USPA (American Pale Ale) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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USPA (American Pale Ale)USPA (American Pale Ale)
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USPA (American Pale Ale)USPA (American Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 02-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: An interesting side-by side comparison of US and UK Pale Ales. The colors are about the same, being golden with small white heads, with some lacing down the glass. The US version has a bit more aroma to it. The main notes are malts and floral hops. There was a good malt body and hop taste. Well balanced. Very Nice. Slight edge to the US version.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I'll get this suker over 5 reviews. I had a 10oz of this at the same time as I had a 10oz of the UKPA and after the first few sips I was hard pressed to noticed a discernable difference. I actually kept forgetting which one I liked better.

After being about halfway done the beers I really tried to focus in on them and two areas really set these two fraternal twins apart - aroma and finish. The USPA just didn't have much of an aroma to it. It was sort of flat smelling with only hint of citus in it. Taste wise the finish was extrememly weak and vapid. This was the biggest difference from the UKPA. The lack of muscle in the finish, it just doesn't linger. It almost is like drinking an adjunct lager in some respects. Within seconds your mouth had no signs of even having just partook in this little ale.

The color and mouthfeel were both impressive. The beer was a nice light honey color and had a solid presence in the mouth. It felt like you were drinking an incredibly fresh and tasty session beer -- which is really all I would use this for. Overall a solid but unremarkable brew.

...and I voted for the UKPA

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Photo of EPseja
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a cask-conditioned pint from Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota. Unfortunately, due to the smokiness of the bar, the smell and taste may have suffered.

Appearance: Honey gold copper color with a thick, soapy head that never diminished below.1/2". Extremely nice!

Smell: Soapy, sweet hops. Medium bodied malts. Subdued without being understated.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Sweet start with light honey-maltiness, mellowing in the middle and allowing the hoppiness to blossom. The finish brings a crisp hoppiness without being bitter or lingering too long. Excellent balance all around. Slick mouthfeel; crisp and clean. Because of the cask-conditioning, the carbonation is just a whisper, thus catapulting the drinkability quite high - fabulously easy to drink.

A definite session beer, but definitely not as good (IMHO) than Victory's UKPA counterpart.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Again, these ales are only to be found at the brewpub; two different yeasts create 2 different beers from the same wort. This also has a nice clear copper-amber body with ample carbonation and a fine bubbly head of white. Without having them side by side, I'd guess that this one was a slight bit darker.

Smell: Again, not a huge difference. A sweet and somewhat dry malt feel with a similarly sweet and lightly piney hop prescence. Maybe some citrus, but this is really a very subtle nose, reminds me of the amorphous macros with that sort of indescribable 'beer' scent.

Taste: Again, a nice pale ale. Easy to drink and finishes very clean, with a slight bit of bitterness. Light carmel, some faint maple or maybe corn syrup, but kept super light and really quite dry. Very little residual sugar sweetness, but the sweet and light citrus flavors are there. The hops taste of faint pine and some orange. There's nothing wrong with this, it's nice and an easy drink. I prefer the UK version by a slight margin. I'm glad they could restrain themselves and only vary the yeasts. If it came down to a hop battle, I'm afraid it would end up with a Pac NW Imperial versus a noble hop smattering. Great idea, decent end results.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I keep saying again, but these are almost the same beers. It's refreshing, light across the palette, clean and nicely bitter in the ending. I'd have another except for the plethora of other oustanding beers on tap at the brewpub. Mmmm.... Moonglow, Storm King, Hop Devil on cask, and St. Victorious. Outstanding.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of Victory's "contest" - UK pale vs US pale, same wort, different yeasts.

Clear amber, basically the same color as the UK version. This one sports a bigger and longer lasting head.

On the nose was herbal hops and not too much else. Hard to pick much up in the aroma on this one. Taste was very clean, a bit one dimensional, relying mostly on the snappy herbal hops with a light and clean malt backbround.

Overall - Very similar to the UK version, just lacking in overall...character, ooompfh, flavor. Simply put, lacking the Northwest hop punch that is the signature of APA's, this one came up a tad short compared to the UK version. Just too clean, stripped of too much character. Tough to compare the 2 styles like this as it can be a bit of apples to oranges, the 2 types do not usually start out with the same wort etc. Anyhoo still a good, wicked drinkable brew.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the brewhouse/restaurant as part of the US vs. UK Pale voting. Same wort, different yeast. This one uses the HopDevil yeast. I'm trying to grade against style, but I must admit I like the UK style better.

An excellent American Pale Ale. Very clean, esp. as contrasted with the UKPA. No Cascade hops noticeable however. Comes with a nice head which quickly dissipates. Beautiful amber/copper color. Very carbonated relative to UK but it has a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable and more enjoyable than most American Pale Ales.

I hope it loses the competition but a nice beer none the less. Hard to hate this one.

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USPA (American Pale Ale) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 7 ratings