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Pursuit Of Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Pursuit Of Pale Ale
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scootny on 02-23-2010)
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Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've recently become a really big fan of pale ales, particularly as a first beer at my visit to a bar. A clean palate is the best way to sample this style and I have a few favorites, including Captain Lawrence. This one is another that I'll continue to enjoy and Victory has not been my favorite brewery.

Color was a little on the dark side of copper/amber, a little darker than the IPA I had immediately after. Carbonation was a little weak, which was a shame given the other great characteristics. Flavor was great and refreshing as was the aroma. A near perfect pale ale as I was concerned. Drinkability and mouthfeel were also great. I'll have this again.

david18, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bright slightly off white head that billows thick above the edge of my glass. Crystal clear amber/copper color shintes bright as well sort of glowing when held toward the light, fine speckled lacing surrounds the sides of my glass as it is left behind. Aroma has a nice caramel edge malt profile going on amongst sharp citric hops, earthy spicy notes, very nice curbside reel you in type aromatics. From what I gather this was a pale ale that used four different varietals of hops to brew to decide which style they were going use in their upcoming 15th Annivesary new year round pale ale. Nugget, El Dorado, Citra, and Simcoe I have no idea which one this is. Strong citric hops collided with a slight piney bitterness, somewhat earthy as weel with a nice dose of bready caramel malts backing up each hoppy blast of session pale ale goodness. BTW, I looked into the Bocktown website this is the El Dorado hopped version their pouring right now. Nice balance definitely assertively bitter but overall nice drinkable pale ale with hop burps between each sip. Mouthfeel is slightly oily in texture with some almost tea leaf like resins streaking across my palate, more sturdy carbonation that tickles the back of the nares and forces pleasant hop burps occasionally. Drinkability, solid pleasant beer drinking the way it should be. This one won't kill your liver in twelve ounces either and each sip left me wanting another some definite key aspects to a really drinkable beer going in the right direction here.

WVbeergeek, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear lighter orange color, cap of forthy white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent aggressive with equal parts pine and citrus hops with a nice lightly sweet biscuity malt presence. Taste is more aggressive then expected, nice strong hop charachter and lightly sweet malt backbone, more aggresive than many IPAs ive sampled. Medium bodied, slightly oily, good carbonation level. A pleasent suprise... a strong flavored, nicely bodied APA.

rfgetz, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this on at Victory Friday at the Whole Foods Beer Room in the Bowery. This is a single hop APA with the hops changing through the year with the season. This one is made with Nugget hops. The abv will vary between 5.00 and 5.50 percent. A semi decent white head with sheets and spots of lace here and there. A clear light copper with golden hues. Light carbonation activity after each sip. Smell is very pleasing. Light but quite deep. Malty with a yeasty breadiness. A firm scent of earth with a faint citrus edge to the hops. Taste is superbly balanced with the malt taking front and center at first flowing into a blended earth hops that finishes with a perfect grapefruit flourish. There is a big bready center with a multilayer malt core. A touch of yeast esters give complexity. Finish is clean and dry with a grapefruit bitterness. Biscuits and grapefruit skin linger with a light buttery note. Feel is crisp and light making this a superb thirst quencher. This is one of those beers that gets better and better as you drink. Carbonation is just a touch shallow and I do mean just a touch. If fixing this means changing anything else leave it as I am nit picking. Super drinkability and a reasonable abv makes this one along with the Downtown Brown two of the best session ales I've had in a while. I should have gotten a 64oz growler of both. Victory is on a roll!

scootny, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simcoe version on tap at Capone's.

Pours a slightly-darkened brown with an off white head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is bready malt and a good amount of citrus rind with some earthy, herbal notes as well. Taste is similar with a good amount of bitterness. Malty for the style, but more doughy than sweet. Mouthfeel is fairly light and refreshing with good bitterness levels. Good drinkability and another solid offering from the folks in Downington.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the brewery alongside a delicious burger

A: Pours a light transparent copper color with a fluffy white cap. Retention is good.

