Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,600 Ratings
Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,600
Reviews:
611
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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89
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508
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Ratings: 2,600 |  Reviews: 611
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white, bubbly head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled piney with some tropical fruit. A touch of caramel, too.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with some sweet caramel maltiness. It had a tropical fruit hop presence with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice APA. Victory is very consistent with their year round brews.

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Photo of jm_buckeye
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Enjoy by August 17, 2011.

Light copper in color with nice clarity. Half-inch off-white, creamy head that fades to an intact sheet after a moment. A few patches of condensed lacing.

Fresh floral hops with notes of bright citrus. A touch of musty, perfume-like aroma. Clean wheat and grains with a sweetened toasted malt base.

Big floral hop presence that lasts throughout the sip. The fresh citrus hops brighten the floral hop flavors and keeps the perfume from overwhelming the other flavor components. The wheat and grains give a toasted, slightly buttery biscuit flavor. A nice balance between hops and malt, highlighted by a really nice hop profile.

A light medium bodied; active on the palate, but remarkably clean. For a Pale Ale that highlights floral hops, there is no trace of a musty film-like texture as you would expect. A well balanced mouthfeel.

A well crafted Pale Ale: balanced, flavorful, and drinkable. I would definitely recommend this Victory offering as a session Pale for the spring.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a semi-transparent golden orange with bright honey highlights. Not very hazy at all. A thick head with a slight orange frothy hue is born from the pour. The head retains its crown masterfully. Unreliable lacing dots the glass. Looks quite attractive.

S-There is a pretty strong hop character in the nose. The hops remind me of a dulled-down version of Titan IPA from Great Divide. I have read a few reviews about this brew before, and the word earthy is commonly used in the nose. I agree. The malts balance out the hops well but in the nose, I would sway this beer a bit closer to the side of the hops. But balance is very close.

T-A unique flavor. The hops have a bunch of citrus, more lemony than orange. I also get a strong flavor of cereal, quite like Corn Flakes. The interesting scents in the nose are expressed in the flavor. A long, clean grassy finish rounds out the flavor. There are some awesome hop flavors, but they're not very bitter. The flavor is bright, and the malt backs up the other tastes well.

M-Medium bodied. A bit slick and creamy too. Light carbonation. Only mildly dry, but quite crisp in the end despite the initial creamy feel.

O/D-I have heard mixed reviews both on BA and by those I know who have tried it. I must say that I think Headwaters is a damn good Pale Ale. I only bought a single, but would not have been disappointed if I had bought a 6-pack. High drinkability. Hoppy enough to keep me interested but not too heavy, which makes this a great warm weather beer. I would absolutely love this beer in a can. Not your average APA. Worth a try? Yes.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

From 08/31/14 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright amber-gold color with one to two inched of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light citrus hops, followed by a lot of bready malts, dough, some caramel malts, and light oranges and floral hops. More malty than hoppy. Medium body and low carbonation, no bitterness and easy to drink.

Overall a decent APA. Not too hoppy but tastes good and easy to drink. Would have it again and easy to drink a few of.

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Photo of lobos62
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle and I've liked just about everything I've had from Victory. This wasn't the best but may have been the most accessible Pale Ale that I've ever had, since this was so easygoing and solid at the same time. A big deal was made about the water that went into this but if I was victory, I would certainly brag about how balanced this was as well.

Good pour to this with a light copper hue and decent head that lasted for a while. The lacing wasn't anything special but it was certainly there as well. This felt earthy and dry-hopped with just a bit of sweetness in the malt to balance it out. Carbonation was good and this tasted crisp without feeling like soda or a cascade of bubbles. There was a bit of citrus in the taste too but for the most part, this didn't feel too complicated or light to the taste.

I could have easily had more than one in sitting since this is about a good a session beer as it gets. Normally, I don't consume this in the summer but I could see myself having a few of these on a nice warm day. This wasn't a hop bomb or has tons of resin and burning in the aftertaste. Rather, this is unassuming, nicely crafted, and clear as it appeared to be. Certainly worth a try for anyone who hasn't had this style of beer before!

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Photo of jshusc
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Holderness
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Slightly hazy gold. Frothy white head produces moderate lacing.
S -- Floral hops dominate with notes of biscuit, citrus, peach, honey
T -- Hoppy. Black tea-like
F -- Slippery mouthfeel with little lingering aftertaste

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Photo of KeithCardon
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time having one of these - bought a six as store was out of Prima Pils.

Look - Copper with a white, thin head, dissipated quickly. Very light carbonation

Smell - strong grapefruit, 2nd whiff, strong grapefruit maybe a little engine oil. Not bad but not something I was expecting.

Taste - Grapefruit, strong. I liked the way it sits up on the tongue but finished a bit weak. I didn't like it overall at first, but it grew on me after a few more sips.

Feel - for me, a sipping beer rather than a gulp beer. You want it to linger to see what else is going to happen. I did find it to be watery but not a detriment

Overall - I'm interested enough to try another bottle on another day. If you inhale while sipping, you'll get a very strong grapefruit aroma which carries over in the taste. Overall I like the Prima Pils more.

