Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by goindownsouth:
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle consumed on 02.19.11, purchased from The Community Tap in Greenville, SC.
Clear and light copper in hue, heady with a stiff white pillow atop. Sticky, luscious head retention. Aromas glorious with spicy, citrusy hops. Clean, unadulterated.
Flavors follow with that clean citrusy hoppy goodness with some balance added by the malty, biscuity character. I am a light malt guy when it comes this style, and Headwaters does NOT disappoint. Amazingly clean and un-heavy on the finish, it leaves you wanting more.
Amazingly fresh in the nose and on the palate, this is a classic, without question. It went extremely well with spicy pulled chicken quesedillas.
This is what craft beer in the US needs more of... It is easy to "over-anything" a beer, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a simple styled beer well, over and over again.
Looking forward to trying this one from a keg, by way of growler. SOON.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2011 17:29:50 | More by goindownsouth
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2.98/5 rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Appearance: Clear, light, golden amber color, with a thick, fine, persistent head and sticky lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Bright grapefruit, and piney hops.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Immediate, biting carbonation on the tongue, with strong grapefruit flavor, and a slight touch of biscuity malt. The finish consists of exceedingly bitter, resiny hops, like pine oil.
Final Word: This one feels pretty self explanatory to me, given how few descriptors there are for the beer, as even the hop/bitterness lovers that I would recommend this to (and those are the only ones I would recommend it to) should still want something with more depth, complexity, and balance than this beer offers. The vicious carbonation, and overwhelming bitterness make for a brew that you have to brace yourself against before every sip, and even if it were in better balance, there are so few flavors present in the beer that it would still be underwhelming/bland. My hope is that the passing of time could benefit this beer by reining in the carbonation, and hop bitterness, creating a better balance. As it stands, I can only recommend this to someone craving an extremely bitter, piney tongue bruiser, and would recommend that all others find something else!
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2014 21:03:53 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.