JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Downer’s Grove location. Clear orange pour with a big white head. Citrusy and grassy hop aroma with some sweet malt. Grapefruit and pine hop flavor with some malt and a lasting bitter finish.
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Palatine brewpub. This beer is a clear copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Hoppy nose with touches of malt. Medium body with a moderately hoppy flavor with notes of toffee and malt underneath. The finish is evenly hoppy and malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent overall.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe not their flagship, but for sure a repeat medal winner as mentioned by the barkeep. clear copper with an off white frothy top. Aroma is midly hopped but taste is suprisngly firm yet super clean. Noticeable pine and a little spice near the finish. A very solid APA.
EricaCunico (8) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
2.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
i would drink it again, and recommend it but still not quite my style, but then again i am still looking for my style
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/16/2007: Emmett’s Victory Pale Ale has a transparent gold appearance with an off-white head. I like the amarillo-like hop aroma and accompanying light toffee maltiness. The flavor has a slighy sugary toffee maltiness paired with grapefruit hoppiness. This beer has a meidum-body and is smooth. Overall this is a pretty good APA.
Sample (draught; 5.7%) at Emmett’s Ale House in Oswego, IL. Rating #32 for this beer.
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this limited cask ale on tap at Emmetts in West Dundee on 6/2/09 during their quarterly beer tasting. Pulled from the tap a golden orange with a cascade of bubbles similar to a Guinness pour. Thick, very frothy white head a top the glass that leaves a very thick lacing behind. Aroma is a modest citrus and pine bitterness with a bit of an almost dry leafy aroma, light woodiness and some light caramel behind the hops aromas. Flavor is a strong citrus and pine punch with a smoother caramel malt sweetness and a woody/oak flavor to finish it up. Served warm and has low carbonation like most cask ales are and has a very smooth feeling. Similar in flavor to the normal Victory Pale ale but just a bit of a different feeling due to the lack of carbonation, making the body feel slightly watery when combined with the flavor. Overall a great twist on their classically great beer!
Earlier Rating: 11/27/2008 Total Score: 4.1
Thick frothy head that lasts. A nice golden color with aroma composed of great grassy notes and a strong citrus aroma. Flavor is really really good. Very rich citrus flavor, grassy hints come through as well, and a nice caramel sweetness. The beer is very well balanced. Overall, this is one of the best pales I have had and will definitely be a common beer to drink while I am there.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served by Sal at the Downers Grove brewpub in a fluted, "honest pint" glass. Poured a clear, deep gold with 1/2" of white, foamy, lasting head and some foamy, clinging lace. The aroma was pine, floral, and citrus...in that order. Along with some smooth malt, the flavor was the same notes not withstanding some strong hop bitterness that lasted through the finish. Due to the lasting head and good malt presence, a creamy texture was noticed. An excellent Pale!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is orangey copper with a thin white head...smell is grapefruit and soapy pine...nicely sweet up front and then a greatbitterness comes in and corrects the muddled sweetness...great surprise!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the brewpub in Downer’s Grove. Light amber color with small head, very floral hoppy aroma. Bitter finish, very hoppy. Almost too floral for my liking but a quality brew.
joshiez (48) - USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really great beer. Poured from a tap at Emmetts, this beer came with a nice golden color, and a beautiful pale head. The smell is like a putting your face into a handful of hops. So strong! The taste was strange to me though. It was very refreshing, and I wanted to just drink the whole thing down at once. But when you actually put the beer down, you get the spicy aftertaste. It is bitter...not bad, but almost too spicy. At first its so captivating, but by the end of the pint, you just want to finish it off. I can’t imagine drinking a lot of this, but it is certainly a great beer.