dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewey. The battle of the beers. Flavor was a little of balance for me. Malt taste and the yeast just didn’t "fit" for me. Had a taste that was just off.
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as good as their UK version, not as smooth, a little bit more bite to the mouthfeel, still a great pale ale & session beer, good hoppy flavor with a nice malt profile for good balance, hoppy & piney nose, bitter finish & aftertaste
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ brewery:Clear golden yellow with a small white head. I couldn’t get any aroma out of this no matter how hard I tried - even swirling the beer in the glass didn’t produce any scent. Taste is light fruit and grains. Very mild overall and unremarkable.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Victory. Tasted side by side with the UK version. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. The aromas of this one was hard to pick out. Nothing really stood out. Tastes of citrus and light caramel. I originally thought I liked this one better until I noticed I wrote my UK notes under the US heading (glad I noticed that!).
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointing, and the clear loser in the competiton with their UK pale ale. Perhaps the American yeast just did a better and more complete job in the fermentation, but the result was a beer that was too thin in the mouth, too astringently dry in the finish, had too little sweetness, and was clearly unbalalnced. Yeah, still a good looking beer. Probably my least favorite Victory product ever.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2005 draught at Redbones. Copper gold amber color, white head. Aroma of light, floral hops. Medium body and a much more papery, dry malt and flavor profile than the UK version. Well maybe not much more, but it is somewhat less fruity and more stale/bland tasting. The UK seems to be more alive and fresh, with earthy notes, while the US version is very neutral and dry. Still a good amount of hops, medium body and lightly crisp.
egajdzis (5358) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a clear, deep gold color with a small, off white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange / orange peel, yeast, and other musty, citrus fruits. Grapefruit hop bitterness, light sour lemon, light sweet maltiness, and a little bit of bubblegum as well. Lots of carbonation, led way to a harsh mouthfeel. Certainly the loser.