Victory Pale Ale | Emmett's Brewing Company

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Victory Pale AleVictory Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Emmett's Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mynie on 08-13-2005

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by offthelevel_bytheplumb:
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Leinenkugel's pint glass. Pours a clear, dark golden with a two finger, foamy, white head. Light lacing is left behind and a lot of carbonation is visible. Big earthy and resinous hops are first detected on the nose, and sweet caramel malts and mango come right after that. Taste is very bitter with some bold, toasty malts to balance this beer very nicely. There is a long earthy aftertaste. This is not very a very big bodied beer, and you could guzzle 3 or 4 easily, but it's by no means light.

Overall: This is some of the best stuff on the market coming from Chicagoland. This would be a great beer to give to someone who doesn't like APAs.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Nonic pint glass. Thanks to Tony for this beer.

It pours a almost clear tangerine with just a small amount of yeast chunks floating from the bottle conditioning. A 2 fingered bone colored head dies down to a healthy ring around the edges. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

The hop smell is interesting. It took me a while t pinpoint it but I finally determined garlic. The dominating smell is just like an Italian garlic bread. I've never had a beer smell like this. I just can't get past the smell. Not a aroma hop choice I would make.

The taste thankfully isn't garlic. It's rather a nice subtle pine with a firm bitterness backed up by a balancing malt character. I'm enjoying it but would like to have a little more hop taste to push me over the edge to make this a great beer.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth without a lingering bitterness in the mouth. Carbonation is at a perfect level. The beer drinks great and it's very enjoyable. The only thing that's gets me is that garlic on the nose.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and dark orange into my New Holland snifter. One of the most wonderful, sweet and tangy smelling beers I've ever had the pleasure to cross my nose. A bouquet of pine, honey, and dense pineapple. The taste is at once so bitter and so sweet. Massive pine bomb hits the tongue first than goes all coffee crazy bitter but with a wonderfully mixed fruity complex aroma. Orange peel, grapefruit, and pine resin all resonate completely in this amazing brew. Like I said before, a hopslam lite awaits you in this beer, a must try and deserving off all accolades it receives.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an Amber/Copper color, minimal head. First tastes are a little unsettling, and I get an almost soapy taste. A couple more sips and I really get the hops. Tastes very much like a Green Flash West Coast IPA Lite. You can definitely put a couple of these down in no time after the initial soap taste passes, not sure why that is. It was picked up by both myself and my buddy while we were drinking, although it didn't really cause us to put it down. A very drinkable beer. I'd be willing to try this one again to both support a local establishment, and because I REALLY like GF WC IPA but don't always want the ABV that goes with that one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. 5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Mostly clear golden apricot orange color with no bubbles rising up. A two-finger off-white head rises up but lowers fairly quickly to a film and a ring of suds. Ok lace left behind.

S - Smooth and soft hoppy aroma full of floral lupulun gland notes and light citrus. Cascade goodness is all over the nose of this one. A good caramel malt backbone comes out a little more with a nice swirl.

T - Heavy pine resembles a mouthfull of pine tree complete with gooey resin although a lot less painful. Sticky pine hops and a tiny floral hint overwhelms the caramel malt backbone in this.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied with the perfect carbonation finish, Victory is pretty bitter and fairly dry as well. The mouthfeel on this one is almost spot-on.

D - I put a few of these back last night while grilling and they are definitely drinkable. A very nice APA that I've had on tap a few times and seem to enjoy a little more that way. I'm definitely happy to see it in bottles though!

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Photo of matjack85
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label, except for the 5.6% abv.

The beer poured a hazy deep amber color, but it only produced a thin white rim for a head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Faint hop and even fainter fruit smell to this. Weak nose.

Big hop flavor to this one - both piny bitterness and grapefruit citusy-ness. Plenty of biscuity malt for balance. Nice if you like your beer on the bitter side - and I do!

Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation to keep it lively.

Not a bad effort. I liked it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date. I have no idea why this beer is listed three times on BeerAdvocate, once for Palatine, IL, one for West Dundee, IL, and once again for Downers Grove, IL. They are all within close proximity to where I live, but my particular bottle lists Palatine, IL as it's point of origin. Uncapped and poured into my Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the standard cloudy burnt sienna orange color with an obnoxious fluffy three and a half finger draft-looking head with a decent amount of retention. Very significant amount of sediment floating around. Reminds me in a way of what the Three Floyds Alpha King looked like, albeit less hoppy and spicy. Fluffy scattered lacing.

