probstblueribbon (2705) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Roc City Brewfest (Rochester), served in the taster glass provided. 19FE11.
App.: Clear deep golden with a white rim.
Aroma: Wow! Big citrus, soapy, white wine hop notes, green, leafy, slightly vegetal notes, berries, nice!
Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence.
Flav.: Tastes like fresh green hop buds, lemon, berries, esters, a little soap, white wine, a touch of sulphur, neat!; dry with some bitterness and a fresh hoppy finish.
dan027 (26) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crisp and clean aroma and flavor. Decent hoppiness. Rich golden color with a clean white head. Great tasting APA, Victory once again delivers.
Lubiere (9319) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beautiful golden ale with a thin white head. A good classy Citra hops aroma, with light biscuitty malts, chardonnay white wine, resinous character. In mouth, a smooth biscuitty malt with good citrus pulp, citra and simcoe hop action, resinous and floral, green hops, a bit lighter than expected but very good. On tap ate ROC Empire Brewfest, Feb. 19 2011.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled Feb 8, 2011. Pours clear amber with a one finger white head that leaves webs of lacing and holds a small cap. Aroma is lemon citrus, some orange and grapefruit, grassy and floral hops, bread & biscuit malt. Good to very good strength. Flavor is lemon, orange, grapefruit hops, some grass, hint of pine, caramel and bready malt, good bitterness for an APA, touch of sweetness in the middle but finishes dry. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. Crisp, hoppy, refreshing APA. Very nicely done, Victory!
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter bodied pale ale from Victory. Big hop aroma, lots of citrus. Thin body on a yellow/golden beer. Lots of citrus hop flavor. Little malt backbone. I prefer my pale ales with more malt character and a bit more body, but I will be drinking a lot of this one. Very refreshing
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw with 3-finger white head. Nose is pale malt, spicy yeasty notes, and funky resiny hops. Tastes hoppy, resiny, with an overabundance of IBUs relative to the malt. Like a souped up Hop Devil with less malt and more hops. Stays resiny throughout.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz bottle. Pours a nice looking clear orange with off white head. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, earth, pine and over ripe grapefruit. Flavor is very much the same, lightly sweet with a nice strong bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty, solid pale ale.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Victory’s made a fine entry into the mediocrity-laden style of Pale Ale. Headwaters is one hoppy beast, yet keeps the texture nice and light. Add this feel to such a manageable ABV and Headwaters kinda rules the roost of normal ol’ Pale Ales. Should of known a solid brewery like Victory could make a fine Pale; unfortunately, I’ve been let down by the style many a time before. Even Stone screwed up their Pale Ale. But Headwaters is pretty damn awesome, a lovely small beer.
adrian910ss (2275) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma of barley, grains, faint bubble gum, hints of hops and yeast. Taste of barley, yeast, faint malts and faint hops.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Kraftwerk on 2/17/11.
Pours a clear dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma that’s also a bit perfume like with hintsof crisp light fruit, grass and straw. Pale malt with a bit of apple, pear and phenol.
Lighter end of medium bodied with crisp, dry, earthy hops that linger throughout into a dry finish. Slightly earthy with hints of grass, sweet alcohol and light fruits, notably apricot and apple. Slightly watered down but with enough complexity to make it interesting. More hop forward than I expected but the malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms.
Not a bad beer but nothing out of the ordinary. Usually Victory makes above average beers for the style but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one.