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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

1,988 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 59
Gots: 154 | 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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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
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Beaver13

Colorado

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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Louisville-Beer-Reviews

Kentucky

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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Ynextmc


3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-25-2012 01:04:37 | More by Ynextmc
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Astrojack

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-02-2014 20:11:21 | More by Astrojack
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-31-2012 19:49:25 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-19-2013 16:29:01 | More by JMS1512
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Dduquette

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-24-2014 21:32:46 | More by Dduquette
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-03-2014 02:31:30 | More by mikefuski17
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-16-2012 19:33:07 | More by Lang44
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MCDub

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-10-2013 14:49:32 | More by MCDub
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Hopstimatic

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-19-2012 18:02:56 | More by Hopstimatic
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Green1981

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.7%

07-22-2014 02:03:10 | More by Green1981
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pperez38

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-31-2012 10:50:00 | More by pperez38
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ATXRyan

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-25-2012 21:49:51 | More by ATXRyan
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.7%

03-07-2014 22:18:35 | More by GuitarIPA
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Johnr33

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-23-2014 03:52:11 | More by Johnr33
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-17-2014 01:27:00 | More by Sspeer1
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ChadT89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-20-2012 01:25:12 | More by ChadT89
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BlakeL

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-20-2012 23:16:00 | More by BlakeL
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-25-2012 02:02:00 | More by jaidenjb
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-02-2012 22:36:11 | More by jonathaniler
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kevdemers

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-30-2013 02:06:03 | More by kevdemers
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-15-2012 20:21:46 | More by fjl77
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.