S - Has the definitive "wet" hop smell going on for sure. Pine. Citrus.

T - Bitter tasting hops, but perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking. The malts seem to become more dominant in the taste. Although I would enjoy some more hop bite, I'm enjoying the way this beer is balanced. Simple, and not overdone, and I give it mad props for that fact.

M - Very dry finish, not sticky, doesn't linger. Little bit of green apple sugary sweetness lingering around, but faint. A nice tasting brew. Slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but it works well with the feel of this beer.

In all, not a milestone beer by any means, but a decent brew with a sessionable 5.80% abv. A simple, yet modest beer with a high drinkability. Use it to introduce your friends to the realm of good beer. Would definitely try again, especially to see if I could note the difference between a bottle bottled at Palatine and one bottled in Downers Grove.

Emmett's Victory Pale Ale ---3/5.

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Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of fizzician
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of miggy2tone
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of klikger
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Very dark amber with virtually no head or lacing.

S - Urine from a flower-eating cat.

T - Upon first taste, I sense a vague hint of honey and some summery fruit, strawberries perhaps. The hops are present throughout, but they're not as intense as the nose suggests. I thought they were Simcoe at first; now I'm not sure. The finish is bitter; about right for an APA.

M - Nice amount of carbonation and fine mouthfeel all around.

D - I can see this as being readily sessionable for a lot of people. It's well balanced, relatively light, and quite enjoyable.

This is a quality pale ale; no more, no less. If you're into the style, this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerfan1990
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the best "American" (not IPA) Pale Ale that I have ever had. It is the smoothest, maltiest, flavorful and consistently brewed pale ale in the Chicago area market. It is definitely a more "traditional" American Pale Ale. I would consider it a bit old-school compared to the recent "HOP Forward" brews on the market today. It is definitely well-balanced and very malty, but still sweet, syrupy and smooth.

I love pale ales with malty backbones and smooth rich hoppy textures. This combination is hard to find in many of today's overly sweet, fruity, hop forward brews. This is almost malt forward, hop neutral. Still very good even if you prefer the flashy hop forward beers.

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Photo of KurtE
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cw577enfield
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color. Ok head. Fresh mown grass. Fairly citrus like. Sulfury in spots. Strong hop flavor and bitterness upfront. Caramel like sweetness in the very far back but it's there. Lemon like puckering effect from the hops. Good mouthfeel and a very nice US pale. Solid beer.

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Photo of Joe_Mahma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of twb0392
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hawks10
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle - Small & local, the way it should be - No idea of freshness - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with one finger of soft white head which vanishes into a cap of haze...

No idea of freshness, damn. I hate not knowing when I beer was bottled...smells pretty fresh though. Slightly citric hops with a bit of sweet malt. A bit floral. Pretty good...

A bit soapy at first, dry and bitter. Floral and earthy with a citrus twist. Bitter. Dry. Not much of a presence from the malts. Still a bit soapy. Not bad but could use a bit of a sweet malt boost...Is it fresh?

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Full amount of flavor and relatively easy drinking. Bitter and dry lingering...

Pretty good beer from a local place. But breweries, PLEASE DATE YOUR BOTTLES! At least Pale Ale's, I hate not knowing if I am drinking a fresh example of a beer. This day in age it should not be difficult for all breweries, small and large to date their bottles (or at least give us a range)...Drinkability score suffers because of this...

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Photo of TTAmod
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Palatine brewery (there are three of them, Palatine, W. Dundee, Downers Grove) poured into pint glass. No freshness date, but these things are usually super-fresh as I live about 5 miles from the brewery.

A: Clear light amber with a sizable white head. Retention and lacing are above average for the style. Huge pockets of carbonation float to the surface constantly throughout the session. The carbonation is actually really beautiful.

S: Smell is strong, resiny hops. There are also hints of citrus, primarily grapefruit, and a strong caramel malt backbone. Borderline IPA smell.

T: Hops are fairly assertive but never venture into IPA territory. The hops are really well balanced throughout the drink by a strong malt backbone. Near the end, the malt fades and grapefruit and pine show up and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Carbonation probably also helps out in balancing the strong hop profile. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Dangerously drinkable.

O: In my opinion, this is as good as SNPA if not better. The tastes are more pronounced, yet it still remains extremely balanced. There are only a handful of better pale ales out there. Glad this is local and can get a fresh pint or growler whenever I want...

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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