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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

1,918 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 58
Gots: 133 | 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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Matt746237

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-16-2013 19:04:18 | More by Matt746237
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greengorby

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-04-2013 13:57:40 | More by greengorby
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brentblack1

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-06-2012 18:42:23 | More by brentblack1
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jak

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-15-2011 18:18:22 | More by jak
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

04-24-2012 03:34:11 | More by Ecolello87
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-05-2012 02:48:35 | More by mattparsons
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light,clear orange, with a nice half-inch of fluffy white head.Lacing is rather minimal.

Sweet citrus,floral hops, combined with nice sweet malt backbone. Wow,very inviting. I love this very pleasant aroma,nice citrusy hops are there right in your nose,with the steady level of malt sweetness. Yes.

Upon sip,what I experience in the nose is pleasantly repeated on the tongue. Good bitter citrus hops,yet very restrained, which is appropriate for a pale ale. Sweet caramel malts. Good medium body,with average carbonation,not too much,just the right amount of it.

Yet another winner from Victory,they never cease to amaze me, and always fail to dissapoint me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 18:11:52 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clean floral hop aroma. Transparent straw/light amber in color with white head. Juicy and medium in body. Big grapefruit citric hop presence up front followed up by a balancing juiciness on the back end. Unique and well balanced. Flips the presence of the malts and hops. Slightly minty upon finish as well. I normally think pale ales all taste the same but this one shines amongst the crowd. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 01:23:01 | More by jtierney89
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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into a nonic

clear golden body with a small white head. A very nice citrusy hop smells is present, wow, maybe a bit of pale malt too but I have to say this APA is one of the best smelling around. I'm impressed with the flavor as well. A nice citrus hop flavor is incredibly well balanced with the pale malts. Finishes with a nice hop flavor but isn't overly bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a light carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high on this one. I'm really blown away by how good this beer is. Well balanced but with plenty of hop flavor, honestly I think this is the best APA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:50:51 | More by jpmclaug
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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 16:49:09 | More by detlefchef
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped at Eli Cannon’s with CBaller the GC

A- Golen copper body, white head, nice lacing.

S- Floral hops with a nice spicy lemon zest. Smells magnificent out on the picnis table patio on a warm summer day listening to ben harper’s burn one down and slightly stoopid’s false rhythms.

T- Very nice herbal citrus hop kick with a spicy bready backbone. “This is a tasty beverage.” (Samuel L)

M- Nice crisp zesty beer with a dry smooth finish.

D- A nice hoppy pale ale that hits all the right marks for me. Love this one from victory. Might be my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 20:21:37 | More by DNICE555
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.99 for a 6'er at BevCo. No real stats on the mfgr website, just "Imported, 2 row German malts, Whole flower American hops, 5.1% ABV".

Pours out to a very clear dark golden, forming a tall white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is great, with aggressive pungent hops...think Simcoe and Amarillo...skunky, funky...a hint of biscuit malt maybe in the nose. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and fresh, with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...aggressive pungent hops with a well-balanced malt body, and well balanced herbaceous bitterness. Clean finish, no perceptible off-flavors or aromas. Very well crafted.

This is a great beer. At 5.1% ABV, you can drink a few and not get tanked, but it is still very flavorful, kinda reminds me of Stone Levitation in that respect. I would definitely recommend it and would like to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:27:52 | More by Mitchster
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yesyouam

New York

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale is a crystal clear, lightly sparkling golden ale with a dense, bubbly white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh hoppy aroma of pine and flowers. It has a very smooth medium body with a solid, dry finish. It's a nice, simple, hoppy flavor with perfect bitterness and perfect balance. It tastes slightly dry and piny. This is a supreme example of an American pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 16:55:57 | More by yesyouam
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Gooball201

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well Victory has finally done it! They have created the NJ/NY Hop Lover's dream in a "session" style interms of alcohol level beer. Picked up a case of this as well as $1200 more of beer and wine for our annual sales meeting. As soon as I had one I knew I was headed back to my store hoping they had not sold the last case as I needed to have at least a case in my frig! Not a big fan of Victory but I LOVE this beer and plan to purchase/consume as long as it is for sale in Northern NJ!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 17:28:46 | More by Gooball201
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoy by date on the label reads Sep.12,2011.SO indeed very fresh.

Pours a nice translucent golden color.Left decent lacing globs all over the place.Amazing bubbling action.

The nose is simple doughy malts and a touch of caramel.The citrus hops do add another wrinkle to the game as this makes it seems more of an IPA.

Taste is superb although same as the nose there is more of a pronounced bitter hop linger on the backend. The malt billing is simple an affective it serves it's purpose in making this a more English Pale Ale then an IPA.

Medium bodied in the mouth. With a slight more watery edge to it.Excellent carbonation.

So far I have turned three normal Macro beer drinker's into really loving this one and buying there own and for $34 a case.Very well worth it and a tremendous session ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 14:19:48 | More by TheFightfan1
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear deep copper color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of freshly cut grass with a hint of grapefruit. It is a rather strong aroma. The taste is a nice balance of citrus and grass. Bitterness is firm without being overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best American Pale Ales I've had in a very long time. It has nice complexity. I can see this beer becoming a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:04:22 | More by KarlHungus
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ndawg42031

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great balanced ale!! Hoppy for a traditional pale ale. A nice change from the sometimes over the top hop race over the last few years. Has a spring seasonal feel.
I would recommend with pulled pork BBQ or any traditional cook out fair. Just as good out of the bottle as in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 06:13:57 | More by ndawg42031
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Turbo

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-06-2013 00:53:42 | More by Turbo
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pengs68

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-11-2013 21:39:03 | More by pengs68
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-19-2012 00:40:39 | More by csmartin6
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-09-2013 01:50:49 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-09-2013 03:09:13 | More by Doomcifer
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-18-2013 00:53:54 | More by jmshulk
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-04-2012 02:44:40 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.