Victory UK PA
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Which is better, British or American ale? Realistically, this battle is one of microbes. An excellent ale was brewed, the batch was then split into two fermenters. This beer was fermented with a healthy yeast from a Fullers, a venerable British brewery. And so we have two different Pale Ales that were separated at birth, so to speak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11622) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
On tap at Victory. Tasted side by side with the UK version. Poured a medium amber color with a very small white head. Aromas of hops (floral with light citrus). Caramel comes out in the taste. Maybe light toffee as well. Lightly sweet. Compared to the US version, this one was much more tastier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Better than the US version. Copper colored, with aroma of caramel malt, floral spicy hops. Has a solid caramel malt taste backed up by hops and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6134) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured a light hazy gold color with a small, sticky head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, sweet caramel and butterscotch malt, with a touch of dry straw as well. Sweet caramel maltiness at the forefront of the taste, followed by a nice hop bitterness with some toasted malt as well. Soft mouthfeel, this was definitely the winner of the Pale Ale contest, though still shouldn’t be Victory’s new flagship.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2005 draught @ Redbones, 2/6/05. Fruitier notes from the aroma, a bit more earthiness but the same amber-orange color with a clumpy, small off-white head. In both cases, the hops take front-seat in the nose, but in the flavor, the British yeast adds more fruity notes and even some more crispness. The difference is still, not that big. I’ll take the clean, buttery and fruity flavors of the British. Less paperiness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Tap at Brewery-Actually preferred the USPA. This one has the dustier taste that british yeasts result in. Less fruity esthers than its sister, but easily drinkable. Still, a bit too bland for my tastes. Nothing especially notable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2005
CASK: Grain husk smells with some dusty qualities. gold color, sticky head. Quick warm round matl with a subtle hop bitter. Thinnish. Overall not so excting. Was rather dissappointed, though its still an OK brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cask: Light orange color, mall head. Hoppy medium taste and what makes it british is the light butterscotch nose -- just kidding. Light hoppiness, fast going, not that exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Copper color, generious & lacy white head, subtle hoppy nose with notes of wood & sweet malt, very smooth, great session beer, very well balanced, nice hop flavor, very smooth finish, a little bit better than their US version

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Cask at Andys. Golden in color with a slight haze, white head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Malty flavor with a nice blend of hops. Smooth tasting. Well balanced beeer. Very nice subtle flavor. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2005
Draught @ Victory: An interesting side-by side comparison of US and UK Pale Ales. The colors are about the same, being golden with small white heads, with some lacing down the glass. The UK version has a bit less aroma to it. The main notes are malts and hops. There was a good malt body and hop taste. Slightly more malty than the US version. Well balanced. Very Nice. Slight edge to the US version.

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