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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

1,914 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 58
Gots: 133 | 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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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-01-2011 03:06:41 | More by PaBeerLover
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly learning a thin lacing of big bubbles at the edge of the glass. Clear, bronze colored body.
S) Robust hop aroma consisting of sweet floral notes, evergreens, and peaches.
T) Well balanced hops and malts. Nutty and buttery malts with leafy and vegetal hop notes. A semi-sweet hop bite lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Clean throughout. Crisp. Medium light body.
O) A delicious APA. I will be drinking another one!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:38:31 | More by u2carew
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clean floral hop aroma. Transparent straw/light amber in color with white head. Juicy and medium in body. Big grapefruit citric hop presence up front followed up by a balancing juiciness on the back end. Unique and well balanced. Flips the presence of the malts and hops. Slightly minty upon finish as well. I normally think pale ales all taste the same but this one shines amongst the crowd. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 01:23:01 | More by jtierney89
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antoines15

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-15-2012 22:48:37 | More by antoines15
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately strong pungent citrus hops over spicy noble hops in the aroma with hints of light crystal sweetness. Clean, no off aromas. Poured short, foamy, white head that faded slowly to a thin ring leaving a few strings of lace. Pale amber colored beer is brilliantly clear. Spicy noble hop flavor up front with minimal citrus flavor. Lightly sweet malt base fades as the moderate bitterness kicks in towards the finish. Fairly clean finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness. Smooth, not harsh at all. Medium body with moderate carbonation is just enough to carry the flavors while maintaining drinkability. A really clean beer that is well balanced with enough flavors to keep it interesting. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:07:29 | More by HappyHourHero
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-16-2012 00:58:02 | More by kbrown
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 04:50:00 | More by 57md
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Headwaters Pale Ale pours a very nice copper hued amber. It is crystal clear and has a nice frothy beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lace.

The aroma is wonderfully hop forward with plenty of tangy grapefruit, tangerine and some peppery, piney and resiny hop character. While the hops are the main player in the aroma, there is a definite caramel malt sweetness that is a bit toasty.

The toasty quality from the aroma comes through a bit more in the flavor, as well as more of the caramel flavors. The hops are citrusy and intense with plenty of juicy citrus and pine. The bitterness is quite high, making the grapefruit hops taste a bit pithy, but in a good way. There is a really interesting edge to the hop character of this beer that I find very appealing. In fact, I wonder if the “toasty” quality I am picking up is not just a byproduct of the hop additions as opposed to the malt.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. This beer is super dry and finishes with a healthy dose of hops that linger long after swallowing.

This is one seriously drinkable APA and a fine addition to the victory line. It is one of those beers that is floating between an IPA and an APA, which is a sweet spot for me. I will surely seek out a six pack of this next time I am relaxing with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 18:28:32 | More by zoso1967
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy, amber brew with a small head and rings of bubbly lace.

S - Grapefruit - pith and flesh, pine, slight malt.

T - Grapefruit pith, light malt, watery. Aftertaste is mild, only a hint of pithy bitterness.

M - A little harsh, medium body, high carbonation, very refreshing.

D - Stellar, it is exceptionally refreshing. A really great APA, I'll have it again. Another winner from victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:49:43 | More by mrasskicktastic
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-15-2014 13:08:04 | More by spark3148857
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Belittle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2014 18:01:01 | More by Belittle
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rrski198

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber/orange color. Nice size white fluffy head, great lacing. Small slow rising bubbles.

S: Spicy, pungent, piney hops. They must have dry hoped the poop out of this because it smells of an IPA. Also a hint of odd stinky socks.

T: Nice sweet malt up front followed but the hop spice. These hops bite for sure and leave a nicely balanced biterness that lingers.

M: I love the spice pop of the hops but I am desiring a little more body (as I do with most pale ale's) however, for the style, it is above average.

O: This is a solid beer from Victory. I love the sight of the beer and the smell is awesome for a pale ale, I would recomend, but in a crowded catergory of beer, this is not something I would run to buy again. Great session beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:41:32 | More by rrski198
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-01-2012 17:32:42 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-21-2012 06:08:03 | More by InfernoBoss
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled Feb 8, 2011.

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head that leaves webs of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is lemon citrus, some orange and grapefruit, grassy and floral hops, bread & biscuit malt. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon, orange, grapefruit hops, some grass, hint of pine, caramel and bready malt, good bitterness for an APA, touch of sweetness in the middle but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

Crisp, hoppy, refreshing APA. Very nicely done, Victory!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:32:11 | More by elgiacomo
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-29-2013 16:43:24 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-27-2012 01:48:08 | More by Brewsed
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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-09-2013 03:27:15 | More by cestlavie
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a very clear, deep golden with a 2-finger+ white head that falls at a moderate pace leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is fruity and grassy with a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is mild grassiness and light fruit balanced nicely with a similar mild malt sweetness followed by ,,, yes, mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium/thin, crisp and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a mild but still tasty and well balanced beer that will be an excellent beer on a hot summer day and I look forward to having some fresh bottles in a few months. Victory has produced a pleasant, nicely made version of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 19:15:18 | More by meatyard
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-12-2013 02:43:35 | More by crbnfbr
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-25-2013 14:49:13 | More by BlueMoon10
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a standard shaker. Best by date of July 8, 2011.

Pours a clear golden that is darker than expected for a pale ale. Big two to three finger head that leaves a light lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is really nice. Citrus and piney hops with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste mirrors the smell. Pineapple and citrus in the taste with an underlying apricot sweetness. I would suspect centennial and amarillo in the hop bill. Slightly piney and bitter. A very tasty pale ale with enough hop character to push the boundaries toward an IPA. Typical mouthfeel for the style, I could easily put back several of these with no problem. Lots of flavor for 5.1%.

Recommended. Best comparison would be a lighter version of Ithaca Flower Power.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:30:14 | More by victory4me
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper color with a foamy, frothy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: Good balance of hops and malt but the hops stand out with a bite that I like to equate to East Coast hops. Not intense but great hop characteristics. Very pale, indeed.

T: Fresh, fruity, hoppy. Fantastic. Right amount of dryness. Malt hits the palate at the end of each sip to make this one balanced PA...from PA. (lame)

M: Smooth, refreshing, and delicious. Thinner body than I would like but the drinkability is very high.

O: A killer PA from Victory. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:46:57 | More by Gatch
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-15-2012 00:37:29 | More by ChrisL24481
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denver10

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep golden color with a little of an amber hue to it with a white bubbly head. A fruity, floral, sweet aroma. Flavor wise this is quite malt forward and relatively sweet for an APA. First thing that hit me was the malts, the hops kicked in mid stream, grassy, floral, and a touch fruity, and they carried through into the finish. Mild and balanced bitterness. A medium plus body that is aided by the carbonation. A little heavier than the style dictates for my taste buds. Overall, a its a nice sessionable pale ale (surprisingly given the heavier mouthfeel). The more of it I drank, the more it grew on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:23:31 | More by denver10
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.