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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (11459) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Copper colored with aroma of slight caramel malt, some hops, and some dusty esters. Light palate. Uninspiring and rather boring, which is a rarity for Victory.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (6100) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5781) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Cask at CAH. Medium orange amber, head quickly collapsed completely. Faint aroma yielded fruit and dust. Flavor also failed to impress. Very light caramel, and sort of a muddled hop profile, vaguely citric, with a dry finish. Too thin as well. Would like to try the UK version as well out of curiosity, but didn’t care much for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Tap at brewery- Well, it seems that the difference between and English and an American PA are based on the yeast used, not the hops. At any rate, I preferred the USPA as it had tasty fruit esthers coming through the unremarkable malts, though could have used a touch more bitterness. At any rate, I just preferred the fruitiness from the American yeast. Meh.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
On cask at Andy’s. Golden in color with a white head. Slightly hazy. Malty, fruity, hoppy aroma. Very subtle aroma. Malty and hoppy flavor. Very thin tasting. Little hop character. Not too hoppy for the style. The Uk was much better. Was more like a bitter than a APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2102) - 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 US version has a bit more aroma to it. The main notes are malts and floral hops. There was a good malt body and hop taste. Well balanced. Very Nice. Slight edge to the US version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Cask at Andy’s. Golden, white head, slight haze. Malty, fruity, slight hop, subdued aroma. Light malty hoppy maybe even thin balanced flavor. Not that hoppy for the style and almost seemed more like a bitter than an APA.

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