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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 11
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of willseph
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed sixer I received as a gift, one of my favorites of the bunch.

A: Poured a murky caramel color, somewhat translucent, almost 2 fingers of eggshell head, and patchy lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

S: Fantastic floral bouquet. It smelled quite savory with notes of grapefruit, a quintessential nose for an APA. Smelled a lot like Daisy Cutter.

T: Sour citrus and bitters on the front end that progressively dries out to earthy tones and slight sweetness of the malt on the back end. Very enjoyable, just the right amount of bitterness without being over the top.

M: Medium bodied, resin-y finish, almost a bit fizzy but not to the point of being a negative.

O: This was like a darker-colored version Daisy Cutter to me, although maybe only about 90% of the nose and taste. Definitely a beer I'll buy again, could become a regular in my rotation.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of ChiPool
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pequod's in Lincoln Park. Seeing as though P's is a pizza joint, I thought I was served something different when I first tasted this. VPA has a bolder hop taste than most APAs, which serves me pretty well (love me some hops).

As my first review, I'll keep it pretty basic. A nice APA, especially for an IPA lover. I grabbed a six at Binny's today, and I plan to make EVPA a regular on my rotation!

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Photo of beerdown77
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a fuzzy copper and has a nice head and some sticky lacing. For a Pale Ale, the hops are surprisingly detectable in the nose…then some mild malt. The flavor has a nice mild malt center with a bitterness that falls off almost as soon as you notice it. The whole feel of this beer is extremely clean and refreshing. This is a nice beer that I could have a few of. Notable Midwest Pales: Goose Island, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, Emmett’s?!...Yes.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Village Tap for their Local Tap Takeover. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a typical copper with some lighter hues throughout with a white head that subsides into a nice film ring.

S: I get some wonderful citrus hops with some slight grassy undertones. Toffee-like malts as well.

T: The taste follows the nose to a tee. Nice citrus peel hops and the cracker malt gets bigger on the back and fades to light bitterness that ties it all together.

M: Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel that leads to a dry finish. Nice little citrus lemon peel left on the palate.

O: A very solid pale ale overall and I was pleasantly surprised. Easily drinkable and I would definitely get this guy again if I wanted a nice local session beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

Part three of my Pint Night Waltz through the brewpub. It pours a clear red-orange topped by a finger of dirty light cream foam. The nose comprises pine, caramel, orange peel, and light toffee. The pine is quite the blast to the 'strils, baby. The taste holds notes of pine sap, greens, flowers, light caramel, and grass. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, though I think a bit more balance with the blasting hops would make it really damn good. As things stand, a touch too hoppy, but not so much as to make this unenjoyable. Good times.

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Photo of GoldMcNuggets
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No need for detailed evaluation...this beer is just downright tasty. Exactly what you expect from a pale ale. May be a bit hoppy for some pale ale enthusiasts but oh well. The Chicago area needs some nice local craft beers and Emmett helps fill that void. I look forward to trying other beers from this brewery. Nice work Emmett.

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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank out of my samual adams perfect pint glass. im pretty excited to have another local and hoppy beer.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a copper colored body with a small off white colored head made of tightly knit bubbles. the head lasts for a while before falling and leaves behind small traces of lacing.

S- this ones nose starts out with some sweet caramel malts against a healthy dose of hops. very piny and floral.

T- the sweet caramel malts i could smell start this one off. after that it moves into the hops. lots of floral and a little bit of fruits (orange and grapefruit). strong pine.

M- medium bodied which seems a bit big for the style. well carbonated. nicely bitter and dry.

D- easy to finish. glad this one is made so close to home. the ABV is just about sessionable. this is a solid APA.

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Photo of atsprings
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for the extra! 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a murky orange with a decent frothy khaki head that lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste a nice amount of citrus hops and sweet malts dancing together in a nice balance. The beer is light, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This is certainly what I expect in a pale ale.

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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz Cask Conditioned tap in an Imperial Pint

A - Slightly cloudy, could be chill haze, amber color with a one-finger rocky off-white head.

S - Very floral and fruity strong hop aroma with a strong pine-y and citrus aroma to it. Crisp and light but intimidating.

T - Hoppy and bitter to the extreme. Huge floral hopping with no malts evident. Any malts are totally overpowered by the amount of hops in this beer. Dry and bitter finish.

M - Probably one of the most bitter beers I've ever had (not that it's a bad thing) Light and crisp with a medium carbonation bite to it and an intensely bitter finish.

D - For the style, it does well but its one of the most bitter non-India pale ale pale ales I've had. It's pretty refreshing but the bitterness is a little much.

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Photo of kdog630
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light brown head that left a decent amount of lacing. The hop aroma hits you before the nose is within six inches. Clear citrus with hints of pine. Very pleasing.

Taste is a rich malt excellently balanced by the hoppy finish. Fills the mouth with flavor.

They were out of growlers or else I would have gotten one. Very drinkable and one I will return for.

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Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
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