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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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2,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 163 | 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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3.89/5  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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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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New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-01-2014 06:21:35 | More by malfunxion
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-01-2014 06:04:44 | More by BAsbill
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-31-2014 20:46:04 | More by carlmoberg
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

08-31-2014 20:04:46 | More by cfadams17
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-31-2014 17:11:31 | More by whojim
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Most certainly an APA. Here goes:

A: Quite good. Orange with a large head and a ton of lacing. Thoroughly enjoyed the beer's appearance. 4.5/5.0

S: Just hops, son. Don't smell any malt whatsoever. Grapefruit, citrus and pine. However, these smells aren't as robust as in other APA's. Overall, somewhat underwhelming: 3.75/5.00

T: Good, but somewhat light for my palate. A slight inkling of lightly-kilned caramel malt, but the hops immediately take over the beer's flavor profile. Grapefruit, lemon, pine and grass (very grassy-tasting beer, actually). OK, but the light, watery taste somewhat impairs the flavor. 3.90/5.00

M: Very mixed review. Good carbonation, but the beer is too light. 3.5/5.0

O: A good beer with major flaws. Hops mitigate the lightness somewhat, though. 3.75/5.00

08-31-2014 05:15:34 | More by leantom
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-31-2014 03:02:57 | More by KerryCummins1977
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright orange gold with a head that starts nice and thick then settles to a fine layer of bubbles. The smell is clean citrus hops with a strong malt backbone that is primarily bread and biscuit. The hops come right out front in the taste. Hop flavor seems to be a mix of grapefruit and more herbal grassy varieties. The body is light to medium and relatively dry with a bitterness that falls off sharply inviting the next sip. A highly sessionable beer not overly complicated but crisp and clean with a good shot of bitterness that is well balanced by the malts.

08-31-2014 00:44:07 | More by fank2788
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4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

08-30-2014 14:04:10 | More by AbiWeise
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

A great example of what a pale ale should be. Golden color, good hop aroma and a great balance between the hops and rich malt backbone. Very refreshing. Good carbonation level and smooth mouth feel with a sweet finish.

08-30-2014 10:28:44 | More by Retroman40
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-30-2014 02:46:07 | More by bnes09
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

08-27-2014 21:39:41 | More by Frhdfishhead
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-27-2014 20:13:36 | More by Caddant
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-26-2014 11:19:37 | More by AlbertSchwartz
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-26-2014 06:37:06 | More by crowsnest
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-25-2014 23:21:25 | More by vdub191
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3.3/5  rDev -16%

Bottle dated BB 15 Dec 2014 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma citrusy hops
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good, complete thick rings of mostly tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear, continuingly rising bubbles
Flavor begins bitter and lightly citrus, ends just bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.3
This pale ale has hop bitterness in abundance but has little hop flavor. Perhaps I’m being harsh for this is an otherwise very good pale ale. The head retention and lacing are good, the nose is attractive, the palate is good – just the flavor is lacking. Since the flavor is the most weighted, a lower final score occurs.

08-25-2014 11:50:22 | More by Ozzylizard
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-25-2014 01:58:34 | More by mikeburd1128
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-24-2014 21:32:26 | More by Nichols33
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-24-2014 02:05:10 | More by javatime
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New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

08-24-2014 01:31:03 | More by jmberry
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New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

08-24-2014 01:12:15 | More by ArjunChavern
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New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

08-23-2014 23:55:20 | More by rlovitt
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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,016 ratings.