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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,910 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 58
Gots: 132 | 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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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright and light amber with a huge frothy head that settles down to a thick skim. Good retention from then on. A ring of crackly lacing up top, soapy patches down below.

Some honeyish sweet notes along with biscuity malt. Hop aromas are plentiful, bright and floral. Even more hop-forward than the nose suggests; this is definitely one of those 'IPA light' pale ales. Juicy citrus followed up with a grassy and slightly metallic bitter finish. The malt holds up its end of the bargain nicely; a touch of sweetness, plenty of toast, some cereal grains. Some lingering citrus and a touch of alcohol in an otherwise crisp finish.

Overall impression: What took ya so long to brew an APA, Victory? This will surely demand an occasional spot in the beer fridge as the temps warm up.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 23:01:14 | More by PDXHops
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lovindahops

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really excited to try one of my favorite brewery's APA. I am hoping this will be one of the most drinkable brews on the market. I would to have this line up with prima as two of my go to brews in the summer time

A- pours a stunning light copper body with a massive marshmallow head of foam. Exactly how I would want an american pale ale to look

S- crisp citrus with a great balance of some malt and hops. Definitely not overwhelming, but no question about the consistency

T- another good blend of slight caramel and earthy flavors with some pine and citrus. Again, not overpowering, but balanced. Very bitter at the end as well

M- crisp and good with flavor. Headwaters has good carbonation and flavor that stays around

D- While Headwaters won't be the highest APA according to the masses... it still is a very delicious and refreshing APA. IMO, Victory should cut this into the variety pack with the other three brews and really push out a winning 12pk. I will definitely enjoy having Headwaters with some Prima this spring and summer. Cheers Victory!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:33:39 | More by lovindahops
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jkrich

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "enjoy by" date stamped on label. This is a very attractive pour: clear, bright and shiny gold with a slightly off-white head that dissipated leaving intricate lacing.

After opening the bottle, the unmistakable, bittersweet fruity american hops greets the olfactory.

This is a celebration of hops, yet it is never over the top. The initial sip is restrained, fresh grapefruit flavor with a very nice, soft and light, sweet malt coming through to balance the flavor.

The body is light which is perfect for this crisp, hoppy thirst quencher. Slight hop bitterness gently coats the palate. The zesy carbonation adds to the refreshing qualities of this APA.

The market seems crowded with a lot of these hoppy,american style pale ales. The overall quality of this offering sets it apart from most. With the low ABV, this is very sessionable. And great thing about this product, you can always know you have a fresh bottle with "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 23:30:14 | More by jkrich
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. This one is a nice slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice big whte head. Nice retention, a nice cap throughout the drink.

Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. Oranges and grapefruit dominate the aroma with a hint of bitter pine to round it out. A little bit of sweet toffee in the background too. Nice hop and malt balance on this one. Orange citrus with a bit of toffee to this. It finishes with a nice slightly bitter flavor.

Good light body with ample carbonation. Overall, a terrific offering here. Really hits the mark on a pale ale in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:57:00 | More by Bendurgin
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, deep golden with a 2-finger+ white head that falls at a moderate pace leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is fruity and grassy with a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is mild grassiness and light fruit balanced nicely with a similar mild malt sweetness followed by ,,, yes, mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium/thin, crisp and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a mild but still tasty and well balanced beer that will be an excellent beer on a hot summer day and I look forward to having some fresh bottles in a few months. Victory has produced a pleasant, nicely made version of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:15:18 | More by meatyard
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a inch or so of bright white head that has so decent staying power and leaves a good smattering of spots on the glass and a solid ring. Crystal clear golden orange yellow in color.

S- grassy and herbal with a bright citrus fruit hit. Lemons and grapefruits come to mind. Light biscuity malts.

T- opens up with a sweet citrusy and to a lesser extent grassy hopping that rolls slowly into bone dry pale malt.

M- a few steps below medium in body with a nice mid level carb that keeps thing light and refreshing.

D- I like it. Its super easy going and full on flavor. I'm all about hoppy sessionable beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:25:25 | More by oglmcdgl
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fps_dean

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber color with minimal head and moderate lacing.

Smells rather mildly of piney hops and caramelized malts.

Tastes much like it smells, being slightly heavier on hops than malts but nothing is overpowering or offensive. Quite refreshing...

It's moderately carbonated, and goes down smooth like almost every other Victory brew.

Overall, a very good pale ale and a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 00:08:27 | More by fps_dean
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Bright copper-orange color. The head is off-white in color and measures 1-finger, it tapers to a thick film with staying power. Not much lacing. It looks good.

S-Nice blend of citra hop goodies, citrus and pine. There's strong malt, almost whiskey-like with the noticeable presence of alcohol factored in.

T-Spicy, citrus, big malt backbone. Some alcohol in those tastes. Earthy pine.

M- It loses a little here, a bit thin. The sweet malt and alcohol give the hops a run for the finish. The hop bitterness holds up, though.

