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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,729 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1729
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%


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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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new victory bottle, like the 10th one I've seen in the past year, always worth a shot I suppose.

A- Light amber colored body with a white head that builds to about two fingers. A few nice patches of lace.

S- Slight tropical fruit, citrus and earthy pine hops balanced out nicely with light caramel malt and bread. Fades somewhat to pine heavy but holds a nice pale ale aroma.

T- Hops lend a good amount of pine and floral notes, a slight amount of citrus. The malt provides a light pale ale feel and some sweetness. A presence of bread hints from the yeast.

MF- Light overall substance, somewhat creamy. Hops lend a moderate bitterness. Smoothly carbonated.

DB- Pretty straight forward with a nice flavor. Maybe a bit big on the bitterness for a smaller pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:51:51 | More by cbutova
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to get to the warmer weather and the lighter beers whether hoppy or not. This one, of course, is. And with a name like "headwaters" I'm inclined to think of the origins of the Mississippi being in our fair state.
Classic hop aroma with solid malt base. Seems familiar, but not necessarily common. Citrus hops with a hop oil quality reminding me of DIPA's.
A little darker than many, but certainly within range. Very clear body of amber gold. Small, but dense creamy looking head.
Well balanced flavors with a solid toasty, biscuit base and hops floating around appreciatively with citrus flavors and lightly moderate bitterness that softly finishes the drink.
Nicely done mouth feel with very soft carbonation, creaminess and moderately light body.
Very nice drinker. An overall balanced beer that if it leans it does towards malt character. But it goes down well, light enough for a few. Seems like a lovely ale for the coming warmer weather. Seems like an outdoor beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:46:49 | More by garymuchow
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by September 12, 2011.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy orange-amber color, with a nice 1/2 finger or so head that died down into a diluted Alka-Seltzer-esque foam formation.

S: Strong, fresh hop profile, piney, and almost reminiscent of some of the wet-hopped harvest ales that I've had in the past. However, it also had Victory's "sour-dough with pepper" staple.

T: Sparkly, citrusy, and bready all at the same time. I did noticed the fresh, filtered water quality that the brewery taughted on the marketing-speak. The finish was bitter without being too dry.

M: Substantial, stuck-on-glass lacing, with a little bit of hoppy, bitter linger on the palate. The carbonation was fine.

O: Victory really packed a lot of flavor into such a low ABV beer. If I were to taste this one sight unseen, I would have tagged it as an IPA. Really good stuff... and I will be drinking more of it in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 19:12:26 | More by Chaney
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Florida9

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoy by Aug 22 2011

A: Clear darker amber. Forms a weak bubbly head with little retention. Head sort of just clings to the side of the glass. Little lacing.

S: An odd stink. Eggy. Flat out unappetizing. This has to be one of the worst smelling beers I've ever had.

T: Thankfully better than the aroma, but not by much. Earthy, grassy, and dirty with a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. A little syrupy, but otherwise fine.

O: I do not know what is going on with this beer. It is just wrong. It is well within the "enjoy by" date so it should be fresh enough not to be skunked. But the aroma was horrid while the flavor just wasn't much better. Really just not a very good beer and not one I enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:51:27 | More by Florida9
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AgentMunky

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Light head. Very pale orange. Decent lacing. Not much to say.

S: Niceish hops, if a bit astringently citrusy. Some grapefruit. Good overall.

T: Mediocre pale ale, but pleasant. The aftertaste is full of drying, bitter hops. A bit better than originally suspected.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty great. A substantial malty dryness is excellent.

O: Pretty good. Nothing to go out of your way for, but I'd have another if not much else was on offer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 20:11:43 | More by AgentMunky
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a thin, lager-like head. Fair lace and retention. Victory has some of the consistently brightest and most appealing labels by the way.

Extremely aromatic for an APA. Grains burst from the glass like a just crushed a few pounds of biscuit. Earthy, tobacco and mildly orange citrus hop. I smell blue balsam wood?

Smooth mouthfeel slightly bristling with hop resin. Earthy bitterness with some additional hop spice. Well balanced. Chalky.

Nice summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 18:02:53 | More by donkeyrunner
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a good foamy white head. A bit of lace.

Nice grapefruit coming forward, with lightly toasted malt, and some grainy malt and a touch of fruit.

Malt and citric hops up front (but the hops aren't killing this one). Some fruit sweetness, leading to a little bruised fruit skin tartness as the palate clears. This is ok, because bitter and malt come back into play, with hops and bread leading the charge to the end. Decent strength of flavor, decent balance.

Medium body, some decent tingle of bubbles.

