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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,601 |  Reviews: 613
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of goeke007
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jordanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ElijahRivera
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jtennyson99
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of drinkinmiles
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Coreynezy4
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jeanphony
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of OddNotion
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my SN 30th Anniversary bulb glass. Pours a quarter inch white head which recedes pretty quickly leaving a nice lacing for the style. A lot of bubble activity in the bright transparent golden body.

Smell: Smells nice. I get a mostly biscuity flavor with some hops in the background. Smells more towards the english style IMO.

Taste: Very light flavors. Some of the biscuity malt flavors come forward, once again with the hops taking a back seat. Some bitterness at the end of the sip, but nothing overwhelming at all. As the beer warms a little, the hop flavor becomes more apparent. Really helps round out this brew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin even given the style. The carbonation gives a nice zing on the tongue which I feel enhances this particular beer.

Overall: I will likely buy this along with Prima Pils over the summer for some nice session drinking. It is light in the flavors so do not expect this to blow you out of the water but every beer has its place, this one will be a regular over the summer months given it becomes a little more available.

 1,093 characters

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of malprep
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbl_delta
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated "enjoy by 15 June 2015". Pours a deep, clear gold with decent white head. Moderate carbonation. Sort of a floral thing going on here. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Lingering bitter, astringent finish. Probably more like an English IPA in my opinion, and English IPAs aren't my favorite. My relatively low rating is more a reflection of my personal preferences in the IPA/APA field, rather than a negative review of this particular beer.
It's really admirable that Victory donates a portion of the Headwaters revenue to local environmental groups.

 561 characters

Photo of MrOH
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear deep gold with thin white head. Very little lacing.

A lot of overripe pineapple and grapefruit jumps out, far more than a standard APA. Some dry bready malt and a touch of caramel underneath.

Really crisp flavor. Bitter herbs, seltzer water, pineapple, some citrus rind. Very cleansing. This beer should be in a Jewish deli, as it would probably go exceedingly well with pastrami or lox. Malt does really show itself outside of a vague pretzel impression. Fruit comes forward a bit as it warms, but never overcomes the bitter seltzer sensation.

Light bodied and effervescent, as it should be.

Meh, next time I'm having a reuben or sailor sandwich I'll look for one, but not really something I'd drink repeatedly

 733 characters

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is by no means a bad pale ale, just not one for me. Earthy hop notes and maltyish base play well together, but just not my particular style of APA.

 152 characters

Photo of Rbodacious
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stanley23
3.52/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stompilator
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of phishsihq
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pale ale pours a burnished gold, with some copper near the edges, a frothy inch of white head that leaves some lace but is retained well throughout. Caramel malt sweetness is mostly overshadowed by floral and piney hop aromas, a lot of hop aromas for a Pale Ale! The brew is somewhat spicy and bready, with caramel maltiness balanced by moderate citrus and piney hop bitterness, leading to a clean and smooth finish. A medium-light body with lower level amounts of carbonation. A newer offering from the good folks at Victory that is well worth searching out.

Cheers!

 573 characters

Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.