Victory Brewing Company of Dowingtown, Pa released this pale ale to the public just this year. To my knowledge they did not make a packaged pale ale prior to this point. It’s somewhat surprising that they haven’t had a sable one to this point considering pale ales are a big seller. I wasn’t sure why they named the beer Headwaters Pale Ale until I ran across this bit on their site:
Named to pay homage to the water with which is it brewed, Headwaters Pale Ale is not only a refreshing beer but also a vehicle for Victory charity. A portion of every bottle sold is collected and distributed to environmental advocacy groups through the Headwaters Grant.
No it makes sense. There is a lot of other great information on the link given above if you are interested in reading a bit more about it. Now onto the beer review!
Headwaters Pale Ale pours a nice orange color. It is perfectly clear and has a thin white head to go along with the liquid. The nose is full of big bright hops. There is a lot of grapefruit in these hops. I believe they use Simcoe hops in the brewing of this beer which gives off a very similar aroma. There is some sweetness mixed in, but the bright hops are what really shin on the nose.
Unlike what the nose suggests, the malt in this beer is pretty solid. There are notes of toasted caramel along with some good honey-like flavors. The grapefruit is in there was well. I didn’t really get a lot of piney hop flavors, but there was a small touch in there. I found the flavor to be slightly grassy as well.
Headwaters is a pretty solid pale ale. It isn’t quite a typical pale ale but it is enjoyable. When I was drinking the beer I found some things, that resembled bits of lemon, in the beer. I’m not sure if they were supposed to be there or not but they didn’t bother me or add any noticeable flavors. Try this one out if you haven’t yet. Let me know if you get the lemon things in your beer as well.