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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2086) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5657) - Allston, 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 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.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Cask at andy’s, had this right next to the UK version. Not as much hop or bite, Nice, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005
Just like the UK version in color and pour. The aroma was a bit less hoppy than I expected. Thin in mouthfeel. Taste was not on par with the UK version. Not much going on for my tastes. I prefer the UK version.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (9857) - 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2262) - 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

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