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Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
2,610 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:
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Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,438
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
2,610
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
510
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,610 |  Reviews: 616
Photo of projectflam86
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date July 8 2011

A- Pours a bright golden orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Juicy hops and pine aromas dominate the nose. A bit of dank hop character is present as well. This baby smells quite hoppy for an APA!

T- A nice hoppy bitterness upfront with some citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Some pine and floral flavors come through with just a touch of caramel malt to balance in the finish.

M- Clean and hoppy with nice carbonation.

D- Very drinkable APA with a really nice hoppy flavor. I will definitely pick up another 6er of this.

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Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of MJ64
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Bright copper-orange color. The head is off-white in color and measures 1-finger, it tapers to a thick film with staying power. Not much lacing. It looks good.

S-Nice blend of citra hop goodies, citrus and pine. There's strong malt, almost whiskey-like with the noticeable presence of alcohol factored in.

T-Spicy, citrus, big malt backbone. Some alcohol in those tastes. Earthy pine.

M- It loses a little here, a bit thin. The sweet malt and alcohol give the hops a run for the finish. The hop bitterness holds up, though.

O- I like it. Pale ales that push toward the IPA are all right with me.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of Skillz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite hoppy with a high citric content. Definite notes of grapefruit and perhaps lime even.

For an APA, it's rather hoppy as the smell indicated. A person who referred to it as "IPA lite" had a point. It starts off with a good dose of grapefruit, citrus hops smacking the tongue around. A small undercurrent of biscuit malt is present but is most certainly second fiddle. On the finish, the hops linger around with an aspirin-like astringency on the sides of the tongue for a little while.

When I drink an APA, I like a little more balance than this I suppose. It seems like an IPA in a way. It's certainly not bad, just not my favorite in style.

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Photo of barflybastard
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ego
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 for 64oz @ joe canals.. not bad

eyes...
3 full fingers of craggy off white head, clean orange hue with a good amount of carbonation rising up keeping that mountain of foam well alive for some time, the head finally settles down after a game of peggle. good looking brew.

nose...
honey laced herbs, citrus with hints of cinnamon sticks, malty sweetness lurking in the background, aggressive for an APA but not overly

taste etc...
light body, has the flavor of some "bigger" IPAs but doesn't club you over the noggin with ABV.. which is nice, this has some nice hop bite (floral) but is not overly bitter, very easy drinking here, lots of bright floral notes throughout, lingering after taste and then it disappears waiting to force you into another sip, almost tastes more like a red than an APA but that is just being picky

verdict?
tasty, really smooth on tap, great bbq summer beer for those who want a good amount of flavor/character but not a ton of alcohol, not worth going crazy out of your way for but any locals should definitely try this (pa, nj, ny etc)

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange color with some active, effervescent carbonation visible. The off-white head is initially tall, with a thick, densely frothy texture. Retention is sturdy, and some soapy splotches of lacing stick to the glass as the head fades.

S: Some biscuity and light caramel malt aromas. Bright, citric hop aromas are quite vibrant. Lemon and grapefruit are prominent, with some orange oil for good measure. Light tropical notes as well. My money is on Citra hops; I recently brewed a Citra IPA and this smells fairly similar.

T: Fairly firm biscuity maltiness. Caramel sweetness isn't absent, but it's rather light. Bitterness is strong. Hop flavors are primarily citric (again, grapefruit with some lighter lemony notes), with some faintly floral/grassy flavors following.

M: For a 5.1% abv pale ale, this has surprising body. Full and complemented by medium carbonation and some hoppy oiliness before a crisp, dry finish.

D: This is a very good pale ale from Victory. A big, interesting hop profile is joined by a persistent malt backbone - all wrapped into a neat little pale ale. It's hoppier than some IPAs, but it manages to fit well within the style. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" custard head with a pretty long life. The body is a clear golden yellow. It smells of grapefruity hops. The taste is far milder than the smell but the grapefruity hops are still there, and I guess that's what keeps this a Pale Ale instead of an IPA. There's a persistent long finish. And it's a very refreshing beer. Nice.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale amber beer with very good clarity. The head is rock, off-white with a decent retention.

S: A medium citrus hops aroma with some resinous character. A clean malt sweetness and a little bit of caramel.

T: A strong hops bitternes and medium-strong citrus hops flavor some piney character. There is a low , peach-like fruit ester. A touch of malt sweetness in middle with balance being decidedly bitter with a crisps, dry finish. Lingering citrus hops and bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation and very crisp.

O: A straight forward, hop driven beer. A darn good pale ale.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2,610 ratings
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