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RATINGS: 862   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Cask @ The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta, GA. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is grassy, and white grape juicy, stingy, lemon-grass. Pours a light copper color with a big frothy off-white head. Flavor follows, big bitterness, some white grape, citrus, plenty of bitterness, touch metallic, lemon-grass, hint of peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
THOUGHTS: Well put together. Nothing super unique, but would make a nice session beer. If this stays on as a year round beer it might be my beer of choice for hockey and baseball playoffs. It may not be great on paper, but it is great in the mouth. (Note: Three months have passed since I took these notes and I am halfway through my second case) TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, orangey gold with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but kept a nice sheet. The aroma had moderate caramel malts; moderate to heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime hops; lighter pine hops; and light slightly funky yeast. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderate to almost rather bitter with an average to long duration. There was citrus hops, tropical fruit, some caramel malt, fruit cocktail, shortcake, some pine and citrus rind. The light to medium body was like watery syrup with lightly fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic and ever so slightly chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3555) - 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 (5049) - 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 (6390) - 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 (6657) - 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 (2252) - 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.

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