Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,599 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:
2,599
Reviews:
611
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
507
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,599 |  Reviews: 611
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BigMike
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice orange tangerine color. Very clear with a thin soapy off white colored head.

S: A very nice amount of candied orange and grapefruit. Light but right on for the style. Smells very clean.

T: This is a delicious Pale ale. And thats exactly what it is, a Pale Ale. Definitely doesn't cross over into IPA territory but its extremely refreshing and drinkable.

M: Light bodied but not watery by any means. Maybe a new summer time go to beer.

Overall: A solid PA from victory. After the last two sub par beers i had from them(ie Dark Intrigue and Victory Village) it's good to get a winner. Nothing earth shattering but well made.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light tan, golden brown, not much of a head. Some mild lacing.

Smell - Light hops, yeast, Some floral smell, spices. Not Real strong in the smell department.

Taste - Mild yeast and hops. Floral fruits like lemon and orange are present. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, even some apricot are mixed with some spices.

Mouthfeel - Slighty bitter from the hops, and some tingle from the spices. Really dont get any alcohol. Its actually medium bodied and with some hop kick..

Drinkabilty - A nice mellow drink low in alcohol and has some hop kick. A nice job with this beer. I can see drinking 3-4 very easy and not realizing it.

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Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I orginally had this APA from a growler from the brewery and it was fresh and good.
The bottle isn't bad either. Golden honey in color clear about a fingers worth of fluffy white head and nicly carbonated.
A well balanced aroma with hops having a citrus and floral bouquet and the malts having a caramel aroma.
taste is pretty balance with the flavors playing off each other. Hops are nice and fresh with floral notes and malts are sweet maybe pale.
A clean balanced beer with nice bitterness and a dry aftertaste.
Good to the last drop.

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Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear, light honey-amber in color with a small whitish head that settles fast.

S: Toasty, biscuity malt and herbal, leafy hops - maybe some grassiness as well. Pleasant.

T: Follows the nose: toasty and toasted grains with a spicy and leafy hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry. Some citrus lingers (mainly lemon) in the aftertaste. Slight copper penny taste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is light to modest.

D: Goes down easily enough. Fairly flavorful for a lighter (5.1% ABV) ale. Kinda reminds me of a cross between an ESB or an Eglish Pale Ale and an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice clear, yellow brown brew with very little head or lace. The smell is not bad but not overy aromatic.

It has a nice hoppy taste with a nice finish. It has a slight bite, but is generally nicely balanced and pleasant. I would want to have this again.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/14/16. 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent golden with great clarity; eggshell white head that falls leaving solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are floral with some subtle citrus notes. Some fresh bread and crackers in the mix. A touch of caramel malts. The flavors are pretty earthy. Tons of grass. More cracker. Not hop forward, but it doesn't have to be. Mouthfeel is light with very active carbonation. Possibly even slightly over carbonated, but it actually works for this one. Very smooth and crisp stuff. Very clean and extremely refreshing.

Solid pale ale right here, but nothing too crazy. More on the traditional side, which is nice. Perfect for the hot weather.

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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 DOCRW
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by September 12, 2011.

A: Poured a mildly cloudy orange-amber color, with a nice 1/2 finger or so head that died down into a diluted Alka-Seltzer-esque foam formation.

S: Strong, fresh hop profile, piney, and almost reminiscent of some of the wet-hopped harvest ales that I've had in the past. However, it also had Victory's "sour-dough with pepper" staple.

T: Sparkly, citrusy, and bready all at the same time. I did noticed the fresh, filtered water quality that the brewery taughted on the marketing-speak. The finish was bitter without being too dry.

M: Substantial, stuck-on-glass lacing, with a little bit of hoppy, bitter linger on the palate. The carbonation was fine.

O: Victory really packed a lot of flavor into such a low ABV beer. If I were to taste this one sight unseen, I would have tagged it as an IPA. Really good stuff... and I will be drinking more of it in the near future.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of denver10
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A deep golden color with a little of an amber hue to it with a white bubbly head. A fruity, floral, sweet aroma. Flavor wise this is quite malt forward and relatively sweet for an APA. First thing that hit me was the malts, the hops kicked in mid stream, grassy, floral, and a touch fruity, and they carried through into the finish. Mild and balanced bitterness. A medium plus body that is aided by the carbonation. A little heavier than the style dictates for my taste buds. Overall, a its a nice sessionable pale ale (surprisingly given the heavier mouthfeel). The more of it I drank, the more it grew on me.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,599 ratings.
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