Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

559 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 559
Hads: 2,358
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 76
Gots: 364 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-14-2011

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Reviews: 559 | Hads: 2,358
Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber into a pint glass. Clean white foamy head with good retention. Smells of orange, pine and earthy tones with slight caramel. The taste is bitter orange with grapefruit and a slightly smoky malty finish. Good feel with medium carbonation. Way above average APA for me. (287 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack from AJ's Beer Warehouse, July 2015. Served in a Duvel Tulip at fridge temp.

L: Light copper amber, thin white head
S: Light notes of tropical fruit with a suggestion of spearmint.
T: Flavor is herbal bitterness which precedes a bready malt backbone
F: Full and noticeably carbonated
O: Decent beer but not without any purpose or distinction (360 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber colored beer with a two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Floral hop, tea, pine, malt, butter, honey and bread.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange marmelade, dried fruit, caramel malt and lemon zest.
Body: Medium body and crisp carbonation. A bitterness in the end. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: A easy beer to drink. Smooth and tasty. Nothing overwhelming but solid. (408 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 7/3/14 code date. Appearance: A hazy dark golden with a thick off white foam cap. Aroma: Nice aromatic toasted bread in the malt with a hint of floral and herbal hops. Taste: Rich, bready and toasted malt dominates. Bread crust. Bitterness is crisp and strong enough to balance the malt, with some herbal/floral hints. Mouthfeel: Medium with a medium high carbonation. Finish: some lingering bitterness and bread crust. Overall: A great English style pale, with rich bready and toasted flavors dominating the flavor profile. Definitely malt forward. (562 characters)

Photo of Snatchariah_Jackson
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

although advertised as refreshing, this beer has the weight (in terms of taste, not OG) of a big IPA, without a flavorful reward. No apparent weakness; merely disappointing compared with other Victory offerings. (211 characters)

Photo of tarkulich
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a creamy white head. The nose was barely perceptible; a floral hop smell that quickly faded. Immediately on the tongue is a moderate-high hop flavor and a grainy-malt aftertaste. Floral and earthy hop flavors dominate with a lingering but not overpowering bitterness. The malt taste disappears after a bit and replaced solely by the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. There may have been some slight oxidation off-flavors in the background.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed. Until now, every beer I've had from Victory has been a winner. This one was more or less average. Still, not a terrible beer, just not what I was expecting based on previous varieties from Victory. (743 characters)

Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good APA, dry, not heavy on the tongue. It has more hop flavor than bitter which I like, and a little more in the lemon / citrus hop zone than piney / resiny. According to their web site they only use 2 row malt but I would have thought there was a little pilsner or something to give more complexity (although the site says malt is imported, maybe that's the difference). Would buy again. (399 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly pale leaning towards golden Amber with an off white head. It has some retention and leaves a nice trail of lace.

A slight hit of toasted malt, fresh citrus, pine, and some floral notes with earthy undertones in the nose.

A nice full toasty malt mouthfeel with lemon zest giving way to bitter lemon hop bite. In the back is a nice pine hop punch as it finishes dry leading to another sip. A very solid pale ale. (430 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding Pale Ale, despite the # it gets.
It is strong without being over powering - full of hoppy flavor.
It is an easy drinker!
For a good grill-side beer that can handle a bevy of different entrees or apps this is a great beer!
Sam (248 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Black Sheep, Dublin.
Very pale gold with a white collar of foam. 3.75
Husky grain on the nose with just a hint of melon. 3.5
Toast, then lemon, herb, and grass - fairly light. 3.5
Canary melon finish and clean linger.
Crisp, slight cling, light. 3.75

Relieved to find this was around 5%, because it’s not up to much more. Subtle hopping could build to something given enough time/pints, which could be by design, but it’s just dumb and drinkable to start. There was some palate fatigue at that point in the evening, but this still falls in that strange new gap between an APA and a session IPA - too light for the former, too mild for the latter.

Victory can do much better. 3.75 (696 characters)

Photo of dieter172
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This American PA is in the Classic British style and is very well done. Highly recommended. Drinking it makes me really appreciate and respect the brewers' efforts to protect the watershed. (191 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey_Ryan
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The fresh water that they brag is retrieved just a dozen miles away really does seem to make all the difference. Not very aromatic but very crisp and fresh tasting with hops that are very not overwhelming. Very drinkable (220 characters)

Photo of almostjay
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I want to love this beer, and feel like I should given the brewer and the hop bill, but it just doesn't hit the spot for me. Solid, but average beer. This is a legitimate APA though, and I feel like some other higher rated ones have clearly crossed into the IPA category. (271 characters)

Photo of KeithCardon
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time having one of these - bought a six as store was out of Prima Pils.

Look - Copper with a white, thin head, dissipated quickly. Very light carbonation

Smell - strong grapefruit, 2nd whiff, strong grapefruit maybe a little engine oil. Not bad but not something I was expecting.