I liked this one. Plenty of character, and plenty of tiny flavors that pop up as the palate clears. Worth a try and a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:43:38 | More by OtherShoe2
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claspada

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are initially bright and citrusy hops ; lemon and grapefruit are prominent. Lesser tropical notes with some biscuity and light caramel malt notes.
The taste begins with a decent biscuity maltiness. Bitterness is strong with orange and lemon hop flavors; some light floral and grassy flavors as you sip further.
The mouthfeel is surprising full for such a light ABV beer; medium carbonation and some hoppy stickiness before a crisp, dry finish.
Overall this is a very good pale ale from Victory. Nothing revolutionary or mind-blowing but a good sessionable Saturday day drinkin' and grillin' beer. Recommended indeed

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 19:13:54 | More by claspada
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber and leaves a one finger white head that lasts for a half a minute. Some spider web lacing is left around the sides. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: spicy hops up front with a bit of citrus in the background.

T: spicy through the hops leaving a strong bitterness

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue and a dry finish.

O: this is a very drinkable beer that I would have again and am wishing I would have bought a six pack of.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 18:51:08 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The pour is a radiantly translucent bronze; the head, lace, and retention are all underperforming.

S - The nose is comprised of equal parts resiny-tropical hoppiness, and a doughy malt aroma. It doesn't smell particularly strong, but as I get deeper in the glass, the doughy impression increases.

T - The taste offers a good balance of fresh and somewhat vibrant hoppiness, and an understated pale maltiness that serves well. I dig the hop profile, it is earthy, lemony, and cannabis-like. The finish is mildly bitter with some sweetness final revealed at the very end.

M - APA. Good enough.

O - This is a nice little beer, if fresh. Easy to drink, a decent option, but nothing I will seek out. Then again, there is very little I actually seek out so that consideration is somewhat worthless.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 03:06:23 | More by ktrillionaire
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By: Jul 15 2011

Golden orange hue with a solid frothy head atop. Hoppy aroma...herbal, floral, zesty grapefruit notes over a subtle sugar cookie base. Leafy, sweet, juicy, spicy hoppiness on the tongue. The hops have a nice, punchy, pungency to them all around, but it's not out of control. Oily, yet fairly dry. Only a hint of the toasted malts under all the fresh, dank zestiness.

Very crisp and refreshing. Another quality beverage from the fine people at Victory that will likely find it's way into my fridge regularly. I love a good sessionable beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:33:04 | More by wedge
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by July 8 2011.

An inviting pour into the Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass procures a bright, bubbly body of golden-copper. The head builds to a full inch in height before gently settling to a cap of spittle-white foam. A satisfying bouquet of floral, piny hops greets the nose with notes of tree sap, citrus peel, and fresh lupulin glands. The background is a solidly built base of biscuity, but slightly sweet pale & caramel malt.

Crisp malts snap at the sides of the tongue with a bitter hop burst on top of the palate that suggests pine cones and grapefruit. The hoppiness brings forth too many perceived IBU's and not quite enough hop flavor for me, however. Still, this is a tasty Pale Ale with a solid mouthfeel, uppity carbonation, and medium body. Definitely glad to have another five waiting for me in the fridge after breaking open the six-pack...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:31:39 | More by wagenvolks
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.50 sixer from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Appearrance is just classic. Crystal clear bold gold body, topped by two fingers of snow white various sized bubbles.

Pleasant citrus aroma, not at all harsh, very inviting.

Firm semi-sweet caramel base coats the tongue. A good blast of bitterness follows with an undercoating of juicy fruit. Nice clean finish with just a slight malt/hop mix trading off in the afterglow. Extremely well balanced.

Overall, highly drinkable. Victory celebrates its anniversary by going to the style that built the craft beer movement and makes a dandy.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 23:41:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey color with a 1/4 inch of white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is light caramel malt and biscuit in the forefront, with a piney hop note and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Taste starts a bit of caramel malt in the forefront with a light, mango flavoring. Middle has biscuit and a sharp grapefruit, citrus hop not. Finish is a touch of piney hops but more dominant is the fruity, mango flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily at first with a relatively dry body.

O: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a nice beer to sit with for an evening - and that's just what I'm doing.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:23:03 | More by Jayli
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:58:42 | More by Beaver13
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a few brighter golden hues. A one finger high off white head bubbles up and retains well with a nice layer of bubbled film resting on top, leaving some webs of lacing on the glass.

Nice edge of citrusy hops backed with floral notes. Slight orange sweetness followed by biscuity malt with toasted grain.

Burst of juicy hop flavor right up front with citrus and orange. Nice floral dryness as well before more of the fruit sweetness cuts through. Biscuity malt, toasted grain, faint dollop of caramel as well in the backbone. Some lemon and grassy tones. Finishes with some dry hop bitterness, slightly lingering flavor.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, dry and tingly on the palate. Drinks smooth and easy, refreshing and pleasant especially for the season. A quality pale ale, definitely something I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:46:51 | More by xnicknj
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Victory Brewing Co. on 2/19/11. Served in a Victory bubble pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep orange color. Good carbonation. Nice one finger head. Solid lacing.

