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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

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 181 | 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 Chamby1457
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Chamby1457, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jupe13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jupe13, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Ken_Aaron
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Ken_Aaron, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

JKlein10016, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DirtWolf, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of ArjunChavern
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

ArjunChavern, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Stanhagen
2.28/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really excited when victory released this pale ale as its one of my favorite styles. the beer pours, looks, and smells nice, however, there is a funky aftertaste that I can't get around. I can understand that it might appeal to some but in the eastern pa/philly area there are some great Pale Ales being produced (troegs, yards, philly brewing, etc). while i'd still list victory as one of my favorite breweries this was a serious let down.

Stanhagen, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of poorjetpilot
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

poorjetpilot, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Steff_Wantz
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: amber colored with clear carbonation

S: delicious hoppy, crisp aroma

T: refreshingly smooth, citrus hints, not bitter at all

M: very pleasant, does not linger after

O: Overall I love this beer! It is super refreshing and light. I really would like to try this beer on tap.

Steff_Wantz, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of jSehnert
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light copper in color, with thin had on pour.

smell citrus and some malt.

taste citrus hop with thin malt balance

lingering bitterness, not harsh but good

overall good hop nose and flavor but not balanced by malt backing.

at 5.1 % may bee a reasonable balance for a hoppy session beer.

jSehnert, May 27, 2013
Photo of Marko84
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a variety pack I recently purchased
Victory Headwaters pale ale
I like this. I like this a lot. As with Hop Devil, it doesn't smell as good as it tastes. A musty smell is forgotten the moment it hits your tongue. This was my favorite among the Victory taster pack I bought. I don't mean to draw a parallel, but it feels and tastes more like a wheat beer. Either way, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Marko84, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of LIbeerguy
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bluepoint shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber with a large-bubbled head. Good retention and well-defined lacing.

S: Canned peaches, mango, grapefruit, sourdough

T: toast, citrus, tropical fruit, caramel. Moderate carbonation on the palate, bittersweet aftertaste

A very good pale ale by Victory with an enjoyable and well-balanced hop character. Almost sessionable at 5.1% which is good because I could drink several of these in one sitting.

LIbeerguy, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of cbless97
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange hue. Very light lacing

S- Clean hops, slight orange aroma

T- Very clean floral taste. Bit of a slight orange tang comes through.

M- Nice mellow carbonation and well balanced hops.

O- A very good Pale Ale. Nice blend of all characteristics. I will definitely enjoy this again. Great for watching a game

cbless97, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of AlexLong
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

AlexLong, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of EvanM
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very beer-like. It has the color of beer and has a foam that appears when poured. Smells good and tastes great - not sour or bitter or sweet. Ask me if I like it....yes, tons! Beer is about the circumstance - not the provenance. Not too much hops and not too dry. Well balanced.

EvanM, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of GSX1250FA
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer.

Has a nice amber color and is not cloudy. Good white head that lasts for a while.

Aroma is of fresh hops and not overpowering.

Delicious hoppy taste and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium and full-bodied, and very refreshing.

I think the secret to its great taste is Victory's wet-milling process. It permits the barley husk to be removed from the kernel with less breakage. A more intact husk means less tannic bitterness imparted in the sweet wort. Not too many brewers do wet-milling because it is a slower process and takes more time than dry-milling.

GSX1250FA, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Carlospaez, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Prosser17, Jul 09, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

mdw0110, Aug 23, 2014
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1.48/5  rDev -62.3%

Br0hemia, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DDuncan, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ryanuj32, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

sirpilsofd, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Ynextmc, Aug 25, 2012
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.