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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

2,109 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,109
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 198 | 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 fmccormi
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. Freshness date of April 13, 2013 printed in white-grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Apr 13 2013 0182 1551”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on November 13, 2012. So, just under five weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.5): Close to two fingers of very fine, velvety-looking foam rises offof the pour, capping a crystal-clear, honey-gold body. Retention is modest, but it leaves some fat splotches of lace and scattered suds as it goes down—definitely better than average.

Smell (4.0): Surprisingly funky, dank kinda smell coming off of this—which is awesome. The dry-hopping is evident, even at five weeks old. Very clean, fresh, and aromatic, with nice citrus (pineapple, mango) and mild weed tones (a little dank, a little resinous) over some solid, bready malt character that’s only modestly sweet and moderately rich—great mix and balance for the style.

Taste (4.5): A nice dose of bittering hops offers some grassy, mildly vegetal bitterness right off the bat. The body is clean and crisp, a light body of very pale barley malt that’s moderately toasty, like fresh-toasted Southern white bread—not sweet, very nice and dry but not particularly complex in grain composition, either. But it fits the style extremely well. There’s a very crisp, lemony flavor and bitterness that dominates the mid-palate and carries into the finish, which I like—very crisp and refreshing. The finish has a nice, medium-strength bitterness that’s part grass and part lemon. Awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Definitely on the light side of medium-bodied, with a finish that’s crisp and dried out nicely from some modestly astringent hop oils. The carbonation is soft and full, foaming a bit on the way down. This is very, very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): Talk about crushable. This beer is so crisp and drinkable, it’s a perfect springtime beer—I can definitely see having a couple of these on the porch on a warm April evening in upstate NY. This is a great example of the style, and I will definitely be seeking it out again when I need something to shake me out of the winter doldrums and open me up to the crisp air of springtime. Good job, Victory.

fmccormi, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of tscanlon51
4/5  rDev +2%

tscanlon51, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of erikl48
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

erikl48, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Omensetter, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of SpectralAbyss
4/5  rDev +2%

SpectralAbyss, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of RWNay
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

RWNay, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark golden brown with great clarity. The smell is amazingly hoppy. I love the nose of this brew. Slight malt taste upfront and then a powerful mule kick of hops that is extremely citrus and very powerful. I love the hop character of this beer. The mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is too. If you have never had this I would recommend.

brewdude1982, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of flyers1980
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

flyers1980, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SlowWideTurns, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: clear amber body, fingers worth of head settles to a thin ring.

s: grainy, floral hops, caramel

t: sweet cereal grains, citrus hops, caramel malt

m: just a tad thin, decent carbonation, a little dry bitterness on the finish.

o: pretty tasty, easy drinkin, glad i grabed a six pack.

match1112, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerGuild
3/5  rDev -23.5%

CraftBeerGuild, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Travcofarms
2/5  rDev -49%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +2%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Bworfus
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely biased..

Had this beer for the first time after a 3 hrs MTB ride handed to me by a friend from his treasure trove cooler.

I can taste the pureness of the headwaters in this one. It's like Austrian glacier water freshly melted and cought with your bare hands, blended with everything you love in American hops, the resin, the sap, the citrus fragances, the fruit, the hemp, and then the earthiness of just torn out barley ears from the fields, ground up with your bare hands again..

All of the above was made into a beer from heaven! Thank you Victory!

Overall actually caters more to an American IPA lover, than to somebody who's looking for a true pale ale, due to a strong hop presence throughout.

Bworfus, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +2%

NickyDee21, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of purppy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

purppy, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Cardmarauder, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +2%

Kunstman, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ironwill54
4/5  rDev +2%

ironwill54, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of dji43466
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

dji43466, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of jculler82
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jculler82, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SenorHops
4/5  rDev +2%

SenorHops, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Victory pours up a deep gold with a one finger white head, not much retention, but substantial lacing on the side of the tulip. The nose is floral, citrus, and pine. Taste is very sweet upfront followed by a bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good with a bit of an aftertaste, though not completely unpleasant. Certainly a worthy offering. Not world class, but good stuff nonetheless.

Mojo, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of bmquin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bmquin, Nov 25, 2012
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,109 ratings.