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Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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very good

2,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,114
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 201 | 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 Keith238
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific pale ale with great pine and citrus aroma and flavor. An east coast pale ale with that west coast feel.

Tons of citrus (orange) aroma and flavor. Also present is a nice pine flavor. It pours with a thick white head that keeps tons of lacing in the glass. This one give Sierra Nevada Pale Ale a run for its money.

Keith238, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of GoSabres87
4/5  rDev +2%

GoSabres87, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

zapahoppa, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

peter53, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Daehpoh, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of phantomwyse
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a perfectly clear copper/caramel body – almost looks like cream soda. Half finger white as snow head rises and recedes quickly.

S: Pretty straight forward hop aromas – thick pine, slightly orange tinged citrus. Simple syrup sweet. Apple turnover, pastry malts.

T: Moderate hops, clean pine and a bit of grapefruit. Sweet in the middle, again reminds me of breakfast pastries – like the ones you get in gas stations that cost 99 cents and have a half life of 600 years. But, I mean this in a good way.

M: Medium to light bodied, halfway creamy, finishes crisp.

O: Hop Devil light. A moderate pale ale without the peppery bite of other hoppy Victory beers. Personally, that’s what attracts me to Victory beers is the assertive hop and alcohol presence. So, this beer comes across as middle of the road for them. I’m sure it opens their market up a little bit by having a less aggressive pale ale, however, there are better travel lane pale ales in my book – Troeg’s Pale Ale comes to mind.

phantomwyse, Dec 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

LostHighway, Dec 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

LookingToLearn, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Number3red, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

KC9LDB, Dec 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

jenray, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of y2jrock60
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The first thing I noticed was how clear the beer was. It was dark yellow with a two finger white head that faded quickly and left behind only a slight amount of lace.

S- Very clean with a floral and earthy aroma and hints of citrus.

T- Very clean upfront with hints of mild light malt. There is a mild bitterness that hits you in the middle of the sip accompanied by floral and earthy flavor hops. This then fades into a citrus flavor and crisp finish.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Very flavorful and refreshing.

I had this beer on tap a few weeks ago and didn't care for it, there was a strong aftertaste I didn't like. I decided to give it a second chance and picked up a few bottles. I was pleasantly surprised, the potent aftertaste I first experienced was gone, it was replaced by a nice crisp clean finish. The one I had on tap a few weeks ago must have been from a bad batch, or it could have been the result of sampling five beers back to back.

y2jrock60, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

eddiechilton, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

dwaz, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

BMart, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

tubbnik, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

mikey711, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Kaydogg, Dec 08, 2011
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.