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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
Very pale golden-straw colour. The aroma is very citrusy and orangey. A bit of light resin and a bit of light lemongrass and pepper as well. A little bit of zestiness and sweet citrus. Fairly assertive bitterness. A little bit of lemon peel and some white pepper. Well-balanced and quite tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin white head, light grapefruit and watermelon in the aroma, light bodied with mild carbonation, starts and ends bitter with a touch of fruit in the ending. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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   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 beer’s 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8492) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle. Floral orange and grapefruit peel/pine hops aroma. Clear amber color with moderate head. Sweet malt and moderate grapefruit peel hops flavor. Very nice.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2011
An unmistakeably American-styled pale ale, Headwaters is rife with grapefruit aroma hops. Solid toffee malt backbone carries the floral flavoring hops through to a balanced finish. A hop bomb with dialed down bitterness. Fantastic.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1241) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Copper-gold brew with two fingers of head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is crisp and clean - relatively light malts at the start quickly giving way to complex hops. Finish is clean and bitter with a short lingering afertaste. Hops on par or better than many IPA’s, but definately a Pale Ale in style - light, crisp, refreshing, complex, great character. A worl class pale ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4008) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2011
12 oz. Clear bronze with a large spongy head. Orange, flowery honey, light resin and metallic aromas. Tastes of Orange Creamsicle, spicy resin, and earthy honeycomb. Peppery wood and oily resin finish is a nice counter to the malt and flowery hops. Light body is soft, slightly oily, well-balanced and crisp on the finish. Excellent session ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopher (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011 does not count
Tastes more like a bitter to me but what do I know? Great buy.....................................

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours an average cheddar orange with a nose of pine sap, orange peel, and grapefrui. Flavor is pined grapefruit and light orange rind. Tingly and slick on the tongue. Wow! If ever there was an approachable yet assertive APA, this is it. GREAT beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Pours a deep golden with a big fluffy head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma features a bunch of fruit forward hops, some dank-ness, and a very nice and surprising expression of toasty malt.

The flavor is lightly spicy with a nice toasty malt character throughout. All the while fruit forward hops are the dominant flavor here. This is a very good malty version of an APA that has more hop flavor than most either malt or hop forward APAs. Just a damned enjoyable beer.


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