head about a finger thick. As described above, a dull gold/straw colored beer. Decent lacing.

Aroma was light but present. Not grassy, but there is that mineral tone along with the light malt or doughy aroma.

Flavor was very bread like and also a little doughy. Very light hop presence, just enough to provide balance. Again, I get the sense of a little grassiness and a mineral flavor.

Creamy texture and just a twinge of carbonation. Smooth and medium bodied.

Very drinkable and a nice session beer. Not a great deal of complexity, but I don't think there is supposed to be. Session beer all the way.

Glad I tried one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-12-2010 11:20:52 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of weeare138


3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent pale gold with a small head of white fluff. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, cereal notes, and spicy, wood-like hops.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a bitter yeast, and hop flavor on top of honey drizzled saltines. Very light with a bite.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation up front leading to a watery, thin finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 14:00:08 | More by weeare138
Photo of Slatetank


3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Victory Brewing
A - A very pale golden with good clarity and small snowy head with small bead, little lacing collects

S - The smell is yeasty, with subtle sweet malt and mild floral hops

M - The feel is thin, but apropos to style w/ light malt texture sweet herbal hop feel and kind of watery finish

T - The flavor is crisp, clean and sweet w/ floral hops not really adding any contrast in the way of bitterness. I found this to have a nice malty refreshing quality with slightly lighter body and mild yeast influence in the flavor.

D - This beer is not for everyone - even our waitress said it was 'like pilsner with a few icecubes tossed in', but for the style I liked it found it tasty and worthy of more samples if they hadn't had 14-16 other great brews on at the brewpub

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 15:43:23 | More by Slatetank
Strangeways Golden Ale from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.