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Victory Pale Ale - Emmett's Brewing Company

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Victory Pale AleVictory Pale Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Emmett's Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: karst on 10-01-2005

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by Dithyramb:
Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best beer that I had while at Emmett's. They had a GABF medal on the wall, not sure from what year.
Pours like you'd expect it to, with amber highlights and some off white, sticky lacing. Sharp aroma of hops with some caramel backbone.

Wow, sharp hop bite, smoothed out with the proper amound of malts. This was just the right amound of body and carbonation to call it "refreshing." You'd be a fool not to enjoy several.

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Photo of sponberg
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the growler!

Pours brilliant burnished gold form the growler, with a creamy great white shark, err, head. Aroma is big time citrus hops (Amarillo?) with faint breadiness. Nice.

This baby has depth - big time. Starts with a balanced bittersweet, rind-and-caramel flavor, then the hops emerge into this juicy, citrus/apricot flavor that goes boom on the tastebuds. What's cool is that the underlying bitterness, not hugely prominent but there in proportion, remains throughout the sip. Finishes with a clean, citrusy-caramel flavor with faint whiffs of butteriness waaay in the background. Fairly light mouthfeel makes this a kickin' session brew. Could happily drink this all day and not reach for something else.

Like a cross between the Pump Station Pale Ale (in its balance) and Southern Tier Hop Sun (in its fresh hoppiness). Good, good stuff.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden orange clear body with an off-white foam that turns to a film after a bit. There is a nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of green earthy hops has a unique flavor catnip or bergamot that is very nice.

T- The big smooth taste of hops has a nice complexity of spice and an almost mint quality but very dry and green. After a few sips the taste of pale malt comes through as a nice background flavor. The hop flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- This beer has some interesting hops with unique qualities that really make the beer.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-copper with great white lacing.

Smell: Fresh pine and grapefruit. Freshness is the key here. The grapefruit also makes this beer very festive for the summer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like it smells. There are also excellent notes of sweet toffee and give Victory a slightly smoky flavor. Extremely even-bodied for an APA. Full-bodied initially, but it goes down rather cleanly for an ale with refreshing crispness.

Overall: A wonderful ale.

Photo of danburgess67
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Pale Ale is a great example of the American Pale Ale -- a pleasant hop aroma greets the nose, and it has a great feel in the mouth. This is a Featured Beer at our home four-tap draft system, and we try to keep a keg of Victory Pale flowing at all times.

An outstanding product from a solid brewpub.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of hoppy and bitter citrus notes with recognisable caramel malt. Taste is also a solid mix between some caramel malt with great notes of citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very refreshing with nice level of hoppiness.

Photo of GbVDave
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Emmett's 2/7/07.

A: Nice dark golden color with a beautiful cascade. Thick one finger head with plentiful sticky white lace.

S: Muted citrus aromas. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit hops balanced by a biscuit malt backbone. Very rounded. I prefer the spicy bitterness of the standard draft Victory Pale.

M: Creamy and full. Very smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Incredibly easy to while away an afternoon with a bunch of these. I found this to be a nice contrast to draft Victory Pale. I prefer the sharp bitterness of the draft version, though.

Photo of ChiSox05
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown honey color, foggy. Smelled fantastic, fresh sweeet grapefruit hoppiness. Body was medium, carbonation is strong and somewhat prickly but overall the beer feels good because of a well planned base of malt. Otherwise its all hops, which get somewhat overpowering near the bottom of the pint. Again though, overall, the hoppiness over the malt foundation is eye-openingly tasty. I wanted a pitcher after my first sip, a fine beer, try it if you go.

Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This had a light, white head upon arrival. The color was deep amber with copper highlights. The nose had a light hoppiness, but nothing spectacular. I experienced a medium mouthfeel with a satisfyingly hoppy presence on the tongue. I actually got a combination of malt and hops on the finish. It produced a light lacing throughout. It would hold me over until I could find a hops vine somewhere.

