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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.


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 beer’s 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. There’s about a two finger head after the pour, but it isn’t long before it’s just a film on top. Lacing is pretty spotty from top to bottom. Smell: I first thought it really smelled like woman’s 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. It’s odd to me, because the hops seem sweet, and the malts seem bitter. Hey, I’m not complaining. The Citra (I believe they’re 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 -- it’s when it’s 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertommy (1) - bath, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011 does not count
Nice american pale ale. Citris nose. crisp mouth feel, nice hop balance, remember its an american pale ale. Overall victory hit the mark. This rating is for draft

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (546) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Great pale ale. Good forming head and great colored ale. Love the taste of the bitter hops. Crisp.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3565) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Aroma is strong, piney hops and a hint of malts. The flavor is citrus/grapefruit, mild fruit undertones, malts and a lingering, bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3085) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours a dark gold with a moderate head to it. Nice hoppiness to it in both aroma and taste. Easy drink, yet very flavorful. Great example of an APA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (2826) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Une robe dorée et une tête solide. J’observe une belle dentelle. Des arômes de pamplemousse rose et de lime. Des malts mielleux et de délicates fleurs des champs. Quel superbe travail houblonné! Mon nez en redemande. Au goût, les saveurs houblonnées et maltées se fusionnent habilement. Ceci dit, les grains maltés se font rapidement oublier tant les houblons sont fabuleux. Je me fais mordre par des fleurs et du poivre rose. Je savoure le citron vert et le pomelo. J’aime l’effet de la camomille sauvage sur mes papilles. En bouche, le corps est bien élancé. Tout est pensé ici pour une grande buvabilité. Le pétillement vif diffuse les saveurs et son habileté se répercute sur la fraîcheur. La texture qui est légèrement huileuse s’accepte comme une brise d’été. En finale, que d’éclatantes notes houblonnées, bien vivantes et complètement stimulantes. Quelle agréable surprise! Une bière si facile à boire et si savoureuse. Un fantastique exemple du style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 Victory’s made a fine entry into the mediocrity-laden style of Pale Ale. Headwaters is one hoppy beast, yet keeps the texture nice and light. Add this feel to such a manageable ABV and Headwaters kinda rules the roost of normal ol’ Pale Ales. Should of known a solid brewery like Victory could make a fine Pale; unfortunately, I’ve been let down by the style many a time before. Even Stone screwed up their Pale Ale. But Headwaters is pretty damn awesome, a lovely small beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Beautiful crystal clear gold pour with a fluffy half-inch white head. Positively bursting with citrus and pine hop aroma, with a touch of white grape scent mixed in. Flavor is very hop forward. Dry, grassy bitterness with a crisp pale malt character. Champagne-like dryness to the finish with a light lingering bitterness. Body is light and clean. Fantastic session beer. Really impressive compared to the seemingly endless array of over-malted "pale ales" on the market right now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2011
Poured a very clear orange with a half finger’s worth of head. Aroma is very herbal, with a bit of resin. The taste is very crisp, bitter, herbal with a clear finish. This is almost like a wet hop beer, minus any malty backbone that one might expect from an ipa. Body is very light. An excellent pale with a lot of attitude.


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