Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,606 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:
2,606
Reviews:
614
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
510
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,606 |  Reviews: 614
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a semi-clear golden amber color and leaves the same color body. A one centimeter white head forms and lasts for a half a minute. Some spider web lacing is left around the sides of the glass.
The smell has the hops up front, somewhat spicy yet earthy with some faint citrusy sweet to semi-bitter hop particles flowing into a quaint biscuit malt backbone.
The flavor brought a bit more bitterness from the hops to subtly play with the malts. Aftertaste had a decent blend of citrus bitterness and a firm malt level.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Semi-dry sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nice APA all around and goes nicely with it's suggested food.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 Colin32
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aprabhu
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

**
04/13/14

On tap at blend. Look is Dark gold,clear. No head. Aroma Is vegetable,cedar,.
Taste is crisp ,ash and wood. More veggie. Ok.

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

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

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Pours copper tinged golden, large head

Sweet mangoes, tropical fruit. Nice, although a bit of burnt rubber is there too

Same again for taste (minus the rubber) , decent bitterness, low malt flavours, light/med body due to above average carb

A good beer, nice to see in ASDA for £2 a can

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Photo of wch5004
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Light and hoppy... lemon and pine.

T/F: Light in body... well carbonated. Some grains up front but a surprisingly full hop profile. Citrus and pine... a bit of spice. No single flavor dominates. Very drinkable. Crisp and clean.

O: A very good APA... lots of flavor, and this could be a very easy everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of Beermerica
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Sorta hazy golden color, nice looking beer here. I've had this more than a few times before but it's my first time rating this beer. The scent is light citrus hopped with little malt on the edge. Has a complex distinctive flavor profile with slight lingering bitterness. Decent carbonation and decent mouthcoating with this beer. I'd call it a winner !

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Photo of beep71
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BRiddoch
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Samuel Adams glass. Nice golden color with a foamy 1 inch head. Great smell of citrus. Slight bitter taste (which I enjoy) followed by an outstanding aftertaste. Very earthy and natural. Always skeptical of canned beer but this will be added to my regular rotation.

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

12oz can with a Barrelhouse Brewing pint
Last noted from 10.06.15

This is a nice Pale Ale with good balance of malt to hops.
Sun kissed hazy golden body. Almost unfiltered look. A healthy two fingers worth of soapy white suds brims the top of the glass. Lots of lacey window art noted.
Earthy with citrus zest highlights. Dash of sappy pine. Not quite dank to me but nice. Some doughy malt with light biscuit noted. Tastes follows with similar profile. Tangerine and lemon zest with an earthy bitterness. Biscuit like malt stands firm here. Overall nicely balanced with nothing over the top. Good crisp and dry in the finish with some lingering resins.
Very sessionable but doesn’t have me running out for more. Not at the price point at least but would have again.

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

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of herbal and earthy hops along with some grain.

Tastes of the herbal hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with herbal notes along with some earthy, mustiness. Grainy malts come next with a bit of sweetness and some toasted bread. Citrus makes its way through towards the end before a slightly earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done pale.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,606 ratings.
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