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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

2,211 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 240 | 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 tzieser
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a: straw in color with a slight haze. nice white head that settles into a thin lacing.

s: citrus-hop aroma with a noticeable honey-like malt sweetness and subtle grassy undertones.

t: crisp, hoppy and refreshing. hop flavor hits first and foremost with notes of citrus and flowers. malt backbone is there and keeps the beer from being too bitter (which it most certainly isn't). this is one refreshing beer. it's perfectly balanced. it deserves this 5; well done.

m: great mouthfeel.

delicious. my new go-to pale ale.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: Clean orange amber. A decent pour yields a 1.5 finger head and solid lacing.

S: Piney hops. A bit of malt too, though more then anything else, this smells exceedingly resiny.

T: Again, that piney resin comes through first. As it opens, there's a bit of that patented citra hop juiciness. The finish is packed with a malty backbone and really adds balance to the beer.

M: Richer then expected. Creamy and frothy, it feels like a beer twice it's ABV.

O: Victory's Headwaters Pale Ale is one of the better (albeit newer) entries into the APA style. If you like hop forward APA's, then I highly recommend checking this out when über-fresh, as the hops show significantly better. I foresee myself knocking off sixers of this stuff on the regs. Well done, Victory.

Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

870th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Best by: 10/25/11

App- A dark orange/amber with a good solid one finger white head. A good sheen and cling of lace.

Smell- A lot of caramel with some malts and a slight bitter note behind it. A little bit earthy and citrus.

Taste- A pretty straightforward brew. A lot of malt behind its profile with some earthy tones. A slight citrus component with a small dampness behind it as well.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a paired medium carbonation. A good earthy and juicy residual flavor.

Drink- Not as refreshing as I had hoped but still tasteful. A bit fuller than most pale ales and a tad darker and more layered.

Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy for a pale ale. I get a lot of piney hops, as well as some resin and grass notes. There is also a little bit of cattyness in the hop aroma. The flavor is a little milder than the aroma. I get some resinous and grass-like hops, but they are balanced somewhat nicely by the biscuit malt. The bitterness is low, as expected in the style. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jsprain1
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden with a one finger head that has poor retention. Minimal lacing.
S- This is one of the most herbal beers I've ever come across. It's like chopped cilantro and parsley. SLightly "dank" as they say.
T- More of the same here. I like the herbal presence in a lot of beers but this one goes a touch over the top on it.
M- A bit light, but good active carbonation.
O- I like when pale ales use herbal hops but this one goes too far down that road. Interesting but probably a pass for me. Sadly, my least favorite beer Victory has put out so far.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with 1/2" of dense, bubbly head. Good retention. The nose has faint notes of malt with piny, citrusy hop aromas. The taste is bready, biscuity malt up front followed by citrusy hops that balance well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and well carbonated.

This is a well blended APA with a nice blend of hops and malt. The flavor profile is a little short lived and at times a little thin, but overall I found it really enjoyable.

Photo of pvsob
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light orange color with a rather small head (white) that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S- Malt, earthy/musty aromas, grapefruit, and just a touch of tropical fruit.

T- I picked up more malt in the flavor than in the aroma. A nice citrus bitterness balances out the malt. A nice bitter (citrus pith) finish.

M- Low to medium feel with medium to high levels of carbonation.

O- Well done Victory. I think I found a local replacement for all those sixers of SNPA I usually have in my fridge. Recommended. Cheers.

Photo of deepchills
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this Victory Pale Ale at Majestics on Camp Bowie, $13 for a 6pk of 12oz bottle.

Pours a light gold with a small bubbly head.

Herbal/floral nose with some earthy hop and bready yeast present.

The beer has a crisp start with a malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness mixing nicely. Bready flavor and floral notes are present along with some light fruit.

The beer is brilliantly carbonated, resplendently crisp and especially effortless to drink.

A wonderful example of what a Pale Ale should be. I look forward to drink more....now.

Photo of John1985
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ale pours a hazy orange and an inch head that laces down the pint glass. Aroma is pine and citrus, flavor is an assertive hop citrus flavor. Malt is more evident as the ale warms up a bit. The ale finishes a little on the watery side which is the only letdown. Overall it is a very refreshing, flavorful ale.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy peach color with finger of soapy white head. Fades quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the drinking side of the glass, but nowhere else.

