Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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2.63/5 rDev -33.1%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!
I've somehow not yet tried this pale from Victory. How'd that happen? It pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises dark greens, egg yolk, caramel, flowers, and light leek. Not sure where that egg-y smell's coming from, but it's not helping things at all. The taste holds notes of greens, flowers, toffee, leek, grass, and grapefruit rind. Everything tastes kinda dusty, kinda dirty... The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, I'm not sure what went wrong with this beer. It's still a few months before it's Best By date, it doesn't seem officially skunked...it's just not very good. Hm.
06-26-2011 20:53:52 | More by TMoney2591
2.63/5 rDev -33.1%
Aroma: Complex malty aromatics that include bready, crusty, and light caramel notes. Mild floral hop aromas. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.
Appearance: Clear amber pour with sudsy white head. Still looking in the glass.
Flavor: More malt driven character that reminds me of wheat bread, buckwheat pancakes, and dark grain flavors. Balance is nearly even with a slight lean towards the malt. Finish is clean and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency noted. Clean on the palate.
Overall impression: A definitively malt-driven American pale ale. Too malt forward to be truly American. Not enough malt character or English hop character to be English. Fits in the style space between American hoppy and English malt driven. Well done but nothing outstanding for me to want to try again.
07-10-2011 21:34:50 | More by mattcrill
2.68/5 rDev -31.8%
Pours a lighter honey color (like clover) with a bloom of head from an aggressive pour. Head drops quickly to a film of off-white.
Smell is all hops, herbal and piney with just a whiff of malt.
Taste is the same: herbal and evergreen hops with just a hint of malt.
This drinks like a "west coast" beer, almost an IPA in its hop forward attitude. No balance because there is nothing for the hop to balance against. A true "one note" song.
Medium bodied, restrained effervescence. A bit of biscuit comes into play well into the aftertaste. Dry finish. Not a bad beer but it definitely is off style, IMO, and that's what I'm supposed to be rating it on.
09-18-2012 02:51:43 | More by PorterLambic
2.78/5 rDev -29.3%
A-Pours a slight copper-hued golden color with half a finger of head.
S-Smells of lemon and guava with some light grain notes.
T-Slightly bitter, almost floral notes with a light malt backing.
M-Very light-bodied with medium carbonation and a very drying finish.
D-I'm glad I got this in a mix-a-six; I'd be hard-pressed to buy another one of these.
12-04-2011 04:41:28 | More by samie85
2.9/5 rDev -26.2%
On-tap at Melt Bar and Grilled in Lakewood, Ohio. Poured into shaker pint, reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a clear, golden copper yellow color, with two fingers of quickly dissipating white head.
S: Biscuity malts and grassy, herbal hops both come through strongly here. Nice balance between the two- bitter and sweet are in close proportion to one another.
T: Rather bitter with more of the grassy flavor present in the aroma, along with some light caramel sweetness lingering in the background.
M: Standard APA- light/medium body with moderate+ carbonation and a moderately dry finish.
O: The lack of any really enjoyable flavors or complexity hurts this beer's overall score; I was pretty tired of it by the end of my glass and doubt I'll be picking this one up again.
03-18-2011 22:22:16 | More by AwYeh
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
Pours a pale glowing orange, white head. Head retains as a cap and splits into a bunch of little chunks that look like curdled milk. Nice color but not the most attractive looking beer.
Nose is pretty bland, uber-small dose of herbal/grassy hops and metallic notes.
Taste has got a bit more going on. Herbal/grassy hop profile matches the nose, with faint piny and spicy hops as well. Very light notes of fruit but not much. Bready malt with a nice warm and toasty finish. It seems pretty bitter although the none of the hop flavor is very strong.
The finish is probably the highlight of this beer, otherwise feels like a mixture of average/messy/slightly unpleasant.
04-22-2011 00:20:35 | More by Chico1985
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
2.98/5 rDev -24.2%
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!
07-14-2014 21:03:53 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation
Smell: caramel and floral and citrus hops
Taste: caramel and floral and citrus hops
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a distinct bitter backbone and a bitter aftertaste.
Overall: An ok pale ale. I could have a couple of these, but this one really does not stick out. If you love hops, try it, but I will pass on this one in the future
07-11-2011 14:06:55 | More by tigg924
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,005 ratings.