Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,601 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:
2,601
Reviews:
613
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
509
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Zachtheporter
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of CharlesK
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Casterbridge
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of NeverSettle
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of NeoZaZ
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of emergency_beef
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Leeds_xx
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of chris1919
2.76/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of dzb5359
2.82/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of samie85
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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 flyingpig
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml Bottle from Asda, Glasgow (£1.82):
Disappointing stuff here from Victory, the beer opened well with nice tropical fruits & a lot of pine with some citrus in there as well but in both the nose & the taste these all passed quickly & left little more than a bland, basic beer that was more lager than pale ale. There was the odd touch of earthy bitterness, a faint hint of floral & some biscuit malts but none of these was overly pronounced & the beer just seemed boring & weak throughout; I'd expected much better.

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Photo of JamesGrove
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of plowe70
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
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 -25.6%
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 -25.6%
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 -24.6%
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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Photo of firkingroovin
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and floral and citrus hops

Taste: caramel and floral and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a distinct bitter backbone and a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: An ok pale ale. I could have a couple of these, but this one really does not stick out. If you love hops, try it, but I will pass on this one in the future

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,601 ratings.
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