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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3399) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($8.99): Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and a teeny amount of malts. Flavor is mostly citrus hop bitterness at the front that mellows into the malty end. Doesn’t leave a heavy aftertaste, but somewhat astringent. A little earthy. The water seems very pure (even though it is from Pennsylvania... a kind of trashy state). Quite good. Nothing really novel in this beer, but a masterful example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEpeeist (3358) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear orange with a pillowy white head. Nose is orange, sage, funky sweet pastry dough and cooked cabbage. Medium body with moderate carb. Taste is apricot and bitter citrus with a weird, bready toffee note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Pours a translucent golden copper with a medium creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of citrusy and lightly spicy hop notes, great malt profile. Bready, light toast and caramel. Flavor of a nice rich malt, toasted, light caramel and pretzels. Nice hop profile as well. Citrusy and nicely bitter. Great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 26, 2011
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Blazingly clear, filtered pale orange, with a nice foamy head. Aromas bring flinty, minerally cirtus and pine up. Crisp, juicy and nicely bitter. A reasonable balance of well-constructed malt sugar and C-hop bitterness. It’s good, not crazy and on pace for a mass-produced American Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2693) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
This is a very good APA. The aroma is malt, bread, yeast from a crystal clear amber pour with a thin lacing head. The flavor is malty sweet at first but then gets very bitter. Quite crisp and clean. This will be even better when the days get warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Clear straw yellow pour with an aroma of hops, citrus, and funk. Lots of hops in the flavor with a citrus backdrop. Just the right carbonation. Nice new offering from Victory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Draft. Small white heada top crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/pine, some grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, some bread, peach. Soft light-medium body, some resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Yay! A new Victory beer! 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear golden copper color with a medium sized bubbly tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of earthy and peppery hop notes, along with some floral and citrus notes as well, and faint caramel malts. The taste is pale biscuity malts, bitter herbal hop notes and a caramel finish. Medium bodied. Not my favorite Victory beer, but still solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Beautiful crystal clear gold pour with a fluffy half-inch white head. Positively bursting with citrus and pine hop aroma, with a touch of white grape scent mixed in. Flavor is very hop forward. Dry, grassy bitterness with a crisp pale malt character. Champagne-like dryness to the finish with a light lingering bitterness. Body is light and clean. Fantastic session beer. Really impressive compared to the seemingly endless array of over-malted "pale ales" on the market right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
Sample at the Roc City Brewfest (Rochester), served in the taster glass provided. 19FE11.

App.: Clear deep golden with a white rim. Aroma: Wow! Big citrus, soapy, white wine hop notes, green, leafy, slightly vegetal notes, berries, nice! Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Tastes like fresh green hop buds, lemon, berries, esters, a little soap, white wine, a touch of sulphur, neat!; dry with some bitterness and a fresh hoppy finish.

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