Strangeways Golden Ale
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Mild Ale - English Pale
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.17%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
20
From:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  1
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by weeare138:
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent pale gold with a small head of white fluff. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly cracked grain, cereal notes, and spicy, wood-like hops.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a bitter yeast, and hop flavor on top of honey drizzled saltines. Very light with a bite.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation up front leading to a watery, thin finish.

Mar 07, 2010
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ububru from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 14, 2011
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a creamy white head. Took a while to clear up after the pour with the cascading foam. Big lace develops during the session.

Smell: little aroma as some soft malt sweetness and a hint of floral hops are tough to pull from the glass.

Taste: soft malt presence with hints of lemon zest, and a soft floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish. Aftertaste was almost clean.

Drinkability: this beer was a pleasure to have after having a big alcohol beer. Very easy to quaff and despite the mild flavor profile, and it is somewhat refreshing.

Mar 18, 2010
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Jul 15, 2013
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitrogen pour at the brewpub. .3L pour.

Clear yellow with bright white head. Nose is creamy and hay like. Palate is richer than it should be with fresh cream and golden ale like. Very refreshing and creamy texture. Really a wonderful way to start the day!

Oct 01, 2011
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap, served in a pint glass

A clear golden color once the cascading came to a stop. The head was creamy and small. Heavy sheets of lace.

Subtle aroma. Soft, sweet malts and floral hops with doughy yeast.

Crisp and clean with a light sweetness that counterbalances the floral hops and doughy yeast. There isn't much going on with this guy, simple and straightforward.

Light body, a tad on the thin side, but creamy and smooth overall.

Given the extremely low abv and the style, this is a beer you could drink for days. Personally, I found it to be a little too bland for my liking.

Apr 18, 2010
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Victory Brewing
A - A very pale golden with good clarity and small snowy head with small bead, little lacing collects

S - The smell is yeasty, with subtle sweet malt and mild floral hops

M - The feel is thin, but apropos to style w/ light malt texture sweet herbal hop feel and kind of watery finish

T - The flavor is crisp, clean and sweet w/ floral hops not really adding any contrast in the way of bitterness. I found this to have a nice malty refreshing quality with slightly lighter body and mild yeast influence in the flavor.

D - This beer is not for everyone - even our waitress said it was 'like pilsner with a few icecubes tossed in', but for the style I liked it found it tasty and worthy of more samples if they hadn't had 14-16 other great brews on at the brewpub

Feb 21, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap @ the VBC (Downingtown, PA) on 7/3/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant clear copper, with a roughly a ¾ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a TIGHT ½ finger from that nitro pour, leaving behind a great looking cascade of robust lace that just drenches the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of fresh grassiness, which is layered on top of some earthy citrus notes, however it’s the light doughy character of the malts that pulls the overall nose through here.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with a freshly grassy and citric bitterness that gives this some presence but malts bring most of the flavor to this, with a tight toasted grainy sweetness that even has a splash of butter thrown in. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a light crispness on the tongue, but this mostly has a smooth easy creaminess to it that keeps this drinking great.

I found this be quite the flavorful and quaffable offering from Victory that really is the definition of what a session beer should be. They really packed a lot into this 3.5% Mild. I could probably drink this all day and not get bored with it.

Jul 12, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Strangeways - Nitro Tap @ Victory Brewery

Pours a light cloudy nitro gold with the cascading effect and a creamy white cap. Aroma is faint, a touch of grassy hops and English pale malts. A gentle flavor of mild grains, noble hopping and a light lemony twang. Easy drinking, super smooth, carbonation was so low the beer pulled almost like air, very light. A mellow brew but pleasing in its ways. Similar to a boddingtons pub ale but even lighter on the palate.

Jul 26, 2011
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so my introduction to this beer was interesting. I was at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA which is a pretty good little pub. 70+ taps and decent food. The issue there is that some of the wait staff know very little about beer. This also includes the folks that put together the beer list. We were sitting at the table and I noticed "Victory Strangeways" listed in the "STOUT" section of the menu. I asked about the beer and was told that it was a new stout. I asked for a sample and when she returned she handed me a sample of a dull gold/straw colored beer... Of course, I asked. "This is a Stout?" Her answer.. "Well it's a lighter stout" Not kidding. At this point, I did two things. Pull up BA on my blackberry and go over to the bar to see the tap. Mystery solved. They placed the tap in the "NITRO" section of their tap line-up.. (makes sense for this style) But the list creator and wait staff assumed that was the "STOUT SECTION" of their taps, not the Nitro section.... So... I had this on nitro and from the sample ordered a full glass.

I thought it was pretty good. Creamy off white head about a finger thick. As described above, a dull gold/straw colored beer. Decent lacing.

Aroma was light but present. Not grassy, but there is that mineral tone along with the light malt or doughy aroma.

Flavor was very bread like and also a little doughy. Very light hop presence, just enough to provide balance. Again, I get the sense of a little grassiness and a mineral flavor.

Creamy texture and just a twinge of carbonation. Smooth and medium bodied.

Very drinkable and a nice session beer. Not a great deal of complexity, but I don't think there is supposed to be. Session beer all the way.

Glad I tried one.

Mar 12, 2010
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pearljam118 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

May 17, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice pale yellow with a very nice dense white head and an unbelievable amount of lacing as it goes down. Something very pretty to look at.

S: not too much going on. Some lightly-toasted bread notes alongside some grassy, floral hops.

T: much of the same. Slightly grainy with some crisp European hops.

M: nice and creamy; goes down very smooth.

D: the epitome of a session beer. Light, delicate flavors with really low alcohol. Good offering, and leaves me with only two more styles to try, which is a bit sad as every new style really presents something different, which is always nice.

May 17, 2010
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zoso1967 from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served up a deep golden color with a wonderful creamy white head and nice lacing. Served on nitro, something I did not realize until I asked for a growler of it and was turned down. The aroma was very clean with great biscuit malt sweetness and just a hint of fruitiness. It smelled almost like a Dortmunder lager, but with a bit of ale yeast character. The taste picked up where the aroma left off. Clean, malty sweet and delicious. Some grassy hops were present, but bitterness was quite low. It also had a sort of buttery quality that I found to be unique, and a welcome guest at the flavor party. The mouthfeel was light to medium with a wonderful smoothness from the nitro and a subdued carbonation. I could pound these all day and the super low ABV would mean that my biggest worry would be bathroom breaks. Possibly the best Victory draft only offering I have had to date.

Apr 11, 2010
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Perhaps it's because I wasn't really jones-ing for a golden ale on a near 70' Boston winter's day (technically, though it's really Spring for what it's worth). Regardless, it was a nice pour from Michael at the Otherside, so there's no faulting his recommendation either. Brilliant yellow straw colored with a dense white creamy head a la nitro, though I was told cask...Crisp and clean with subtle malt and a bit of flower an mineral water, but overall bland. The creamy head that stuck nicely as lace did add some nice body to this cream ale meet pilsener. A good hot day low alcohol substitute for many weaker contenders, but not that impressive overall. Nice as a cream ale.

Mar 19, 2010
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random846 from California

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 15, 2011
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Jspriest from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -45.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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jdl55 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 05, 2011
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williamjbauer from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 28, 2015
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Tal1962 from Florida

3/5  rDev -18.3%

Sep 02, 2014
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whojim from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Aug 31, 2014
Strangeways Golden Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 20 ratings