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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Got a fresh bottle, and the aroma most certainly said so - like fresh spring water, fresh bread, tangerine and hops! The flavor was crisp, with grassy notes and light malts before a delicate hop finish. At 5.2% this is incredibly drinkable, I should have gotten more than one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
A nice if ordinary pale ale. Citrus aroma and taste is well balanced with the sweetness of the malts. The taste and overall quality of the beer lacks a crispness that I prefer in this style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1302) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Clear amber pour with a nice head and lacing. Aroma is pine Abrams virus. Taste is grapefruit, orange, grass, and toffee. Easy drinker.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
A coworker brought a 6er of this to our recent beer club meeting. Poured a slightly hazy dark gold with foamy white head. Aroma is extremely floral and lemony. Flavor totally reflects aroma. To me it tasted like someone literally took rose petals and soaked them in a keg of a very light apa. Almost a soapy lavender flavor to it. Overall, not really my thing. Very different from your typical apa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle from Midtown Wine and Spirits, in Nashville. Pours a clear, weak-tea/pale copper with a pillowy off-white head; this is easily the clearest pale I’ve ever seen. The nose is of dank citrus and dried grass hop notes along with a slightly biscuity and sweet malt backing. Light to medium-bodied and silky while on-the-tongue, the palate transitions to a pleasant, moderately bitter finish that lingers nicely. The flavor amps up the same qualities found on the nose, with citrus, somewhat grassy and piny hop notes dancing along with toasty pale malt to create one of the tastiest packaged pale ales I’ve sampled in a long time. This is a beer that I could stick with throughout an entire evening. For me, that is among the highest compliments I can pay to a session beer. This is good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1267) - Pensacola, 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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1265) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Copper-gold brew with two fingers of head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp and clean - relatively light malts at the start quickly giving way to complex hops. Finish is clean and bitter with a short lingering afertaste. Hops on par or better than many IPA’s, but definately a Pale Ale in style - light, crisp, refreshing, complex, great character. A worl class pale ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1262) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Clear gold very light copper.Short head qwickly diminished to a ring with spitty lacing. Aroma is nice with toasty malt -slight sweet cereal grain,fresh dankish hops kinda floral and spicey herbal and or earthy.Slightly buttery. Taste hits you with a toasty bready somewhat foamy mouthfeel,a spicy sting of hops with smooth light carmel toasted malt some mildly grassy hops finishing clean somewhat citrusy with rhindyness gingery pepper.Fairly sessionable with some maltiness and medium/full bodied but clean with hop astringency making it seem somewhat dry at the end. Pretty nice kindof wheaty or bready/toasty malt taste but hoppy with slight fruit tones mainly citrusy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2011
12 oz bottle that says "enjoy by Sept 19 2011." Hmm. Pours a clouded light amber with a white head. Aroma is honeyish at first, some stale floral hop aroma, stale biscuit. Flavor is biscuit, again rather stale, light honey, stale herbal and citrus hops. This doesn’t seem to have held up that well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2012
This one pours a crystal clear light red to deep orange and head is off white and lasting. Nose lend emmense toasty, biscuity, bready and earthy malts. Hop nose is mostly citrus, fruits and light resins. Flavor is some earthy hood then come in with toasted and biscuit malts and finishes out with mixed citrus hops. Medium body and crisp mouthfeel. easy to drink. Earthy hop and malt forefront. Not bad. not life changing.


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