Saturday, May 20, 2017

Victory Headwaters Pale Ale | Craft Beer Review


The Victory Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory Brewing out of Pennsylvania offers a decent American Pale Ale experience. My experience with this 5.2% ABV Pale Ale is that it poured out a nice golden straw amber color that while slightly hazy, did have somewhat of a brilliance about it. Through this veil of haze, I was able to notice the carbonation that was somewhat lively and lead up to a well-produced head that over time left some lacing behind as I consumed it. The aroma kicked out easily and well, providing those common notes of tropical and citrus. These were also able to be picked up in the taste as well, which also lead to a pleasurable mouthfeel.

This one definitely provided a full taste and although it was around sessionable level, there was no thinness about it. Carbonation worked well on my palate despite the liveliness seen in its appearance, and the bitterness was at a good level providing a nice smoothness. Taking this all into account and then matched with its nice duration, it was easy for me to score this as a 4 on Untappd and is definitely one that I would drink again. Check out me video below if you would like to see my full review. Cheers!

Brewer Notes:

Crisp and aromatic, this boldly-hopped American ale balances notes of citrus and tea-like earthiness from American hops with a subtle German malt base.

Composition

Malt: Vienna, Pilsner, Light Caramel Malt
Hops: Simcoe, Citra
ABV: 5.2%

Flavor

Citrus and catty hop character from the Citra and Simcoe blend. Aromatic but not over the top. Flavor is similar but has a dry toasty finish.

Food Pairings

Burgers and English cheeses

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 48 F pouring gentle to keep the head at bay until the last bit of the bottle which can be poured with vigor.

Availability

Year-round in 12 oz. bottles, cans and on draft.

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