Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.91/5
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2,619 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

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Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,905
Reviews:
617
Ratings:
2,619
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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90
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Ratings: 2,619 |  Reviews: 617
Photo of jmg480
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of innominat
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - One very nice looking brew - glowing yellow gold, bright and clear, with a nice white head, decent lacing. A very attractive pour.

S - Sour notes and dankness holding court, with grass and herbal elements offering accents. It is a hard smack of unruly hop notes, with a hint of lemon.

T - The spiky hop, horsey with oregano and basil, to a biscuit malt, and a sharp bitter close, verging on medicinal.

M - Brisk and drying. A robust feel for a beer that barely cracks 5% ABV.

O - Decent, but not spectacular pale. Shockingly powerful flavors, but not necessarily the ones I like to see front and center, making it interesting and respectable, but not one I necessarily want to revisit.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a inch or so of bright white head that has so decent staying power and leaves a good smattering of spots on the glass and a solid ring. Crystal clear golden orange yellow in color.

S- grassy and herbal with a bright citrus fruit hit. Lemons and grapefruits come to mind. Light biscuity malts.

T- opens up with a sweet citrusy and to a lesser extent grassy hopping that rolls slowly into bone dry pale malt.

M- a few steps below medium in body with a nice mid level carb that keeps thing light and refreshing.

D- I like it. Its super easy going and full on flavor. I'm all about hoppy sessionable beers.

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Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jshusc
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swierczt
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DangerDawg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Clear gold/amber colour. Clean, crisp, mellow hop nose. Slightly sweet malts, crisp hops, balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 random846
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle today that was graciously given to me by a friend. Poured into one of my favorite mugs. Dark orange color, with a slight head and lots of carbonation. Musty, earthy, grassy smell of hops. Flavor certainly had a great hop taste, but not as much as I was expecting from the nose. Subtle enough hops to notice, but well within range for the style. A slight bitter aftertaste on the palate at the end. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but easily drinkable for an APA. A decent beer, but nothing too outstanding. I'd call it a lawnmower beer for craft enthusiasts.

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Photo of crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Omnium
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle > Winter Lager Glass

A - Pours a really nice golden color with a slight orange tint, 1 finger head, thick fluffy lacing.
S - Citrus fruits, earthy and great floral notes, a little yeast, great aroma.
T - Bitter citrus hop flavor, nice floral undertones, and a floury finish.
M - Bitterness hangs on a bit, along with those earthy floral flavors, medium, and a tad watery.
O - Great APA, Victory is somewhat overlooked, but this is a solid go-to beer, and should get more recognition. Refreshing and flavorful

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a good foamy white head. A bit of lace.

Nice grapefruit coming forward, with lightly toasted malt, and some grainy malt and a touch of fruit.

Malt and citric hops up front (but the hops aren't killing this one). Some fruit sweetness, leading to a little bruised fruit skin tartness as the palate clears. This is ok, because bitter and malt come back into play, with hops and bread leading the charge to the end. Decent strength of flavor, decent balance.

Medium body, some decent tingle of bubbles.

I liked this one. Plenty of character, and plenty of tiny flavors that pop up as the palate clears. Worth a try and a revisit.

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Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2,619 ratings