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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
golden color, aroma of grass, pine, citrus fruits, taste of pine, citrus fruits, light malt, bread, nice amount of bitterness, slightly dry finish, very good APA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle: Pours amber with no head. Sweet hoppy aroma. A little bitter hoppy flavor. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (535) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhunter151 (531) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours copper with a white head. Hoppy, pine, grapefruit, malt at the finish. Good pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
docsteigs (527) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Draft at beggars banquet. Mediocre aroma and not a great finish. Donít feel the need to try it again.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (498) - - APR 10, 2012
Orange in color with mild haze. This APA is rather unique in that in addition to the standard Floral Hops, Caramel, Yeasts and Malts that we expect, there is also a rather sweet butterscotch flavor in here. At the same time, it manages to balance out the APA and Butterscotch flavors out quite well. Itís light in body and the carbonation is stronger than I would like, but it feels crisp and refreshing on the palate. Much like Prima Pils, itís simple in flavor but itís does exceptionally well with whatever flavors it contains.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (486) - Madison, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours a clear golden brown with a minimal amount of head. Theres a burst of citrus combined with a bit of sweet toffee on the nose to make for a balanced overall aroma. Taste is very crisp with a bit of bitterness and balanced by a bit of malty sweetness. Overall, definitiely a beer that I would recommend to others but not the best Victory that Iíve ever had.


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