RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Light copper in color, fresh, spicy citrus aroma. Malt is there as well, along with the typical ale fruity esters. The first taste reveals a pronounced bitterness without being harsh or biting. Malt flavor shows itself briefly, but gives way to a wonderfully fresh hop flavor followed by a pleasant, mild bitterness.

Victory Pale Ale is all about the hops. It is full of big hop flavor, aroma and bitterness, which are all supported by substantial malt character. The Victory finishes with a fresh-picked hop character on the palate that will leave your mouth watering. 5.6% ABV

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msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
On tap at Palatine location. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel malts, and some hops. Flavors of hops, citrus, and caramel malts. Fair amount of bitterness in finish. Pretty solid APA.

Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Cask version at Night of the Living Ales 2010. Orange golden. Citrus hop nose w/ floral notes and some melon. Dry and a little too light bodied for my liking leading to the earthy bitterness in the finish to come off too strong.

JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Sample at the Downer’s Grove location. Clear orange pour with a big white head. Citrusy and grassy hop aroma with some sweet malt. Grapefruit and pine hop flavor with some malt and a lasting bitter finish.

Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Sample at the Palatine brewpub. This beer is a clear copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Hoppy nose with touches of malt. Medium body with a moderately hoppy flavor with notes of toffee and malt underneath. The finish is evenly hoppy and malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent overall.

phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Maybe not their flagship, but for sure a repeat medal winner as mentioned by the barkeep. clear copper with an off white frothy top. Aroma is midly hopped but taste is suprisngly firm yet super clean. Noticeable pine and a little spice near the finish. A very solid APA.

EricaCunico (8) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
i would drink it again, and recommend it but still not quite my style, but then again i am still looking for my style

shigadeyo (3766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009

11/16/2007: Emmett’s Victory Pale Ale has a transparent gold appearance with an off-white head. I like the amarillo-like hop aroma and accompanying light toffee maltiness. The flavor has a slighy sugary toffee maltiness paired with grapefruit hoppiness. This beer has a meidum-body and is smooth. Overall this is a pretty good APA.

Sample (draught; 5.7%) at Emmett’s Ale House in Oswego, IL. Rating #32 for this beer.

Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Found this limited cask ale on tap at Emmetts in West Dundee on 6/2/09 during their quarterly beer tasting. Pulled from the tap a golden orange with a cascade of bubbles similar to a Guinness pour. Thick, very frothy white head a top the glass that leaves a very thick lacing behind. Aroma is a modest citrus and pine bitterness with a bit of an almost dry leafy aroma, light woodiness and some light caramel behind the hops aromas. Flavor is a strong citrus and pine punch with a smoother caramel malt sweetness and a woody/oak flavor to finish it up. Served warm and has low carbonation like most cask ales are and has a very smooth feeling. Similar in flavor to the normal Victory Pale ale but just a bit of a different feeling due to the lack of carbonation, making the body feel slightly watery when combined with the flavor. Overall a great twist on their classically great beer!
Earlier Rating: 11/27/2008 Total Score: 4.1
Thick frothy head that lasts. A nice golden color with aroma composed of great grassy notes and a strong citrus aroma. Flavor is really really good. Very rich citrus flavor, grassy hints come through as well, and a nice caramel sweetness. The beer is very well balanced. Overall, this is one of the best pales I have had and will definitely be a common beer to drink while I am there.

tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
Served by Sal at the Downers Grove brewpub in a fluted, "honest pint" glass. Poured a clear, deep gold with 1/2" of white, foamy, lasting head and some foamy, clinging lace. The aroma was pine, floral, and citrus...in that order. Along with some smooth malt, the flavor was the same notes not withstanding some strong hop bitterness that lasted through the finish. Due to the lasting head and good malt presence, a creamy texture was noticed. An excellent Pale!

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is orangey copper with a thin white head...smell is grapefruit and soapy pine...nicely sweet up front and then a greatbitterness comes in and corrects the muddled sweetness...great surprise!

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