1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,007 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 159 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Headwaters Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,007 | Reviews: 532 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of crbnfbr


4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-12-2013 02:43:35 | More by crbnfbr
Photo of spark3148857


4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-15-2014 13:08:04 | More by spark3148857
Photo of SFLpunk


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz brown glass pry top. Best before Jul 15th 2011.

Quick review: Pours crystal clear amber with some thin head. Nose is a mixed citrus basket with some faint grain notes. Palate is crisp and citrusy, moderately dry. Somewhat hoppy, but not overly bitter.

A nice example of the "new" American Pale Ale style.

03-07-2011 04:27:19 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of BeerThursdays


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

03-24-2011 13:02:41 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -30%

01-04-2013 01:57:34 | More by jaswilson2
Photo of 57md


4.06/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

03-12-2013 04:50:00 | More by 57md
Photo of MN_Beerticker


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-27-2012 01:48:08 | More by Brewsed
Photo of BlueMoon10


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-25-2013 14:49:13 | More by BlueMoon10
Photo of Bendurgin


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured this one into a pint glass. This one is a nice slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice big whte head. Nice retention, a nice cap throughout the drink.

Lots of citrus hops in the aroma. Oranges and grapefruit dominate the aroma with a hint of bitter pine to round it out. A little bit of sweet toffee in the background too. Nice hop and malt balance on this one. Orange citrus with a bit of toffee to this. It finishes with a nice slightly bitter flavor.

Good light body with ample carbonation. Overall, a terrific offering here. Really hits the mark on a pale ale in my opinion.

05-04-2011 01:57:00 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

really excited to try one of my favorite brewery's APA. I am hoping this will be one of the most drinkable brews on the market. I would to have this line up with prima as two of my go to brews in the summer time

A- pours a stunning light copper body with a massive marshmallow head of foam. Exactly how I would want an american pale ale to look

S- crisp citrus with a great balance of some malt and hops. Definitely not overwhelming, but no question about the consistency

T- another good blend of slight caramel and earthy flavors with some pine and citrus. Again, not overpowering, but balanced. Very bitter at the end as well

M- crisp and good with flavor. Headwaters has good carbonation and flavor that stays around

D- While Headwaters won't be the highest APA according to the masses... it still is a very delicious and refreshing APA. IMO, Victory should cut this into the variety pack with the other three brews and really push out a winning 12pk. I will definitely enjoy having Headwaters with some Prima this spring and summer. Cheers Victory!

02-26-2011 17:33:39 | More by lovindahops
Photo of mattcrill


2.63/5  rDev -33.1%

Aroma: Complex malty aromatics that include bready, crusty, and light caramel notes. Mild floral hop aromas. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with sudsy white head. Still looking in the glass.

Flavor: More malt driven character that reminds me of wheat bread, buckwheat pancakes, and dark grain flavors. Balance is nearly even with a slight lean towards the malt. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency noted. Clean on the palate.

Overall impression: A definitively malt-driven American pale ale. Too malt forward to be truly American. Not enough malt character or English hop character to be English. Fits in the style space between American hoppy and English malt driven. Well done but nothing outstanding for me to want to try again.

07-10-2011 21:34:50 | More by mattcrill
Photo of cfrances33


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

On cask a Khyber Pass Pub in Philly on 8/4/12, served in a shaker.

Pour: Amber orange with a finger of off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and lots of caramel malts come out. Maybe a hint of resin.

Taste: Bready caramel malts with a substantial grapefruit bitterness. Again, some resin, but this really seemed to aim for the grapefruit aspect of citra hops.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, and the flavor profile wasn't very big. Goes down quick. Has been on cask for way too long, this wasn't the enjoyable creamy cask beer, this was the dead flat cask beer.

Overall: Tasty, just wish I had it when it was on cask at an earlier time.

08-05-2012 13:51:39 | More by cfrances33
Photo of touchmeimsac


5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-18-2011 18:46:39 | More by touchmeimsac
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade caramel and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, earthy hops dominate the palate while caramel and biscuit malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long, grapefruity. Delicious brew.

10-28-2012 20:41:09 | More by mikeg67
Photo of JoelClark


3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-03-2014 16:24:08 | More by JoelClark
Photo of InfernoBoss


4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-21-2012 06:08:03 | More by InfernoBoss
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-01-2011 20:25:37 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of u2carew


4.49/5  rDev +14.2%

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!

04-23-2013 23:38:31 | More by u2carew
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.85/5  rDev -2%

A: Served in a pint glass a clear amber color with hints of orange and a thin frothy white head that sticks around. Nice lacing with each gulp.

S: Pine sap, citrus mostly orange peel and grapefruit, some herbal and woody hop notes too. Malt is light roasted with some toasted bread and toffee notes.

T: Pine, grapefruit, and herbal hops meet with roasted grains and some toasted bread and semi sweet toffee and light honey.
Hops bring on more force to add spice and bitterness to the finish.

M: Medium body with crisp light bubbles and just a slight alcohol warmth.

D: It is a well made pale ale and it should definitely be tried. However, the balance is a bit more hop forward and the finish becomes to dry for me to want to have several in a row.

04-22-2011 05:20:07 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of oso


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-24-2013 05:15:07 | More by oso
Photo of antoines15


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-15-2012 22:48:37 | More by antoines15
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-15-2012 00:37:29 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of PaBeerLover


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-01-2011 03:06:41 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

11-28-2011 01:23:01 | More by jtierney89
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.