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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. 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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Draft at Kraftwerk on 2/17/11. Pours a clear dark golden orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma that’s also a bit perfume like with hintsof crisp light fruit, grass and straw. Pale malt with a bit of apple, pear and phenol. Lighter end of medium bodied with crisp, dry, earthy hops that linger throughout into a dry finish. Slightly earthy with hints of grass, sweet alcohol and light fruits, notably apricot and apple. Slightly watered down but with enough complexity to make it interesting. More hop forward than I expected but the malt presence becomes more prominent as it warms. Not a bad beer but nothing out of the ordinary. Usually Victory makes above average beers for the style but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Yay! A new Victory beer! 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear golden copper color with a medium sized bubbly tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of earthy and peppery hop notes, along with some floral and citrus notes as well, and faint caramel malts. The taste is pale biscuity malts, bitter herbal hop notes and a caramel finish. Medium bodied. Not my favorite Victory beer, but still solid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bronze w. a light covering. Simple floral character with a pleasant cleanness to it. Moderately hoppy flavor with the feeling of being a bit watered down. Floral character throughout with a grainy finish on the palate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2524) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle from Dr. Jeckyll’s. Light orange pour with a white head. Aroma is tart, fruity, kinda earthy, and grapefruit. Taste is bread, almost nutty, a little fruit, and bitter. Finish is a little thin.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
The Biscuit malt tone meets abundant hops but I sense an imbalance here. Our American micros seem to do a fine job at producing bitter pales with coppery like tones but I wish they would focus on overall quality instead of appeasing the hopheads (yes I love IPAs). As for the water, the palate is rather wet to showcase their local watershed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pours a clear deep golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some grassy piny hops. Starts with a light malty sweetness and some drier herbal hops before a bittersweet finish. Could be a little more clean and drinkable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Tap. Fluffy off-white head and a coppery brown hue. Floral and light citrus hops in the aroma. Bit of a grainy note in the flavor with some pine and grapefruit hops, but very tame and a slightly odd sourish/yeasty finish. Bit messy. Thinner body with soft carbonation.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Very attractive deep golden color. Perfectly clear. Aroma of hay/grass - which I don’t find appealing. Taste is quite bitter without much of an accompanying malt or citrus flavor for balance. An OK drink but I’ve had much better offerings from Victory.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (7040) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
On tap at The White Horse, Parsons Green, London, 05.08.11 Golden with a white head, very slight haziness. Easy drinking pale ale, lightly hoppy, some biscuity malt, light citrus, it’s fine. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov13 3.1

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours a clean golden hue with a fading fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of ... SUMMER LOVE, same hop profile, same malt profile with the addition of some caramel malts.. yet Summer Love is called a Blond Ale and this an APA? Really there is almost no difference! The taste is actually LESS HOPPY in this beer than either the aforementioned Summer Love or the NB Hoptober. While you get some grassy and resiny hops, the malt seems more noticeable and a tad sweeter. Additionally the brew tastes more flabby and unfocused. The mouth feel is sprite and sharp, medium-bodied and a tad minerally. Overall a nice brew but perhaps a bit too casual and basic.


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