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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

2,005 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,005
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 159 | 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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JimmyCop

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-27-2012 02:35:06 | More by JimmyCop
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-26-2012 16:05:36 | More by rolltide8425
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LIbeerguy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bluepoint shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber with a large-bubbled head. Good retention and well-defined lacing.

S: Canned peaches, mango, grapefruit, sourdough

T: toast, citrus, tropical fruit, caramel. Moderate carbonation on the palate, bittersweet aftertaste

A very good pale ale by Victory with an enjoyable and well-balanced hop character. Almost sessionable at 5.1% which is good because I could drink several of these in one sitting.

07-26-2012 02:08:51 | More by LIbeerguy
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mjmbeer

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

there are very few if any beers by Victory that I do not like. this one is one of the better beers in the batch though. As a Pale Ale its pretty Hoppy.. more so than I thought it would be. Not that this is a bad thing. Wonderful amber color with a bone white creamy head that stuck around nicely. the mouth feel was not as smooth as i had hoped it would be. Might be just the bottle serving I am not sure. A bit too biting of a feel to it. Almost as if it had to much carbonation in it. I will have another try at it and see how things go. Overall a great tasting beer.

It is nice to see the APA out there still getting respect and at least this not like the run of the mill. Any one can ad hops and call it a pale but giving the beer that nice biscuit taste goes a long way in my book. This beer does it quiet well.

07-25-2012 23:20:12 | More by mjmbeer
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GSX1250FA


4.83/5  rDev +22.9%

This is my favorite beer.

Has a nice amber color and is not cloudy. Good white head that lasts for a while.

Aroma is of fresh hops and not overpowering.

Delicious hoppy taste and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium and full-bodied, and very refreshing.

I think the secret to its great taste is Victory's wet-milling process. It permits the barley husk to be removed from the kernel with less breakage. A more intact husk means less tannic bitterness imparted in the sweet wort. Not too many brewers do wet-milling because it is a slower process and takes more time than dry-milling.

07-25-2012 18:06:32 | More by GSX1250FA
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-24-2012 01:56:06 | More by hockenbeer
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kobeer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-22-2012 19:08:19 | More by kobeer
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemon zest, pine, grassy aromas

T-nice grapefruit flavors with slight sweet biscuit, pine, and a nice bitter finish

F-Light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a good pale ale, nice session beer

07-22-2012 12:06:34 | More by MDDMD
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2012 00:23:40 | More by lccrunchy
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-21-2012 06:08:03 | More by InfernoBoss
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-21-2012 01:08:17 | More by GiantMidget
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-20-2012 14:50:11 | More by Listers
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-19-2012 00:40:39 | More by csmartin6
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-19-2012 00:31:52 | More by cbcrunch
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beerleaguer22

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – A solid copper color with a nice white head.

Smell – Somewhat fruity/citrusy smell. Nothing overwhelming.

Taste – A good blend of a smooth, light, yet hoppy. Has a nice earthy taste and in the end a roasty flavor is left in the mouth.

Overall – I think it is a good beer, nothing spectacular though. Easy to get down. Victory is quality.

07-19-2012 00:24:10 | More by beerleaguer22
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

I gotta say, this thing bleeds Simcoe. At first its cat pee (dont even yet), but then I get a bit of pineapple and lemons--enough to cancel out the flavors I dont like from Simcoe hops. Light bodied and slightly sweet. Theres enough malt and fruity hops to pull this thing through. Might be the best use of Simcoe Ive had yet.

07-17-2012 23:46:24 | More by VncentLIFE
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-17-2012 01:30:53 | More by ryanpj
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v161

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-17-2012 01:19:43 | More by v161
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-17-2012 00:43:30 | More by JJStorm
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gamecock74

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

07-14-2012 23:47:43 | More by gamecock74
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DaveONan

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-14-2012 20:35:49 | More by DaveONan
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-13-2012 22:40:53 | More by mrosenfeld32
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -2%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dull amber orange body, but with a nice glow and nice rising carbonation, makes a light tan/caramel fluffy and creamy head with good peaks and valleys. Settles to a finger after a good three fingers sized pour.

Nose is chewy cookie and biscuity sweet malts, mixing some nice fruity hop. Quite solid and delicious smelling. Basic with a bit of creaminess too it also.

Much of the malt presence hits with a slightly wet palate, not unlike what was hinted on the nose. Chewy and sweet, with a cookie dough like taste, then aftertaste has a real nice airy dry feeling hop quailty, that lingers with some nice bread action. Bitterness lingers quite sharp and long.

Overall pretty solid pale ale, not usually what I think of for Victory but this I could easily have again.

07-13-2012 22:26:05 | More by smakawhat
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JamesonRx

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-13-2012 06:19:04 | More by JamesonRx
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -14%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice copper color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly giving a good amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall, but has a nice blend of aromas. There are hints of caramel, biscuit, grapefruit citrus hop and some pine.

Taste – The taste begins biscuity and smooth. There is an ever so light sweetness, but it is very light and towards the middle it is almost completely gone. With the loss of the sweetness comes good hints of hop flavors. These are a mix of pine, citrus as well as a lighter earthy hop flavor. These flavors take the taste to the end where a bitter and lightly roasted flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is a bit above average in smoothness and thickness with a carbonation level very average. Both are fitting, but are nothing really to exceptional for the style.

Overall – It has a nice more bittering flavor and is quite easy to drink. Not bad, but not the best either.

07-12-2012 01:15:12 | More by Darkmagus82
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,005 ratings.