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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

2,020 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 164 | 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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prisdefer

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-14-2012 19:57:06 | More by prisdefer
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -24.9%

12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/29/12. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts and a little fruit with a good sized resiny grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale.

01-13-2012 23:58:42 | More by Beaver13
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-13-2012 18:40:19 | More by bonbini26
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uziangis

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2012 02:58:56 | More by uziangis
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Had on-tap at a local restaurant last year. Reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Pours amber with a thin lasting head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is hoppy with citrus and pine.

The taste is of pine sap with citrus - tangerine, orange and grapefruit. Finishes with a sharp dryness.

The body is fitting for a pale ale, though a bit sharp - could be creamier.

This is a tasty, hoppy pale ale!

01-12-2012 19:09:22 | More by jwc215
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2012 15:16:16 | More by CGMLS3
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Consumed 1/11/12

Appearance: A golden copper color, mostly clear, nice white head to start, average lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy and malty - not as intense as an IPA, but it shouldn't be - oranges and some floral citrus, nothing harsh - bready, pale, untoasted malts, some caramel, very smooth

Taste: Surprisingly juicy and hoppy, yet it still fits the APA style - juicy orange flesh, tangerine, some mild citrus rind - some sweet grapefruit - bitterness is actually less harsh than an actual grapefruit - a great malt backbone - bready, lightly sweet, some light biscuit, some caramel malt, a little earthiness - fantastic balance

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, refreshing and drinkable

Overall: Honestly? Way, way better than expected

In the past few months, I've had some fantastic American Pale Ales, such as Half Acre Daisy Cutter. I've been wanting something like this for a long time (APA, relatively cheap, doesn't require trading). It's flavorful and stupidly easy to drink. I will probably be buying a bunch of this in the summer.

01-11-2012 06:11:41 | More by angrybabboon
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tugg407

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-10-2012 09:22:40 | More by tugg407
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Best by May 14, 2012 printed on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an excellent, crystal clear bright orange with a nice, fluffy head of white foam. The head settles in as a thin white cap and leaves lacing that coats the glass from top nearly to the bottom. Carbonation is evident from appearance.

There's not much to hide behind here and it's pulled off nicely. Nice big hop aroma up front in the nose. Bright citrus and nice floral hops come across first and are balanced by a nice malt sweetness. There's not a ton going on but it's really clean and impressive.

The taste follows along with the nose but it's taken down just a step as the hops here don't match the hops in the nose. That's not to say that there isn't a good amount of hop character. There are plenty of hops here, they just come across better in the nose. The same citrus hops hit first and are the dominant flavor up front. The malt sweetness comes on a bit stronger and stays through to the finish where they pair with some nice floral and herbal hoppiness.

Medium body with medium carbonation leave the beer with a clean mouthfeel to match. Each sip starts crisp and finishes pretty smooth.

This is an excellent beer. It is extremely clean, as noted with the comment opening up the notes about the nose. There really isn't anything to hide behind here. If the flavors and aromas aren't dead on with this beer then it will be very apparent that something is off. This is a great beer to reach for when you're looking for a hop fix but not the higher ABV of an IPA.

01-10-2012 01:52:30 | More by ms11781
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AndrewK

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-09-2012 00:38:15 | More by AndrewK
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roastTHEmost

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-08-2012 21:14:33 | More by roastTHEmost
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-08-2012 04:35:57 | More by bbadger
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cagocubs

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

On tap locally.

A: Pours a copper color with a 1 finger puffy off white head that lingers and laces.

S: Hoppy, citrus (orange, grapefruit), malt and grains along with some sugary sweetness. Typical and clean of an IPA/APA.

T: The hops are crisp and bitter, the citrus element comes through along with the sweet malt and spice. Some buttery bready finish give this a nice balance.

M: Light/Medium body with a good creamy texture that maintains a tingle. Easy drinking and smooth.

A solid choice for any APA fan.

01-08-2012 02:21:54 | More by cagocubs
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cbless97

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

A- Cloudy orange hue. Very light lacing

S- Clean hops, slight orange aroma

T- Very clean floral taste. Bit of a slight orange tang comes through.

M- Nice mellow carbonation and well balanced hops.

O- A very good Pale Ale. Nice blend of all characteristics. I will definitely enjoy this again. Great for watching a game

01-08-2012 01:45:01 | More by cbless97
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jtuttle

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-08-2012 00:11:44 | More by jtuttle
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-07-2012 14:22:09 | More by whartontallboy
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Mjmoon15

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-05-2012 01:51:22 | More by Mjmoon15
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Rob315

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-04-2012 17:52:25 | More by Rob315
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-04-2012 14:20:35 | More by ohtheguilt
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joeyrvv

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-04-2012 03:21:16 | More by joeyrvv
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kjb32812

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-04-2012 03:09:07 | More by kjb32812
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SvenLehman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-03-2012 17:48:26 | More by SvenLehman
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-02-2012 18:39:23 | More by wdarcy77
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CHickman

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a clear copper orange color with a 2 finger very thick foamy beige head that faded very slowly, leaving good lacing.

Smells of big hops up front, with floral hops, orange peel, citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, sweet malt, grains, herbs and sweet candy or brown sugar; floral hops, citrus and sweetness dominate the nose and make this smell like an nice IPA. A great nose for an APA and one that I really enjoyed.

Tastes of floral hops, flowers, orange peel, lemon, citrus hops, grapefruit, grape or apple, caramel, sweet malt, grains, herbs, piney hops, wheat, brown sugar, coriander and bread or biscuit; the hops dominate most of the taste, but then give way to the sweet malts which adds nice balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth, with a medium body, very low carbonation and an easy smooth feel.

Drinkability is high, this is a very hoppy pale ale and to me it was very tasty and went down quite easy. Right in my wheelhouse, this was very well done and a beer that I recommend. A definite session beer for me.

01-02-2012 05:33:24 | More by CHickman
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-02-2012 00:46:15 | More by InspectorBob
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.