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RATINGS: 956   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 Oz bottle. Pours a nice looking clear orange with off white head. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, earth, pine and over ripe grapefruit. Flavor is very much the same, lightly sweet with a nice strong bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty, solid pale ale.

4.1
oobawa (1797) - Tennessee, 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.

3.5
adrian910ss (2597) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma of barley, grains, faint bubble gum, hints of hops and yeast. Taste of barley, yeast, faint malts and faint hops.

3.1
corby112 (2813) - 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.

3
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 18, 2011
bottle. pale orange with small white head. spicy, black tea and malt aroma. flavor is lightly toasted malt with some spicy hops that don’t battle for attention. light to medium body.

3.4
thornecb (6092) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to pancake surface. Sour feet aromas. Soft with upfront caramel turning to marshmallow before the lasting pine finish.

3.7
Capa (3500) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Clear orange with a large head. Aroma is nice and fresh. Light citrus hops, medium sweet malts, and light fruit. Medium, smooth bodied. Leaves nice lacing as it goes down. Light, clean citrus hops, medium bitterness, a touch of caramel malts, mild fruit. Finish has medium dryness and a lingering, if light, bitterness. Does its job well and it quite drinkable.

3.5
italianjohn (3281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Clear copper pour off white soapy head aroma of dank and floral hops .... taste is the same fresh dank and floral hops, sweet malts with a little citrus bitter hop punch and a dry hopped finish .... a nice solid pale ale with lots of flavor and aroma

3.7
jeremytoni (3083) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
From a tap poured a copper color with a good amount of head. Light hoppy citrus flavor with a quick finish.

4
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours a clear golden amber with a pale off white head, head fades kinda quickly leaving excellent lacing, minimally viscous... Aroma is distinctly victory, anyone who has spent significant time knows the aroma of the brewery/brewpub, and this beer captures that aroma in the bottle... Mild toasty malts under some light citrus fruits and a distinct fruity pebbles aroma, lots of aroma for 5%... Hops are a bit more grassy than citrusy in the taste though some distinct citrus fruits are present, some mild toasty malts, no real sweetness... Friends of mine referred to this a Hop Wallop Light, but i didnt find it to be as citrusy or sweet, though the aroma and dry finish are similar... Exceptionally drinkable on cask, and very drinkable from the bottle, very lively out of the bottle, quite dry in the finish, medium to medium light body... I was impressed by this... If only we could get a couple varietal pilseners in a bottle from time to time now...


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