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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

2,215 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 242 | 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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Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, copper body with some golden highlights...the head is creamy and stands about two fingers tall...it never fully goes away and it leaves some lacing

S - First whiff I pick up a lot of hops...the are citrus dominating with a bit of floral aromas as well...there is a balance of malt lingering in the background

T - The balance continues into the flavors...just like the aroma the hops start things off...they are very bright and sweet from the citrus flavors (grapefruit, orange, lemon)...the middle-end of this beer really shows the balance as the caramel malts continue the sweetness but there is also a bready malt presence...this also brings in a grainy flavor and a buttery flavor as well...the hops come back and make the finish long and bitter

M - Medium bodied...with the nitro there is still a crispness to the beer...it's very refreshing...the hops make a lingering bitterness

O - This started off as a hoppy APA but it showed to be very balanced...Victory did a nice job with this beer...I could session with this and not have a problem...happy anniversary Victory

Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear copper with a bright-white head. It's a little rocky and there's a touch of lacing, but nothing serious going on here.

Smell: Faint touches of bread crust and a slight earthiness blend with some citrus notes from the hops. Caramel malts sneak through as well, adding a touch of sweetness to everything. Very clean with no lingering bitterness or sweetness.

Taste: Matches the nose with some apple notes creeping around the edges. A nice damp earthiness is complimented by the slight citrus note of the hops. Bread crust lingers while the sweetness fades. Definitely a stronger fix on the malts as they provide most of the flavor, with hops adding a harmonizing note in the overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body holds a solid carbonation. Nothing crazy going on here, but that's exactly what I expected.

Overall: Nicely drinkable and refreshing. It's a nice take on the style from Victory. Very clean and balanced.

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beer2day
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange gold color. Forced 1-finger light cream head, with very light retention. Sparse lace all around the glass. Fairly light bubble stream.

Nice mix of strawgrass and herbal hops, with a grapefruit twist. Not overpowering, but not meant to be. For a 5% glass, a pretty decent nose.

Decent malt body, but a really nice bite of grapefruit hops in the finish. Particularly good considering the relatively low abv. Lightly roasted malt with citrus winning out over the malt body. Not overpowering, but very nice in the end.

Feel is about right for the abv and style. Slightly creamy and full.

Overall a beer I'd seek out again. Especially if in the mood for more than one.

Photo of CGMLS3
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jimmys
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a pale amber with a white fully head. reasonable retention and thin lacing. carbonation is average.

S: pungent grapefruit makes me thinking im drinking an imp. a malt sweetness that comes to balance things out.

T: bitter but refreshing, body is surprising light. more of a session APA. citrus hop flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

D: definitely a super drinkable APA. more on the session side than APA side in my opinion. a good beer from victory but not my favorite.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper with a thin layer of head. There is surprisingly healthy amounts of lacing considering the minimal head to work with. The nose presents a decent dose of hops and a touch of pine. Again, I am surprised that such a thin amount of head produced a hearty smell.

There is some malt taste, but the main flavor notes are crisp and clean. The finish is certainly not crazy hoppy, but it is relatively bitter for an APA.

One of the best APAs available - an overlooked style in the days of "bigger is better" beer making.

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,215 ratings.