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The pure water we receive from the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek that begins its journey to us just under 14 miles from where we brew with it. We’ll be celebrating this water (insert your lite beer joke here) with our anniversary beer, Headwaters Pale Ale, due to be released February 15, 2011. Now, considering that beer is the product of four simple ingredients and the three other than water rely on water for their existence, we’ve had a fair amount of latitude in paying homage to water in our beer. So, we’ve played all of our cards deftly, bringing the hops, malt and yeast in harmony, with our great local water as the conductor in Headwaters Pale Ale.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2011
Copper pour with a thin white head. Aoma is malty with a bit of citrusy hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. This one is primarly malty with a bready/grainy flavor with the hops with a subtle citrus hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish but short. Clean, crisp flavor and finish but nothing here is blowing my mind.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2011
I poured a 12 oz bottle into my DFH snifter. This sat reddish-orange and gave off a soft aroma of simcoe hops. The flavor nicely balanced hops and sweetness, but was much subtler than advertised. That’s not all bad, though. Combine restrained but tasty flavors with typical Victory drinkability, and you get an ideal lawnmower or session ale. Yet another nice offering from the folks in PA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2011
A dark golden color with a white head. Aroma contains pine, lemons, and oranges. The flavor is rather bitter with more citrus and some pine. The palate is a little thin but they keep going on about the quality of water in this beer, and there might be something to it. It sacrfices full body for a damn fine splash of water at end. Crazy I know. Overall a nice session APA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
12 oz. bottle, $1.70 loose @ Binny’s. The closest thing in my cellar to a beer from Scranton while watching Michael Scott leave "The Office." Nice American hop smell when I pop the cap. Yellow with a tinge of brown body, big bubbles to a bubbly head. I guess the usual Cascade and Centennial, maybe our pal the Amarillo hop. Light malts with a dry finish to let the hops do their work. Very easy drinking and enjoyable for its assertive hop profile.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours copper/orange with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor are of bready, caramel malt with some fruit, lots of hop elements -- floral, peppery spice, pine, some citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Great APA -- very tasty and drinkable. Another winner from Victory.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle from Midtown Wine and Spirits, in Nashville. Pours a clear, weak-tea/pale copper with a pillowy off-white head; this is easily the clearest pale I’ve ever seen. The nose is of dank citrus and dried grass hop notes along with a slightly biscuity and sweet malt backing. Light to medium-bodied and silky while on-the-tongue, the palate transitions to a pleasant, moderately bitter finish that lingers nicely. The flavor amps up the same qualities found on the nose, with citrus, somewhat grassy and piny hop notes dancing along with toasty pale malt to create one of the tastiest packaged pale ales I’ve sampled in a long time. This is a beer that I could stick with throughout an entire evening. For me, that is among the highest compliments I can pay to a session beer. This is good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Nice pour ... copper, shiny and well-topped. Wow, the aroma literally peeled some of the sunburned skin off my nose -- pure oily, hoppy aromatics. The resin pops thru right away in the quaff -- but where’s the big malty undertow, the big earthy body? Could use more balance. (#4101, 4/27/2011)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle. Enjoy by Aug 17, 2011 but no idea when it was bottled. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear, darker than expected copper orange color with a 2 finger antique white head of both large and small bubbles. The aroma is not overly fruity or piney but has subtle hints of orange and grapefruit rind. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is more subtle than I thought it would be with a light sweetness up front with a light/medium amount of citrus bitterness that quickly fades. Mild lingering bitterness. Some lace. Overall, not bad but I was hoping for a wee bit more of a pop in flavor from this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy by August 17, 2011. Appearance: Pours a golden-orange body with clear, consistent clarity and crowned with a layer of just off-white suds. Some spotty lacing on the way down. Smell: Citrus peelings and sun-dried grasses in the nose with some underlying, milder hints of sweetish malt. Taste: Adequate base of pale maltiness with light streaks of grainy bread and mildly sweet toffee. Citrusy tastes of zested lemons and tangerines. Moderately bitter, though it builds a bit as you go along. Grows a bit pithier and resinous as you approach the dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: A nice, pleasant pale with a little bit of potency going on.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3468) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at the Petrol Station. Pours a orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a floral hops and weed. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet hop and citrus with a nice resin finish. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this American pale ale from Victory.


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