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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,734 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1734
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%


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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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear copper/amber color with, a finger of bone-white head, light retention and lacing.

Smell is light and floral- hops predominate but are not too intense and there's a little pale malt.

Tastes wonderfully refreshing- not too heavy on the bitterness but still enough to make it crisp. Light hop bitterness on the front palate, followed by some caramel sweetness, giving way to some floral hops (I taste a bit of green apple as well) to finish it out slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium body, moderately carbonated, no sticky, resiny hop feeling. Great summer beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:50:23 | More by Hopdaemon39
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger off-white head. Really good head retention.

Aroma is full of citrus hops backed up by a little bit of malt underneath. Hops really overpower everything, though and are very inviting.

The flavor really pulls the malt and hops together with lots of citrus up front carried by some toasted caramel underneath. A little bready malt as well. Bitterness ends up being on the light to moderate side and I really wish there was a little more malt. The beer finishes relatively clean and slightly sticky.

Overall, another great beer from Victory. A great summer beer and one that is highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 21:03:48 | More by rangerred
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange-copper color and showy carb. Quickly fallen head. 3.0

Piney hops and some grape soda from the malts. A little musty and lightly toasted. 3.5

Spicy hops... almost black peppery. Some dank earthiness evident. Toasted pale malts show off uber-dryness. More pepper in the finish. 3.5

Wow! A heavy-bodied APA. Rich with a busy carb to match. Full and almost creamy in the mouth. Expertly crafted mouthfeel. 5.0

Other than the great feel, not much else stood out. But, I'll simply call it a well-made APA with enough to character to pick it out in a taste test. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 20:54:14 | More by thecheapies
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Ego

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 for 64oz @ joe canals.. not bad

eyes...
3 full fingers of craggy off white head, clean orange hue with a good amount of carbonation rising up keeping that mountain of foam well alive for some time, the head finally settles down after a game of peggle. good looking brew.

nose...
honey laced herbs, citrus with hints of cinnamon sticks, malty sweetness lurking in the background, aggressive for an APA but not overly

taste etc...
light body, has the flavor of some "bigger" IPAs but doesn't club you over the noggin with ABV.. which is nice, this has some nice hop bite (floral) but is not overly bitter, very easy drinking here, lots of bright floral notes throughout, lingering after taste and then it disappears waiting to force you into another sip, almost tastes more like a red than an APA but that is just being picky

verdict?
tasty, really smooth on tap, great bbq summer beer for those who want a good amount of flavor/character but not a ton of alcohol, not worth going crazy out of your way for but any locals should definitely try this (pa, nj, ny etc)

Serving type: growler

05-28-2012 04:56:59 | More by Ego
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly hazy, amber brew with a small head and rings of bubbly lace.

S - Grapefruit - pith and flesh, pine, slight malt.

T - Grapefruit pith, light malt, watery. Aftertaste is mild, only a hint of pithy bitterness.

M - A little harsh, medium body, high carbonation, very refreshing.

D - Stellar, it is exceptionally refreshing. A really great APA, I'll have it again. Another winner from victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:49:43 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a medium offwhite lasting head, with very good head retention and lacing to the end. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, orange fruity esters fill the senses as well as some good citrus piney hops. Taste is caramel malt, fruity citrus notes, some yeast and citrus piney hops. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, fruity citrus flavor, some slight orange peel, ending with some good citrus piney hops bitterness for balance. Overall a very good, balanced and tasty solid all around Pale ale. enjoyed this

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:26:50 | More by Samp01
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger white head with decent retention on a hazy golden with amber hue body.

S: a mild wet sock hop, almost fresh hop like note, and mildly earthy and floral hops. little on the malt side.

T: nice pine, grass and floral notes provided by the hops. minimal on the malt end.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nicely hoppy but still drinkable. This APA is properly hopped for the style. A nice member of the genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:09:03 | More by kylehay2004
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david131

California

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a lightly hazed yellow liquid with a thick and craggy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some toasted grains, cut grass, and a light fruitiness. A little faint but it isn't bad per se.

T- Toasted grains, a touch of butter, some fruitiness, and fresh cut grass. The flavor is alright, but nothing to write home about.

M- A bit bitter with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- It is fine, but nothing all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:26:35 | More by david131
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Copper-orange in color, completely translucent, mild internal carbonation, pours a small foamy head that dissipates into respectable lacing

S: Heavy citrus and tropical fruits, definite orange peel and some papaya, pretty fragrant all-in-all

T: Pretty weak in terms of flavor, quite similar to the nose, tropical fruits, light hops, of course, still a good sour/bitter balance, but missing something

M: Very smooth and drinkable, light citrus aftertaste, not drying or overpowering on the palate, but to be expected for the style and with such a low abv

O: Light, fragrant, and smooth, but nothing special, just a simple pale ale, pretty average

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:57:49 | More by MatthewWilde
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a full two finger white head. Good retention as the head settles down to a thin blanket on top of the ale. There is a good amount of lacing around the glass as well.

