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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

2,187 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 227 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

freduardo, Aug 10, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured is a clear golden copper color with a 1” off-white head that recedes to a patchy thin layer on the surface and a ring of foam around the glass. The head leaves patches of lacing. Sipping leaves behind some speckles of lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aromas are fresh and clean and include some floral and citric hops tinged with tangerine and orange zest. There is some pale malt in the background that supports the hops but is also a definite presence.

Taste: The flavor is as clean and crisp as the aroma. The flavors include some caramel malt backbone that supports the floral and citric flavors from the hops (lemon zest, tangerine), but on the whole the impression is of dryness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied, nicely smooth and with good carbonation. The finish begins with a touch of some malt sweetness noticeable. But that sweetness passes quickly and fades away first, leaving some dry citric bitterness that gradually fades in to just dryness at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this beer nicely drinkable, with each sip following the last quite easily. When the beer was finished I was looking forward to a second, and expect I’ll have this one on my shopping list for some years to come. My overall impression is of a well crafted Pale Ale that I could drink several of during an evening of conversations and socializing with friends and family.

drtth, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +2%

Beertracker, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

WesM63, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

coz, Dec 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

calcnerd, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

durlta, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Complex malty aromatics that include bready, crusty, and light caramel notes. Mild floral hop aromas. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with sudsy white head. Still looking in the glass.

Flavor: More malt driven character that reminds me of wheat bread, buckwheat pancakes, and dark grain flavors. Balance is nearly even with a slight lean towards the malt. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency noted. Clean on the palate.

Overall impression: A definitively malt-driven American pale ale. Too malt forward to be truly American. Not enough malt character or English hop character to be English. Fits in the style space between American hoppy and English malt driven. Well done but nothing outstanding for me to want to try again.

mattcrill, Jul 10, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden orange to light copper. Clear creamy off white head and nice lacing.
S: some citric and floral, resiny hops with some bready, light caramelly malts underneath.
T: a very nice balance between the lightly sweet caramelly/toffeeish malts and smooth lingering hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry.
M: just over light-bodied. Nice and frothy, and not plodding, which i like.
O: a very nicely done apa and one which id buy again. Glad to see more lower abv quality beers.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

sideshowe, Nov 23, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a pint glass a clear amber color with hints of orange and a thin frothy white head that sticks around. Nice lacing with each gulp.

S: Pine sap, citrus mostly orange peel and grapefruit, some herbal and woody hop notes too. Malt is light roasted with some toasted bread and toffee notes.

T: Pine, grapefruit, and herbal hops meet with roasted grains and some toasted bread and semi sweet toffee and light honey.
Hops bring on more force to add spice and bitterness to the finish.

M: Medium body with crisp light bubbles and just a slight alcohol warmth.

D: It is a well made pale ale and it should definitely be tried. However, the balance is a bit more hop forward and the finish becomes to dry for me to want to have several in a row.

scottbrew4u, Apr 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Modernrickk, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TwelveOunces, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

NateMac13, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Sweffin, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

cfinch2, Sep 25, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry top. Best before Jul 15th 2011.

Quick review: Pours crystal clear amber with some thin head. Nose is a mixed citrus basket with some faint grain notes. Palate is crisp and citrusy, moderately dry. Somewhat hoppy, but not overly bitter.

A nice example of the "new" American Pale Ale style.

SFLpunk, Mar 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

leitmotif, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

tdmccarthy, Aug 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

JMS1512, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PaBeerLover, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

cestlavie, Oct 09, 2013
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.