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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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4/5  rDev +2%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

russwbeck, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

lpotter, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Miamilice, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

hackomal, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Nuke77
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid pale ale but fell a little short of what I was anticipating. A very good floral and citrus scent that unfortunately failed to materialize in the taste. The body overall seemed light to me for some reason. The overall mouthfeel was clean and crisp. Not a bad pale ale at all but there are others that I prefer.

Nuke77, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts to slowly overflow the bottle, but the pour produces a standard sized head. The liquid is hazy with a light amber color. Leaves some streaky ring lace.

Classic blend of paler malts and aromatic hops. Very pleasant while being fully predictable (in a good way).

Great balance in the flavors. Light earthiness but there's also a smoothness to the malt flavors. The hop shows up mid-sip and continues through the swallow. The bitterness is less complex but is perfectly appropriate for this style. The body is as to be expected with a slightly high level of carbonation. In short, this is a fine pale ale. In fact if I were to suggest one to give as the example of the American style, I would choose this one.

smcolw, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper color with a 1/2 finger cream colored head.

S: Some pretty nice floral hops and a touch of caramel. Not fantastic, but pretty nice.

T: Some good floral hop flavor upfront followed by some biscuity malt and a touch of breadiness and malt sweetness on the finish. There's nothing about this beer that blew me away, but it's a tasty pale ale and I'd definitely try it again.

notchucknorris, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of mtalley999
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber color with little head that receded quickly but left very good lacing.

Smell is all citrusy hops to me.

Taste is true to smell. Citrusy hops at first, then a bit of pine. The taste is very crisp and the flavors are very clean to me.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin, with the carbonation still remians even after about 15 minutes in the glass.

Overall this is a solid beer. Very easy to drink and good to just kick back and relax with.

mtalley999, Nov 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw to copperish, clear, transparent with nice effervescence. Finger thick head presents then diminishes to thin top.

Smell presents as a nice wave of citric, slightly earthy hops with a very clean pale malt undertone.

Taste is clean, crisp well balanced mix of pale malt, very slight hint of caramel with a touch of biscuit. Hop bitterness is clean with not as much citric presence as the smell.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, clean and crisp with an almost perfect balance of hops and malt.

Overall, a very nice pale ale, understated malt backbone with a solid hop nose.

mvanaskie13, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a good foamy white head. A bit of lace.

Nice grapefruit coming forward, with lightly toasted malt, and some grainy malt and a touch of fruit.

Malt and citric hops up front (but the hops aren't killing this one). Some fruit sweetness, leading to a little bruised fruit skin tartness as the palate clears. This is ok, because bitter and malt come back into play, with hops and bread leading the charge to the end. Decent strength of flavor, decent balance.

Medium body, some decent tingle of bubbles.

I liked this one. Plenty of character, and plenty of tiny flavors that pop up as the palate clears. Worth a try and a revisit.

OtherShoe2, Nov 06, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a pitcher at Scotty's into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber slightly orange tinged with a 2 finger off-white head.

Smells of some bready malt, citrus, pine and some grass.

Very malt forward at first, but rounds into a pine/grass hop flavor finishing a bit bitter and dry. More bitter than your average APA and a bit sweeter than I prefer.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both at good levels.

Very easy sessionable brew. Not the best I've ever had, but in the mood for something a bit lighter with dinner it did the trick.

jmarsh123, Nov 03, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper body with two fingers of off-white head with decent retention. Aromas are largely biscuity, with leafy hops. Taste is very biscuity and toasty, with hops that are less earthy than those of an Oktoberfest but less fresh and vibrant than those of most pale ales. "Leafy" is the best word I can think of to describe its bitterness. Overall, well-balanced, pleasant to drink for many rounds.

droomyster, Nov 02, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden amber with orange and red hues. A glorious creamy white head that really sticks around.

S - Pineapple, tropical fruity, pine and juniper, some bubble gum, slight caramel from the malt, fresh herbs, grass

T - Clean malt forward with subtle hops that kick in with a bit of bitter and some citric and pine quality. The ale is very well balanced and leaves you with a good hop profile while not overwhelming the malt. The minimal bitter comes through the finish. There's a decent herbal quality as well which gives the beer an almost medicinal quality.

M - Good carbonation and clean mouthfeel

O - An enjoyable, crisp, and sessionable pale. Seems more refined than some of its APA brethren.

doopydoogle, Oct 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny orang/tan body, trace white head, excellent lacing

S: grapefruit, lemon grass, malt

T: grapefruit, lemon grass, biscuit, apple,
malt, light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish

O: Very nice session brew. Victory delivers another
fine 6-pack of yummy goodness.
Fine session brew that I would recommend
and also purchase again.


BeerLover99, Oct 26, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber in color with white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

A solid hoppy aroma right away. citrus with oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. A moderate amount of malt in there. Nicely balanced.

The citrus hop flavors are present from the start. Plenty of tangerine and grapefruit along with a bit of pine which provide a little bitterness. Balanced with sweet flavor of bready malts.

Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

A very well-balanced pale ale that represents the class well. nice presence of hoppy aroma and flavors with a good malty backbone. Victory is a solid brewery that continues to impress.

haddon, Oct 25, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours cloudy light orange. A scant finger of head and lacing like a splash of white color on the sides of the glass.

S- Hoppy, a bit sulfury, a bit chalky. Besides the strong hop notes, this isn't an awesome smelling beer. But luckily the hops are pretty strong.

T- Lots and lots of hops- lime, grass, lemon, tangerine. I'd say a lot of citrus with a splash of green. There more earthy on the back of the roof of my mouth, but besdies that, pretty citrusy. And very powerful. I was very surprised to see this was barely over 5% alcohol, as it has the taste of a much stronger beer.

M- Just the right amount of bitterness for my tastebuds. While the sweet flavors aren't really there, there is enough sweetness to mellow out the bitter, so that works.

O- Very nice stuff. A pleasant drinker with a powerful hop punch without a ton of alcohol.

zdk9, Oct 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it the fresh river water that makes this taste so great? Heh.
This pale ale pours a clear golden color with a nice layer of foam giving off a big hoppy aroma. All the usual suspects (citrusy more than piney, and ever so floral) come together in a delicious combination. Another winner. I might just have a new favorite pale ale.

elNopalero, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hop Devil Grill. Happy hour+ taco Tuesdays make it worth visiting again. :)

Pint glass. Clear, copper color. Soft, off white inch of foam. Nothing special.

Toasty, leafy green, with an ever so slight scent of margarine.

Dry & toasty taste/texture. Bitter greens. Slightly nutty & sweet. Numbing finish. Frothy feel. Moderately bitter.

Pretty solid. Goes well with all this chorizo I've ingested. :)

PEBKAC, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back lit, the beer is a clear, straw gold with a lingering white head. Biscuity malt with an earthy spice for the nose. FruitA little research pulled up a note from Lew Bryson that it's Citra/Centennial hops as the American hops. Caramel and sweet on the tongue with a slight tang from the hop bite on the back of the tongue. Bitterness from the Citra lingers and builds further into the beer. I like the beer more as I go--better than the initial taste. Named for the local waters that supply the brewery, this is a good strong pale ale that is on par with all of Victory’s offerings.

FightingEntropy, Oct 18, 2011
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.