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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3545) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
12oz bottle 6/11/11 (Binny’s Plainfield Singles Rack)-51° in Lager Glass-Pours a clear dark golden with small white head. Aroma of hops, malt, and slight caramel. Taste of the same with the malt coming out on the back end. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down very easy . Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4925) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 11, 2011
12 ounce from Jungle Jim’s. Citrus hops big in nose. Nice clean pour with big head. Little bit of caramel and sweetness (like a little bit of tropical fruit). Solid and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6299) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Liquors - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark, murky orange with a nice soft pillowy white head. Fresh floral and spruce aroma. Flavor a clean, fresh delectable essence to it. A hint of citrus, some mint, some apricot sweetness all meld together nicely. Crisp, clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel has a velveety sheen to it. Excellent pale ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Tap. Clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, slight pine, and citrus. Taste is slightly bitter. Some caramel and light amounts of fruit. Medium bodied. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a bubbly, slightly hazy, deep orange with an average size semi-lasting frothy of-white head. Lovely aroma of hops and citrus fruit along and some biscuity malt. Flavour of resiny hops, citrus fruit, lightly toasted malt and a medium bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. A pleasant, easy-drinking APA, I really liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Slight hazy gold, thin beige head. Aroma of grain and oranges. Taste is more bitter than most APA’s, decent amount of grapefruit and resin, good malt balance too, could use more floral and lighter citrus hop flavor. Still a great beer though, just more like an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2241) - USA - JUN 9, 2011
Headwaters has a hop lovers label. So the Brandywine Creek is where they get their water - well, they have done a lot of good things with it, that is for sure. I was surprised to discover the other day that Victory has only been in business for 15 years. It seems like they have always been there - maybe they always should have been. Sweet, floral, malty aroma. A peppy and lightly sweet pale ale that has hints of marzen and pilsner to it. Hey, how a bout a new style - German pale ale? Just kidding, but you saw it here first. Well balanced and fresh - another victory from Victory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Poured with thin white head that faded quickly smelled of hops hay and grass. Tasted about the same with a weak aftertase decent beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
In short: An average citrusy/citric pale ale. Ok
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh 1 week after purchase
The look: Clear golden body topped by a very small beige head
In long: The nose is moderately hoppy and very bright with citrus fruits of all kinds. Taste has plenty of toasted and slightly caramelized. Balance is a bit towards the hops and that’s fine with me. The citrusy hops have a juicy character and gets more leafy and even a bit spicy when the beer warms up. Finish has a mild-medium citrusy and wooden bitterness as well as some citric acid notes that I could have done without. Also an overall mineral water sensation that never wins me over. Not all that refreshing for a pale ale. All in all, an average Pale Ale. But what this beer lacks in originality is made up by being sold in standard 12oz brown bottles. I really need to work on my metaphors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aurelius (4680) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Smells like the cat whizzed in a box of toffee. Decent label, clear and bright amber. Vegetable and toffee flavored, not tremendously bitter, a little briny. Hominy notes. Meh. Slightly starchy mouthfeel. Definitely not my fave from Victory. ABC Likkas, Betton.

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