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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

2,007 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 60
Gots: 159 | 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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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a pale amber with 1/2" of dense, bubbly head. Good retention. The nose has faint notes of malt with piny, citrusy hop aromas. The taste is bready, biscuity malt up front followed by citrusy hops that balance well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, and well carbonated.

This is a well blended APA with a nice blend of hops and malt. The flavor profile is a little short lived and at times a little thin, but overall I found it really enjoyable.

10-06-2011 20:55:36 | More by tdm168
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -16%

Light caramel colored pour, good clarity, good head. Best by Sep something 11 date. Nice hoppy aroma, not picking out the specific hop varieties, but whatever the meld, it was enjoyable and even keeled to not be able to say it leaned pine or citrus wise.

Taste, starts off good, carbonation, hops, mild sweet caramel malt, average bitterness. Swallow. Wait for it, ugh, what is that aftertaste in this? Slightly off flavor. Not horrible, just not pleasant like everything else about the beer. Its fresh, it still has 3 more months on it before the best by date, and the hopping is there. The only possible descriptor that came up was like, you know those biscuits that come in the pressurized metal containers that pop open when you depress a spoon on them? This had a like, stale, metallic bitter, biscuit aftertaste really ruined an otherwise pleasurable beer.

06-17-2011 22:35:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-03-2013 05:45:00 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -74.6%

01-05-2013 06:09:01 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured bright amber in color, with a modest, frothy, off white head to it. Very nice looking color to it. The head settled to a thin layer, but still managed to cover the beer well into drinking it.

The aroma has some brighter, citrusy, piny, hoppy flavors to it. I get a bit of a juicy, pineapple, grapefruit like hoppiness to it, which I like. Some pale, toasted like malts give the beer a nice base.

The taste shows a little more of the piny, resiny, grapefruit rind like hops to it. I get some of the pale malt sweetness up front, while the grapefruit like bitterness lingers in the finish. Just a hint of the juicy, pineapple like hoppiness comes through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a pretty good APA. It had some nice hoppy flavors, and also a pretty nice pale malt base to it. Nice mix of the flavors overall and a nice beer overall. I'll be buying this one again.

03-11-2011 19:49:08 | More by billab914
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Clear amber with a soapy off-white cap, some spotty lacing, decent head retention. Intense hop aroma, fruity grapefruit rind, citrus zest, a bit spicy, with just a little toasty malt in the background. Hop bitterness was sharp, maybe due to the light body and mild malt sweetness. A little spicy, lots of fruity citrus, a bit earthy. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation, off-dry, decent texture. Overall I liked it, but it did tread very close to being overly aggressive in hop character.

02-26-2011 20:50:22 | More by DrJay
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Poured clear, medium amber in color with a small, off-white, short-lived head that left spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly hops, with piney, citrus, earthy and herbal notes. IPA strength of aroma.

T: Strong hop presence with a lingering grapefruit peel note. The bitter finish soon retreats to a more welcome malty/bitter hop mix.

M: Smooth for style; Medium bodied; Medium-high carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: a nice APA that leans to the hoppy side.

04-28-2013 18:04:52 | More by chinchill
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-23-2011 02:14:55 | More by PEIhop
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

On-tap at the Bookhouse Pub in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and floral hops with hints of tropical fruits all backed by a slightly grainy pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops aren't as robust. Slightly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus hops. Midway through the sip the citrus hops fade a bit and allow sweeter tropical fruit flavors to work their way into things. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another outstanding low-ABV beer from Victory. Well worth a shot.

03-05-2011 03:25:18 | More by glid02
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-26-2012 16:05:36 | More by rolltide8425
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a copper color, with a thin, foamy head, white as snow. The aroma is wet, green hops and semisweet caramel malt. Flavors are roasted and toasted caramel sweet, with peppery hops and loads of cedar green characteristics. The aftertaste is syrupy sweet, with a bitter hops presence. The beer's finish is semi-dry and bitter. Very tasty.

06-22-2011 01:55:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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Brad007

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a mild amber color with a thick head into my glass. The head recedes, leaving some lacing on the edges.

Aroma contains a slight hint of biscuit malt with some grassy hops. Very clean and basic.

Lots of grassiness upfront with very little malt underneath. Not much appeal otherwise.

