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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 oglmcdgl
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oglmcdgl, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BARFLYB, Sep 05, 2010
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 Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kegatron, Jul 27, 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 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 FeDUBBELFIST
2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 01, 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 tempest
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Mar 22, 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 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
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Pursuit Of Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.