O- I like it. Pale ales that push toward the IPA are all right with me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:09:59 | More by NiceTaps
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dancaplette

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

headwater's has a bright copper color to it , slight carbonation that lasts through the pour. it retains a one figure head with a nice lacing.

it has a citrusy smell to it, more than I expected for a pale ale, very pleasant.

it has a nice mouth feel, I can describe as a light, but creamy smoothness and nice bitterness.

overall a good effort, as usual by victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:01:13 | More by dancaplette
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horshamguy

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A--Deep golden, a bit cloudy. Small head that didn't last long, but left a decent amount of lacing.
S--Vague floral & herbal notes. Hoppiness is quite apparent.
T--Yummy. Hoppy without being one of the trendy hop bombs. Citrus and floral. Not as much maltiness as I'd like to see for balance, but still fantastic.
M--Tart from the hops and a bit of a tannic finish. Crisp is an understaement, it's tart. A little creamy and quenching.
O--Excellent. Another example of a high quality craft brew from Victory. These guys just can't miss.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:18:56 | More by horshamguy
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours toasted golden with a large stack of off-white foam. Retention and lacing are both moderate.
Oily, orange rind and mint nose, backed with herbal snappiness, and tangerine and apple butter-smeared toast.
It begins with a taut, crackery maltiness that unfolds towards honeyed Golden Grahams as it warms. Some tangerine fruitiness frolicks in the middle, then a solid slap of minty, herbal, citrus peel bitterness shoots it down the throat.
It's light bodied, with steady, percolating carbonation. It's an absolutely refreshingly quaffable, and with enough character to stay interesting throughout the session.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:07:55 | More by cokes
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem

A- Very bright clear amber color. Dissipating head.
S- Sweet, grapefruit and tropical notes.
T- Balanced, refreshing maltiness with tropical hops. A fairly simple beer that is enjoyable! I think I can actually taste the PA water in this one...
M- Supportive characters leave a balanced beer with a lighter mouthfeel.
D- High and very quaffable! Non-offensive and easily shareable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:20:33 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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Marko84

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a variety pack I recently purchased
Victory Headwaters pale ale
I like this. I like this a lot. As with Hop Devil, it doesn't smell as good as it tastes. A musty smell is forgotten the moment it hits your tongue. This was my favorite among the Victory taster pack I bought. I don't mean to draw a parallel, but it feels and tastes more like a wheat beer. Either way, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:32:11 | More by Marko84
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morimech

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Sept 19 2011. Amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and grass. What malt is detectable gives some toasted notes.

The malt makes more of an appearance in the flavor compared with the aroma. Caramel and toasted malt lays a solid foundation for the hops to play on. The hops have notes of citrus, grass, and a little earthiness. Quite a bit of hop flavor from the modest IBUs. Just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

Solid pale ale body. Good carbonation and texture.

A lot of flavor from relatively low IBUs and low ABV. Why can't more brewers do this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 21:24:12 | More by morimech
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Grapefruit mostly and other citrus with a light bready malt.

L: Crystal clear orange with 1/8 inch creamy off-white head, solid lacing.

T: Bitter hoppiness up front with a medium malty sweetness. This is quickly erased by a medium high citrus bitterness, quite bitter. Some toasty sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Solid, quite bitter and hoppy for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:10:20 | More by bum732
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mscudder

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a pint.

A - A bronze pale ale with an off-white one-finger head. Average retention with below average lacing.

S - Funk, citrus, grapefruit, hops and pale malts.

T- Nice hop profile for a pale ale. Subtle blend of citrus and pine atop slightly bitter and sweet notes.

M - Medium minus body with moderate carbonation.

O - A drinkable and refreshing pale ale that I would buy again in a heartbeat. Excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:18:13 | More by mscudder
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/11/12

Appearance: A golden copper color, mostly clear, nice white head to start, average lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy and malty - not as intense as an IPA, but it shouldn't be - oranges and some floral citrus, nothing harsh - bready, pale, untoasted malts, some caramel, very smooth

Taste: Surprisingly juicy and hoppy, yet it still fits the APA style - juicy orange flesh, tangerine, some mild citrus rind - some sweet grapefruit - bitterness is actually less harsh than an actual grapefruit - a great malt backbone - bready, lightly sweet, some light biscuit, some caramel malt, a little earthiness - fantastic balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, refreshing and drinkable

Overall: Honestly? Way, way better than expected

In the past few months, I've had some fantastic American Pale Ales, such as Half Acre Daisy Cutter. I've been wanting something like this for a long time (APA, relatively cheap, doesn't require trading). It's flavorful and stupidly easy to drink. I will probably be buying a bunch of this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 06:11:41 | More by angrybabboon
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's becoming a top tier brewery in my eyes. One brew after another, I'm pleasantly surprised.

This is a strong American Pale Ale, but it borders on an IPA in taste and smell.

Pours a golden color.

Smell is quite hoppy for categorized as a pale ale.