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Photo of csnyder83
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow, with two-finger, white, foamy and creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Hops and toasted malt. Grows on you as you drink it.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Above average. This beer looks really good.

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Photo of jcole524
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omnigrits
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored into a straight pint glass.

A. A very pleasing amber/light copper colour with a white head. Nice lace.

S. Almost non-existent. Virtually no aroma, but what little there is feels very APA-like. Some malty grain and a hint of citrusy hops.

T. Much better. Malt and hops in near perfect balance with a good but not overstated bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

O. A decent pale ale, very drinkable, quite subtle. I could easily see myself drinking this all evening. Very tasty.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Named for the source of the water used in brewing Victory's beers - the Brandywine creek.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear orange-amber hue with low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity hops, pine, a hint of citrus, sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Very nice.

Tastes of spicy aromatic hops and sweet malt, with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of pine, grapefruit, peel, citrus, grass/hay, caramel, barley sugar, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A tangy bitterness envelops the tastebuds upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body but lacklustre carbonation. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine resin, bitter hops and mild caramel.

A tasty brew - goes down nicely. Looks alright, with a fantastic aroma/flavour of hops and sweet caramel malt. Decent body, though more effervescence would add texture. Reminds me somewhat of SNPA, which is a pretty good endorsement. Could happily drink a few of these. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of rrski198
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber/orange color. Nice size white fluffy head, great lacing. Small slow rising bubbles.

S: Spicy, pungent, piney hops. They must have dry hoped the poop out of this because it smells of an IPA. Also a hint of odd stinky socks.

T: Nice sweet malt up front followed but the hop spice. These hops bite for sure and leave a nicely balanced biterness that lingers.

M: I love the spice pop of the hops but I am desiring a little more body (as I do with most pale ale's) however, for the style, it is above average.

O: This is a solid beer from Victory. I love the sight of the beer and the smell is awesome for a pale ale, I would recomend, but in a crowded catergory of beer, this is not something I would run to buy again. Great session beer though.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On cask a Khyber Pass Pub in Philly on 8/4/12, served in a shaker.

Pour: Amber orange with a finger of off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and lots of caramel malts come out. Maybe a hint of resin.

Taste: Bready caramel malts with a substantial grapefruit bitterness. Again, some resin, but this really seemed to aim for the grapefruit aspect of citra hops.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, and the flavor profile wasn't very big. Goes down quick. Has been on cask for way too long, this wasn't the enjoyable creamy cask beer, this was the dead flat cask beer.

Overall: Tasty, just wish I had it when it was on cask at an earlier time.

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Photo of DaveHack
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first official review!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a RR snifter.

A- Coppery color, darker than I expected, but it looks delicious

S-There isn't too much aroma at all that I'm picking up, a slight smell of fresh hops. Wish it swmeeled a bit stronger

T-The initial taste is light and crisp, yet it has a bit of complexity. Definite taste of fresh hops, really tastes 'bigger' than a 5% pale ale.

M-Light and refreshing not thin and watery, which is how I sometimes perceive low ABV pale ales

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Photo of Terp96
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with only a slight amount of head. Very little lacing. Smell is sweet, bready malt with a hint of floral undertones. Taste is slighyly malty, biscuity with a nice hop bite. Hops really shine through in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not a knock. I will reach for this as often as SNPA when looking for a pale ale.

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Photo of Naugros
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Most of the IPAs and APAs I've had recently have hop profiles leaning more toward the piny and floral characteristics. It's been a while since I've had one with citrus flavors and aromas so I was excited when this one exhibited grapefruit right off the nose. The first sip was like biting into a wedge of ruby red grapefruit...wonderful. A good malt structure buoys up the hops in both the nose and on the tongue. The malts have a slightly sour and spicy feel to them when you really isolate them, giving off a sense of rye toast.

The mouthfeel was a little off-putting with an oiliness that coated the inside of your mouth and contributed a heavier mouthfeel than I'm used to in an APA. But it was a nice looking beer, pale orange/amber with a rocky white head and evident but lazy carbonation throwing up fat bubbles to support the froth.

There are a lot better APAs and IPAs coming out of Pennsylvania (Nugget Nectar, Hop Devil, Double Simcoe, et al) so I won't be returning to this one despite liking it. It's just the others are much better.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small white head.

Smell offers fresh, citrus hops..really clean aroma. Fresh orange/lemon with mild sweetness for balance.

Similar to nose with plenty of lemony citrus hop character, some spicy hop notes, hop forward but well balanced. Slightly bitter finish.

Crisp carbonation and light feel makes this a great pale to session.

Another great brew from Victory.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber in color with white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

A solid hoppy aroma right away. citrus with oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. A moderate amount of malt in there. Nicely balanced.

The citrus hop flavors are present from the start. Plenty of tangerine and grapefruit along with a bit of pine which provide a little bitterness. Balanced with sweet flavor of bready malts.

Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

A very well-balanced pale ale that represents the class well. nice presence of hoppy aroma and flavors with a good malty backbone. Victory is a solid brewery that continues to impress.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,600 ratings.
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