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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2007
I’ll give this one high marks because I simply do not like hoppy beers...and this one was pretty hoppy and I liked it. The hop taste hits you quick, but the citrusy accents keeps it from having that typical hoppy aftertaste that I don’t particulary care for. Pretty complex taste for a pale ale...and for a pale ale, I have to give it two thumbs up.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Draft at the brewery. The battle of the beers. Now this one clicked. Has just the right amount of bitterness to it. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6135) - 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 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Cask at Andy’s.Golden, slight haze, white head. Fruity, slightly hoppy, subdued aroma. Malty flavor with a pleasant blend of hops. On the light side, but flavors mesh well. Nothing over the top as far as hops go, especially for a cask. Better than the US version, but seemed lacking for a PA, and more like a bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Cask at Andy’s, amber, nice taste but lacking in aroma, disscussed this with maibock and I tend to agree, more like a bitter. Smooth and easy to drink.

   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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2005
On tap at Victory. Admittedly better than Victory’s sister beer the US PA; still not a beer taht wows you. Once again, though, this does exactly what Victory intended, just showcasing the differences in the hops. I prefer American hops, but can definitely admit that this was a better bittered and better balanced beer.

   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

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