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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

2,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 180 | 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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Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Nunya, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear copper color with a slight head but not much of one leaving a little lacing in the middle of the glass. the scent smells great with its bitter hops and blend of grains and malts. The taste isn't anything new but it is great. It has just the right volume to it as well as flavors. There's just enough hops to make the beer great without going too far overboard. Some nice citrus and wheat hints as well. A very well made beer that I definetly suggest trying!

Lemke10, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

WesM63, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

NateMac13, May 25, 2014
Photo of thampel09
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

thampel09, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
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!

elgiacomo, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Proclarush, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear bright copper/orange with a white one finger head.

S- Floral, spicy, and earthy hops with a nice biscuity malt backbone.

T- A slightly muted version of the nose, nice balance of malts and hops.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice, easy drink beer. Have had it on-tap a few times, it is a nice go to Pale Ale.

larryi86, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of victory4me
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.

victory4me, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HumanParaquat, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw to copperish, clear, transparent with nice effervescence. Finger thick head presents then diminishes to thin top.

Smell presents as a nice wave of citric, slightly earthy hops with a very clean pale malt undertone.

Taste is clean, crisp well balanced mix of pale malt, very slight hint of caramel with a touch of biscuit. Hop bitterness is clean with not as much citric presence as the smell.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, clean and crisp with an almost perfect balance of hops and malt.

Overall, a very nice pale ale, understated malt backbone with a solid hop nose.

mvanaskie13, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ChrisMon02, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jimmah120, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dizzy242, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Kramerbarthomer, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sweffin, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Gatch
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!

Gatch, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

KeyWestGator, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

tdmccarthy, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

NYR_Rob, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BKotch, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +1.8%

RobertColianni, Nov 06, 2013
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.