Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale
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Headwaters Pale AleHeadwaters Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber into a pint glass. Clean white foamy head with good retention. Smells of orange, pine and earthy tones with slight caramel. The taste is bitter orange with grapefruit and a slightly smoky malty finish. Good feel with medium carbonation. Way above average APA for me.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden with a one finger head that has poor retention. Minimal lacing.
S- This is one of the most herbal beers I've ever come across. It's like chopped cilantro and parsley. SLightly "dank" as they say.
T- More of the same here. I like the herbal presence in a lot of beers but this one goes a touch over the top on it.
M- A bit light, but good active carbonation.
O- I like when pale ales use herbal hops but this one goes too far down that road. Interesting but probably a pass for me. Sadly, my least favorite beer Victory has put out so far.

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

Served on-tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

10oz. pour has great clarity. The color is an amber-orange and the head is creamy but short-lived.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with some nice citrus notes.

Flavor is really pleasant with hoppiness and great fresh citrus. It's one of those pale ales that has IPA-like hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a great American pale ale. I was excited to see this on tap but I would really like to see it in bottles here soon.

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by July 8 2011.

An inviting pour into the Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass procures a bright, bubbly body of golden-copper. The head builds to a full inch in height before gently settling to a cap of spittle-white foam. A satisfying bouquet of floral, piny hops greets the nose with notes of tree sap, citrus peel, and fresh lupulin glands. The background is a solidly built base of biscuity, but slightly sweet pale & caramel malt.

Crisp malts snap at the sides of the tongue with a bitter hop burst on top of the palate that suggests pine cones and grapefruit. The hoppiness brings forth too many perceived IBU's and not quite enough hop flavor for me, however. Still, this is a tasty Pale Ale with a solid mouthfeel, uppity carbonation, and medium body. Definitely glad to have another five waiting for me in the fridge after breaking open the six-pack...

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoy by date on the label reads Sep.12,2011.SO indeed very fresh.

Pours a nice translucent golden color.Left decent lacing globs all over the place.Amazing bubbling action.

The nose is simple doughy malts and a touch of caramel.The citrus hops do add another wrinkle to the game as this makes it seems more of an IPA.

Taste is superb although same as the nose there is more of a pronounced bitter hop linger on the backend. The malt billing is simple an affective it serves it's purpose in making this a more English Pale Ale then an IPA.

Medium bodied in the mouth. With a slight more watery edge to it.Excellent carbonation.

So far I have turned three normal Macro beer drinker's into really loving this one and buying there own and for $34 a case.Very well worth it and a tremendous session ale.

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Photo of juicebox
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CSO
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Devman171
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw to copperish, clear, transparent with nice effervescence. Finger thick head presents then diminishes to thin top.

Smell presents as a nice wave of citric, slightly earthy hops with a very clean pale malt undertone.

Taste is clean, crisp well balanced mix of pale malt, very slight hint of caramel with a touch of biscuit. Hop bitterness is clean with not as much citric presence as the smell.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, clean and crisp with an almost perfect balance of hops and malt.

Overall, a very nice pale ale, understated malt backbone with a solid hop nose.

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Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordavidson
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a lightly hazed yellow liquid with a thick and craggy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some toasted grains, cut grass, and a light fruitiness. A little faint but it isn't bad per se.

T- Toasted grains, a touch of butter, some fruitiness, and fresh cut grass. The flavor is alright, but nothing to write home about.

M- A bit bitter with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- It is fine, but nothing all that memorable.

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Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jmg480
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.50 sixer from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Appearrance is just classic. Crystal clear bold gold body, topped by two fingers of snow white various sized bubbles.

Pleasant citrus aroma, not at all harsh, very inviting.

Firm semi-sweet caramel base coats the tongue. A good blast of bitterness follows with an undercoating of juicy fruit. Nice clean finish with just a slight malt/hop mix trading off in the afterglow. Extremely well balanced.

Overall, highly drinkable. Victory celebrates its anniversary by going to the style that built the craft beer movement and makes a dandy.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale glowing orange, white head. Head retains as a cap and splits into a bunch of little chunks that look like curdled milk. Nice color but not the most attractive looking beer.

Nose is pretty bland, uber-small dose of herbal/grassy hops and metallic notes.

Taste has got a bit more going on. Herbal/grassy hop profile matches the nose, with faint piny and spicy hops as well. Very light notes of fruit but not much. Bready malt with a nice warm and toasty finish. It seems pretty bitter although the none of the hop flavor is very strong.

The finish is probably the highlight of this beer, otherwise feels like a mixture of average/messy/slightly unpleasant.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2,620 ratings