Taste - Grapefruit, strong. I liked the way it sits up on the tongue but finished a bit weak. I didn't like it overall at first, but it grew on me after a few more sips.

Feel - for me, a sipping beer rather than a gulp beer. You want it to linger to see what else is going to happen. I did find it to be watery but not a detriment

Overall - I'm interested enough to try another bottle on another day. If you inhale while sipping, you'll get a very strong grapefruit aroma which carries over in the taste. Overall I like the Prima Pils more. (833 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Willis tower pint glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold with two fingers if foamy white head with a thick layer of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a grassy hop aroma with a light malt aroma in the back. There is a fresh cut grass aroma mixed with a slight citrus note here in the nose as well.

The taste is sweeter than expected with a slight sugary flavor comes out first jumping ahead of the hops. The hops then push aside everything else and leave more grassy flavor throughout. The bitterness is present and does build toward the end but doesn't push too hard on the tongue. There is then a slight biscuit flavor that makes an appearance.

The feel of this beer is light bodied with a really smooth finish. There is a pleasant drinkability that helps this beer go down easy. (824 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thin coating.

Smell: light cirus and hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: a very easy to quaff pale ale that has a nice flavor profile and is satisfying. (407 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours golden yellow clear body with a small head that reduces quickly leaving no lacing

Smell is caramel, light pineapple and pine, citrus.

Taste is citrus and tropical fruit followed by pale malt and a slight hoppy bite.

Easy drinker, medium body with medium carbonation.

A good pale ale. Has that west coast citrusy feel. (372 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured a 12 oz beer into a standard pint glass. BB date of 3/2015. Deep clear coppery golden color with one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Medium lacing. Nose is predominantly earthy piney hops with minor touch of citrus. Taste is assertively hoppy with nice lighter maltiness in the background. Decent bitterness dries the palate at the finish. Great example of an APA and, frankly, has a bit of IPA profile to it. If you like hops, you will like this. (474 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle at 39F into a 16 ounce crown tumbler ( i think most Victory offerings breath and lace the best in a crown tumbler)

Overall a very distinct and original offering from Victory.

Floral hoppy nose, with a medium finishing bitterness. Not quite IPA bitter, but possibly some whole leaf hallertau and centennial. Definitely more hop forward than malty, but the malt character is still present both in the nose and the dry aftertaste.

Yeast profile is really interesting on this one. I get a sense of some hybrid ale, kolsch and pilsner yeast.

Definitely a unique beer, and worth a try if you liked 19th Anniversary, Helles Lager or Prima Pils. It almost tastes like all three of those combined.

I like that this ale isn't too sugary. The last few cases of Helles (Brandywine Valley) Lager from Victory that I have purchased seem abnormally sweet for some reason. (887 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a bright amber with moderate white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus and pine hops with a light malt background. Flavors of hops to the front and aftertaste. Citrus hops meld nicely with sweet caramel malts with bittering hops in the background. Decent session pale ale. (314 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Great light crisp body, little bit of vienna like malt comes through, biscuity and dry with an outstanding hop character that shines through, super citric and fruity with just enough bitterness to balance. American pale ale at it's best (236 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear gold with a clingy white head. As it settles, is leaves sticky lacing. Nice aroma, mild, but with discernible malt and citrus hops. Earthy hops are dominant, with some backing effort from the citrus hops and the malt backbone. The body is lighter with a little bite from the hops. A really good American Pale Ale. (333 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Golden with a slight haze, moderate carbonation, and a finger of off white well sustained head.

S: Citrus, catnip, light pine. Light herbal notes.

T: Citrus, light catnip and pine, light sweetness, solid bitterness that comes in and finishes with a linger in the mouth.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slight bitter finish.

O: A good smooth drinking beer. Drank on Turkey Creek Road, Clyde the first night of our arrival June 14, 2014. A solid brew by a great company. (482 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

330ml bottle bought from Light House Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a clear amber colour. Light tan head poured quite loose and faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and very little lacing...

Aroma - Grassy hops, good caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, some light buttery traces, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, some saltiness, grapefruit and citrus fruitiness...

Taste - Quite malty first then grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces, grapefruit and orange fruitiness, toasted bread traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Quite crisp and dry... light / medium bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable and pretty sessionable...

Overall - A pretty decent APA - nothing groundbreaking just a good, clean well made APA... recommended...

09-03-2010 10:14:08 | More by mdagnew (868 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -2%

From 08/31/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright amber-gold color with one to two inched of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light citrus hops, followed by a lot of bready malts, dough, some caramel malts, and light oranges and floral hops. More malty than hoppy. Medium body and low carbonation, no bitterness and easy to drink.

Overall a decent APA. Not too hoppy but tastes good and easy to drink. Would have it again and easy to drink a few of. (491 characters)

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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