S: A well balanced example. Citrus, light pine, and a bit of earthy hops are balanced with pale malts and earthy spices. A little bread on the end as well.

T: Light bitterness, delicate pale malt base, citrusy/ earthy/ spicy hops. Well balanced, and very nice flavor.

MF/D: Lighter body, prickly carbonation, spicy hops finish

Notes: Very good beer, pairs well with food from the bar. Recommend on cask vs on-tap

scottyshades, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the Simcoe version.

Served up a slightly orange medium amber that is perfectly clear. The head is light parchment and very creamy, leaving near perfect lace that documents my every sip.

The aroma is wonderfully citrusy with plenty of ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange and notes of pine. Biscuit malt and a slight herbal spiciness are also present, as is a bit of toasty character.

The flavor is very well balanced with a slightly toasty biscuit malt backbone playing off of firm bitterness. The hop flavors are, unfortunately, not as present in the flavor. There is still a good amount of grapefruit and pine, but even for an APA the hops seem a bit subdued. After swallowing, the main flavor on the palate is that of soft caramel malt.

The body is on the light side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite good, and this beer has a nice dry finish with a bit of bitter stickiness.

Very drinkable and a great beer to accompany your general pub fair. I love Simcoe hops, and it was very educational to have a beer that was made with just them, especially since I am planning on using plenty of them in a future homebrew.

zoso1967, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +8.7%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on tap at capones, simcoe version. The pour was clear gold with a medium white head, lacing. The aroma was bready with sweet orange notes. Sweet citrus and pine with and a light bitter finish. Medium in body, average carbonation. A solid all around APA, even though it was dry hopped with simcoe, I really don't think they came throuhg real strong.

bonkers, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +8.7%

victory4me, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tubbnik
4/5  rDev +8.7%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased earlier today directly from the brewery into a tulip.

It's a nice amber color with a decent sized head and decent lacing. Has some nice floral smells of hops, pine and a little sweetness. Tastes of hops, with strong bitterness up front and goes down sweet. It's slightly thin bodied, nice carbonation. It's very drinkable. We tried several at the brewery today and this was the one we felt like taking home today so hopefully that says something about the quality.

Blanco, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Victory on 10/10/10.

A - Clear golden/amber color with a finger of creamy white head that transformed into a canopy of lace reminiscent of a starry sky lit up with constellations. Awesome lacing!

S - Floral hops and baked bread comprise the initial aroma, while toasted grains and grassy notes come into play after a few whiffs.

T - Kicks off with a hint of spicy hops and lots of floral notes. There is also plenty of toasted grainy malt present, which imparts a fresh baked bread character. Pursuit packs more of a hop character than your average pale ale, and finishes with a distinct grassy hop bite.

M - Light bodied with a smooth cask mouthfeel, not watery but perhaps a tad thin overall. Finishes semi-dry with a crisp hop bite and moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - While I think I prefer this on tap, this was nevertheless quite tasty and easy to drink. Pursuit offers a toasty malt profile with lots of grainy character and enough hops to please with a combination of grassy and floral hop attributes.

ffejherb, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A transparent golden yellow body with a two finger white head...the head settled a bit and stuck around...nice lacing

S - The nose was a little light for me...a malt and grain presence mixed with a slightly floral hop bite

T - The beer starts with a sweet, citrus hop flavor...it's brief but it starts the beer off right...the middle of the beer is where the malts shine...another sweetness level from the caramel malts but also an earthy flavor of grains...the hops finish the beer with a slight lingering bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp with a nice finish...no complaints

D - This was a nice pale ale...the hops and malts both had their chances to shine...I could have another one or two

thain709, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Pursuit Pale Ale - 5.5%
Had at Lititz cask ale festival 10/29/10,
this cask was dry-hopped with Simcoe and Citra.
Super hazy orange color with small off-white head. Nice lacing.
Great floral hop aroma with hints of grass.
Taste is kick of hops with some carmel malt, citris and grass.
Smooth pale ale, light mouthfeel with bitter finish but very drinkable and enjoyable apa.

acurtis, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Tap House in Philly, simcoe version.

