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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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very good

2,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,005
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 159 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-14-2011)
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy By: June 16, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange with a thick soapy off white head. Great looking pale ale.

Smell: Pure tropical citrus from the Citra hops. Smells delicious. A little sweet.

Taste: An interesting struggle between the light tropical Citra and the harsher piney Centennial. This beer is lacking a little in balance. The malt body comes off a little watery and thin in trying to hold up to the heavy hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately creamy for an American pale ale. Nice.

Overall: I like the direction this beer was trying to head in. Looks and smells great, but in the end, the hops overwhelm the malt body. Still good overall.

05-25-2013 21:00:42 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

The Pale is dead, long live the Pale!

As the classic taste of pale ale is taking on a renovation, it's shedding much of its malt sweetness in favor of a drier backbone. This happens as hop aroma, flavor and bitterness pulls substantially forward. Maybe they're not "session IPA". Maybe they're the new look of American Pale Ale.

Headwaters Pale Ale pours as any well-conceived one would- its copper and light bronze body shows glimpses of gold about its margins. As a steady stream of bubble race to the surface, a longstanding coat of froth presumes the beer's surface. As it trails with dotted rings, the beer sings the praises of all-things-pale.

Its racy scent favors the hop cone with unmistakable Pacific Northwest grapefruit and orange peels. Propped up with medium caramel and graham cracker-type dry bready-sweetness, the malt character offers stern support while still letting the hops shine. A turn to mint, fresh-cut grass and shaven pine complement the scent with earthy vegetative character.

Conversely its the graham cracker and caramel that greets the taste buds first. Its leading sweetness trends dry and lightly toasty while the pang of citrus rapidly grows in the middle. As a crescendo of citrus strikes, it immediately develops toward spicy, piney and pleasantly grassy finish with a piquant and resinous bitterness.

Medium-light on the palate, the sweetness lingers with the creaminess of carbonation momentarily. But once the hops resinous character sets in, the sweetness escapes and the hops close the show with its own sense of dryness to match that of minty-warm alcohol.

Echoes of toasted barley malt return as the stronghold of bitterness starts to relinquish. Its refreshing and satisfying taste isn't as IPA-ish as many. Headwaters retains its caramel "Pale" roots but also modernizing them.

03-20-2014 04:37:28 | More by BEERchitect
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3.89/5  rDev -1%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.1% abv

Appearance- Semi clear amber with a thick fluffy head slow to dissipate.

Smell- Citrus aroma of oranges with floral characteristics. Biscuit notes mixed in as well.

Taste- Some slighty sweet bready/barley malt contrasts with a little bit of sweet caramel notes. Noticeable earthy hops sneak in later leaving for a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light but not too watery. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent and flavorful ale. Not super exciting but pretty basic. A good hop presence however. On the refrshing side too and easy drinking for a warm day. Also, hats off to Victory for advocating environmental stewardship and protecting waterways on the label on the bottle!

04-24-2014 03:25:24 | More by PA-hunter
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice to see a newer Victory offering here in Greensboro.Poured in a nonic a clear copper with a frothy white head that left multiple chunks of broken lace as it never fully settled,good carbonation.A mix of hops in the nose upfront,grassy,herbal,and citrus fruit mixed with a hefty caramel/biscuit base.A little this and watery in the feel it seems to take away a little oomph from the beer.A mix of herbal and citric hops and sweet caramel biscuit malt on the palate,the hops get the slight edge in a pretty balanced brew.A nice APA,big hops but really balanced,tweak the thinner mouthfeel and this is steller.

03-06-2011 21:57:14 | More by oberon
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-06-2013 00:53:42 | More by Turbo
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New York

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%

A: A pale amber beer with very good clarity. The head is rock, off-white with a decent retention.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with some resinous character. A clean malt sweetness and a little bit of caramel.

T: A strong hops bitternes and medium-strong citrus hops flavor some piney character. There is a low , peach-like fruit ester. A touch of malt sweetness in middle with balance being decidedly bitter with a crisps, dry finish. Lingering citrus hops and bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation and very crisp.

O: A straight forward, hop driven beer. A darn good pale ale.

06-28-2013 21:58:43 | More by MadScientist
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-02-2013 04:36:19 | More by Tiernan
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-19-2013 22:59:06 | More by woodchipper
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-09-2012 16:22:29 | More by JacobMutberg
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Bright amber with a creamy white lacing. Sweet floral, herbal and fresh, with apple skins and fresh grain in the nose. Firm body, creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. Citric hop bite up front with a mixed bag of floral, herbal and spicy notes, followed by a small dose of malt sweetness (cereal grains, biscuity, bready), and apple-y fruitiness rounds things out. Chalky, bicarbonate, and dry with sticky and spicy herbal flavors lingering on the palate. A very solid addi- tion to the Victory lineup. This will no doubt become a benchmark APA in years to come, if they keep it consistent.

06-09-2011 13:41:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-29-2014 17:02:24 | More by SuomiHobbit
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-15-2012 03:53:13 | More by danthehopslamman
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-11-2013 21:39:03 | More by pengs68
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-19-2012 00:40:39 | More by csmartin6
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-19-2013 00:00:25 | More by equinox1
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-11-2012 21:04:53 | More by DWolf
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-09-2013 01:50:49 | More by SunDevilBeer
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2.95/5  rDev -24.9%

12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/29/12. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts and a little fruit with a good sized resiny grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale.

01-13-2012 23:58:42 | More by Beaver13
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-05-2014 00:10:36 | More by TTripp725
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-07-2012 03:16:18 | More by generallee
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-25-2014 18:40:16 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-13-2013 06:12:18 | More by dgfool
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-28-2012 06:17:56 | More by TimoP
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

If you are looking for a hoppy session beer, this is your choice....It pours light amber in a pint glass with a nice off-white head. PLenty of light delicious citrusy grapefruit hop zing with each sip balanced with malt, thanks to citra hops! This is plenty smooth, but not too smooth where the beer becomes forgottable. This is a great beer year-round, but really awesome for any get together for casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike.

03-11-2012 14:37:15 | More by Fcip78
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-15-2012 22:43:34 | More by VernonKell
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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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