The aroma has a clean hop profile to it. Citrus fruit, floral notes, and hints of pine. Yet, nothing is over the top or in your face. Biscuit like malt and some alcohol sweetness.

The fisrt flavor to hit the palate would be the floral and citrus hop. But, the hop is blanced out by the buiscut, and soft bread malt. There is a small amout of alcohol sweetness, but the finish is clean. Finish is clean and quenching with pine hop notes lingering for a bit.

Mildly carbonated with a medium/light body

One of the best APA's I have tasted it a long time!! I hope this is a year around Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:07:50 | More by Luigi
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luminous clear brass in color with a 1 finger offwhite head. Good amount of lace.

Scent is fresh and bready with earthy, citric and oniony notes

Taste is light citrus with a hint of onion. Very crisp and clean with a mineral flavor.

Drinkability is very very high.

Mouth is medium - light and nicely carbonated.

This is a refreshing and eminently drinkable session ale with enough hop scent and flavor to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:13:37 | More by sethmeister
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atr2605

New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a semi-transparent light amber/orange color with a slightly off white foamy head with good retention.
S-bit of sweet malt/honey, with moderate citrus and pine hop aroma
T-Citrus and malt up front followed by a bit of pine bitterness that is followed by more malt sweetness. Citrus bitterness lingers on the palate
M-medium bodied
O-Really well balanced beer with tons of flavor but still extremely drinkable. Look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 00:09:54 | More by atr2605
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Mildly haze orange color with a small amount of carbonation. Head retention is average, but the lacing on the sides is remarkably abundant!

Smell - Floral hops, caramel, yeasts, and malts. There's a good sweet aroma here, giving it a butterscotch scent. Nice!

Taste - Floral hops, butterscotch, yeasts and malts. For an APA, this is pretty sweet tasting beer without overdoing it. It strikes a balance between sweetness and what an APA normally tastes like!

Mouthfeel - Pretty light in body and the carbonation is above-average here so it gets in the way of the flavor just a little bit. It's not creamy or smooth, but it feels crisp!

Overall - Much like Prima Pils, it's got a simpler flavor but it does it so well that its easy to overlook it's faults, which primarily has to do with the carbonation. It's a good beer to start off your macrobeer drinking friends off with!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:35:57 | More by NuclearDolphin
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CloudStrife

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. No dating on the bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear goldish amber with a 1 finger white head. This head dissipates to a film within 2 minutes. Hardly any visible carbonation.

S: Starts with some nice floral and citrus notes. Nice bready and roasted malt smell to it too. Hints of fruity sweetness.

T: Pretty balanced brew here. Starts off with some fruity citrus hops, then more of a grassy taste, continuing on with some sweet malts and barley notes. Finishing with a nice lingering hop touch.

M: Medium bodied, lower in carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall a very drinkable, tasty and balanced pale ale. Solid entry by a great brewery. I like the barley notes but wouldnt mind a little more hop.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:05:10 | More by CloudStrife
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Blargimus

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Enjoy by June 24, 20... the stamp fades here, but I assume it's 2012. I hope.

Crystal-clear amber-straw color. A teeny bit darker than I expected. 1-2 fingers of head fade down to a nice lacing. Attractive beer.

Smell is full and very rich with deliciousness. This is likely in my head, but I think I detect a hint of corn. I actually like a little bit of corn, so that's not a deduction for me. VERY enticing.

The taste is hoppier than the smell would suggest. Excellent initial level of bitterness, followed by that same richness of malt. Despite the smell, I don't taste any corn. Very tasty.

Light-medium fullness. I could do with a bit less carbonation. Leaves bitterness behind, but doesn't coat the tongue and finishes fairly dry. This is the beer's weakest category, but it's certainly not bad, or even below-average.

