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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,598 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of wollybugger
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I try a new beer I get so excited....after the first sip I was somewhat disappointed. Vicory is usually either hit or miss. I love their Lager & Prima Pils. I'm not a fan of the Golden Monkey or the Hop Devil.

I was drinking Samuel Adam's Noble pils on tap prior to drinking the bottle of Headwaters Pale Ale. The first sip threw me a curve ball. Maybe it was the sudden change from one beer to another, but the next few sips were the same. I thought I was drinking a flower. Yard's does a great job with their Pale Ale where they underbrew the hops for a more aromatic taste. Victory appears to have stopped way to early, and all of the taste is coming from aroma hops.

I'm glad I was a given a bottle for free and didn't spend $38 bucks on the case. Others appear to enjoy this beer, but my taste buds say no.

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Photo of entenduintransit
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PorterLambic
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter honey color (like clover) with a bloom of head from an aggressive pour. Head drops quickly to a film of off-white.
Smell is all hops, herbal and piney with just a whiff of malt.
Taste is the same: herbal and evergreen hops with just a hint of malt.
This drinks like a "west coast" beer, almost an IPA in its hop forward attitude. No balance because there is nothing for the hop to balance against. A true "one note" song.
Medium bodied, restrained effervescence. A bit of biscuit comes into play well into the aftertaste. Dry finish. Not a bad beer but it definitely is off style, IMO, and that's what I'm supposed to be rating it on.

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Photo of Mcroft25
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of SeanDolan
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of soulcougher
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of NonicPanic
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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