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RATINGS: 771   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Appearance: Bright amber with nice off-white head and some lacing rings. Aroma: Mostly citrus (orange and grapefruit), with some spiciness, pine and a hint of metal. Light dried malts underneath. Taste: Mix of dry hops and dry malts. Grapefruit, spice, herbs, pine, caramel and biscuit all play a role, and are so heavily integrated that it is hard for anything to stand out - this is both a strength and a weakness. Herbal and slightly bitter & metallic on the finish. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish (actually dry throughout). Overall: Very drinkable and refreshing APA - not surprisingly coming from the always solid (and often great) Victory. However, I have to admit that when a 15 year old respected craft brewery releases their first APA, I expect a little more. Maybe it is just a wee bit too herbal for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scipio (720) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Pours a clear, light, golden amber, with a thin, slightly off white head. Aroma has caramel, herbal hops, grapefruit, honey, and hints of bread. The taste is sharp in pine and grapefruit, still with a good deal of herbal tones, along with caramel undertones. It has a fresh, almost minty flavor that is noticeable throughout. Dry and pretty bitter, with a short aftertaste of pine and hops. More light in body, with a thin texture, with above average carbonation. Its alright, but I’m not very impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (712) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2012
12oz bottle in Delaware by myself. Pours dark golden with a great big white head and plenty of bubbles. Almost the color of dehydrated piss. Aroma is fresh, woody hops and a touch of citrus. Palate is filled with pine hop and there is a touch of apricot. Almost perfect bitterness. Really fresh. Delicious pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (709) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft at CAH. Pours light brown with yellow hue. nose is mild citrus and bready notes. First sip is nice balance of citrus, slight floral and malty notes.finishis clean with lingering citrus like bitterness

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (707) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Light orange pour, thin tight head. Grapefruit in the nose. Lightly bitter on the tongue. Toasted malt plays second fiddle to hop bitterness on the way out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttutony (704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
Light copper in the glass with a thin white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and spruce. Decent balance between the malt (with light caramel notes) and hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (696) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draft. Top notch pale ale. Citrus and earthy hops with grain/bready malts. Balanced, tasty, clean mouthfeel. Just the right amount of flavor but still light and very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
Great pale ale. Good forming head and great colored ale. Love the taste of the bitter hops. Crisp.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Poured with thin white head that faded quickly smelled of hops hay and grass. Tasted about the same with a weak aftertase decent beer

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (686) - 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.


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