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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6320) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2011
This poured a light amber dark yellow color with a white head. Aroma was nice citrusy hops and light grass and cracker notes. Flavor was smooth bright hops, bot too bitter, but not malty either. Very nice Pale Ale/

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5111) - Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours a beautiful dark amber with a pale tan head that has just a tinge of golden amber. Aroma is rather hoppy, almost more like an IPA than a regular ale, with a malty underpinning and a hint of citrus. Rich flavor has a nice balance of malt and hops with grassy, fruity and honey hints. This ale is very drinkable! Texture is smooth and quite pleasantly fizzy. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
12oz bottle, shared with my cousin. Clear orange color, thin off-white head, fading to minimal. Spotty lacing. Very good hop taste, but not overwhelming or bitter. The water does seem to make a difference, has that good-water feel. E: "Mint."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 On cask at porter. Pours amber with thin white head. Aromas of grass & manure (not pejorative). Medium-bodied with a lot of green notes & dirt. Good, dirt qualities are ones I like in wine & rarely find in beer. Interesting, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, light pine, grass, light resin, light citrus, light orange, and light marijuana. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Sparkling. A few tiny particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, light citrus, slight malt, light marijuana, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Medium bitter, hop, pine, light citrus finish is dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5615) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Fresh bottle. Huge hoppy nose, huge grapefruit and big pine, has that sticky gritty note of some of the best and most aggressive PNW IPAs. Body is orange with steady waves of carbonation rather than a trickle, and a sudsy cream head. Light-medium body is bitter and lightly gritty, bone dry and aggressively hoppy. Caramel base but the malt is underplayed, clean and well drunk. Seems like a minor uptick in Victory’s quality of late, and this one’s a flavor monster at 5.2%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (4121) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
18 July 2011, tap at the brewery. yellow, clear w/ some steady bubbles. nice nose. smells of dried field grass. not big or aggressive. med body, a tad watery, slightly fizzy. has a very dry, planty hop flavour. decent but average pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12Oz. Bottle - best by Oct 18,2011: With a thick, foamy, off-white head this pours a nice copper color. Definite pine notes up front w/ citrus and some spice; not much malt. Nice rounded mouthfeel, on the lighter side of medium in body, crisp/light carbonation. Very nice, but a little watery near the finish. First taste was full of hops. This mellows on drinking, with lingering bitterness leaving me wanting another sip. Biscuit malts balance the hops. Excellent APA, in my opinion and another great beer from Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1902) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper color with a 1/4" off white head. Aroma is caramel malt and both citrus and floral hops. Flavor is the same. Nicely balanced. Medium palate with high carbonation. Very nice pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (1163) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Lighter amber with dense white head. Orange/citrus pine nose. Hops not a prominent in bitterness, malt is fuller than nose. Light palate. Hops provide a bit green hop flavor.

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