axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours a clear copper/yellow body with a small but sticky white head. Aroma is grassy and flowery hops and sweet carmel. The flavor is mostly carmel with a little hint of hops. A bit fuller and sweeter than the uspa. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cask: Light orange color, mall head. Hoppy medium taste and what makes it british is the light butterscotch nose -- just kidding. Light hoppiness, fast going, not that exciting. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Draft at the brewery. The battle of the beers. Now this one clicked. Has just the right amount of bitterness to it. Very well balanced. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Copper color, generious & lacy white head, subtle hoppy nose with notes of wood & sweet malt, very smooth, great session beer, very well balanced, nice hop flavor, very smooth finish, a little bit better than their US version
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Very soft floral aroma, light malts, lemon finish, sweetish middle. On cask. Pleasant but not ’sparkling’ and bright if you know what I mean.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
On tap @ brewery: Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma: wood, fruit, maybe some hops. Taste: fruit, malt, honey - more sweet than the US PA. As ClarkVV has noted, the british yeast adds the fruit notes in both the aroma and flavor, as well as producing a bit more creamy palate. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
On tap at Victory. Tasted side by side with the UK version. Poured a medium amber color with a very small white head. Aromas of hops (floral with light citrus). Caramel comes out in the taste. Maybe light toffee as well. Lightly sweet. Compared to the US version, this one was much more tastier. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Definitely the hands down winner in the competition with the US Pale Ale, but nothing to get real excited about. Great clear golden appearance, more of an amber than a pale. Some hops, some malt ... like a pale ale. But nothing to get really excited about. There are enough pale ales in the market, and enough better beers from Victory. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2005 draught @ Redbones, 2/6/05. Fruitier notes from the aroma, a bit more earthiness but the same amber-orange color with a clumpy, small off-white head. In both cases, the hops take front-seat in the nose, but in the flavor, the British yeast adds more fruity notes and even some more crispness. The difference is still, not that big. I’ll take the clean, buttery and fruity flavors of the British. Less paperiness as well. egajdzis (6574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured a light hazy gold color with a small, sticky head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, sweet caramel and butterscotch malt, with a touch of dry straw as well. Sweet caramel maltiness at the forefront of the taste, followed by a nice hop bitterness with some toasted malt as well. Soft mouthfeel, this was definitely the winner of the Pale Ale contest, though still shouldn’t be Victory’s new flagship.