Victory Pale Ale | Emmett's Brewing Company

Victory Pale AleVictory Pale Ale
36 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mynie on 08-13-2005

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 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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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 mynie
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange with a good white head.

The smell is very fresh, like something you just picked and haven't washed yet. Good balance between big hops and caramel malt. A bit of grapefruit sneaks in, too.

I taste a litle bit of soap upfront, but only for the first few sips. They're quickly overcome by some very nice grapefruit and pine hops (Pretty sure they're cascade but not 100% certain). Lack of complexity and the soapy start knock this down a peg, though.

This is a nice, flavorful APA that doesn't rape your palate and goes down smooth. An excellent session ale.

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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

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

Pours, a clear golden color with a finger of white head. Sporatic lacing clings.

The nose has some fruity and pine filled hops with a touch of sweet malt. Very fresh smelling.

Again, nice balance between the hops and malt. A pretty nice flavor of floral hops strikes my palate with a nice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light-medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this brew due to a fresh and assertive hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of barnzy78
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 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 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 Irishace9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure I am reviewing this in the correct place, but the bottle indicates this was "proudly brewed and bottled in Palatine," so I am putting it here.

A: Light copper in color with about a 1/2" of foamy white head. Little retention, reduces down to a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. Some chunkies floating around the bottom of the glass.

S: Grapefruit and pine, but not a very strong scent.

T & M: A mild pale. Some toast flavored malt, followed by a moderate pine bitterness. Dry on the tongue. Clean. Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation.

D: A good all-purpose pale ale that would go well with all types of food and would also be easily sessionable. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of cw577enfield
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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