Victory Ale
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #28,996
3.76 | pDev: 9.84%
George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 65
Photo of Malt_Man
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass. Probably too cold for this type of beer.

L) Attractive copper colour, clear, small bubbles rising, thin bubbly head.

S) Sweet-tinged caramel malt. Not getting the full effect due to it being too cold.

T) Grapey slightly sour malt flavour, low hop bitterness. Depth of flavour with a bit of vanilla ice cream sweetness. Again, would have been better at higher temperature.

F) Smooth, low carbonation. Nicely warming from the ABV.

O) Easy drinking strong ale, there's nothing about it I don't like to be honest.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Taste of tangerines, toffee and is very 'buttery'. A decent amount of carbonation with a mouth-feel which is smooth and tends to linger. Maybe a bit mucous. Perfect amount of bittering.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with no carbonation and 2 fingers of beige tinged head. Good head retention.

Barley, creme brûlée, toffee. Slightly buttery and astringent.

Barley, creme brûlée, almost borders on a barley wine. Astringent.

Thick and fiery with alcohol. Little carbonation.

Well crafted brew. Good and strong, flavours meld together, memories of skull splitter. Found in Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai August 1st, 2015.

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Photo of seedyone
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

07/02/13 At Rattle N Hum on cask in a key keg. Not sure what that all means but the lacing looks like a nitro. Has a slight sourness that adds to the enjoyment.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Getting harder to try EPA after EPA since they taste so similar. This is an above-average, but unremarkable rendition. The higher ABV helps this out quite a bit, allowing for more flavor and mouthfeel than all the 4% EPAs here. Typical malt and biscuit on the nose with very muted English hops. Flavor is same. Good, but not memorable.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper or amber appearance. Small head with mild but acceptable level of lacing.

A muted aroma gives floral hop notes and sweet malt aromas. A good but unremarkable English ale aroma.

The taste is full bodied and malty with a medium amount of bitterness and pleasant peppery English hops in evidence.

Overall, this is a very tasty English Pale Ale. The 6% abv is higher than most English Pale ales and seems to give a more full bodied and satisfying depth of flavour.
This is a bit like an amped up Timothy Taylor's Landlord and that is no bad thing.


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Photo of FLima
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of earthy hops, biscuit malt, caramels, blueberries and spices.
Smooth operator, it has a unique flavor that is hard to describe with notes of tangerine peel, nutmeg, sweet plums, pear, blueberries, English hops and apple puree. Dry aftertaste with a nice medium bitterness and a light tartness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Very easy and fun to drink English Pale Ale, but not really trivial as it looks like. It is quite fruity with a nice bitterness and some spices, but all very velvety.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Amber body with a small and frothy off-white head.

S: Slightly metallic. That wheatgerm fish food graininess, but overall not a lot of smell.

T: Wow. Has a sharp bitterness and it's very crisp. Plums maybe? Almost no aftertaste though. Sharp, bitter and balances the sweetness just right. Has some alcoholic lacquer flavour further down the glass. To reiterate, no aftertaste. Very good though. Slightly fruity toffee in there. Nothing stands out, there is no centrepiece, it's just nice and balanced with a very clean finish.

M: Tingly effervescenve.

O: Hard to describe this one but I liked it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two hand-pulled pints at The Elephant & Castle, Dawley on 27th Oct 2012.

5.9%ABV in cask form: light amber in body colour with a good head of white bubbles on top.

The nose isn't strong but you can find fruity notes and malty molasses easy enough.

The taste follows the aroma nicely, with a smooth caramel maltiness and a mixed fruit bowl sort of flavour. Fairly sweet and very easy to drink with a mild bitterness never far from the surface.

The body depth was fine and suited the alcohol content and flavours well: first time I've had this in cask form: hope we meet again one day.

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Photo of mick303
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves a thin film and respectable lace. Colour is an amber copper.

Smell is crisp with defined malty character. Some light pear fruitiness, grassy, slightly floral.

