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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dan027 (26) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Crisp and clean aroma and flavor. Decent hoppiness. Rich golden color with a clean white head. Great tasting APA, Victory once again delivers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2011
A beautiful golden ale with a thin white head. A good classy Citra hops aroma, with light biscuitty malts, chardonnay white wine, resinous character. In mouth, a smooth biscuitty malt with good citrus pulp, citra and simcoe hop action, resinous and floral, green hops, a bit lighter than expected but very good. On tap ate ROC Empire Brewfest, Feb. 19 2011.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12oz bottled Feb 8, 2011. Pours clear amber with a one finger white head that leaves webs of lacing and holds a small cap. Aroma is lemon citrus, some orange and grapefruit, grassy and floral hops, bread & biscuit malt. Good to very good strength. Flavor is lemon, orange, grapefruit hops, some grass, hint of pine, caramel and bready malt, good bitterness for an APA, touch of sweetness in the middle but finishes dry. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. Crisp, hoppy, refreshing APA. Very nicely done, Victory!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 22, 2011
Lighter bodied pale ale from Victory. Big hop aroma, lots of citrus. Thin body on a yellow/golden beer. Lots of citrus hop flavor. Little malt backbone. I prefer my pale ales with more malt character and a bit more body, but I will be drinking a lot of this one. Very refreshing

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark straw with 3-finger white head. Nose is pale malt, spicy yeasty notes, and funky resiny hops. Tastes hoppy, resiny, with an overabundance of IBUs relative to the malt. Like a souped up Hop Devil with less malt and more hops. Stays resiny throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 Oz bottle. Pours a nice looking clear orange with off white head. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, earth, pine and over ripe grapefruit. Flavor is very much the same, lightly sweet with a nice strong bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty, solid pale ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Victory’s made a fine entry into the mediocrity-laden style of Pale Ale. Headwaters is one hoppy beast, yet keeps the texture nice and light. Add this feel to such a manageable ABV and Headwaters kinda rules the roost of normal ol’ Pale Ales. Should of known a solid brewery like Victory could make a fine Pale; unfortunately, I’ve been let down by the style many a time before. Even Stone screwed up their Pale Ale. But Headwaters is pretty damn awesome, a lovely small beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma of barley, grains, faint bubble gum, hints of hops and yeast. Taste of barley, yeast, faint malts and faint hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Draft at Kraftwerk on 2/17/11. Pours a clear dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma that’s also a bit perfume like with hintsof crisp light fruit, grass and straw. Pale malt with a bit of apple, pear and phenol. Lighter end of medium bodied with crisp, dry, earthy hops that linger throughout into a dry finish. Slightly earthy with hints of grass, sweet alcohol and light fruits, notably apricot and apple. Slightly watered down but with enough complexity to make it interesting. More hop forward than I expected but the malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms. Not a bad beer but nothing out of the ordinary. Usually Victory makes above average beers for the style but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3755) - - FEB 18, 2011
bottle. pale orange with small white head. spicy, black tea and malt aroma. flavor is lightly toasted malt with some spicy hops that don’t battle for attention. light to medium body.


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