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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 had Hop Devil yeast waiting ready. And so we have two different Pale Ales that were separated at birth, so to speak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
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!).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5859) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
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.

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