Odd that I've had so many other Victory beers before trying their flagship offering. It's a very solid pale ale, enough so that it might compete with Great Divide DPA as my go-to choice if it was more readily available in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 23:12:06 | More by Blargimus
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riversider76

New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden with amber hues. One finger plus head with good retention and nice lace. Aroma is of citrus, hops with notes of bread. Body is the lighter side of medium with some carbonation. Taste is a crisp well balanced treat. Nice grapefruit edge to the finish. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:12:01 | More by riversider76
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Permalater


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In general, a very nice looking beer. The aroma is not too bad, not too great either. The taste is for sure the best part of the beer, VERY drinkable but also VERY delicious. It's what a pale ale should taste like! Mouthfeel was oaky, nothing great but I can't really point out anything negative. Overall, this is a really good beer! I'd recommend it to any beer drinker looking for an overall good pale ale! This is what I come to expect out of victory brewery, nothing amazing, but if I'm looking for a good beer to drink, I will trust them to supply it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 07:29:35 | More by Permalater
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear carbonated orange with a one finger head

S-Malt, some citrus hops and buttery notes

T-Starts with malt and some spices, pepper-like, some citrus notes and a little bit of grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation

O-The best buy date was two weeks away when I had this beer, but it seemed to have started to turn. I'll look for another fresh one but so far I was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 15:49:24 | More by rlee1390
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with not really anything but a thin film of white head.

The scent is dominant of citrus hops, there is also notes of caramel malt.

The taste is also dominant of bitter citrus hops, bready and caramel malt are slightly noticeable.

Light body, smooth and creamy with a crisp dry finish, low carbonation.

This was an average pale ale, I thought the flavor was a little thin but nothing too off-putting. Overall a pretty decent beer, but next time I think I'd pass on the cask.

Serving type: cask

03-23-2012 19:23:24 | More by BeerCon5
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denver10

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep golden color with a little of an amber hue to it with a white bubbly head. A fruity, floral, sweet aroma. Flavor wise this is quite malt forward and relatively sweet for an APA. First thing that hit me was the malts, the hops kicked in mid stream, grassy, floral, and a touch fruity, and they carried through into the finish. Mild and balanced bitterness. A medium plus body that is aided by the carbonation. A little heavier than the style dictates for my taste buds. Overall, a its a nice sessionable pale ale (surprisingly given the heavier mouthfeel). The more of it I drank, the more it grew on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:23:31 | More by denver10
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for a hoppy session beer, this is your choice....It pours light amber in a pint glass with a nice off-white head. PLenty of light delicious citrusy grapefruit hop zing with each sip balanced with malt, thanks to citra hops! This is plenty smooth, but not too smooth where the beer becomes forgottable. This is a great beer year-round, but really awesome for any get together for casual beer drinkers and beer geeks alike.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 14:37:15 | More by Fcip78
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Nay

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Grapefruit and grassy malt aroma, smooth German malt flavor balanced with hops and alcohol. Mild beer, per style, yet richer and much more full-bodied. Quite malty without being too sweet. Very tasty, if not delicious, a crowd pleaser, unless your crowd are lupilin-crazed hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:02:55 | More by Nay
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool environmental cause here. pours a orange blossom honey color with a fading white head. little bit of cloudiness. smells like citrus all the way, really pungent lemon/limey hops and just a touch of english feeling pale malt. flavor is less hoppy than the ipa nose indicates, but still a nice fruity character to the hops. really nice evolution in the mouth fruity hops first, then thick amber-esque malt flavor, then a nice bitter hops, delicate finish. feel is decent, body feels a little heavier than it should, and definitely heavier than it looks. it would be appropriate if the abv was a few percent higher, but its just a tiny bit out of balance there. overall a great beer for a great cause. hops are the star here, really nuanced flavors. yum

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:42:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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tony223366

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As is appropriate with a bear named Headwaters... the head is excellent! 3+ fingers of white fluffy head. Color is a rich amber/copper color. Clarity is excellent and I can see lots of action from the carbonation. The head has fantastic retention. Looks amazing!

S: Smells majorly of hops primarily citrus. It does smell the slightest bit dank as well. Nice caramel malt aromas too.

T: First thing that hits me is the citrus hop flavors. It's actually really bright and floral as well. That's followed by a caramelly malt that is wrapped in bread. It's full of really clean and bright flavors. The finish is lightly bitter and actually fairly bready.

M: Nice, high carbonation. Slick and medium body.

O: This pale really took me off guard. I had no idea it was going to be as good as it ended up being. It's bright, balanced and really drinkable. Nice work Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 06:30:29 | More by tony223366
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Spicy hop character with some mild orange hops as well. Caramel and some nice full maltiness as well.

A- Brilliantly clear light amber with a nice white two finger head.

F- Spicy hop character reminding me of Centennial predominates initially. The malt character quickly follows and is nice and strong with some mild caramel sweetness present, but definitely in the background.

M- Full body and above average carbonation. Quick to clear the palate

O- A really nice interpretation of the APA. I'll return to this again for sure. I would chose this over many other pale ales in national distribution.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:31:00 | More by onewetpaw
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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