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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1120) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Pours an orange-gold with a minimal pale beige head. Nose is a lot of grassy noble hops up front, a fruity-piney perfume, some bready, biscuity malt, and lightest citrus. Taste is mostly bitter, without a lot of sweetness, though some develops with a little warmth. Palate is softer but slightly tingly carbonation, light bodied, with a bitter tea-like finish. This was a nice refreshing beer on another record heat day in the deadzone. A solid session beer with plenty of character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1120) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours copper w/ a white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is an intriguing blend of malt & hops. The taste is filled w/ subtle hops but they are light & the beer is quite drinkable. A very nice pale!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1114) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013
This pale comes close to IPA territory. I had this on cask and was expecting a more mellow palate. What I found was a smooth but carbonated yet dry mouthfeel. The aroma was of piney and floral hops. Light coppery color with a white fizzy head, almost frothy. Crisp flavors of mainly hops with some gainy malts but not much. Easy to drink with chili.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1100) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours a clear, classic golden color with a one-finger, creamy, antique white head. The head dissipates too quickly, or I would’ve scored its appearance a 4. A well, balanced malt/floral hop bouquet is noted. A relatively rich mouthfeel yields to some mild astringency late. There’s something peculiar lying a the flavor’s foundation that disrupts the malt and hop characters. Almost like petroleum jelly. Nearly flavorless, yet has a distinctive flavor. It’s not off putting. Just disrupts what would otherwise be the natural flavors of the ale. It takes on the hop character and bitterness of a session IPA, but with a smidgeon better malt backbone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle from GE Altoona. Pours yellow with fizzy white head. Smells line cat piss and grapefruit. Mildly bitter with lots of fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and orange. Malt backbone is there. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
pour a amber orange with small white head with little lacing. Aroma is of toasty malts, bread, grass, pine, and some citrus. Taste is of toasty breaded malts, grass, pine, caramel, and some grapefruit citrus. Has a medium body with a oily mouthfeel and a semi dry, refreshing finish. overall, a nice pale ale that makes a great session ale in the summer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spacecube (1082) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
On keg, golden brown with a white head, aroma is light caramel & biscuit malt, floral and mild citrus hops coming through, finish moderate bitter. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Nice and crisp, the way a pale ale should be. They are pushing the water and it may very well play a factor. Very clean finish in which the hops predominate.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
The Biscuit malt tone meets abundant hops but I sense an imbalance here. Our American micros seem to do a fine job at producing bitter pales with coppery like tones but I wish they would focus on overall quality instead of appeasing the hopheads (yes I love IPAs). As for the water, the palate is rather wet to showcase their local watershed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1079) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2011
Copper pour with a thin white head. Aoma is malty with a bit of citrusy hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. This one is primarly malty with a bready/grainy flavor with the hops with a subtle citrus hop flavor. Slightly bitter finish but short. Clean, crisp flavor and finish but nothing here is blowing my mind.


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