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best that I found on my October visit to Emmett's in Downer's Grove. Outstanding aroma from the superior american hops. Very citrus - grapefruit (Cascades). Beautiful appearance wtih nice 2 finger head that was persistant and provided nice lace. l would love to been in the brewing room when this was hopped. You can not just have one of these! So good!

Photo of Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of pints of this during my most recent visit to Emmett’s.

The beer is a nice clear bronze with a fluffy off-white head and clingy lacing.

Big nose for an APA. Lot of citrus (grapefruit) and toasted malts.

This is a well-balanced beer. Plenty of piney/citrus hops lead, but they are well balanced by some sweet almost caramel like malts. The beer lingers on your tongue and makes you want more. I can see why this one won several awards.

Nice medium mouth with excellent mid-level carbonation. This is an easy drinker and went well with my food (calamari appetizer and a great portabella topped cheese burger).

Well done beer here! I would like to try this on cask.

Photo of kdog630
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with an one inch head that left lacing throughout the glass. Excellent citrus aroma that was balanced nicely by the malt.

This beer had a great balance of rich malt with and nice texture and the bitterness of the finish. Very clean. Couldn't wait for the next sip.

This is definitely a beer to quench the thirst. Stood up well with the food and on its own afterward. Took a growler home, so I will be having it again.

Photo of sopernicus
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, my first BA review so I wanted to keep it local. Besides, it looks like it's been a while since this one was reviewed. I popped into Emmett's this evening after work to pick up dinner. Had a pint of Victory Pale while I waited. Here's what I think:

Really, the Victory Pale is my favorite beer at Emmett's. It's pouring really nicely right now. I had this beer tonight, from the tap, in a nonic pint glass.

A: copper and bearing a proud near two finger white head. Thin lacing present for the entire experience. Looks delicious.

S: plenty of hops, citrus...something I can't finger...almost piney. Makes you just want to dive in.

T: malt up front, but balanced with big hop presence. Tight, bitter finish. As has been noted, this is a beer you'll want more than one of.

M: medium body; carbonation just right.

D: I fought to keep from downing this pint...as I usually do with their Victory Pale. If you can make it to Emmett's DG to try this APA you won't be disappointed. Cheers!

Photo of greenmiller
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refilled my growler at Downers Grove. First time with a solid pint of this as I had only tasted it previously. Pours deep gold almost amber with 2-3 finger head. Good carbonation and aroma presence. Not strong aroma but it is there. Nice webby lacing inside pint glass. Drinkable and refreshing. Aftertaste of grapefruit-y notes. If I were to compare this with others I would say its got more of a hop presence than Goose Island Green Line, which is a more "sessionable" pale ale. This is a nice change of pace for me at Emmett's as I typically enjoy their McCarthy Red and Patriots Pride when its available. I look forward to finishing off this growler in the next couple of days.

Photo of latackbeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love that this brewery is so close to my house.


Poured into a pint glass, poured a great 1 finger lacy head. The smell of pine and grapefruit notes. Great body and good copper tone color. Tastes of Pine needles upfront with a nice lemon finish. Very crisp, I enjoyed this brew, hops were perfect for an APA.

Favorite on tap as well! Check out Emmett's Ale house they have started bottling their product so far the Victory Pale Ale and McCarthy Red Ale you can find at local liquor stores!!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear amber color with one finger of khaki colored head. The foam quickly became a thin collar and the lacing was consistent. The aroma was a pleasant blend of grapefruit, citrusy zest, some pine and a little must. The flavors were very similar with a good hoppy balance of the aforementioned elements atop the malt backbone only minus the must. The finish was strong and hoppy yet this brew was neither oily nor unpleasant in any way. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good too.

Photo of bertram
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Emmett's Ale House in West Dundee. This is a very nice beer - it pours a nice copper color with a minimal head. Not overly hoppy, has a bit of a sweet taste. It's quite a tasty beer and I would definitely enjoy this Pale Ale again.

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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