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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

2,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,110
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 198 | 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 Kerrie
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Kerrie, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mnrider
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright somewhat clear amber color. The medium sized white head leaves little lacing and just a thin layer of retention. The color is outstanding.

S: Floral hops. Sweet fruity notes. Grains. Overall fresh and cool, but somewhat confined.

T/M: Bitter citric hops, mostly floral. Fruity flavors. Malt sweetness. Grains. Crisp with a creamy feel. The finish is hoppy and little gritty. Flavors linger on the palate.

O: This is a terrific pale ale. Victory continues to impress with every entry I try. The drinkability with all their beers are excellent and this one is no different. The citric hoppy flavors are solid but don't go overboard.


mnrider, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

mrp2323, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rodemey2, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

HeyYoMar, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

mlefebvre7, Jan 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49%

bkaj21, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jschott75, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of superdoopersauce
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

superdoopersauce, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

staaaaalin, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BeerMo36, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to tan and slightly hazy, decent head and lace.

Aroma and flavor are full of fruity, floral notes with some sweet, caramel malts, and earthy malt notes.

Body is very drinkable with a lightly sweet, lightly malty, somewhat floral hops finish.

While my favorite from Victory remains Prima Pils, this one is definitely a winner too. Good job on this beer, Victory!

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of RussBeercier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

RussBeercier, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

MeganPhillips, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of March 14, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Victory that just arrived in my area. Victory really seems to be cranking them out lately. Expectations are decent.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright coppery orange with excellent clarity, and just over a finger of soapy bubbly off-white head. Some thin strings of lacing. Looks very prime.

S - Very floral hops really shine here. Flowers, grass, lemons, pine, and some crisp leafy earthiness / yeast presence. A touch of grainy pilsner malt sort of smell.

T - Taste follows the nose with the addition of woodsy caramel malt. Grainy pilsner malts, leafy herbal earthiness, floral hops, resinous pine / spruce, and some bitter grapefruit. Nice and all, but I feel like it falls a bit short somewhere.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, and even refreshing. Light grainy malt and some resinous hops chilling on the palate.

Overall, a nice pale ale, but hardly distinguishable from many others in the pack. It is bright and floral with excellent balance, and a solid sipper with a moderately low 5.10% abv. I would have it again if the occasion was right.

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jan 09, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer no doubt about that. That rich, clear amber that you want your beer to look like. Decent little white head, sticks around a little bit, decent lacing.

Subdued aroma. Decent little hops presence, bready malts, and a mild yeastiness that could be partly my imagination.

The taste is much more pronounced than the aroma. This is a good thing. It starts out with an abrupt bitterness: pine, yes, but a lot of cooled grapefruit and pith as well. The malts are merely strings holding the hops afloat, and it fades into a bitter aftertaste with a kind of generic bitter and crackers aftertaste.
It's a decent brew. Not one I'd necessarily look for again, but I don't regret having tried it?

kemoarps, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Holland, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MarkSansone, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Skillz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

barflybastard, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TTripp725, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ghowehattrick, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Astrojack, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Ernest78, Jan 02, 2014
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.