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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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very good

2,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 203 | 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%

Brewsed, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

redfox405, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dreadnaught33, Mar 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

tfsimpkins, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Norseman, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

erialbill, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BlueMoon10, May 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

russwbeck, Nov 14, 2011
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.

57md, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kramerbarthomer, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt orange in color with a think white head. Head dissipates quickly to leave a thin white layer of bubbles. Brew is relatively clear with very few bubbles coming from the bottom. Some lacing, but not the rings I love seeing.

S - Very nice for a pale. Piney Hops, bready malts. Exactly what one would expect, but not over powering at all.

T - Very light taste. Sweet at first, giving way to decent hop character. Less of a bite than some pales, with a clean finish. Less than stellar. Bready malts make an appearance, along with a slight caramel flavor.

M - Low alcohol, light bodied, and easy drinking. Goes down clean.

Overall, is a decent brew. I would drink this one a nice hot day after doing yard work.

BeerThursdays, Mar 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MN_Beerticker, Oct 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Seanibus, Mar 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Karibourgeois, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

crbnfbr, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rudabegga9, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RichH55, Dec 03, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

PDXHops, Mar 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

InfernoBoss, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BKotch, Aug 10, 2014
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.