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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

1,892 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 55
Gots: 123 | 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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Ratings: 1,892 | Reviews: 525 | Display Reviews Only:
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-19-2013 21:16:49 | More by Phillyz
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-08-2014 21:18:21 | More by jzlyo
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-27-2013 01:52:38 | More by jwat
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-02-2013 00:13:42 | More by shehateme
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/11/12

Appearance: A golden copper color, mostly clear, nice white head to start, average lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy and malty - not as intense as an IPA, but it shouldn't be - oranges and some floral citrus, nothing harsh - bready, pale, untoasted malts, some caramel, very smooth

Taste: Surprisingly juicy and hoppy, yet it still fits the APA style - juicy orange flesh, tangerine, some mild citrus rind - some sweet grapefruit - bitterness is actually less harsh than an actual grapefruit - a great malt backbone - bready, lightly sweet, some light biscuit, some caramel malt, a little earthiness - fantastic balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, refreshing and drinkable

Overall: Honestly? Way, way better than expected

In the past few months, I've had some fantastic American Pale Ales, such as Half Acre Daisy Cutter. I've been wanting something like this for a long time (APA, relatively cheap, doesn't require trading). It's flavorful and stupidly easy to drink. I will probably be buying a bunch of this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 06:11:41 | More by angrybabboon
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle and I've liked just about everything I've had from Victory. This wasn't the best but may have been the most accessible Pale Ale that I've ever had, since this was so easygoing and solid at the same time. A big deal was made about the water that went into this but if I was victory, I would certainly brag about how balanced this was as well.

Good pour to this with a light copper hue and decent head that lasted for a while. The lacing wasn't anything special but it was certainly there as well. This felt earthy and dry-hopped with just a bit of sweetness in the malt to balance it out. Carbonation was good and this tasted crisp without feeling like soda or a cascade of bubbles. There was a bit of citrus in the taste too but for the most part, this didn't feel too complicated or light to the taste.

I could have easily had more than one in sitting since this is about a good a session beer as it gets. Normally, I don't consume this in the summer but I could see myself having a few of these on a nice warm day. This wasn't a hop bomb or has tons of resin and burning in the aftertaste. Rather, this is unassuming, nicely crafted, and clear as it appeared to be. Certainly worth a try for anyone who hasn't had this style of beer before!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 20:13:00 | More by JerzDevl2000
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russwbeck

Virginia

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-14-2011 23:47:20 | More by russwbeck
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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-19-2013 20:58:12 | More by erialbill
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-05-2012 20:11:22 | More by rydev24
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bzach

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-23-2014 12:08:57 | More by bzach
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Standard amber color with great clarity and a two finger head with great retention time but sadly poor lacing.

S. I smell the caramel malt first and up front with an array of herbal, florals, and citric hopping. (In descending order of aroma strength) Smells like it's going to be a malt-emphasis APA...

T. ...And it is. Caramel malt is the center ring attraction with a supporting cast of herbals, florals, and citric hopping presented to the palate in almost total lockstep to what the nose is comprised of. The only difference between aroma and flavor that I can tease out of this one is that there is a small amount of pine resin that ghosts in and out of the finish.

M. Lighter bodied, refreshing and well carbonated.

This is a somewhat better than average malt-leaning APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:19:31 | More by WastingFreetime
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy entry from Victory, which previously didn't have a regular placeholder in the sessionable pale ale spot. It's not, perhaps, the best Victory beer, or the best American Pale Ale, but it is solid and tasty and a good expansion into an obvious niche. And Victory brings its usual restraint and precision to the enterprise.

Pours a slight coppery with a smallish white head that falls too quickly. The aroma is typical victory - a precise, pilsnery graininess with a strong and yet restrained hop sting - none of the west Coast citrus punch of many American ales, but still a sharp sting - a little pine, some musky citrus, some flowers.

The flavor is mild but distinct, with an earthy grain and a musty yeastiness that is typical of many Victory beers, including the similar but over-the-top Hop Wallop. There is a ight caramel sweetness and a flowery, slightly citric hop, more of a lime zest than the usual grapefruit or orange that you find in beers in this class.

The mouthfeel is round and slick and the beer finishes with a restrained but pleasant piny, citric bitterness.

A tasty beer. I am basing my observations on a bottled sample, but I recently tried several on draft. Although I didn't take notes or analyze it too critically, I recall the draft as richer and more satisfying and I'd probably have given it maybe a half a point higher in most categories.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 22:10:50 | More by Seanibus
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

03-17-2013 23:57:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-15-2011 04:31:26 | More by mjtiernan
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-05-2012 23:24:03 | More by SFC21
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Bright and light amber with a huge frothy head that settles down to a thick skim. Good retention from then on. A ring of crackly lacing up top, soapy patches down below.

Some honeyish sweet notes along with biscuity malt. Hop aromas are plentiful, bright and floral. Even more hop-forward than the nose suggests; this is definitely one of those 'IPA light' pale ales. Juicy citrus followed up with a grassy and slightly metallic bitter finish. The malt holds up its end of the bargain nicely; a touch of sweetness, plenty of toast, some cereal grains. Some lingering citrus and a touch of alcohol in an otherwise crisp finish.

Overall impression: What took ya so long to brew an APA, Victory? This will surely demand an occasional spot in the beer fridge as the temps warm up.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 23:01:14 | More by PDXHops
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-17-2013 16:51:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2011 04:06:37 | More by Beertracker
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random846

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 10:58:51 | More by random846
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-05-2013 03:47:35 | More by Danielr26
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-15-2012 23:23:56 | More by jbertsch
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-04-2013 03:21:41 | More by calcnerd
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2012 15:16:16 | More by CGMLS3
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-23-2011 13:20:42 | More by sideshowe
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-15-2011 13:39:35 | More by scott2269
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.