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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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2,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 58
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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Photo of PA-hunter
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 5.1% abv

Appearance- Semi clear amber with a thick fluffy head slow to dissipate.

Smell- Citrus aroma of oranges with floral characteristics. Biscuit notes mixed in as well.

Taste- Some slighty sweet bready/barley malt contrasts with a little bit of sweet caramel notes. Noticeable earthy hops sneak in later leaving for a bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light but not too watery. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent and flavorful ale. Not super exciting but pretty basic. A good hop presence however. On the refrshing side too and easy drinking for a warm day. Also, hats off to Victory for advocating environmental stewardship and protecting waterways on the label on the bottle!

PA-hunter, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Pale is dead, long live the Pale!

As the classic taste of pale ale is taking on a renovation, it's shedding much of its malt sweetness in favor of a drier backbone. This happens as hop aroma, flavor and bitterness pulls substantially forward. Maybe they're not "session IPA". Maybe they're the new look of American Pale Ale.

Headwaters Pale Ale pours as any well-conceived one would- its copper and light bronze body shows glimpses of gold about its margins. As a steady stream of bubble race to the surface, a longstanding coat of froth presumes the beer's surface. As it trails with dotted rings, the beer sings the praises of all-things-pale.

Its racy scent favors the hop cone with unmistakable Pacific Northwest grapefruit and orange peels. Propped up with medium caramel and graham cracker-type dry bready-sweetness, the malt character offers stern support while still letting the hops shine. A turn to mint, fresh-cut grass and shaven pine complement the scent with earthy vegetative character.

Conversely its the graham cracker and caramel that greets the taste buds first. Its leading sweetness trends dry and lightly toasty while the pang of citrus rapidly grows in the middle. As a crescendo of citrus strikes, it immediately develops toward spicy, piney and pleasantly grassy finish with a piquant and resinous bitterness.

Medium-light on the palate, the sweetness lingers with the creaminess of carbonation momentarily. But once the hops resinous character sets in, the sweetness escapes and the hops close the show with its own sense of dryness to match that of minty-warm alcohol.

Echoes of toasted barley malt return as the stronghold of bitterness starts to relinquish. Its refreshing and satisfying taste isn't as IPA-ish as many. Headwaters retains its caramel "Pale" roots but also modernizing them.

BEERchitect, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

OleDixie, Today at 06:54 AM
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4/5  rDev +2%

beb86, Today at 03:16 AM
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a bright amber with moderate white head and light lacing. Nose of citrus and pine hops with a light malt background. Flavors of hops to the front and aftertaste. Citrus hops meld nicely with sweet caramel malts with bittering hops in the background. Decent session pale ale.

Brutaltruth, Tuesday at 11:15 PM
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

LoganMc, Tuesday at 12:46 AM
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4/5  rDev +2%

rphbrew, Monday at 01:56 AM
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2.76/5  rDev -29.6%

chris1919, Sunday at 11:30 PM
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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Sean_King, Sunday at 09:41 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Renegawam, Sunday at 03:03 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

gshackles, Sunday at 01:43 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

rfoltz53, Saturday at 05:28 PM
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

MegFiscella, Oct 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ldmuldoon, Oct 23, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

Alucard1057, Oct 23, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

R11415, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of dorosjim
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Great light crisp body, little bit of vienna like malt comes through, biscuity and dry with an outstanding hop character that shines through, super citric and fruity with just enough bitterness to balance. American pale ale at it's best

dorosjim, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Leschber, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bhawk1, Oct 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

byronic, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Artmcd88, Oct 20, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -2%

michiganfootball20, Oct 20, 2014
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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,127 ratings.