Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
2,596 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Chico1985
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Real excited to get a hold of this...heading to the brewery this weekend, and wanted to try it before that.

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a three finger beautiful white head. The head is very puffy, but the lacing is only alright. The lacing stops it from getting the full monty, but it is really an impressive looking beer

S- earthy. A little bit of fruitiness in there too. A little mild for my tastes

T- earthy really is a good word to describe this. Lots of earthy flavors coming out of this, with a little bit of sweetness too. Pretty tasty

M- a little thin actually, but remember the style. Anyway, it is what it is. Not watery, at least

D- I really like this. Not as good as Prima Pils, but a solid example of the style. I'll be buying this a lot

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Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist off bottle served into a pint glass. Pours a copper golden with half an inch of white foam and a hint of haze. Decent retention and lacing with a steady boil of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Nose of citric hops and some balanced graininess along with some background earthy and floral aromas particularly with agitation. Offers some mildly odd aromas on occasion.

Taste is smooth with a citric finish and a light balancing bitterness. Finish is a bit tea like with citrus and flower notes, though a bit short and watery in the delivery, constraining the overall experience.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear bright copper/orange with a white one finger head.

S- Floral, spicy, and earthy hops with a nice biscuity malt backbone.

T- A slightly muted version of the nose, nice balance of malts and hops.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A nice, easy drink beer. Have had it on-tap a few times, it is a nice go to Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DavidHume
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub, 3/6/10.

A-pour is a clear light orange with a thin pool of white head and a nice sheet of lacing.

S-Nice blast of pungent citrus hops with a lighter malt base.

T-biscuity malt in the front followed by a generous amount of grapefruit hops.

M-light bodied and nicely dry. Nice smooth finish.

D-one of the best hoppy pale ales out there. An all day drinker for hopheads.


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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Amber color, 2" head to start, the fine thin, layers dissipate quick, thin layer left-over.

A fruity and citric snappy hop aroma, dry earth, light and sweet smell. mostly hops.

A dry hop flavor hits first, then pineapple, earthy, semi-bitter bite with dark wheat, musty flavor and yummy fruity citrus bite, all in good balance. good depth with very dry flavor's, rye and wheat. The feel is crisp and sharp, then lush, finishing dry and earthy, grainy.

This is just a classic.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to tan and slightly hazy, decent head and lace.

Aroma and flavor are full of fruity, floral notes with some sweet, caramel malts, and earthy malt notes.

Body is very drinkable with a lightly sweet, lightly malty, somewhat floral hops finish.

While my favorite from Victory remains Prima Pils, this one is definitely a winner too. Good job on this beer, Victory!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, honey color with a 1/4 inch of white sudsy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is light caramel malt and biscuit in the forefront, with a piney hop note and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Taste starts a bit of caramel malt in the forefront with a light, mango flavoring. Middle has biscuit and a sharp grapefruit, citrus hop not. Finish is a touch of piney hops but more dominant is the fruity, mango flavoring.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily at first with a relatively dry body.

O: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a nice beer to sit with for an evening - and that's just what I'm doing.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,596 ratings.
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