Victory Pale Ale | Emmett's Brewing Company

very good
36 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by karst on 10-01-2005

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Dithyramb:
Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best beer that I had while at Emmett's. They had a GABF medal on the wall, not sure from what year.
Pours like you'd expect it to, with amber highlights and some off white, sticky lacing. Sharp aroma of hops with some caramel backbone.

Wow, sharp hop bite, smoothed out with the proper amound of malts. This was just the right amound of body and carbonation to call it "refreshing." You'd be a fool not to enjoy several.

 437 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the growler!

Pours brilliant burnished gold form the growler, with a creamy great white shark, err, head. Aroma is big time citrus hops (Amarillo?) with faint breadiness. Nice.

This baby has depth - big time. Starts with a balanced bittersweet, rind-and-caramel flavor, then the hops emerge into this juicy, citrus/apricot flavor that goes boom on the tastebuds. What's cool is that the underlying bitterness, not hugely prominent but there in proportion, remains throughout the sip. Finishes with a clean, citrusy-caramel flavor with faint whiffs of butteriness waaay in the background. Fairly light mouthfeel makes this a kickin' session brew. Could happily drink this all day and not reach for something else.

Like a cross between the Pump Station Pale Ale (in its balance) and Southern Tier Hop Sun (in its fresh hoppiness). Good, good stuff.

 884 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden orange clear body with an off-white foam that turns to a film after a bit. There is a nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of green earthy hops has a unique flavor catnip or bergamot that is very nice.

T- The big smooth taste of hops has a nice complexity of spice and an almost mint quality but very dry and green. After a few sips the taste of pale malt comes through as a nice background flavor. The hop flavor hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel

D- This beer has some interesting hops with unique qualities that really make the beer.

 669 characters

Photo of robthepenguin
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-copper with great white lacing.

Smell: Fresh pine and grapefruit. Freshness is the key here. The grapefruit also makes this beer very festive for the summer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like it smells. There are also excellent notes of sweet toffee and give Victory a slightly smoky flavor. Extremely even-bodied for an APA. Full-bodied initially, but it goes down rather cleanly for an ale with refreshing crispness.

Overall: A wonderful ale.

 461 characters

Photo of ironwill54
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of danburgess67
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Pale Ale is a great example of the American Pale Ale -- a pleasant hop aroma greets the nose, and it has a great feel in the mouth. This is a Featured Beer at our home four-tap draft system, and we try to keep a keg of Victory Pale flowing at all times.

An outstanding product from a solid brewpub.

 307 characters

Photo of bwood06
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - clear copper amber in color. white foamy head reducing to a thin lacing. 4/5

S - pine, herbal, biscuit, toast. 3.5/5

T - very piney, very bitter finish that lingers. citrusy. 3.75/5

M - clean and crisp. moderate carbonation. 4/5

O - good after exercise beer. straightforward pale ale. 3.75/5

 308 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of hoppy and bitter citrus notes with recognisable caramel malt. Taste is also a solid mix between some caramel malt with great notes of citrus and bitter hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very refreshing with nice level of hoppiness.

 367 characters

Photo of Bpierso1
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of GbVDave
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Emmett's 2/7/07.

A: Nice dark golden color with a beautiful cascade. Thick one finger head with plentiful sticky white lace.

S: Muted citrus aromas. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

T: Grapefruit hops balanced by a biscuit malt backbone. Very rounded. I prefer the spicy bitterness of the standard draft Victory Pale.

M: Creamy and full. Very smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Incredibly easy to while away an afternoon with a bunch of these. I found this to be a nice contrast to draft Victory Pale. I prefer the sharp bitterness of the draft version, though.

 601 characters

Photo of WestSideAmish
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ChiSox05
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown honey color, foggy. Smelled fantastic, fresh sweeet grapefruit hoppiness. Body was medium, carbonation is strong and somewhat prickly but overall the beer feels good because of a well planned base of malt. Otherwise its all hops, which get somewhat overpowering near the bottom of the pint. Again though, overall, the hoppiness over the malt foundation is eye-openingly tasty. I wanted a pitcher after my first sip, a fine beer, try it if you go.

 461 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This had a light, white head upon arrival. The color was deep amber with copper highlights. The nose had a light hoppiness, but nothing spectacular. I experienced a medium mouthfeel with a satisfyingly hoppy presence on the tongue. I actually got a combination of malt and hops on the finish. It produced a light lacing throughout. It would hold me over until I could find a hops vine somewhere.

 395 characters

Photo of NappyB
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best that I found on my October visit to Emmett's in Downer's Grove. Outstanding aroma from the superior american hops. Very citrus - grapefruit (Cascades). Beautiful appearance wtih nice 2 finger head that was persistant and provided nice lace. l would love to been in the brewing room when this was hopped. You can not just have one of these! So good!

 364 characters

Photo of sweemzander
2.76/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Redrover
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of pints of this during my most recent visit to EmmettÂ’s.

The beer is a nice clear bronze with a fluffy off-white head and clingy lacing.

Big nose for an APA. Lot of citrus (grapefruit) and toasted malts.

This is a well-balanced beer. Plenty of piney/citrus hops lead, but they are well balanced by some sweet almost caramel like malts. The beer lingers on your tongue and makes you want more. I can see why this one won several awards.

Nice medium mouth with excellent mid-level carbonation. This is an easy drinker and went well with my food (calamari appetizer and a great portabella topped cheese burger).

Well done beer here! I would like to try this on cask.

 704 characters

Photo of kdog630
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with an one inch head that left lacing throughout the glass. Excellent citrus aroma that was balanced nicely by the malt.

This beer had a great balance of rich malt with and nice texture and the bitterness of the finish. Very clean. Couldn't wait for the next sip.

This is definitely a beer to quench the thirst. Stood up well with the food and on its own afterward. Took a growler home, so I will be having it again.

 441 characters

Photo of sopernicus
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, my first BA review so I wanted to keep it local. Besides, it looks like it's been a while since this one was reviewed. I popped into Emmett's this evening after work to pick up dinner. Had a pint of Victory Pale while I waited. Here's what I think:

Really, the Victory Pale is my favorite beer at Emmett's. It's pouring really nicely right now. I had this beer tonight, from the tap, in a nonic pint glass.

A: copper and bearing a proud near two finger white head. Thin lacing present for the entire experience. Looks delicious.

S: plenty of hops, citrus...something I can't finger...almost piney. Makes you just want to dive in.

T: malt up front, but balanced with big hop presence. Tight, bitter finish. As has been noted, this is a beer you'll want more than one of.

M: medium body; carbonation just right.

D: I fought to keep from downing this I usually do with their Victory Pale. If you can make it to Emmett's DG to try this APA you won't be disappointed. Cheers!

 991 characters

Photo of greenmiller
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refilled my growler at Downers Grove. First time with a solid pint of this as I had only tasted it previously. Pours deep gold almost amber with 2-3 finger head. Good carbonation and aroma presence. Not strong aroma but it is there. Nice webby lacing inside pint glass. Drinkable and refreshing. Aftertaste of grapefruit-y notes. If I were to compare this with others I would say its got more of a hop presence than Goose Island Green Line, which is a more "sessionable" pale ale. This is a nice change of pace for me at Emmett's as I typically enjoy their McCarthy Red and Patriots Pride when its available. I look forward to finishing off this growler in the next couple of days.

 681 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Victory Pale Ale from Emmett's Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.