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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of WoodburyMN
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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cw577enfield
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MIA4IPA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 mkennedy119
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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%

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 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 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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