Pours a nice amber orange color with off-white head. Smell is a bit faint, even as it warms, but consists of some nice bready malt with some citrus hop aromas. Taste is pretty good, a solid APA with some generous, but not over-the-top hopping. Something a bit odd about the malt that gives it an almost woody note, which is unexpected but not bad at all. A bit light on the feel. Good drinkability, would proabably go great with a sandwich.

LordAdmNelson, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli. This is one rare beer.

A: A clear medium gold color with a thin white head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Fruity and earthy hops with some bready malt qualities. A hint of yeasty spicyness.

T: Fruity citrusy hops come first with a deep bready malt backround. Flavors turn into some earthy and grassy notes with the citrus lingering on. I get that distinct Victory yeasty flavors that turn spicy and peppery on the tongue. Finish is a bit bitter that is quickly mellowed by the creamy finish.

M: Medium, not overly full but nice for a pale ale. No alcohol.

D: Pretty high as they are very smooth to drink. A nice stab at an APA for Victory that almost tastes like a HopDevil light with the same yeast flavors. A good beer, but not a standout.

Kadonny, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a growler of this at Victory Restaurant and Brewery in Dowingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear light brown color. The head is a finger tall, eggshell in color, tiny bubbles, good retention, and thin but abundant lacing.
Smell: The aromas are muted yeast, pine, and resin.
Taste: The flavors are very resiny, earthy hops, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This is a good beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the General.

A: The pale ale is a cuprous orange-yellow color. Hazy thanks to the cask, this ale sits with a relaxed appearance.

S: Aroma-wise, hops and malts share in the glory, equal partners with biscuity bread and zesty citrus peaking through.

T: Another well-balanced pale ale that doesn't skimp on either malts or hops. Mildly citrus hops, a zesty flavor, pair nicely with chewy pale malts. The maltiness, I'd say, is the dominant flavor, overpowering the hops. The pale ale does, though, stress balance and it does nicely with the calming aspects of the cask.

M: The mouthfeel is maltier, a chewier ale that you'd expect. The result is a fuller taste that doesn't overpower the tastebuds.

D: A pale ale that is very easy to drink. Plenty of malts and a firm hoppiness, what more is needed?

akorsak, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showing some pepper, bread dough, light tobacco and light earth. Flavors replicate the nose in this bascially dry pale ale, that is clearly meant to replicate an English style pale ale. The beer is well balanced and easy drinking, with the alcohol no more than an after thought. There's a hint of bitterness in thie finish of this otherwise fairly light, uncomplicated pale.

An easy to appreciate, nothing extraordinairy pale ale.

John_M, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On handpump at TND

Clear amber with a thin white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is decent, biscuit malt and what I'm told (by the menu) is the standard Nugget aroma. Cat fur, spicy, musky and with a mild orange character, there's some earthy bitterness. Rather strange. The palate opens with light bitterness and lite sweetness. Chalk, spicy earthy hop character with a drying finish. There's some chalk on the finish along with biscuit malt flavor. Light body with moderate carbonation, especially for a cask beer, this beer is solid.

DefenCorps, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
Orange/copper in color with nice head and lacing. Smell is unique. Has an earthy smell to it that is initially offensive but then mellows out and becomes pleasant. Taste is mild and balanced. Earth and floral hop flavour pair with caramel and bready malts. Mouthfeel is fluid on the tongue and a bit creamy in the back. Good drinkability with low bitterness and alcohol. Nice cask offering from victory but nothing extraordinary.

JunkYardJake, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale has a nice copper color with a really great lacing down the glass. The aroma smells like a wheat field or fresh grains. The flavor is on the drier side with a really nice hoppy flavor. The hops leave a good bitterness all over the pallet. This beer is enjoyable and sure to please any pale ale fan.

Knapp85, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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Pursuit Of Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.