Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
601
Ratings:
2,568
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
23.27%
 
 
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83
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488
For Trade:
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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can labeled enjoy by March 29, 2016

Golden orange with a very slight haze to it. Thick three fingers of head, lacing looks sick on the glass!!

floral, earthy hops, light pine, and sweetish malt. Not getting any noticeable citrus that others have mentioned... maybe its not quite as fresh as it should be.

Dirt n hops up front, strong malt presence and bit of pine on the finish. Very light bitterness to it. Interesting blend of flavors, good balance.

Feel is a bit light for me, but maybe ive been drinking to many IIPAs. nice carbonation tho.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a massive three finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, lemon, a hint of dankness that's almost vegetal. Flavor is light bready malt with a touch of biscuit, lemon citrus hops, apple family fruit, touch of honey; floral. Medium bodied with a light creaminess and peppery carbonation. Almost underwhelming at first, the finish reveals a complex hop bill with very pleasant lightly citrus and floral flavors. The aftertaste is lingering and quite nice. Not as hoppy as I expected from the can description, but well hopped and flavorful. This is up to Victory's high standards. I rarely drink pale ales, but this one would be high on the list.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden pour, little bit of a carbonated head. Aroma was mostly floral hops and cereal grain. Standard tasting, which isn't a bad thing, hop presence certainly isn't overwhelming, which is fine by me, balanced with a medium malt backbone, mostly cereal grains,,finishes pretty clean. Pedestrian, but in a fine, easy to drink way

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep gold/ medium amber, nice thick head to begin. Filtered.
S: Almost garlicky hop smell with sweet orange citrus.
T: Wow. Light and crisp with the perfect amount of subtle sweet and floral/fruity flavors. Just the right amount of bitterness that doesn't linger.
M: Again, very clean and crisp. Light and easy to drink.
O: Very impressed; easily one of the best Pales I've had. This would be dangerously drinkable in the summer. One of the best hoppy beers I've had from Victory which includes almost all of their IPAs and fresh-hop series.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Try 6.
Up there with Dales Pale Ale - for me the gold standard APA.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head; moderate retention and lacing.

S: Grass, hay, earth, springtime, and citrus on a biscuit base.

T: Follows smell but gets better. On the malt biscuit base, is spread spring time earth, grass and grapefruit with a mineral character. Very fulfilling balanced taste.

F: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation, nice finish.

O: Well tuned balance in this beer. Cannot go wrong APA. Try 6 or more.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing is awesome. This one is a 5.2% ABV, but it paradoxically drinks like a 7% which is awesome.

Look-It pours a pale amber golden color with a white head that diminishes into a thin film.

Smell-I smell citrus hops and honey malts.

Taste-It tastes brilliant with a clean and crisp citrus, floral, pine, and then some more citrus hop flavor. It is juicy and bright and leans on apricot, pear, and grapefruit rind. Some toasty and honey malts play with the hops, but it isn’t hop-forward. It is a fair beer to both the malts and the hops, and both do a great job of expressing themselves in a very pleasant fashion.

Mouthfeel-It is crisp, bright, smooth, and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. The carbonation is sufficient yet not overpowering and the alcohol seems stronger than it really is.

Overall-I would say that this beer has done something absolutely amazing and all should try this one and all should give Victory a try in general.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Not that great, not that bad. Getting something off from these cans, not sure what it is but it there is some sort of stale lager thing going on. Probably just my cans

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Photo of tempest
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by March 3 of next year, so this one's plenty fresh. The aroma is more light, juicy apricot and floral, while the flavor dives into biting lemon and grapefruit. Toasty, crusty malts pop into the aroma and flavor, for a hop-forward, but not dominant beer. Overall, an excellent pale ale. The bitterness is rough enough to put it on par with some IPAs. I'd buy a six-pack.

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Photo of stevoj
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good looking ale, pours out clear golden with a high rocky head. Piney, citrus hoppy nose, sharp hops rule the taste. Crisp, and tangy. Bitter finish.

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Photo of cfalls
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - no haze, amber color, white head

S - floral hops come across as plastic or new car smell, fairly malty

T - more floral hops, grassy bitterness, toasty malt, fairly dry

F - light body, medium-high carbonation, nice

O - nice refreshing pale ale, not too malty, hoppier than most, but the hop flavors aren't quite my personal preference

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Photo of slusk
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a dense one finger white head.

S: Floral hops in the forefront. Some light citrus. Moderate malt underbelly.

T: Interesting hop flavor, Nice floral hop, herbaceous, with a bit of lemon peel and a orange. Bright flavors. good balance to the bitterness. finishes semi dry.

F: light to medium light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Good brew. different hop flavor going on here with herb/floral notes. Good balance and nice citrus overtones. Very drinkable.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours to an excellent head--rich, lacy and permanent. Color is on dark end of style. Aromas are leafy, herbal hops and clean biscuity, toasty malt. Flavor is a rich balance of sweet crystal malts and floral citrus hops with a nice bittersweet finish. Heavy MF for style. Love it.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a pale ale, much much closer to an IPA than a pale. Doesn't matter though, this beer is very tasty. Two fingers of head with respectable lacing. This beer has a fair amount of hop aroma and is well balanced. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this pale ale. Nice aromas and flavors. A solid beer from Victory. Taste is lemon and citrus with a touch of grapefruit. Malt forward with a noticeable hop bite. Enjoyable crisp feel too. This is about what I'd expect from and old school pale ale. Similar to the Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Columbus and other established flagship pale ale's.