Taste has an upfront malty character, a bit of a bitter edge, hops are there but mostly mild. Towards the end it has a bit of a confusing twist, a bit of a funkyness. Overall it shows some complexity with a range of fruity and floral characteristics, a touch of sourness. Pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. Something feels a bit off here though, body is good, and it is quite easy-drinking and refreshing.

Bitterness is overall pretty good. This is a nicely balanced EPA with some good flavour going on. I think there are better examples to try over this, but still pleasant to drink.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange copper colour with a still body and a thin, bubbly head that is slightly off-white in colour and stays consistently for a few minutes.

Not as strong on the nose as I would have expected from a 6% abv. beer but I can detect some light malts and a very mild mix of fruit, possibly some orange along with a hint of caramel. There is some biscuit and a touch of spice towards the end of this one but like I say, the aroma was fairly weak on this one.

Earthy malts and a blend of toffee, caramel and background fruity flavours along with a good, bitter base. There was some good spicy notes throughout along with a little bit of sweetness and some sugar from the fruits.

Medium to well carbonated with a medium body and a fair amount of spice to the beer. Quite a wet feel to the beer and as expected, plenty of bitterness as well.

Quite a nice pale ale and one that I enjoyed although had the aroma been a stronger one then I could have easily rated this one higher, it wasn't a bad smell just a fairly weak one that was a struggle to detect. The alcohol content was pretty well hidden until the very end of the drink when it started to make itself known.

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Photo of shambeano
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear copper, with about 1cm of bubbly head that quickly subsides to a whisper. looks pretty good.

S- malty, caramel and toffee straight up. a touch of a peppery herbal hop, and some bitterness. everything is pleasant, but a little underwhelming.

T- malty to begin with, toffee and caramel again, there is a very slight touch of alcohol heat at the back which adds a spicy character. also some peppery spicy hops near the finish, the bitterness seems underwhelming at first, but builds as you go along. i enjoyed the taste.

M- lighter to mid bodied, not much carbonation happening, the bitterness gets the back of the mouth going.

O- a tasty beer, nothing exceptional, but on an mild autumns day i could easily enjoy a couple.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light copper colour with a nice, thin white head that disappears quite quickly.

Big biscuity malts, nice mild hops. Caramel and fruits in the nose. This comes through in the taste - nice, biscuity and caramely malts. Mild hops, decent bitterness.

Carbonation is a bit high - this seems really "bright" on the tongue. Not a bad beer though, a good beer to sit and sip.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass while Ziggy played guitar.

Not much of an aroma, had to stick my nose right into the foamy sporadic white big bubbled head but when it hit the notes were of orange peel, mango and candy floss.

High carbonisation fuels a bitter sweet caramel apple and potato peel mix taste with hops bringing up the rear.

Not quite the victory of Trafalgar mixed but heroic like the raid on St. Nazaire, plucky and defiant but still a long way to go.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty gold with loose white foam of big bubbles that fades but clings and rings. Nose English hops - wood and orange - with white bread dough, mango, bark and spice.
Malts of toffee, poached pear, golden syrup, and apricot, then cedar oil, citronella, ginger and nutmeg hops.
Medium to full, round and creamy, a bit of chew.

Big ale! Very sweet, but some aggressive hops to balance. A solid entry from a good brewer.

*from notes

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished copper colour with big bubbled head that doesn't hang around. Fair bead, decent lace. Bit fizzy, nice colour though.

Smells malty more than anything. Sweet, with English toffee, vanilla, creme brulée and a touch of grass and phenol lingering behind. Pleasant, malty and nice and mild otherwise.

Tastes very English, but without a lot of that toffee. Mild malty undertones quickly develops bitterness from the mid with grassy notes, and medicinal touches from black tea and some Asian greens. Mellows out nicely by the finish, in an English malty kind of way. Ultimately very mild for 6% and enjoyable enough.

Full body, with a slight sharp top to it, with a bit of fizz. Warm enough, not hot.

Pleasant English ale; there's a slight sour edge to the palate which is quite likeable. Mild bitterness, nice malty balance.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Handpump half-pint at the Southwark Tavern.

