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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

1,881 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 55
Gots: 121 | 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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by date of Jul 8 2011. Pours a stunningly clear copper color with a modest cap of tan head. Fades fairly quick and does not leave a whole lot of lacing.

I really like the tropical blend of hop aromas on this one. Really nice. Some toasty malt is in the background, but the juicy hops are the main show.

This is a mighty fine Pale Ale. Succulent hop flavors are complimented by a shifting grass hop bitterness at the end. Not to be outdone, the biscuity and toasted malt flavors manage to shine as well. Mouthfeel is right at medium for an APA and it goes down very easy and smooth. I think Victory has a real winner on their hands here. I know I will buy more than a few six packs of this each year.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:54:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-07-2013 23:45:48 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe third time's the charm, like they say? Best by Aug 17, 2011

A crystal clear light amber with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving patchy lacing. The nose has a rather unique hop profile. So catty I could swear there's Amarillo in there, along with some Cascade? A pungent grapefruit and citrus rind character is also present. The 100% German malt character is interesting with this hop schedule. Rich, bready and biscuit-like but still light and aromatic, I really like the combination.

Decidedly East Coast in its leanings, this beer is fresh enough to be thoroughly enjoyable. The combination of German malts and American hops is relatively unique, and this is very tastefully done. Pungent and bitter with grapefruit and citrus peel, there's a very nice balance of flavor as well with nice aromatics. The malt character is enjoyable, biscuit and toffee with a little caramel, all on a hearty but light on the palate base. Drying and bitter on the finish with some nice flavor hops, there's also a light sweetness that lingers, though the resiny hops do dominate. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is rather excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:20:40 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-08-2013 22:54:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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claspada

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are initially bright and citrusy hops ; lemon and grapefruit are prominent. Lesser tropical notes with some biscuity and light caramel malt notes.
The taste begins with a decent biscuity maltiness. Bitterness is strong with orange and lemon hop flavors; some light floral and grassy flavors as you sip further.
The mouthfeel is surprising full for such a light ABV beer; medium carbonation and some hoppy stickiness before a crisp, dry finish.
Overall this is a very good pale ale from Victory. Nothing revolutionary or mind-blowing but a good sessionable Saturday day drinkin' and grillin' beer. Recommended indeed

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 19:13:54 | More by claspada
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-23-2014 18:53:59 | More by vfgccp
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illidurit

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

10-23-2013 03:27:08 | More by illidurit
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

STOP THE PRESSES>>>This beer is F'ing A....F'ing awesome! A very nice flavored yet subtle pale ale. Victory hit the mark for me! A wonderful tasting pale ale that does not linger nor leaves a brutle bitterness and super elevated ABV. The color was copper in color...the white was very thin and not a lot of lace. The nose was heavy with grapefruit with subtle pine. The taste absolutely followed suit...awesome balance! Mouthfeel was great....SESSION!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 03:26:21 | More by WoodBrew
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champ103

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright and clear copper/orange color. A two finger, rocky, white head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes and leaves some lace behind.
S: Big grassy and floral hops hit the nose at first. A light spicy zest of citrus the quickly fades. Plenty of malt that is great. Bread and biscuit. Some sweetness and finishes with more fresh cut grassy and hay aromas. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Fresh cut grass right up front. A zest spice of citrus and lots of malt. Toasted grains, bread and biscuit. Very dry as well. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is just a bit watery. Though clean, dry, and very smooth. So easy to drink. I will be buying many more six packs.

An excellent pale ale that is really enjoyable. A perfect everyday drinker with lots of flavor. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:22:36 | More by champ103
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Clear dark gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/lemons mixed with some light pineapple. It ends with a sweet malty and fruity aftertaste with a touch of hop bitterness.

Overall – Really delicious stuff that I could see myself drinking a lot of in 1 sitting. It has a nice well rounded taste that isn't potent but remains interesting throughout. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 03:19:03 | More by spinrsx
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 09:48:11 | More by Cynic-ale
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

12-04-2011 22:47:40 | More by barnzy78
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-02-2013 16:58:10 | More by Duff27
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-25-2013 12:44:16 | More by mrfrancis
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-06-2013 23:21:47 | More by Haybeerman
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-09-2014 01:45:38 | More by Durge
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-08-2011 19:58:36 | More by ROGUE16
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cjgator3

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is exactly what I expect for a good American Pale Ale. Pale malts with citrusy hops make up the nose.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malts up front with a good dose of citrusy hops in the finish creating a nice amount of lingering bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It has everything I want in a Pale Ale. It is not going to knock your socks off, but it is a solid beer that is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 01:04:19 | More by cjgator3
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DmanGTR

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-31-2013 22:17:33 | More by DmanGTR
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours toasted golden with a large stack of off-white foam. Retention and lacing are both moderate.
Oily, orange rind and mint nose, backed with herbal snappiness, and tangerine and apple butter-smeared toast.
It begins with a taut, crackery maltiness that unfolds towards honeyed Golden Grahams as it warms. Some tangerine fruitiness frolicks in the middle, then a solid slap of minty, herbal, citrus peel bitterness shoots it down the throat.
It's light bodied, with steady, percolating carbonation. It's an absolutely refreshingly quaffable, and with enough character to stay interesting throughout the session.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:07:55 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-07-2012 14:22:09 | More by whartontallboy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. Pours a light, translucent copper with a one inch, frothy cream-colored head. Nose expresses Simcoe, an earthy/herbal quality, citrus notes and light, toasted malts. Head eventually disperses into a consistent, 1/8th inch cap with delicate spots and strands of lacing revealed in the wake. Taste consistent with nose, as well as the addition of a slight buttery flavor that cuts across the flavor profile and a light, noble hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and some citrus astringency. Overall, a very satisfying and tasty APA that would pair well with pub food and quite quaffable at 5.1%.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 00:09:52 | More by Jwale73
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blackie

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: chalice serving, the beer is a light caramel amber in color, floating a frothy off-white head that falls back to a thin layer

s: herbal and citrusy hops accompany a biscuity pale malt body, grapefruit rind, light caramels, hops even provide a little resin while staying firmly within pale ale territory, there's nothing unnecessary or out-of-place - skilled execution really makes a great product from only a few ingredients

m: moderately carbonated, light-medium in body, satisfying and crisp

t: great structure of biscuity pale malts allows the dried citrus and grassy herbal hops to assert themselves, slight caramel sugar adds body and depth, nice grapefruit rind bitterness, finishing quite dry, clean and refreshing, outstanding balance, just a top notch pale ale

d: a superbly crafted pale ale not too far off from the hallmarks of the style produced by SN - not much of a surprise from Victory, glad to have another worthwhile, drinkable beer readily available

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:18:09 | More by blackie
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 5, 2012.

The pour is about medium amber with lively carbonation and a head that diminishes quickly.

The aroma starts out with pale malts, caramel, and raising but the hops really penetrate the senses taking over the scent.

Medium body.

The taste is somewhat sweet but the hops tend to be thje dominating factor here. That is not a bad thing but I like my American Pales to be a little less bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:28:46 | More by puboflyons
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,881 ratings.