Headwaters Pale Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,218 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 243 | 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 muletrane
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 3/21/12

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Pours a hazy pale copper colour. 1.5 fingers of pillowy white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice balance between piney earthy hops and bready malts.

T: The taste is true to the nose. Nicely balanced with a good hop profile. A touch of bitterness and a good amount of breadiness in the finish.

M: Crisp and prickly feeling in the mouth. Moderate body with high carbonation.

Overall this a solid example of an APA. Crisp and refreshing with some nice hop character.

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a nice golden straw color body to it with no head but just a thin lace around the edge. The smell is citrus with some nice invinting hops. The taste is a nice bitter, stinging hop taste with some citrus coming through, The mouth feel is nice well balanced and carbonated. Overall this is a great tasting beer.

Photo of de322
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Headwaters pours out a clear golden color, with light and fluffy foam on top. Aromas are slightly hoppy, but heavy on the sweet side of things.

Just a touch of hops balance nicely with a substantial amount of malts. The hops are slightly bitter, but more citrus and piney than a sticky/bitter style. The malts are sweet, but not candy/sugary sweet. Very nice balance and a very clean smooth finish.

Photo of cornucopia
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tsauce2
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: On-tap in to a pint glass.

A: SRM is light amber. Translucent. Head is off white, minimal, dissipates to the outsides of the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Moderate floral hop notes with some piney scents and a light touch of malt.

T: Balanced hops give a mild bitterness and piney essence. Malt base holds up to hop presence and adds a light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body. Hops are dominate in the hop/malt balance, but are still a light/medium presence and give a moderate bitterness and citrus and piney components to the feel. Malt comes in with a touch of caramel sweetness that adds body to the feel and balances the hops. Wet finish.

O: Exactly what I think of when I hear "APA". Moderate flavors, hop forward, nice malt base, average ABV. I liked the piney and citurs hop balance and also enjoyed how there was just enough malt and a touch of sweetness to really balance everything. I would buy this beer again.

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of theo871
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of TRingelstein
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of stevegregg
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hopstimatic
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking orange color. The head was white and doesn't really have much retention. The lacing is light but scattered around the glass. The smell of the beer has a solid malt character with some hope on the nose. The taste is balanced with bitterness and grains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation to it. Overall this beer is actually impressive. I enjoy it and I feel like I would enjoy it again if I were to have it. Thumbs up to Victory on this one.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney with some tropical fruit. A touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with some sweet caramel maltiness. It had a tropical fruit hop presence with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice APA. Victory is very consistent with their year round brews.

Photo of gafferjohn
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Lang44
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JoeBCBC
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local brewpub in a regular pint glass.

This beer smells wonderful. Citrus and pine notes from american hops. The bitterness is just right in this one and the hop flavor really comes through on the finish.

This is a very drinkable beer that i'd come back to time and time again!

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,218 ratings.