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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

2,265 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 68
Gots: 291 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-14-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - nice golden and orange hues. a dainty head with a bit of a moldy look to it.

s - fresh hops and very malty. slightly sappy and resiny.

t - more malt than hops. some biscuit and nutty hints and a faint hint of fresh juicy hops. definitely a more mellow drinkable beer.

m - quite light. malty and smooth with a low - mid carbonation level.

o - sometimes a really strong IPA is to overwhelming to separate the hop flavor from the rest of it. this beer leaves room to enjoy that, and thats why i like it.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, light, golden amber color, with a thick, fine, persistent head and sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Bright grapefruit, and piney hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Immediate, biting carbonation on the tongue, with strong grapefruit flavor, and a slight touch of biscuity malt. The finish consists of exceedingly bitter, resiny hops, like pine oil.

Final Word: This one feels pretty self explanatory to me, given how few descriptors there are for the beer, as even the hop/bitterness lovers that I would recommend this to (and those are the only ones I would recommend it to) should still want something with more depth, complexity, and balance than this beer offers. The vicious carbonation, and overwhelming bitterness make for a brew that you have to brace yourself against before every sip, and even if it were in better balance, there are so few flavors present in the beer that it would still be underwhelming/bland. My hope is that the passing of time could benefit this beer by reining in the carbonation, and hop bitterness, creating a better balance. As it stands, I can only recommend this to someone craving an extremely bitter, piney tongue bruiser, and would recommend that all others find something else!

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

This ale is a one-of-a-kind. Wonderful! Haven't yet tried anything that is close to it. You've got to try it - it defies description. But you definitely have to like dry…very dry.

Photo of nickshep7
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber base w/ 2 finger of nice off white head. Smell is fresh hops and a touch of sweet bready malts. Taste initially is sweet and hoppy but finishes nice and dry. Overall a good brew. Reminds me of SN Pale Ale, but a little thinner. But with both brews, the first thing that comes to mind is clean and fresh...

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.