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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 frosted33
4/5  rDev +1.8%

frosted33, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

FirstBrewsoon, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of gafferjohn
2/5  rDev -49.1%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, goldish amber color. Average off-white head.

Aroma is grassy and fruity with some slight citrus tones. Seems like a good volume of fresh hops. There seems to be a bit of sulfur in the nose, until it warms and becomes undetectable.

Flavor is simple and gentle with very light bitterness for a pale ale. The overall hop flavor is gentle and balanced with the malts. The malt flavor is gentle with caramel and toast. It seems like it could use a bit more of a sharp, hop bite in bitterness and flavor. Carbonation is average, with the mouthfeel not bringing much to the table. Overall, a bit generic.

jeffthecheff, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of redliner8
2/5  rDev -49.1%

redliner8, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +1.8%

hoosier222002, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of DaveBlack
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good looking beer. Crystal clear orange-ish honey color with maybe 1/2 finger of white head. The head has medium retention and leaves a light spattering of lacing. Upon first pouring it the bubbles stuck to the side of the glass in an almost unbroken wall of bubbles, but they quickly dissipated.

S: Smell is interesting. Slight bit of sweetness is almost overwhelmed by the hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine combine with a smell I can only describe as grassy and fresh.

T: Taste is not as hoppy as the aroma led me to believe, which is a good thing. The hops are definitely there, but they play really well with the malts instead of overpowering them. Lots of pine, a slight fruit flavor and a caramel sweetness rolls over it all.

M: Mouhtfeel is medium-light, relatively high carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.

O: I find this to be an intensely drinkable beer. Reminds me of a good summers day. I grow tired of beers that are just liquid hops, but this has a nice balance of malts and hops. And the Aroma and flavor both rather remind me of a summers day.

DaveBlack, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
3/5  rDev -23.7%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of stella77artois
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a medium golden-brown, shining a reddish-amber in the light. Not a lot of carbonation noticeable. Very light head, less than 1 finger. Dissipated quickly, almost zero residual left.

S - Malt up front, followed by a good amount of hops. A slight overall fruity aroma, as well.

T - A very good combonation of malt and hops up front, with much more hoppiness in the aftertaste. An ever so slight hunt of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Not outstanding, not bad. Some dirt bitterness though, not what I expect from quality hops.

F - Refreshing, like a pale ale should be. Good feel with just a touch of dryness.

O - Not a bad beer, not an outstanding one. A good refreshing pale ale with a good amount of flavor. Again, nothing outstanding, but it's a good beer.

stella77artois, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

TTripp725, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Arch578
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Arch578, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of ThirdEyePA
3/5  rDev -23.7%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Erice78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Erice78, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of jordanimal
3/5  rDev -23.7%

jordanimal, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with a nice one inch white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace all the way down.

S-A slightly resinous scent is the first I pick up, a bit of citrus and then grainy/malty notes start to dominate.

T-Nicely balanced with a toasty grain flavor mixing with a slightly hoppy citrus and pine combo. Not too complex, but it is very pleasant and enjoyable.

M-Crisp and light with a dry finish.

O-A very nice APA that goes down very easy. This makes a really good lawnmower beer.

Lerxst, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jivex5k
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jivex5k, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with high clarity. An almost two-finger head leaves some streaks of lacing. Grassy and citrusy aroma, in that order, with the citrus coming through as grapefruit and orange rind. Hints of tropical fare from the citra hops. Interplay between the citra and centennial hops is very nice in this restrained APA. The more restrained use of citra yields a floral, citric character as opposed to the pungency sometimes found with IPAs that use it heavily.

Cracker-like malt profile and a hearty helping of hop bitterness in the palate. Some grassy and citric hop character, grapefruit and other citrus rind. Good flavor for a 5% beer. Not all that complex, but enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall, Headwaters is like a more aromatic Sierra Nevada, which is a decidedly good thing. A great choice for a lighter offering that still packs a solid, hoppy bite. Despite being the "baby" of Victory's pale ale lineup, I think this is their most impressive.

gr0g, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of jaywes754
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jaywes754, May 10, 2014
Photo of mooseo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Victory pint glass.

A - Light copper brown with a dense white head.

S - Citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel malt, light grains.

T - Mildly bitter citrus hops up front with some pine. Light, sweet bready malts and caramel lend nice balance. Finish brings in earthy hops and toasted grains.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

O - An impressive, easy drinking pale ale. One of the better examples I've had - great flavor and balance.

mooseo, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

wisegreensoul, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of pmccallum86
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden red color with a healthy bubbly head.

Smell is very earthy, tons of earthy hop aromas in the nose, not much else.

Taste is bitter in front with a very earthy hop character. Nice tasting beer, not much of a malt presence, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and dry

Overall a decent beer, nothing special but above average.

pmccallum86, Mar 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.