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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

2,281 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,281
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 69
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-14-2011

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Ratings: 2,281 | Reviews: 551
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard run-down here. It's just a beer.

Mostly clear yellow-gold, tiny twinkling flecks in suspension. Force-carbed foamy head wells up on the pour but, alas, poofs out into a sudsy spread on top. This is how it looks.

In my nose, I detect a spicy citrus, biscuity, toasty aroma.

On my tongue I taste toasty fresh baked roll malt flavor with a just about sharp bitterness - pungent hops with an even balance of spicy grapefruity citrus and earthy rustic peppery qualities.

Pretty clean with a soft smooth roll in the middle, moderately crisp, oh so delicate carb sizzle, bit of a dry cottonmouth feel in the finish.

I can definitely see where this may be thought of as "HopDevil Lite". The similarity becomes more apparent the further down into the glass you get. While I could drink HopDevil in any given situation (I've most often had it w/o food), this I'd rather have accompany a toasted deli sandwich with some potato salad, beans, and a dill. Ideal for summertime and barbecues.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise! On tap at the BBC in Wilmington...

Pours a clear amber, lighter than many, with decent head and lacing. Aroma of caramelized malts with a nice citrus hop undertone. Flavour is well balanced; malts with decent "c" hops... pine & grapefruit present, but not overwhelming. Would buy again.

I tried this pint with trepidation after other Victory attempts, but was genuinely impressed. Will support this brewery at any future point that I can...

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a spicy apa with without that much accent but a distint mineral note. dry and consistent over time. amber with a mild toast quality. nose of protein and pine resin. hints of walnut and apple. palate of pine apple and a feel that has to open up to the bitter spicy mineral dryness.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always liked Victory beers, and I especially respect a brewer that would have balls enough to showcase the water in their beer. Granted most “normal” beer drinkers wouldn’t get the significance of that…but I respect it just the same. Let’s see what the water at Victory has to offer in this one:

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly orange golden color with a small 1/8” head of active off-white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. There were quite a few bubbles rising, but they didn’t stick once they got to the top. There is only enough lace to last for about 1/2"up from the top of the beer. Though it is clear, it could be better presented by the carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of fresh citrus and some floral notes. The aroma is dominated by the hops, but they aren’t chalky or anything as you would expect from a Pale showcasing the water. There is, however, some clean sweet light caramel backing the beer up.

Taste: The flavor, while run by the hops, is rather light and crisp as they mention. The balance of the finish is very slightly tipped toward the hops, but there is plenty of maltiness to this light beer to give it palate appeal. The carbonation is low, so the beer comes across a bit watery. The body is light to medium…but more to light. There is no alcohol noticeable at all.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer and it has a nice balance. Though there was a good off-gas when the bottle was opened…the carbonation was for my taste on this style. If that was fixed, this would be a different beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jjanega08
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads enjoy by Jul 8 2011 BT6

A= Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice big white head on it that holds steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is some light floral hops with a nice sweet malty compliment. Smells like your typical easy drinking pale ale.

T= The taste is again very typical of an APA. A nice semi sweet character to it with a decent grassy floral character. The finish is clean and there is a very very subtle lingering bitterness to it.

M= Great smooth creamy carbonation.

O= A nice easy drinking beer. Actually quite nice. Weather I would buy it again is up for debate. While it is very tasty I can support the guys down the street at Summit for less money and get what I would concider a better product. Not bad by any means however.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,281 ratings.