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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop bitter aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a smooth bittersweet finish of average duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2010
@CBC–12oz bottle-pours a light tan head and gold color. Aroma is resin/herbal hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is resin/herbal hops bite, secondary medium malt. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Tap in Palatine. Pours clear amber with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good to excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toast, cookie), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of apricot. Flavor is initially malt, then hop dominant and fruity notes. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle says brewed in Palatine. It is a nicely bitter easy-drinking apa, a rarity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9574) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
bottle, enjoyed on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago. Bright orange copper, like a shiny new penny. Big bold grapefruit and sweet resin aroma and flavour, hoppy hoppy hoppy! I would have sworn this is an IPA. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
On tap at Emmett’s - West Dundee. Poured a clear lighter coppery-amber with a short off-white head. The nose found a delectable blend of juicy pear and grapefruit hoppage with a sweet toffee and caramel base.. just a wonderful aroma! The flavor department found sweet lightly-toasted caramel with boatloads of tasty hoppage around (pear, grapefruit, and faint pineapple representin’).. very well-balanced with a long, sweet pine finish. Medium-bodied with great balance.. moderate-high bitterness.. Excellent all around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6943) - 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.

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