Finishes clean with lingering grassiness. Meh.

My overall impression is that it's a very basic, yet unimpressive example of the style. I was expecting more flavor.

03-23-2011 00:19:29 | More by Brad007
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -14%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a light tan-yellowish head.

S - Bread, citrus, and malts.

T - Sweet malts and carmels.

D - Low carbonation, light body overall.

O - Pretty average all around. Yawn, yawn.

08-06-2011 04:22:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: sweet malts, hops, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin / medium body

drinkability: was hoping for a bit more out of victory, this beer is just not doing it for me unfortunately.

cheers,

the CPJ

03-13-2011 16:13:33 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

On tap at a small pub in western Mass. This is a very clear and filtered beer, light copper color with a few fingers of foam. There's some light citrus on the nose, with a grain base behind it. And it tastes just how it smells, a touch of citrus with a pale malt backbone, in other words a very approachable pale ale. Light-medium carbonation, very drinkable. Recommended!

05-06-2011 00:12:10 | More by TurdFurgison
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-10-2013 13:18:43 | More by tobelerone
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-19-2013 05:22:39 | More by drummermattie02
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%

Clear, medium bronze color with good bubblng. The head on teh other hand is about one finger after the pour, and disappears before I take my first sip.

Faint grass and mild citric hop aromas of orange and grapefruit. Good toasted biscuit and bread crust sniff from the malt.

The taste starts with calcium rich water and then toasted mlats. Caramel, biscuits, toasted cracker, make up a solid bodied middle. The middle to the finish has the hops coming into scene with orange rind, grass, and cucumber skins. The cucumber just makes think of the slight bitterness I get when I take a bite into a cucumber slice with the skin still on.

Palate is a a nice dry and wet. Dry from the hard water flavor, and wet for the quenching finish. Not a bad session APA.

05-20-2011 01:41:53 | More by scruffwhor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear burnt orange color with a few brighter golden hues. A one finger high off white head bubbles up and retains well with a nice layer of bubbled film resting on top, leaving some webs of lacing on the glass.

Nice edge of citrusy hops backed with floral notes. Slight orange sweetness followed by biscuity malt with toasted grain.

Burst of juicy hop flavor right up front with citrus and orange. Nice floral dryness as well before more of the fruit sweetness cuts through. Biscuity malt, toasted grain, faint dollop of caramel as well in the backbone. Some lemon and grassy tones. Finishes with some dry hop bitterness, slightly lingering flavor.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, dry and tingly on the palate. Drinks smooth and easy, refreshing and pleasant especially for the season. A quality pale ale, definitely something I'd drink again.

04-15-2011 23:46:51 | More by xnicknj
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: Clean orange amber. A decent pour yields a 1.5 finger head and solid lacing.

S: Piney hops. A bit of malt too, though more then anything else, this smells exceedingly resiny.

T: Again, that piney resin comes through first. As it opens, there's a bit of that patented citra hop juiciness. The finish is packed with a malty backbone and really adds balance to the beer.

M: Richer then expected. Creamy and frothy, it feels like a beer twice it's ABV.

O: Victory's Headwaters Pale Ale is one of the better (albeit newer) entries into the APA style. If you like hop forward APA's, then I highly recommend checking this out when über-fresh, as the hops show significantly better. I foresee myself knocking off sixers of this stuff on the regs. Well done, Victory.

10-17-2011 20:56:21 | More by Rhettroactive
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light amber color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A slightly muted smell of hops, malt, and a piney quality.

T: Tasted of pine hops, malt, and a little bit of citrus. A decent enough flavor, but a bit on the thin side. Granted, APAs aren't exactly known for their complexity. Still, not too bad.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Not a bad beer, and drinkable, but not really all that memorable.

04-06-2011 12:06:11 | More by avalon07
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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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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +26%

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!!!

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-08-2013 22:54:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, and slight pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Definitely had robust 'in your face' flavoring going on in here. However, the flavors were not awe-inspiring. As the previous reviewer stated, I didn't get ANY citrus aspect in this one at all. I even mentioned to Cameron (regional rep) that it would have been much better with a citrus aspect. To each their own I guess. This thing did have a very nice aroma going on in it though. It is worth trying at least once, but that is about it for me.

02-17-2011 12:13:44 | More by thagr81us
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.