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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

2,236 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,236
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 64
Gots: 269 | 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:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-14-2011

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Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of DustyGreen
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of onewetpaw
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of chim52chim
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Standard amber color with great clarity and a two finger head with great retention time but sadly poor lacing.

S. I smell the caramel malt first and up front with an array of herbal, florals, and citric hopping. (In descending order of aroma strength) Smells like it's going to be a malt-emphasis APA...

T. ...And it is. Caramel malt is the center ring attraction with a supporting cast of herbals, florals, and citric hopping presented to the palate in almost total lockstep to what the nose is comprised of. The only difference between aroma and flavor that I can tease out of this one is that there is a small amount of pine resin that ghosts in and out of the finish.

M. Lighter bodied, refreshing and well carbonated.

This is a somewhat better than average malt-leaning APA.

Photo of gloveman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ohcomeonthatsfunny
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of littlelorib
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Khazadum
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours easy, smooth, gentle. The head develops quite nicely with very miniscule bubbles, not necessarily a creamy emulsion on top, but something appreciable. We got some disturbing medium to large size bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the glass and ripping through the cap. Copper body is clear to vision.

S- Very light floral and herby nose. A light metallic sharpness does flow through the hop character. Could be a bit of grapefruit as well. Simple, but faint at the same time.

T- Opens herby hop nature, spicy, bit sharp. Flows into a more grassy nature, bit of sweetness but very subdued. Finishes the standard bitterness that has pine thoughts, but not pine frond or bark. Bit of a simple, normal flavor.

M- Nice full body, sort of creamy. Crisp ending around the side of my tongue. Doesn't bubble the entire palate, just picks and chooses where it would like to find its nucleation points.

Not bad, not great. Just a pale ale you can enjoy when you got no other options.

Photo of ChadT89
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of kendabundo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of phishsihq
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pale ale pours a burnished gold, with some copper near the edges, a frothy inch of white head that leaves some lace but is retained well throughout. Caramel malt sweetness is mostly overshadowed by floral and piney hop aromas, a lot of hop aromas for a Pale Ale! The brew is somewhat spicy and bready, with caramel maltiness balanced by moderate citrus and piney hop bitterness, leading to a clean and smooth finish. A medium-light body with lower level amounts of carbonation. A newer offering from the good folks at Victory that is well worth searching out.

Cheers!

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.