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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

2,186 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 226 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler with a one finger bone white head. Very clear bright copper. It's so clear it's actually quite attractive. Smells of some spicy nutty piney hops. There's a malty sweetness in there along with some lemon zest. The taste doesn't hit as hard with the hops up front. Starts a bit nutty and has a herbal, earthy, pine with that lemon zest hop notes. Ends with some roasted malt notes. Mouthfeel on this is hard to judge since it's from a growler. It has a milder carbonation and feels fairly round on the tongue.

Overall, I really need to try this bottled or on tap to gain a better gauge of the mouthfeel. It's tasting fantastic and is a solid pale ale.

lsummers, May 14, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here is a hazy, golden brew...thin white head. The aroma is of aggressive, piney hops and grain. Citrus and a pungent tree bark quality. Almost cheesy hops. Odd. The taste is moderately dry, sharp , bitter hops. Some companies may call this an IPA. Crisp, bitter, and clean. Full mouthfeel, firm body. Refreshing, and very enjoyable after an afternoon of hiking.

Suds, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ystazi, May 11, 2013
Photo of Headyman
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to SammyJaxxx for the beermail.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a belgian tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear light amber. 1 inch bubbly head fades away fairly quickly.

Aroma: A pleasantly mellow citrus, with lemon and grapefruit. Some earthier hop undertones with a sweet, slightly dank finish. The aroma is quite pungent for a Pale ale.

Taste: Unlike any Pale i've had before. Begins with a nutty sweetness, that is accentuated by the high carbonation. Headwaters has a real grassy, weedy, mid and a somewhat salty sweet earthy hop finish. A bit of a peppery taste lingers.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to high carbonation that works to bring out the hop character. Has an aftertaste that slowly changes from citrusy sweet to a slightly bitter peppery taste. Perhaps a tad watery.

Overall: Extremely interesting to say the least, and quite good. There is a nice dank flavor that evolves from the first sip to the last. A solid pale ale, I'll have to pick this up next time I see it.

Headyman, May 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

MCDub, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GFD400, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

rph97, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

smooth_aleing, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

DIPAFAN, May 09, 2013
Photo of Bills453
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle.

Appearance - a beautiful golden color with some red tint. Nice one and heif finger head. Sticks around nicely.

Smell - this one is very citrusy. Lemon, lime grapefruit. Hops as well.

Taste - delicious refreshing citrus flavor with fantastic bitterness and hoppiness. Very nice taste.

Mouthfeel - very nice, refreshing.

Overall - a great offering from Victory. Victory is a pretty underrated brewery in my opinion. I really enjoy all of their beers I have tried.

Bills453, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JT99125, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Steve_Oldrati, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

fredmugs, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gatordaddy, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Kelp, May 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Duff27, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

williamjbauer, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

spycow, May 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

troy138, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Proclarush, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear, medium amber in color with a small, off-white, short-lived head that left spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly hops, with piney, citrus, earthy and herbal notes. IPA strength of aroma.

T: Strong hop presence with a lingering grapefruit peel note. The bitter finish soon retreats to a more welcome malty/bitter hop mix.

M: Smooth for style; Medium bodied; Medium-high carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: a nice APA that leans to the hoppy side.

chinchill, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jwat, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

capuchinpilates, Apr 26, 2013
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,186 ratings.