Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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3.91/5
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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:
#7,641
Reviews:
619
Ratings:
2,622
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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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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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Try 6.
Up there with Dales Pale Ale - for me the gold standard APA.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head; moderate retention and lacing.

S: Grass, hay, earth, springtime, and citrus on a biscuit base.

T: Follows smell but gets better. On the malt biscuit base, is spread spring time earth, grass and grapefruit with a mineral character. Very fulfilling balanced taste.

F: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation, nice finish.

O: Well tuned balance in this beer. Cannot go wrong APA. Try 6 or more.

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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 DangerDawg
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of q33jeff
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

**
04/13/14

On tap at blend. Look is Dark gold,clear. No head. Aroma Is vegetable,cedar,.
Taste is crisp ,ash and wood. More veggie. Ok.

**
04/10/17
On tap at Philadelphia Zoo
**

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish gold with one finger of white head with poor retention. Pretty good lace though.
Smell is light malts and some herbal hops.
Taste is slightly fruity hop forward with the malts bringing up the rear. A light grapefruit flavor starts to build.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a dry bitter finish.
Overall a tasty session type beer but closer to the IPA junior style IMO. Needs more malts for an APA.
From a 12 ounce can enjoy by date was 21 Jan 2016.

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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 crbnfbr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2,622 ratings