I thought the taste would be overly hoppy from the nose, but it wasn't at all. Yes, there's plenty of hops there, but the beer has a nice smoothness finish. It has a rather in-depth watery taste as it goes down. The Headwaters isn't just part of the name; it's a vital part of the beer.

Overall, highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 18:27:34 | More by devinoconnor
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Mardukk

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with some off white head and noticable lacing.

The smell is an exceptional blend of herbal hops with some faint malt. Probably the best quality of this beer.

The taste is dominated by the herbal hops with a touch of lightly roasted malt to balance the hop bitterness. The taste very good overall.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style and is the biggest drawback of this APA. With medium carbonation and a nice smooth yet yummy herbal hop flavor this is an easy one to drink.

This is a very nice quality APA that I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:30:56 | More by Mardukk
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color in the glass and a good head. Lacing on the glass is present during consumption. This continues to challenge older traditions of pale ales and has a healthy dose of hops both in the nose and on the tongue. Hops tend to be more spices than citrus or pine. Good refreshing beer and could be used as a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:01:45 | More by Oakenator
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chadlebald

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malt is quite pronounced. Smell of multigrain bread - think there's some rye in here.

Nice balance of malt and hops - the latter of which are 'standard fare' (by that I mean not floral, citrusy or otherwise).

I think this is a nice mix between an American pale and English pale. Not sure if this is because I'm drinking it on cask, but it definitely seems to affect the overall experience!

Serving type: cask

06-20-2011 02:15:39 | More by chadlebald
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light Orange with minimal white head, very clear, with some carbonation bubbles throughout. No lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit scented hops, overpowering.

Taste: Citrus hops, slight malt, the hops are upfront and lingering in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation up front along with hops bitterness followed by a smooth fresh water feel.

Overall: Delicious hoppy pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:52:48 | More by Josiah2729
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by May 14, 2012 printed on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an excellent, crystal clear bright orange with a nice, fluffy head of white foam. The head settles in as a thin white cap and leaves lacing that coats the glass from top nearly to the bottom. Carbonation is evident from appearance.

There's not much to hide behind here and it's pulled off nicely. Nice big hop aroma up front in the nose. Bright citrus and nice floral hops come across first and are balanced by a nice malt sweetness. There's not a ton going on but it's really clean and impressive.

The taste follows along with the nose but it's taken down just a step as the hops here don't match the hops in the nose. That's not to say that there isn't a good amount of hop character. There are plenty of hops here, they just come across better in the nose. The same citrus hops hit first and are the dominant flavor up front. The malt sweetness comes on a bit stronger and stays through to the finish where they pair with some nice floral and herbal hoppiness.

Medium body with medium carbonation leave the beer with a clean mouthfeel to match. Each sip starts crisp and finishes pretty smooth.

This is an excellent beer. It is extremely clean, as noted with the comment opening up the notes about the nose. There really isn't anything to hide behind here. If the flavors and aromas aren't dead on with this beer then it will be very apparent that something is off. This is a great beer to reach for when you're looking for a hop fix but not the higher ABV of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:52:30 | More by ms11781
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the hand pull at The Bulls Head Public House, Lititz, PA.

A-Lightly hazed golden kissed copper, with a medium bright white head. Head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves heavy ringing lace.

S-Light floral hop qualities with a zing of spiciness and a subtle hit of muddled herbs. Mild citrus notes sneak through with notes of lemon zest being most dominate. Backing body of lightly sweet biscuit malt in the background providing balance.

T-Pleasant citrus zing melds nicely with a combination of herbal dankness, sweet biscuit malt and a finishing flurry of biting spiciness. All very nice for a rather light brew.

M-Medium bodied, soft, smooth and creamy. Hop bite and spicy zip are long lasting. Becomes surprisingly dry in the finish.

D-This one is right in my wheelhouse, especially on cask! A session APA if there ever was one...not too hoppy, not too big, everything is "just right". I would like to try this on tap and from a bottle to see if it as enjoyable. I doubt it but....Victory has done a fine job with this one.

Serving type: cask

03-05-2011 11:51:30 | More by Deuane
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to get to the warmer weather and the lighter beers whether hoppy or not. This one, of course, is. And with a name like "headwaters" I'm inclined to think of the origins of the Mississippi being in our fair state.
Classic hop aroma with solid malt base. Seems familiar, but not necessarily common. Citrus hops with a hop oil quality reminding me of DIPA's.
A little darker than many, but certainly within range. Very clear body of amber gold. Small, but dense creamy looking head.
Well balanced flavors with a solid toasty, biscuit base and hops floating around appreciatively with citrus flavors and lightly moderate bitterness that softly finishes the drink.
Nicely done mouth feel with very soft carbonation, creaminess and moderately light body.
Very nice drinker. An overall balanced beer that if it leans it does towards malt character. But it goes down well, light enough for a few. Seems like a lovely ale for the coming warmer weather. Seems like an outdoor beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:46:49 | More by garymuchow
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.