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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

2,184 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,184
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 225 | 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%

crbnfbr, Aug 12, 2013
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
Photo of russwbeck
5/5  rDev +27.6%

russwbeck, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Nunya, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

KeyWestGator, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

InfernoBoss, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

denver10, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

kbuzz, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

thampel09, Mar 19, 2014
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dizzy242, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

HumanParaquat, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

cfrances33, Aug 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

spark3148857, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikeg67, Oct 28, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

lovindahops, Feb 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RichH55, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of PDXHops
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

freduardo, Aug 10, 2013
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,184 ratings.