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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Light copper in color, fresh, spicy citrus aroma. Malt is there as well, along with the typical ale fruity esters. The first taste reveals a pronounced bitterness without being harsh or biting. Malt flavor shows itself briefly, but gives way to a wonderfully fresh hop flavor followed by a pleasant, mild bitterness.

Victory Pale Ale is all about the hops. It is full of big hop flavor, aroma and bitterness, which are all supported by substantial malt character. The Victory finishes with a fresh-picked hop character on the palate that will leave your mouth watering. 5.6% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle - good size foamy head, very nice medium amber/orange color, good hop aroma and flavor but also balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Paddle sampler on tap at the brewpub (Downers Grove, IL). My first visit to Emmett’s. Pours a rich copper glowing hue, just a touch of haze. Bright striking body offers a decent offwhite head that dies to a ring and laces small. Aromas are a sufficient American hopping of grapefruit and melon, a touch tropical, as more lemons, florals, and grass work in. A touch of malty sweetness, pale malts and faint caramel. Initial is a firm flavorful hopping that grows on the palate, healthy grapefruit, lemons, and touches of tropical fruit, florals. Lighter end of medium bodied, offering more grapefruit and melon, touch of gumball in the middle, moving into a decent to moderate bitter finish. A fairly pleasant finish, fairly easy drinking beer. Bitterness works into a wave, growing on the palate. Pretty solid, earthy floral dry finish and grass, some weeds lingers on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scipio (838) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle. Decent dark gold appearance without to much head. It really doesn’t smell like anything. Unfortunately, the taste is similar to the aroma. A citrus piney taste with a bit of hops. This is a quite tame and really doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a hazed, copper-orange colored body with a finger-width, frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is well balanced with a good amount of citrusy hops and a solid malt backing. Some breadiness to the malts with a nice caramel cookie. The hops are floral with a light, sweet pine resin and a solid mix of grapefruit, tangerine, and pear. Flavor is similar. Citrusy florals and some herbal pines up front with a solid, bready, caramel cookie malt backing. Herbal hopping kicks up towards the end as this finishes a bit thin feeling despite the nice malt backing. Dry with a medium-light, slightly resiny bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid, pleasantly surprising pale ale. Well hopped with an enjoyable, biscuity, caramel cookie malt backing that dries nicely and stays very well balanced throughout. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Emmett’s on Dec. 27, 2011. Clear light orange pour. Nose of citrus hops. Medium smooth palate. Citrus hop flavor. Very well balanced - nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2410) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Date: December 27, 2011 Mode: Tap Source: Emmetts DG Description: Translucent golden with some head and nice lacing. Citrus and spice in aroma. Taste was balanced nicely with the hops and malt. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
hazy orange (with floaties), good off white head, quite lacy. pine and citrus nose with a trace of malt. grapefruit and mild malt in the flavor. medium bodied, medium bitter finish. pretty good apa with a lingering, if not strong, bitter finish. well worth drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Vir4030 (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Clear orange on sample at oak park. No aroma. Sour flavor. Not good. Zathras can never have anything nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - I never made it to Emmett’s tent in 2010, so I made it a point to get there early in 2011. This beer pours clear amber with a nice foamy white head. Clean citrus on the nose, with some herbal hops and a nice malt base. Taste is clean too--with bright hops that are more herbal and grassy than citrus. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2011
bottle-pours bright orange with a small eggshell fizzy head. nose is somewhat interesting-lite diacytl and i mean lite, piney hops, herbal tones, floral, lite sulfur, and caramel malt husks. flavors exhibit the floral and herbal tones with some piney yet leafy hops really take presence. finish is herbal, floral with some lite pine notes. this would be world class if i had this fresh. nice herbal notes long into the finish along with some cookie dough notes. Will have this fresh when im back in the chicago area.

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