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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

2,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 201 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bmf5581, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Headgoober, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BibsBrewing
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

BibsBrewing, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Has some nice citrus and grassy hops with pale malts to back up the hops

T: Follows the nose, with some citrusy hops to start off, followed by the more dominant grassy hops and finished by the pale malts. Fairly simple

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, simple pale ale with a good bit of hops and the malts to back them up. Nothing to really write home about, but a good drinker nonetheless

BEERMILER12, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of guityler83
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy copper orange color, with a small bright white head with slight retention retention that sits on top of the glass as you sip your pint.

S: Just.. Wow.. An explosion of cattyness hits at first followed by the classic west coast resiny citrus. I also detect mango, melon and other tropical fruits (Simcoe/amarillo??) nice!

T: The cattyness comes through in the taste as expected, with a nice toasty backbone. The piney bitterness stays with you after you've put down the glass. Crisp and clean, this beer should be drank as fresh as possible.

M: Moderatly dry and a stickyness i describe from heavy late hop additions.

O: Bam! Victory makes some great beers this one included. While some people arn't a fan of the catty character the newer aroma type hops provide I love them in combination with the old classics. The aroma of Headwaters puts this thing in the IPA cattegory for me despite what the label says, I would love to hear the grain/hop bill for this bad boy. Good show ol' chap, good show!

guityler83, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Lewdd
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Lewdd, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 27, 2012
Price: $19.99 for the 6-pack
Misc.: Box said enjoy by March 10, 2013; Also a long and uninformative spiel about water on the bottle and not as much (really nothing) about the beer.

Poured a honey golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of snowy, frothy white head. Healthy amount of thick, foamy white lacing on the sides. Good thick retention on the top as well that lasted throughout the pour.

Smelled a sharp whiff of hops up front, somewhere between resin and citrus (grapefruit). The bitterness comes through unambiguously. Also lemon grass, hay and honey.

Tasted the hops first like the smell. Got that mix of resin and grapefruit. Also some lemon in there. Cereal and light bread.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a really good pale ale. Will savor my other two in the Victory variety pack.

BucannonXC5, Dec 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

NeverSettle, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

zbooks, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gww1864, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

shaw87psu, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

MAJ85, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Orange
4/5  rDev +2%

Orange, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Vbloise
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Vbloise, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dizzy242, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small white head.

Smell offers fresh, citrus hops..really clean aroma. Fresh orange/lemon with mild sweetness for balance.

Similar to nose with plenty of lemony citrus hop character, some spicy hop notes, hop forward but well balanced. Slightly bitter finish.

Crisp carbonation and light feel makes this a great pale to session.

Another great brew from Victory.

TheMultiYeast, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into my tulip glass and got about two fingers of head. The coloring is more brown than orange.

The aroma from this beer is decently strong. I like the prevalence of citrus in the nose.

The flavor is pretty strong for a pale ale. You get a lot of citrus hops with really minimal malt. This leads to some decent bitterness. This is a pretty good pale that tastes more like a single IPA.

ummswimmin, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

cantfindme, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

dog-ear, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

PCBrewski, Dec 21, 2012
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.