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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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. Weíll 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, weíve had a fair amount of latitude in paying homage to water in our beer. So, weíve 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Appearance is a rich gold with a finely bubbled 1 finger head. Aroma is stony/mineral-y, slight citrus, and a hint of toasted grain. Really nice balance, smells enticing and highly drinkable. Taste is limestone, light crystal malt and finishes with a nice citrus punch. Light to medium bodied, this brew is slick on the palate with crisp carbonation and a dry citrusy finish; a bit light-bodied for my taste but more body would diminish this beerís refreshing quality. Overall, this is a fantastic example of beer terroir---the true centerpiece of this brew is the water; you can smell it, see it, and taste it. The unique minerality of this beverage is perhaps the most remarkable example of a "water-forward" beer as opposed to a hop- malt- or yeast-forward beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (529) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Orange clear pour slight white head. Aroma of tangerine citrus piney hops. Tastes mostly of fresh green hops with a significant wheaty malty background with moderate hop bitterness. Buttery mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (516) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is grassy, and white grape juicy, stingy, lemon-grass. Pours a light copper color with a big frothy off-white head. Flavor follows, big bitterness, some white grape, citrus, plenty of bitterness, touch metallic, lemon-grass, hint of peach. Refreshing

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Pours a nice amber with a medium offwhite lasting head, with very good head retention and lacing to the end. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, orange fruity esters fill the senses as well as some good citrus piney hops. Taste is caramel malt, fruity citrus notes, some yeast and citrus piney hops. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, fruity citrus flavor, some slight orange peel, ending with some good citrus piney hops bitterness for balance. Overall a very good, balanced and tasty solid all around Pale ale. enjoyed this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Says to drink by June 23 2013, so I figure this is beerís likely not more than a couple months old. Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Appearance: Almost crystal clear with a very slight haze; orange in color. Thereís about a two finger head after the pour, but it isnít long before itís just a film on top. Lacing is pretty spotty from top to bottom. Smell: I first thought it really smelled like womanís shampoo with spices in it. That sounds odd, but it really did -- and not in a bad way at all. It smells great. As it warms up a tad, I find that it smells a lot more like a quality pale ale with a valiant blend of hops and malt. Probably the high light of this beer. Taste/feel: Sweetness with the hops up front, that develops into more hops... and then more hops... and then finishes with the bitterness, with the flavor of caramel malts coming in to balance the hops. Itís odd to me, because the hops seem sweet, and the malts seem bitter. Hey, Iím not complaining. The Citra (I believe theyíre Citra) hops, as usual, provide a very juicy quality to this beer, and the slight malty and spicy aftertaste on this beer makes it all the more satisfying. This is a great pale ale that has the bitterness of an IPA, but more overall qualities of an APA. Definitely a tasty pale ale worth seeking out. For the best flavor, I say take it out of the fridge five minutes before drinking it -- itís when itís at its best, I think.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
docsteigs (500) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2011
This is a really nice beer; smells deceptively straightforward with mild piney hops but a very attractive pour and head retention; taste is complex and changes through the glass, beautiful combination of bittering hops, aromatics, and rich maltiness.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (494) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours amber with good head and good lacing. Aroma is very good and complex, with citrus hops, cereal, sweet malts, and yeast. Something different every time you inhale. Taste is mild sweet malt, followed by refreshing hops that fade into a lasting bitterness, which is accompanied late with a good dose of yeast. An interesting contrast to the hop-centric west coast IPA style. Much more balanced. Palate is medium bodied, pretty smooth and moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice APA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RespertFTW (482) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Draft at beggars banquet. Mediocre aroma and not a great finish. Donít feel the need to try it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12 oz bottle, pale amber color with little head. Lacing prominent on sides of glass. Aroma is fresh and floral with some sweet citrus but not too overpowering with the hops. Taste is fairly bitter but really well balanced out by the sweetness. Palate is full with a crisp, fresh, aftertaste. As bitter as the taste is, the aftertaste is very smooth with no bitterness. Very enjoyable beer. Really lives up to its name with a clean, pure taste with tons of flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
poured clear amber with a nice frothy head. sweet hop aroma. faint hop flavour with citrus. my bottle said it expired in August so maybe it was a older bottle, still a very good APA


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