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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

1,988 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 59
Gots: 154 | 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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cooncat

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a std. shaker pint at fridge temp.

A hearty pour produces a tangerine colored brew, with a half inch of ecru head. The head sticks around for a while, but diminishes to a thin cap. Lacing shows on the swirl and leaves some splashes on the side of the glass. Nice looking ale.

The nose is very nice for a pale ale. Remember that you are drinking a pale ale, not an IPA. As pale ales go, this is a very nice nose, citrusy with hops, and with some caramel malt balance in the background. Tangerines and orange rind make up the hop nose.

The taste follows the nose quite nicely. This is a well balanced pale ale, and the citrus hops are definitely to the fore, but not 'in your face' as one might expect of an IPA. Nicely balanced with caramel, toffee and bread crust malt notes. Mouthfeel is a solid medium, and the carbonation is spot on for the style, rounding out the mouthfeel.

Victory never fails to impress me. I've been doing a lot of pale ales lately, and this is by far the best of the lot I've tried. This is a great session beer, and I'm thinking a case of this would be a great purchase the next time I cross over into nearby Pa.

Highly recommended, and a first class Pale Ale. It's what I've come to expect from Victory ... great beer. Get 'ya some ASAP!

Na Zdravje!

08-15-2011 21:37:44 | More by cooncat
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear copper color with a slight head but not much of one leaving a little lacing in the middle of the glass. the scent smells great with its bitter hops and blend of grains and malts. The taste isn't anything new but it is great. It has just the right volume to it as well as flavors. There's just enough hops to make the beer great without going too far overboard. Some nice citrus and wheat hints as well. A very well made beer that I definetly suggest trying!

08-12-2011 05:39:19 | More by Lemke10
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morimech

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Enjoy by Sept 19 2011. Amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and grass. What malt is detectable gives some toasted notes.

The malt makes more of an appearance in the flavor compared with the aroma. Caramel and toasted malt lays a solid foundation for the hops to play on. The hops have notes of citrus, grass, and a little earthiness. Quite a bit of hop flavor from the modest IBUs. Just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

Solid pale ale body. Good carbonation and texture.

A lot of flavor from relatively low IBUs and low ABV. Why can't more brewers do this.

08-10-2011 21:24:12 | More by morimech
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Clear amber color with a thin, lager-like head. Fair lace and retention. Victory has some of the consistently brightest and most appealing labels by the way.

Extremely aromatic for an APA. Grains burst from the glass like a just crushed a few pounds of biscuit. Earthy, tobacco and mildly orange citrus hop. I smell blue balsam wood?

Smooth mouthfeel slightly bristling with hop resin. Earthy bitterness with some additional hop spice. Well balanced. Chalky.

Nice summer session beer.

08-06-2011 18:02:53 | More by donkeyrunner
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -14%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a light tan-yellowish head.

S - Bread, citrus, and malts.

T - Sweet malts and carmels.

D - Low carbonation, light body overall.

O - Pretty average all around. Yawn, yawn.

08-06-2011 04:22:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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nc41

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

This is one very hoppy PA without the stinging bitterness of an IPA. Very fruity so you can get your hop fix even if your not a real IPA fan or want to cool on the bitter finish. Looks great. nice head, the nose isn't anything special, but much better than say Hop devil which IMO smells funky. This one is all about the hops, and the only other similar PA I've has would be Burning River. One really well done PA that gives you a nice fruity hop lick without crossing over into IPA territory. Worth a shot by any beer lover.

08-04-2011 13:11:53 | More by nc41
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottled labeled as best by Sept 19, 2011. Thank you Victory for dating! Pours a crystal clear light amber body with a nice two-finger ecru head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smells like hops! Better than many IPAs I've had. Pine resin up front with some citrus coming along as well. A little sweet malt follows.

Very good flavor blend of the bitter hop notes and malt. Still, enough pine and orange/grapefruit bitterness to compliment the malt. A bit of a sweet finish that combines some caramel flavor with some sweet tropical fruit.

Light mouthfeel that is extremely easy to enjoy. This is definitely one of the best APAs I've ever had.

08-01-2011 23:26:23 | More by FanofHefe
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PCampbell

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a good orange / copper color when poured. 1 inch head that dissipates into a thin layer with nice lacing.

The nose is full of citrus and grapefruit hop notes with some caramel maltiness in the background. Flavorful bready malts with some grapefruit, citrus flavors as well. Has a nice mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A great, refreshing pale ale that goes down well in the summer months.

