Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Headwaters Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by thagr81us on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,429
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
2,610
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
510
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,610 |  Reviews: 616
Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. No dating on the bottle.

A: Pours a crystal clear goldish amber with a 1 finger white head. This head dissipates to a film within 2 minutes. Hardly any visible carbonation.

S: Starts with some nice floral and citrus notes. Nice bready and roasted malt smell to it too. Hints of fruity sweetness.

T: Pretty balanced brew here. Starts off with some fruity citrus hops, then more of a grassy taste, continuing on with some sweet malts and barley notes. Finishing with a nice lingering hop touch.

M: Medium bodied, lower in carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall a very drinkable, tasty and balanced pale ale. Solid entry by a great brewery. I like the barley notes but wouldnt mind a little more hop.

 737 characters

Photo of warpig372
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of minterro
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I bought this beer at Oades in Lansing, MI.

Had rating on computer for a while uploading it now

A&S: clear lively looking copper colored beer. Head is off-white and retained at about a finger of semi-foamy and leaves layers of lacing. Not a very powerful smell consists of spices and almost a lemony scent. With tones of breadyness throw in.

T&M: Spicy and floral hops come through strong in the beginning to midtaste. There is a nice presence of a malty background in this one. Crisp and refreshing, coarse feeling beer. The bitterness in the finish comes on strong at the end and fades a bit cause the dryness to be reduced. Lots of carbonation medium to light bodied.

O: Pretty good pale, nothing less then I would expect from Victory. Well priced at a little over 2 dollars for a single.

 806 characters

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Casterbridge
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with wispy lace and head. Smells crisp and clean, lots of piney hops, malt sweetness and a bit of citrus.
Taste is just like the smell very crisp and clean, sweet up front with lots of crisp citrus hops, mild pine notes and a refreshingly dry finish. Overall a wonderful session beer, delicious and easy to sip. I want this one in the summer.

 371 characters

Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled labeled as best by Sept 19, 2011. Thank you Victory for dating! Pours a crystal clear light amber body with a nice two-finger ecru head. Good retention and good lacing.

Smells like hops! Better than many IPAs I've had. Pine resin up front with some citrus coming along as well. A little sweet malt follows.

Very good flavor blend of the bitter hop notes and malt. Still, enough pine and orange/grapefruit bitterness to compliment the malt. A bit of a sweet finish that combines some caramel flavor with some sweet tropical fruit.

Light mouthfeel that is extremely easy to enjoy. This is definitely one of the best APAs I've ever had.

 644 characters

Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.44/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a slightly hazy, amber-gold with a one finger bubbly, white head. Little to no carbonation.
smells of piney butterscotch with the carmel malt coming through.
Piney citrus with much malt. funk coming through with a little hairspray taste.
Mouthfeel unpleasant. Did I get a bad one?

 289 characters

Photo of jk3
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AlvinLin
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can labeled enjoy by March 29, 2016

Golden orange with a very slight haze to it. Thick three fingers of head, lacing looks sick on the glass!!

floral, earthy hops, light pine, and sweetish malt. Not getting any noticeable citrus that others have mentioned... maybe its not quite as fresh as it should be.

Dirt n hops up front, strong malt presence and bit of pine on the finish. Very light bitterness to it. Interesting blend of flavors, good balance.

Feel is a bit light for me, but maybe ive been drinking to many IIPAs. nice carbonation tho.

 551 characters

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very crisp copper with golden hues and a foamy white head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation that leaps from the bottom of the glass.

Floral and herbal hop aromas waft from the glass offering scents of grass, pine, and straw with just a hint of citrus. There are lingering hints of malty sweetness as well.

The first sip reveals just the right touch of pine amongst the herbal and floral hops. Similar to the aroma, there are underlying notes of malt, but ultimately a return to the delightful floral hops.

This APA is lighter in body, but with generous carbonation and a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish that seems to cleanse the palate.

This is quite a good beer, and another job well done from Victory. This offers just he right amount of flavor for the style without going overboard to escape its boundaries.

 835 characters

Photo of bccrosley
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ChipMurray
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of glass_house
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from the folks at Victory is a very well made, drinkable beer. The beer pours a nice amber-copper color with a very lively cap of foam. The foam clings to the glass causing fractal-like patterns. The aroma is a heavy dose of citrus and and flower hops. The malt provides balance . Caramel and grain offset the dollop of citrus and flower bitterness at the end. A very nice addition to Victory's lineup.

 416 characters

Photo of mlefebvre7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Shy5
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.