S: A good balance of hops/malts. Citrus and slightly grassy hops with bready malts underneath. Nice smelling beer.

T: Balance continues to the taste. Citrus/grass and sweet, bready malts. Has an almost tea like finish.

M: Just a wee bit thin. Slightly bitter finish.

O: I like Victory products a lot and this was no disappointment. I'll be getting this again.

Photo of wingman14
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head that fades fast. The aroma is inviting, more than I expected from a pale ale, nice hop aroma, citrus and grapefruit notes, subtle malt is there as well. The taste starts with a nice hop punch, bitter and citrus hit immediately. Subtle malt flavor mixes with the hops as it finishes with the bitter coming back, then has a nice citrus aftertaste. This one has a medium mouthfeel, somewhat smooth, with a nice balance of different flavors. Overall a good beer, nice flavor, crisp and well hopped.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper/ orange, lots of bubbles, no haze, half finger of white rocky head.

Smell is all piney hops. Just a little bit floral.

Taste: Floral hops, some sharp citrus notes, and just a tiny backing of malt. Not complex, but satisfying

Mouthfeel is nice. Body is between medium and light, moderately high carbonation, but it seems appropriate. Just a tiny tiny bit of heat from the alcohol.

Overall maybe the best Pale Ale I've ever had. Probably will be my next homebrew project to clone this.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Light head. Very pale orange. Decent lacing. Not much to say.

S: Niceish hops, if a bit astringently citrusy. Some grapefruit. Good overall.

T: Mediocre pale ale, but pleasant. The aftertaste is full of drying, bitter hops. A bit better than originally suspected.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty great. A substantial malty dryness is excellent.

O: Pretty good. Nothing to go out of your way for, but I'd have another if not much else was on offer.

Photo of DUBinMIA
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a Sam's Bulb glass from a bottle. Looks orange and slight chill haze. thick head with some foam and decent retention.

Smell is hops up front. citrus like floral notes. then some malt and yeast come through in the end. Not a strong aroma just enough to get the point across.

floral and citrus hop flavor zing to begin... followed by smooth malt and grainy character towards the end that finishes crisp. A very simple flavor that is in my opinion very well done.

medium body that allows flavors to absorb but not linger too long.

Overall a very nice pale ale... very refreshing and drinkable!!!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Amber color, 2" head to start, the fine thin, layers dissipate quick, thin layer left-over.

A fruity and citric snappy hop aroma, dry earth, light and sweet smell. mostly hops.

A dry hop flavor hits first, then pineapple, earthy, semi-bitter bite with dark wheat, musty flavor and yummy fruity citrus bite, all in good balance. good depth with very dry flavor's, rye and wheat. The feel is crisp and sharp, then lush, finishing dry and earthy, grainy.

This is just a classic.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Wegmans

A- a copper color with minimal head and minimal lacing. Quite clear and looks like amber sap.

S- aroma is that of floral and hnts of citrus. no malt smell from what i can tell.

T-floral hops are quite pungent and dry. A great combo if i say so myself. a sweet malt then coats the back end of the brew.

M- hoppy and grainy/wheaty dry. However, it is crisp, smooth and like drinking water.

O- a decent victory brew and i would purchase a sixer of this. A good beer for working outside with. A good beer to grill with as well.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Headwaters poured a darker copper color, with a decent sized retaining head. There was a nice floral smell. The taste was slightly bitter, good floral notes from the hops were present. Nice to drink, easy to have more then one. Overall a very good APA, enjoyable, and drinkable.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best buy 8-17-11

The beer appeared a nice orange/darker amber color with a nice bright white head that was decently retained, but faded into a very thin, uneven cap. Aroma was perhaps slightly more malty than hoppy, but some citrus hops were noticeable. Taste is good, well balanced with perhaps a slight edge to the citrus hops, but not much. The taste of the beer really did not linger too much in the mouth. Lighter feel with good carbonation. The beer was easy to drink, very refreshing, clean and crisp. Overall, a good beer from a great brewery.