08-01-2011 21:14:13 | More by PCampbell
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Amber, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus and grassy aromas.

Taste: Dry bitterness moves to a little sweeter citrus flavor. Later sips when it warms up some more give a little more caramel flavor.

Drinkability: Definitely an easy drinking pale ale. The dryness might lead to more drinking in a shorter time.

A quality pale ale from Victory. They make good beer, this is a nice pale ale, hits the target of being very drinkable. A nice alternate to Sierra Nevada or Summit pale ales.

07-31-2011 18:38:34 | More by Mdog
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

A: A dull orange with a good clarity reveals a fine micro-bubbly effervesce rising at a moderate pace. The head is thin, spongy, turning to a washy topping within a short lapse not leaving much in the way of lacing.

S: The aroma was fairly strong of pine and dry citrus that lingered on a bit. Touches of dried toffee and caramel from the specialty grains add a dry toasty compliment.

T: Toasted grains with a light dried caramel and dried toffee. Sticky pine, buttered crossiant with a small helping of alcohol warmth. The finish is dry hopped, grapefruit pulp and pine that lingers with a smooth dryness and spicy nature after the swallow.

M: Nice tingle of carbonation, especially around the tongues edges. Creamy texture, dry with a spicy bite of hops.

O: Overall a nicely hopped pale that doesn’t forget its malt base. Nicely balanced, good drinkability, and one that is definitely six pack and repeat worthy, what’s not to like.

07-28-2011 22:21:23 | More by beerthulhu
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a brassy gold with a small white head that faded rather quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.
Nice brisk carbonation and aclean looking beer.
Nice hints of hops in the nose. Citric...resiny with sweet malts doing the balancing act. Come through nicely.
Taste is very nice. This beer, as well as all Victory beers, has the signiture house flavor. This in my opinion is a very nice thing. I love Victory.
Taste is very well balances with the hopsand malts pretty equal.
Mouthfeel very nice as well.
Not a big hitter DIPA, but one very pleasant session pale ale one could drink all night!

07-27-2011 23:41:01 | More by dmamiano
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a pale tan head that has just a tinge of golden amber. Aroma is rather hoppy, almost more like an IPA than a regular ale, with a malty underpinning and a hint of citrus. Rich flavor has a nice balance of malt and hops with grassy, fruity and honey hints. This ale is very drinkable! Texture is smooth and quite pleasantly fizzy. Recommended.

07-26-2011 01:10:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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BLove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Clear, light orange hue with thick cottony head, small bits of lacing.

Citrus & floral hop aromas with sweet malt undertones.

Tastes like....VICTORY. No big surprises here...citrus hops are bitter but balanced nicely with sweet & crisp malts. Medium body & avg carbonation...just enough, not too much.

Well done & enjoyable pale ale...think I'll pour myself another. ;)

07-24-2011 19:56:40 | More by BLove
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours a thick cottony white head. Body is very dark orange/amber color. For the abv and the style it looks exceptional. Smell is sweet grassy, earthy, pineapple, caramel malts. Very potent in the nose with all these pleasant smells. Nice clean hop bite upfront. Mellows out into a smooth caramel malt. Not as good as the smell but still leaps and bounds above a lot of pales. Taste is also grassy with a bit of grapefruit. Very oily and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall this is one the best Pale Ales I have ever had. Very clean and refreshing. Should be a real summertime crowd pleaser!

07-23-2011 03:31:59 | More by generalnotsew
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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%

I suppose there's a cap on how "exceptional" a beer like this can be. Mostly because I don't think it sets out to be "exceptional". So, with that in mind, I suppose I can understand the good but not great reviews.

And, I guess, that explains why I'm not giving it 5s all across, because I certainly could were I simply judging it on how well it does what it should do.

I mean, assuming the goal was to produce a delicious and sessionable brew that goes down easy but reminds you that you're drinking something tasty, then I've got to say they nailed it.

Honestly, this beer was love at first sip for me and I could drink a vat of it were I more thirsty.

Juicy malts set off by lively but not over-aggressive hops.

Is the new standard bearer as far as I'm concerned for the modern American Pale ale.