A: Hazy reddish-amber body with a thin cap of off-whtie foam. Mediocre retention, very light lace. Meh.

S: Fruity, boozy, sweet. Toffee, caramel, candied apple. Intense, but more than a little unbalanced.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Rotten fruit, melted caramel, toffee, creme brulee, and tons of candy apple. Rather oppressive.

M: Soft, sticky, well-carbonated. Good for what it is.

O: This beer was simply not enjoyable, but I have to give it some credit for at least being forcefully flavorful. At least it wasn't boring.


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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2011, so it's a few months out of date. It's been quietly maturing in my garage and hopefully hasn't suffered too much.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy coppery-amber colour with good carbonation, though this slackens off after a while. Yields a large frothy head of tan foam that disappears rapidly. Complex, sweetish aroma of malt with notes of yeast, fruit esters, caramel, toffee, bread and faint stewed leaves. Also a whiff of solvent/alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, fruity finish. Notes of caramel, yeast, esters and bread. A mild flavour of stewed hops but no hoppy aroma and little bitterness to speak of. The alcohol is discernible and adds a warming note. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and slightly dry on the palate. Aftertaste of rich, fruity malt and yeast esters.

A well-crafted strong ale with a complex blend of flavours. A bit too sweet for my liking and lacking in hop character, but the yeasty notes are pretty good. I wonder if the age of the bottle impacted on the hop flavours, but it didn't seem to deteriorate too badly. Worth seeking out to try.

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Photo of ivanwatling
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious, smooth strong ale

Appearance: No much of a head, very clear amber colour

Smell: Slightly hoppy aroma, but really not much going on

Taste: This is where it gets good. Wonderful balance of hops and malt, smoothly blending together in a delicious dance.

Mouthfeel: Warming from the highish alcohol content, lingering delicate bitterness and a coating of sweetness. Restrained carbonation

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Photo of Brabander
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle Victory ale from Blackhaddock when we met at the Christmas beer festival in Essen, Belgium. Had it all the time in my fridge and today, on my birthday, opened it for a UK beer tasting.

Poured in my La Trappe small tasting glass the beer has an ambercoloured fluid. Not too big head which was gone very fast.

Not the highlight of the day but a normal ale with a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange/light copper colour with a 3cm slightly off white head that falls quite fast.
S - Floral, marmalade, light spice hops with some light sweet malt hints.
T - The hop flavours come through in the taste; floral and marmalade with some light sweetish malt with subtle biscuit and light toffee hints.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, low carbonation, noticeable bitterness.
O - A wonderful English Pale Ale. A touch less sweetness could make it fantastic.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Brown with orange hues--copperish in colour, minimal head of off-white colour. Good clarity with with nice hazy tint too.

S: Mildly sweet smelling, biscuity, rustic, caramel in the nose.

T: Sweet, rich, reminds me more of an ESB or perhaps an Old Ale or something to that effect. The 6.0 ABV probably lends itself to that as well. Very enjoyable beer--not oustanding, but really nice nonetheless.

M: Rich mouthfeel, low to moderate amount of carbonation--very nice for this style, goes down smooth.

O: A nice ale that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours an Amber colour with a white fluffy head that reduces to a film.

S - Caramel and small hop aromas present.

T - Nice crisp flavours of hopps and citrus and a dry finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation

D - Very drinkable ale and recommended.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really have a soft spot for cask Batemans and it was nice to find this again when I least expected it.

Split between and ISO tasting glass and a straight high tumbler this had a light copper colour and not much more than a couple of whips of head.

Quite smooth and spritzy on the edge it starts malty and devlops some apple fruit, light spice and sulphury elements. Sadly lacks definition and individuality though.

Victory? Really not much more than a skirmish.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with decent tan head, lingering for a long time. Sediment is detected. Hops, dried fruits and caramel in aroma. Rather sweet and well-balanced body, hidden alcohol, moderate carbonation, fruity (prunes definitely) malt transforms into excellent bitter finish. Positively drinkable beer.

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Victory Ale from George Bateman & Son / Batemans Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 65 ratings