Photo of znichols
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Gray's Tied House pint glass.

A- Deep, rich gold color with a soft, two finger white head. Somewhat opaque. Looks like your average pale ale.

S- A little bit of sticky hops and light maltyness. Very balanced aroma. Sort of like crackers and lemon butter. It's there but not anything overly intriguing.

T- Very citrusy northwest hop resin hits the tongue first. The hop flavor isn't quite "potent", but the perfect level to enjoy without having to pucker up. The bitterness is pretty subdued at first then comes up a little bit late. A little bready malt flavor round out the sip and then everything dissapears pretty quick. This one doesn't really stick with you long flavorwise.

M- Very easy drinking. Pretty light bodied with a higher level of carbonation and a sticky finish. Enjoyable for a session beer.

O- I would easily go through 6 of these in a night and enjoy every one. A lighter American Pale Ale with a very oily, sticky mouthfeel and a easygoing lemon and sweetmalt flavor.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served in a pint glass from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived a golden-brown color. It held a one finger head of creamy, foamy white bubbles, which left a decent amount of lacing as is descended. No sediment or haze was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma was of partially adjuncty malts that were pale, with a sweeter toast to them. Hops were minimal, but notes of earth and grass were picked up. Towards the far back of the nose a sweetness of raspberry was detected. As we sipped, the flavoring began with soapy hops and paler malts. The grain here also took on flavors nearing wheat or rye. The middle moved us forward with cleaner malts, much more pale and unfiltered. We ended on notes of bitter grain and further soapy hops. There was also a sweeter boozy fruitiness, as there was in the nose. The aftertaste sung more of the finish, with soap, booze, and berry. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. The head retained nicely, so this imparted a nice froth and slurp. The mouth was left a bit dried, and overall was cooled and coated. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the feel. While the carbonation came out on the higher side, with each sip there was a good cream, making this beer nice and satisfying. This beer was good for the style, but the flavoring could have stood to be more pronounced.

Photo of fsvan
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of Oct. 25 2011.

A- Bright golden. Big, three fingers of fluffy white head.

S- Oily, piney hop notes up front. A bit of bread-like malts in teh background. Smells a good bit SNPA, but a bit more subdued. That is, of course, a compliment.

T- While the smell is reminiscent of SNPA, the taste differs quite a bit. Light pine hop flavors up front. Light malt notes. Big bitterness on the finish.

M- A little light and watery, but not awful. Makes for easy drinking.

O- A pretty solid APA. With the prices on Victory 6 packs, it won't be a common buy for me, but I'm not going to have any problem finishing the 6.

Photo of BeachBrewerDude
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden to amber in color, medium head retention

Smell: Subtle hop aroma

Taste: Tar, a little bit of skunk, mossy river stone, pungent grassy bitter hops, a hint of old lady makeup, a nice mild earthy maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and chilled. Hops with a tarry essence dominate taste buds.

Overall: Refreshing, hoppy, earthy, not too malty, great hoppy pale ale. The tar characteristic from the hops is something you should be in the mood for, but goes extremely well with certain foods such as BBQ ribs. This beer plays with BBQ sauce so well! Very fun to drink! Bartender...I'll take another!!!

Photo of danoeltico
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Nice thick white head from the poor and has a nice dark clear golden color, very little to no lacing

Light pine and malt aroma, just sits back and does what it does

Well balanced slight maltiness with a little hopiness from a sip. With the mouthful the hops are more pronounced and this pale ale starts to shine. It is what a pale ale should taste like, very drinkable.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 6pack purchased of this fine brew was a too old 6pack at a store where craft beer moves slowly. Unfortunate, but I will speak on this beer regardless. A translucent golden amber with some sexy lace and creamy head. Typically, the nose would reveal a bit of malt and some delightful orange citrus, but right now, the malt is dominating my nose.
Still starts with that little bitterness, just right for a pale, and there still is some hop character beyond, but the malt just rides it out. Sadly, this bottle is a shell of its former self, but I know based on past experiences what this truly is. Bottle says enjoy by 9/12..shiit. Probably should've looked at that first before I bought em. Oh, well. Still a good beer.

Photo of cooncat
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,211 ratings.