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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

1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 56
Gots: 139 | 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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willitsmckinley


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-20-2012 03:25:09 | More by willitsmckinley
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AmitC

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking my first headwaters. This one is being consumed beyond its best by date of 19 sep 2012.

So it might have lost a lot of its hoppiness and aroma. Still it does very well on a lot of parameters and i can see how good this will be if taken fresh.

Pours with about two finger thick fluffy white colored head, with not much standing. Amber in color, somewhat pale and hazy. Very good lacing. Almost no bubbles.

Aroma: Very good mix of citrus hop aroma and bready malts. Some weed like and grass like nose. I am assuming this is a subdued lot, but still it puts many IPAs to shame.

Taste: Nice mix of malts and hops. Nice use of malts that are suppressing the bitterness but still the balance tilts in the favor of hops. A good bitterness in the after taste for a pale ale. Citrus and some resin, oily character. Very hop upfront. Slight malty backbone and the ending is again full of bitterness. Bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel: Light to somewhat medium feel. Some hop derived astringency. Crisp and refreshing. Low on carbonation.

Very good beer for summers and springs. Very enjoyable in the winters as well. In the mood of some easy hops, this one will do the trick.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4.25

Would definitely have scored 4.5 if fresh. I will seek this one out, an younger bro of Hop Devil. Certainly.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:05:02 | More by AmitC
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DaleB50

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-18-2012 21:57:28 | More by DaleB50
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fmccormi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. Freshness date of April 13, 2013 printed in white-grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Apr 13 2013 0182 1551”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on November 13, 2012. So, just under five weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.5): Close to two fingers of very fine, velvety-looking foam rises offof the pour, capping a crystal-clear, honey-gold body. Retention is modest, but it leaves some fat splotches of lace and scattered suds as it goes down—definitely better than average.

Smell (4.0): Surprisingly funky, dank kinda smell coming off of this—which is awesome. The dry-hopping is evident, even at five weeks old. Very clean, fresh, and aromatic, with nice citrus (pineapple, mango) and mild weed tones (a little dank, a little resinous) over some solid, bready malt character that’s only modestly sweet and moderately rich—great mix and balance for the style.

Taste (4.5): A nice dose of bittering hops offers some grassy, mildly vegetal bitterness right off the bat. The body is clean and crisp, a light body of very pale barley malt that’s moderately toasty, like fresh-toasted Southern white bread—not sweet, very nice and dry but not particularly complex in grain composition, either. But it fits the style extremely well. There’s a very crisp, lemony flavor and bitterness that dominates the mid-palate and carries into the finish, which I like—very crisp and refreshing. The finish has a nice, medium-strength bitterness that’s part grass and part lemon. Awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Definitely on the light side of medium-bodied, with a finish that’s crisp and dried out nicely from some modestly astringent hop oils. The carbonation is soft and full, foaming a bit on the way down. This is very, very drinkable.

Overall (4.0): Talk about crushable. This beer is so crisp and drinkable, it’s a perfect springtime beer—I can definitely see having a couple of these on the porch on a warm April evening in upstate NY. This is a great example of the style, and I will definitely be seeking it out again when I need something to shake me out of the winter doldrums and open me up to the crisp air of springtime. Good job, Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:23:50 | More by fmccormi
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tscanlon51

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-16-2012 16:21:27 | More by tscanlon51
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erikl48

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-15-2012 14:50:13 | More by erikl48
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-14-2012 03:49:31 | More by Omensetter
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-13-2012 00:16:45 | More by SpectralAbyss
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-11-2012 23:44:44 | More by RWNay
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark golden brown with great clarity. The smell is amazingly hoppy. I love the nose of this brew. Slight malt taste upfront and then a powerful mule kick of hops that is extremely citrus and very powerful. I love the hop character of this beer. The mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is too. If you have never had this I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 01:03:20 | More by brewdude1982
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-10-2012 23:45:59 | More by flyers1980
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-10-2012 23:45:01 | More by SlowWideTurns
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match1112

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: clear amber body, fingers worth of head settles to a thin ring.

s: grainy, floral hops, caramel

t: sweet cereal grains, citrus hops, caramel malt

m: just a tad thin, decent carbonation, a little dry bitterness on the finish.

o: pretty tasty, easy drinkin, glad i grabed a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:38:39 | More by match1112
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-09-2012 15:27:47 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49.1%

12-07-2012 15:24:25 | More by Travcofarms
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-07-2012 02:51:21 | More by ssimpson89
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Bworfus

Austria

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely biased..

Had this beer for the first time after a 3 hrs MTB ride handed to me by a friend from his treasure trove cooler.

I can taste the pureness of the headwaters in this one. It's like Austrian glacier water freshly melted and cought with your bare hands, blended with everything you love in American hops, the resin, the sap, the citrus fragances, the fruit, the hemp, and then the earthiness of just torn out barley ears from the fields, ground up with your bare hands again..

All of the above was made into a beer from heaven! Thank you Victory!

Overall actually caters more to an American IPA lover, than to somebody who's looking for a true pale ale, due to a strong hop presence throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:35:47 | More by Bworfus
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-04-2012 03:48:50 | More by chippo33
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-03-2012 15:01:03 | More by NickyDee21
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purppy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-03-2012 01:47:00 | More by purppy
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Cardmarauder

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2012 15:05:03 | More by Cardmarauder
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-30-2012 01:11:12 | More by Kunstman
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ironwill54


4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-28-2012 20:31:57 | More by ironwill54
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dji43466

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

11-27-2012 03:06:12 | More by dji43466
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-27-2012 02:21:16 | More by jculler82
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.