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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OTRihtnsgbt (28) - Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2011
Pours very light amber. Big grape fruit on the nose. Citrus hope on nose with adequate malt to provide balance. Absolutely beautiful pale ale. Victory!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1156) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle into a tulip glass. First off, the aroma was full of heavy citrus and grassy/floral notes. Some pine in their, too, but not as much as many other pale ales Iíve tried. Pour was great! Nice frothy head similar to the way a cappuccino makes. Messy lacing and a see through golden-brown body. Great taste! Solid hops bring a nice solid grapefruit/pumelo flavor with some pine and grass notes following up. A touch of sweetness counteracts the hop bitters. Might sound crazy but the finish has a slight flavor (from the hops) that reminds me of hose water that you would drink when you were outside playing sports when you were a kid. VERY refreshing and easy on the palate. Would go great with some sushi. Easily the most enjoyable APA Iíve ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Cask at Commercial Tap House. Light hazy yellowish orange appearance, nice head. Aroma is grapefruit and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is a match. Light sweetness from slightly crackery malts balances the bitterness of the hops well. Nice beer. Fairly delicate, glad I got to try it on cask.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2155) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2011
NICE golden copper look to the brew with a fading off white head. moderate and quenching body with lines of slow forming bubbles. beautiful sweet young pine aroma that is full in the taste with a dash of flower,ivy and wood stem. flavor initially seems to come in under the body, this brew has a lingering sweetish bitter finish with a dash of wood and grapefruit rind. a great brew probably more due to superior brewmanship.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pouring into my nonic pint glass it arrives a clear orange color. A thin bubbly white head sits on top for a few seconds and then is gone. The nose is filled with citrus, piney and earthy hops. Not overpowering but enough to give a great scent. This brew is smooth! Nice citrus and piney hop flavor. A slight bit of malt backing. Crisp and clean finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stunetii (90) - Bergen, NORWAY, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
A few bottles purchased at brewery back in March 2011. Overall, this was an excellent brew, although it was as hoppy as quite a few of the IPAs out there. Pours with a copper-colored body and a respectable two-finger head. The lacing is fairly tight and sticky. The aroma is surprisingly powerful and florally, with hints to citrus fruits and pine. The taste is simply awesome and relatively bitter, yet the bitterness dissolves quickly in the finish. Flavors like pine and grapefruit accompany the dry mouth feel. Overall, this is a remarkably tasty, aromatic and refreshing pale ale and one that I will certainly enjoy drinking over and over again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
This is a groovy pale ale. Iím not a huge IPA nerd myself, so I generally tend to gravitate towards the pale ales and appreciate their mellow bitterness and great aromatics more than harshly hopped IPA. Itís got a great clear, light-amber body with two fingers of marshmallow-white head. Good retention and a spotty lace. Smells like floral, citrussy, piney hops on top of dry biscuity malt. Straightforward and damn good. Hop flavor hits up front, but quickly give way to bready malt and a bit of implied grapefruit from the olfactory. Clean, bitter finish. Impressive malt presence without becoming sweet and juicy or losing the bitter dryness. Full and prickly carbonation feels just right for this refresher.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
This is a hell of a beer. It is a plain Jane golden color with a small head but thatís about the only negative thing I can say about it. It is a crisp and light APA with lots of citrus and a bit of grassy character to keep things nice and even. Itís light bodied w/o being watery and solidly carbonated without being prickly or overbearing. Itís pretty dry w/ only enough sweetness to balance the firm herbal hop bitterness in the finish. A lot of people think hops and they go for the big IPA or IIPA. This in my opinion is an equally good showcase for how American hops can work in a brew, as a crisp lemony counterpoint to sweetness which increases drinkability w/o assaulting your taste buds.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (431) - - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 21, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Light copper pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and crisp earthy hops. Smooth taste with a nice hoppy finish.


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