Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,598 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:
2,598
Reviews:
610
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
507
For Trade:
2
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of CharlesK
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Casterbridge
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of NeverSettle
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of NeoZaZ
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of emergency_beef
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Leeds_xx
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of chris1919
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of dzb5359
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of samie85
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a slight copper-hued golden color with half a finger of head.

S-Smells of lemon and guava with some light grain notes.

T-Slightly bitter, almost floral notes with a light malt backing.

M-Very light-bodied with medium carbonation and a very drying finish.

D-I'm glad I got this in a mix-a-six; I'd be hard-pressed to buy another one of these.

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Photo of JamesGrove
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of plowe70
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

as average as they come

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Photo of Chico1985
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale glowing orange, white head. Head retains as a cap and splits into a bunch of little chunks that look like curdled milk. Nice color but not the most attractive looking beer.

Nose is pretty bland, uber-small dose of herbal/grassy hops and metallic notes.

Taste has got a bit more going on. Herbal/grassy hop profile matches the nose, with faint piny and spicy hops as well. Very light notes of fruit but not much. Bready malt with a nice warm and toasty finish. It seems pretty bitter although the none of the hop flavor is very strong.

The finish is probably the highlight of this beer, otherwise feels like a mixture of average/messy/slightly unpleasant.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

**
04/10/17
On tap at Philadelphia Zoo
**

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Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, enjoy by 4/29/12. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts and a little fruit with a good sized resiny grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale.

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2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, light, golden amber color, with a thick, fine, persistent head and sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Bright grapefruit, and piney hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Immediate, biting carbonation on the tongue, with strong grapefruit flavor, and a slight touch of biscuity malt. The finish consists of exceedingly bitter, resiny hops, like pine oil.

Final Word: This one feels pretty self explanatory to me, given how few descriptors there are for the beer, as even the hop/bitterness lovers that I would recommend this to (and those are the only ones I would recommend it to) should still want something with more depth, complexity, and balance than this beer offers. The vicious carbonation, and overwhelming bitterness make for a brew that you have to brace yourself against before every sip, and even if it were in better balance, there are so few flavors present in the beer that it would still be underwhelming/bland. My hope is that the passing of time could benefit this beer by reining in the carbonation, and hop bitterness, creating a better balance. As it stands, I can only recommend this to someone craving an extremely bitter, piney tongue bruiser, and would recommend that all others find something else!

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,598 ratings.
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