S: Good hoppy nose for a Pale. Not overpowering at all, but solid. A little malt is present as well.

T: Delicious! Crisp, light, and just the right amount of hoppiness. I compared while drinking as a Hop Devil Light. Really enjoyed from the tap.

M: Watery and non coating mouth feel on this one. Easy going down.

D: This is WAY to easy to drink! Guzzlable. I bought a case and it is nearly gone already.

Overall, a very strong first OFFICIAL release of a pale for Victory. Always a fan of their products and this did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:26:44 | More by inlimbo77
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super clear copperish golden color. A finger of white head with excellent head retention and decent lacing. Everything you want for the style.

S: The nose is fairly malt forward. Bready and biscuity. Just enough hops to balance things out. Not much other than bitterness in the nose.

T: Well balanced. The malt is so crisp and fresh tasting. We got this up here fairly quickly which helps. Really nice malt complexity with a strong lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is pleasant.

D: A really solid example of the style especially for someone wanting to taste some malt in their APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:30:21 | More by aerozeppl
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A billowing pour that leaves to fingers worth of uber fluffy cloud like pure white head... The color is a caramelly amber... The carbonation doesn't rise as much as it sticks to the sides of the glass... Loads of lacing cling to the glass all the way around...

S - The aroma is very muted... Some caramel... Some bready malts... Some earthy hop aromas... Some citrus... Simple and straight forward...

T - The palette follows closely to the aroma... Nothing too surprising here... Just enough flavor to keep it interesting... Bready malts... Citrus... Some caramel...

M - Uber smooth... Light to medium bodied... A bit creamy... Delicate... Delectable... Very nice...

D - Very quaffable... Very sessionable... A very easy going accessible American Pale Ale for most with just enough flavor and character to keep it interesting for beer geeks... Will gladly welcome into the beer fridge in the future, but not more than 6-pack form...

Serving type: cask

06-17-2011 22:19:44 | More by philbe311
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear carbonated orange with a one finger head

S-Malt, some citrus hops and buttery notes

T-Starts with malt and some spices, pepper-like, some citrus notes and a little bit of grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation

O-The best buy date was two weeks away when I had this beer, but it seemed to have started to turn. I'll look for another fresh one but so far I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 15:49:24 | More by rlee1390
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Named for the source of the water used in brewing Victory's beers - the Brandywine creek.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops, pine, a hint of citrus, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of spicy aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of pine, grapefruit, peel, citrus, grass/hay, caramel, barley sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A tangy bitterness envelops the tastebuds upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body but lacklustre carbonation. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter hops and mild caramel.

A tasty brew - goes down nicely. Looks alright, with a fantastic aroma/flavour of hops and sweet caramel malt. Decent body, though more effervescence would add texture. Reminds me somewhat of SNPA, which is a pretty good endorsement. Could happily drink a few of these. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:33:14 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, light honey-amber in color with a small whitish head that settles fast.

S: Toasty, biscuity malt and herbal, leafy hops - maybe some grassiness as well. Pleasant.

T: Follows the nose: toasty and toasted grains with a spicy and leafy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. Some citrus lingers (mainly lemon) in the aftertaste. Slight copper penny taste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is light to modest.

D: Goes down easily enough. Fairly flavorful for a lighter (5.1% ABV) ale. Kinda reminds me of a cross between an ESB or an Eglish Pale Ale and an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:04:20 | More by Kendo
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from twelve oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours copper with some foam that settles out. No lacing. Piney hoppy smell. Malty taste. Up front hop bite oily through the middle fades out. Smooth. Watery in a good way. Thin carbonation some grapefruit notes. Overall good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:54:39 | More by KTCamm
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FLima

Brazil

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thin off-white head with low retention.
Very few times I have felt such intense aroma of papaya in a beer. Also hints of sweet strawberries and white bread.
Bitter flavor with notes of tea bags, oranges, papaya, mango, peaches, caramel, grass, earth and floral and perfumy hops. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting perfumy bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation and an acid sensation.
A hoppy and earthy APA. Papaya with lemon drops and a handful of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:51:26 | More by FLima
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HalfFull

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist off bottle served into a pint glass. Pours a copper golden with half an inch of white foam and a hint of haze. Decent retention and lacing with a steady boil of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Nose of citric hops and some balanced graininess along with some background earthy and floral aromas particularly with agitation. Offers some mildly odd aromas on occasion.

Taste is smooth with a citric finish and a light balancing bitterness. Finish is a bit tea like with citrus and flower notes, though a bit short and watery in the delivery, constraining the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 06:49:29 | More by HalfFull
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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