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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

2,007 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 159 | 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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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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Retroman40

Kentucky

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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bnes09

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

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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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-25-2014 01:58:34 | More by mikeburd1128
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

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New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

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New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.24/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-19-2014 18:00:12 | More by bkwhoppa66
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-19-2014 00:06:34 | More by kluender
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Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%

08-18-2014 23:34:26 | More by lobos62
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New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.