07-20-2011 16:49:09 | More by detlefchef
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

twelve-y poured into a pint glass.

comes out a nice shade of orange with a pure white head that has great retention and decent lacing. the nose is powerful and full of doughy malts with oily hops citrus and grapefruit. tongue picks up doughy malts again with a piny hop character to it. its pretty good but nothing too amazing. this is a light bodied brew with medium carbonation. not too much of a hop bite on this which is good. overall its a decent beer but nothing that i'd go out of my way to find.

07-18-2011 21:45:29 | More by celticfutblclub
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Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance: Light amber, couldn't tell too much in the bottle

Smell: Slightly sweet

Taste: Light and slightly sweet with a brief hop bite

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light and crisp

Overall: Been drinking a lot of pale ales recently and this is the best so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:35:14 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
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bum732

Lesotho

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

S: Grapefruit mostly and other citrus with a light bready malt.

L: Crystal clear orange with 1/8 inch creamy off-white head, solid lacing.

T: Bitter hoppiness up front with a medium malty sweetness. This is quickly erased by a medium high citrus bitterness, quite bitter. Some toasty sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Solid, quite bitter and hoppy for a pale ale.

07-12-2011 02:10:20 | More by bum732
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and floral and citrus hops

Taste: caramel and floral and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a distinct bitter backbone and a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: An ok pale ale. I could have a couple of these, but this one really does not stick out. If you love hops, try it, but I will pass on this one in the future

07-11-2011 14:06:55 | More by tigg924
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%

Aroma: Complex malty aromatics that include bready, crusty, and light caramel notes. Mild floral hop aromas. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with sudsy white head. Still looking in the glass.

Flavor: More malt driven character that reminds me of wheat bread, buckwheat pancakes, and dark grain flavors. Balance is nearly even with a slight lean towards the malt. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency noted. Clean on the palate.

Overall impression: A definitively malt-driven American pale ale. Too malt forward to be truly American. Not enough malt character or English hop character to be English. Fits in the style space between American hoppy and English malt driven. Well done but nothing outstanding for me to want to try again.

07-10-2011 21:34:50 | More by mattcrill
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Served this 12 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Date was unreadable. The body was clear and golden. The head left only a few veins of lace.

The smell was grainy. Damp hay too.

The taste was more like an IPA to me. grainy malts but also some bold leafy hops. Finishes with a grapefruit pith bitterness that dries the mouth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a coarse texture that I really liked. Plenty of carbonation. This one is a keeper.

07-05-2011 02:42:20 | More by Cresant
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powellmg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Served @ 40F in a pint glass.

Poured with a spare, off-white head, quickly gone. Clear, orange color. Subtle, hoppy aroma of orange and honey. Medium bitterness, mineral taste supported by toasted malt. Some sweetness behind the hops. Dry, lingering finish. Lighter-bodied, average carbonation. Well-balanced and drinkable. A good session beer.

07-05-2011 02:00:13 | More by powellmg
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omnigrits

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pored into a straight pint glass.

A. A very pleasing amber/light copper colour with a white head. Nice lace.

S. Almost non-existent. Virtually no aroma, but what little there is feels very APA-like. Some malty grain and a hint of citrusy hops.

T. Much better. Malt and hops in near perfect balance with a good but not overstated bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

O. A decent pale ale, very drinkable, quite subtle. I could easily see myself drinking this all evening. Very tasty.

07-04-2011 23:23:31 | More by omnigrits
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sdsurfer217

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Purchased this beer because of the headwaters program. I'm always down to support a good cause.

A: Copper/orange color. Half finger worth of clean white head. Pretty sexy looking beer.

S: Citrus, hoppy, almost sweet smelling. There’s something else that I can’t put my finger on, but it smells delicious

T: Almost a caramelized orange flavor, a little bit of biscuity/toast. Touch of hops linger

M: Not very carbonated and a little thin.

O: Pretty drinkable Pale Ale. Not bad, but also not remarkable. I would probably buy this again because it goes toward a good cause and the beer is decent.

07-02-2011 12:29:36 | More by sdsurfer217
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours to a golden body with a thick white head that disappears rather quickly. The retention is very good, and has good lacing on the side of the beer. Has an earthy hops with a sweet malt in the nose. The taste starts out with some caramel malts followed by some floral, pine and citrus hops. It is a very crisp clean smooth creamy mouth feel to it that leaves the mouth slightly dry. A very smooth well made beer that has a great taste to it and one I can see myself enjoying for many years to come.

07-02-2011 08:24:54 | More by DannyDan
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.