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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4559) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6277) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 12 oz bottle purchased at TC Craft Brew in New Hope, Minnesota. Enjoy by Jul 8 2011 printed on label. Pour is golden copper with a full two inch slightly off white head. Nice unfiltered look. Head is quite lasting, eventually falls with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit citrus, resin and nice toasted malt. Fresh bright nose, nice. Taste is bright grapefruit bitter light tart along with the resin on the nose, cracker toast malt and finishing back with the grapefruit, crisp and dry in the end. Palate is medium to light bodied, lower carbonation level, unfiltered mouth fell, moves to a bit thin the end. The thinness did not detract, made it quite drinkable. Really excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pours a clear deep golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some grassy piny hops. Starts with a light malty sweetness and some drier herbal hops before a bittersweet finish. Could be a little more clean and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 Nice to see Victory trying something without tons of hops. Still good, but a slightly hoppy pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Pours a copper/amber with a manilla head. Really nice mix of PacNW hops and herbal noble hops along with some toastiness. Flavor has notes of caramel, noble hops, grapefruiit/pine, lemon, grass and toasty malts. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing you haven’t had before, but man, this is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden colored body with a finger-width, dense and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is grassy and grainy with a good amount of lemon-lime. Slightly bready, some florals, and resins. Flavor is similar. Pale malts with some bread, grass, grain, and lemon-lime. Some florals and a light earthy pepper before this finishes dry, grassy, and piney with some resins. A bit thin on the malts and almost watery. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and moderate, crisp carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice pale ale. Light and easy drinking with a nice, grassy and bright citrus. The grainy malts work well, but its a tad thin. Despite that its enjoyable, clean, and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (904) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
Great pale ale. Good forming head and great colored ale. Love the taste of the bitter hops. Crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - APR 23, 2011
My favorite at victory! This was a nice copper color. Aroma was herbal and earthy hops, light caramel malt. Tasted of herbs and citrus, medium sweetness and bitterness. the Biterness lasts a bit. Really enjoyed this one, solid pale ale.

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