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Pursuit Of Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Pursuit Of Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
83
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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
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scootny on 02-23-2010)
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -40.2%

Served in a pint glass.

A: No clue what color the head was since it had completely dissipated in transit from the tap to my seat. The body is orangey copper and perfectly clear.

S: The nose is weak. Pale bready malts are present and it isn't that they are strong, it's just that they're stronger than the hops (which are basically MIA). Slightest hint of caramel malts. This is one of the weakest, least impressive pale ales I've ever had. I'm doubtful that the Pursuit of Pale Ale even deserves the stylistic designation, which, as I think about it, is one of the most ironic name choices I've ever come across...

T: I've had more flavorful sub-par pilsners.

M: Semi fizzy carbonation and probably the right amount of bubbles, but given the lack of flavor, the carbonation seems way out of scale, basically rendering the beer untasteable.

D: Unimpressive drinkability. I would have finished my pint but all I really wanted to do was enjoy a good brew after work before I headed home. I asked the bartender to take my half-full beer (yes, I can be optimistic) so I could accomplish my original goal. I am fairly certain that this beer wasn't served as the brewer intended as I've come to regard Victory as one of PA's finer breweries.

04-01-2010 02:10:45 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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engagechad

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%

I had this beer on tap at Capital Ale house, Richmond, VA at the Saison du BUFF tasting.

This beer was not very pleasing to look at, it smelled like a farmhouse too me. Not trying to bash a beer here but it just smelt of hey, earth.. kind of musty

The taste wasn't bad but it wasn't good either and it felt about average on the tongue. I didn't want to have any more of this one.

01-07-2011 17:31:27 | More by engagechad
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's served chilled in a large taster.

The pale is very light golden w/ good clarity and thick off white cap w/ creamy appearance. The bead is tiny and lacing is good. The smell is odd, like new mown hay -very earhty barn-yard aroma, lots of grass and toasted odors with slight hint of sulfur w/ light citrus under the vegetal hop scents. The feel is too pils-like w/ a dry malt and astringent grassy hop aspect and just a bit too much bitter and high carbonation -comes off as gassy w/ ultradry and astringent finish which doesn't win me over.

This seems like a mislabled pale ale in taste to me. The taste is citric and bitter, but is like sucking on a hop cone w/out any of the juiciness, just bitter and vegetal w/ the malt any malt flavor to redeem the overly bitter hops. The flavor of the yeast is dry and mineral with some sulfur coming out adding dry aspects to the taste. Unfortunately the hops are too astringent to get any type of enjoyment from -this is too bitter for an American Pale IMO and balance is shifted too far away from the malt to be considered good taste wise. Drinkability is like a pretty dry American Pale, lacks much hop flavor and the bitterness overwhelms the qualities that make an American Pale what it is to me-Drinkable. Pursuit doesn't hold my attention, in fact it makes me want to move on to something else, so below average , a pretty lackluster example of the style and has more in common with an overhopped pilsner.

01-27-2011 15:16:29 | More by Slatetank
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13%

On-Cask at the brewpub, I believe this was noted as using simcoe hops in it.

Pursuit comes to me looking bright gold with some yellow and on top a full creamy looking whisp of bright white foam. Smells like a ESB with some simcoe hops within, especially off the pump. A bunch of sweet malts present as well. Tasting pursuit is a bit of a turn off because well, it really does not taste like much, some hops even more malt. I can barely taste any simcoe qualities if there are any. Feels just like a ESB off the pump. I did not finish my glass.

09-05-2010 13:25:06 | More by BARFLYB
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Axic10

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

On-tap at the Victory Brewpub.

Appearance: Copper with a finger of white head.

Smell: Floral hops with some malt and a slightly metallic/soapy aroma.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops with an off soapy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp.

Drinkability: I enjoy Victory's beers, but this one seemed a little off to me, not bad but not outstanding.

12-31-2010 23:48:56 | More by Axic10
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%

Draft at Kraftwerk on 2/17/11.