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Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish gold with one finger of white head with poor retention. Pretty good lace though.
Smell is light malts and some herbal hops.
Taste is slightly fruity hop forward with the malts bringing up the rear. A light grapefruit flavor starts to build.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty session type beer but closer to the IPA junior style IMO. Needs more malts for an APA.
From a 12 ounce can enjoy by date was 21 Jan 2016.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from The Drinkery Derry
Brilliantly clear deep golden color with a good sized long lasting frothy off white head. Lemony citrus, light sulfur, light bready maltiness. Old school, a bit bland for my hop toasted taste buds.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is by no means a bad pale ale, just not one for me. Earthy hop notes and maltyish base play well together, but just not my particular style of APA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am heartened by the appearance of Victory beers in CANs as they are one of the last to CANVert to that medium. It was when Jim Koch of Samuel Adams relented on his stance that I knew CANs had finally come into their own. Look for Victory's Megan Moore as a "Character" in an upcoming column.

From the CAN: "A Refreshing Boldly-Hopped Ale"; "This crisp and aromatically arousing session ale integrates a supportive malt base with herbal hop complexity, offering lemon notes and tea-like earthiness."; "Brewmaster Approval [undersigned] Bill [&] Ron".

The Crack! and inverted Glug produced three fingers of fluffy, tawny head that hung around briefly before falling away to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pungent lemony-citrusiness underlain by a breadiness and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium. The initial taste was very lemony on the tongue and in the mouth. It was interesting to get that earthy tea-like flavor as it warmed. I began rolling it around in my mouth before swallowing to enhance the experience. Finish really held the earthiness that seemed to be the point of the melange. I am not generally a fan of session ales/beers, but this was quite satisfying, although at 5.2%, it sits at the high end.

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Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright white foam with good retention. Bright, fresh, medium spicy herbal hop aroma. Medium malt aroma with light bready notes. No fruity esters. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium carbonation. Medium spicy herbal hop flavor with medium low maltiness beneath. A crisp hoppy bite in the middle that leads to medium high hop bitterness and fresh minty hop flavors to the end. Finished crisp and dry with a lingering hop bitterness. No esters. Well balanced aromas with the flavor balance tipping toward the hoppy side. Crisp, refreshing and very easy drinking.

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Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Dated best by 13 Jan 2016.

A: Inviting golden body with nice clarity. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit, even mango. Scant pine. Lightly floral. Cracker, grass, and pilsner malts pick up a bit as it warms. Straight ahead, but very nice.

T: A crisp, yet mellow, herbal hop bitterness starts things off, quickly tailed by slightly nutty malts. White bread top crust. Wraps up cleanly with a mostly dry finish and light black tea astringency in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Effervescence is nicely balanced for the level of viscosity.

O: High quality, easy drinking brew with enough subtle characteristics to give it a unique personality. Quite sessionable. Dig the can.

Prost!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pale ale. Enjoyed ice cold straight from the can. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass and hay. Pleasant earthy undertone throughout. Taste of orange, lemon and grapefruit that's immediately balanced out by the bread/biscuit malt flavor. Very well balanced pale ale that finishes with a moderate bitterness that doesn't linger.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - One very nice looking brew - glowing yellow gold, bright and clear, with a nice white head, decent lacing. A very attractive pour.

S - Sour notes and dankness holding court, with grass and herbal elements offering accents. It is a hard smack of unruly hop notes, with a hint of lemon.

T - The spiky hop, horsey with oregano and basil, to a biscuit malt, and a sharp bitter close, verging on medicinal.

M - Brisk and drying. A robust feel for a beer that barely cracks 5% ABV.

O - Decent, but not spectacular pale. Shockingly powerful flavors, but not necessarily the ones I like to see front and center, making it interesting and respectable, but not one I necessarily want to revisit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by: 1/13/16.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, black tea, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready/biscuity/crackery malts, lemon, lemon zest, slight herbal/floralness to it. Super light, crisp and crushable. Good but nothing really stand-out'ish. Great bbq'ing beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By: Jan 2016
I had to try this one a few times before it's simple flavor really grew on me but now I am hooked.
It pours a crystal clear pale amber with a two fingered head that recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of mild citrus hops.
Taste is straightforward with light malts leading the way and finishes with a drying mild bitterness.
Carbonation doesn't look high but it feels frisky due to the light body. Finishes with a barely detectable alcohol burn.
Overall I at first thought this to be too plain but after the 3rd time trying it I realized that it is what it was meant to be. Not a bomb of hops or malt or alcohol or added flavors, but just a simple mildly flavorful ale that you can have anytime and that will satisfy your needs without overwhelming them.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
88 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.
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