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with golden apricot hues and a half finger white foam head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Toasted malt aroma with subtle earthy hops and crisp light fruit. Hints of biscuit, caramel and subtle toffee. Kind of bland smelling really and not as hoppy in the nose as the Headwaters Pale Ale that I had immediately before with only faint earthy grass tones.

Fuller bodied than expected with more of a hop forward character than the aroma suggests. Dry and bitter earthy pine notes up front that linger throughout over the pale malt backbone into a lasting dry finish. Nicely balanced with slightly toasty pale malt. Somewhat floral with a subtle earthiness and sweet caramel and biscuit flavor from the malt. A touch watery but still pretty bitter/hoppy with that nice dry finish. Not bad.

02-20-2011 18:39:56 | More by corby112
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

A pint on tap at the brew pub.

A- a finger or so of off white head atop a golden amber brew. Head settles in a bit leaving a few spots of lace and a thick ring.

S- malty and toasted. Caramel and bread with some herbal and citrus hops.

T- rather malty for my tastes and for the style. Large doeses of caramel and whole grain bread backed up by some herbal hops adding a slight amount of bitterring.

M- about medium in body maybe a little higher and a crisp mid level carb.

D- its decent but not the best I've had. A bit more hops might help but what do I know. Ill say this it was nice and fresh that did add to the enjoyment.

09-05-2010 18:11:24 | More by oglmcdgl
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

This was the Nugget hops release.

Had a pint at Liberty St. Tavern. While it's certainly a full-flavored pale ale, the herbal character of Nugget hops is a bit much for me. It approached the "catty" (as in it has a character slightly reminiscent of cat piss) taste that occasionally pops up in pale ales with hops on the floral/herbal end of the spectrum. Still, it was a well-made and well-balance American Pale Ale. I look forward to seeing what Victory rolls out next.

03-22-2010 16:49:59 | More by tempest
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

On cask, via hand pump, at the VBC on 7/24/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a near finger of bright-white head. This retains wit a nice looking smooth and rich look, just drenching the sides of the glass with sticky froth. The aroma is mostly grassy and earthy smelling, with some green citrus textures to it that mix with the sweetness of the Pale malts to impart a fruity twang in the back of the nostrils.

Citric hops just drive the taste here, with notes of orange and lemon zest that then gets bitterer with pithy rind and light peppery spices. The malts have a flat grainy sweetness to them, which mixes with the sweeter elements of the citrus to do a good job of balancing out the bitterness. The finish sees a bit of lingering earthy notes but that's about it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little lighter, with a prickly creaminess to it from the cask conditioning. Despite the smooth feel however, this just feels a bit too thin in spots and I would have liked to have felt some more overall presence to this in the mouth.

This was OK for a Pale Ale I guess. The malt and hops were at least in good balance with each other but this just lacked a certain amount of fullness to the flavors and the weaker feel didn't do much to help out either. I'd like to give this a shot on tap, as the cask almost seemed to hold this one back at times.

07-27-2010 15:56:40 | More by Kegatron
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-11-2012 22:19:39 | More by Tyrawlings
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beef13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-27-2012 15:37:08 | More by beef13
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-03-2011 18:34:53 | More by deapokid
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

07-26-2010 14:30:32 | More by JunkYardJake
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

04-05-2011 02:35:38 | More by Knapp85
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

03-28-2010 15:49:40 | More by DefenCorps
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John_M

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-05-2010 19:50:14 | More by John_M
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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?

11-02-2010 00:42:44 | More by akorsak
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

11-16-2010 23:48:44 | More by treehugger02010
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

11-01-2010 02:52:57 | More by acurtis
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

10-06-2010 03:22:42 | More by LordAdmNelson
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

03-02-2010 19:54:11 | More by Kadonny
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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

10-24-2010 12:58:26 | More by thain709
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

09-05-2010 01:30:32 | More by Blanco
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

10-11-2010 14:12:04 | More by ffejherb
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

01-05-2011 21:41:02 | More by scottyshades
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Pursuit Of Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.