RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 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.

flying_pig (1562) - SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2017
355ml Bottle from Asda, Glasgow (£1.82):
Disappointing stuff here from Victory, the beer opened well with nice tropical fruits & a lot of pine with some citrus in there as well but in both the nose & the taste these all passed quickly & left little more than a bland, basic beer that was more lager than pale ale. There was the odd touch of earthy bitterness, a faint hint of floral & some biscuit malts but none of these was overly pronounced & the beer just seemed boring & weak throughout; I’d expected much better.

mabuzzer (814) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2017
355ml can. Clear amber with a small white head. Nose is spruce, some citrus, taste is the other way round, very dry, bitter

ads135 (4590) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2017
Better than an average pale ale. Light and grassy hop character with a mild orange aroma.

ginotarugo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2017
Another average American Pale Ale - bitter with aftertaste. Like other Victory beers better. Won’t be drinking again.

rodbod (356) - Motherwell, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2017
Can from Oddbins Mitchell Street Glasgow. #trainbeer! Nose is proper beery hops, not really fruity, just a ton of malt and bittering earthy hops. Taste is equally good: dry, malty, long lasting bitterness. The palate is a let down: overly creamy, overly carbonated, sure to bloat me if I drink more than one. Nevertheless, a decent effort.

Mjp12 (1809) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2017
From a can , a rather bland aroma, just light grassy hops. On the tongue , there is a nice level of carbonation, with a bitter hop finish

gripweed57 (2314) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Amber, gold pour with a small rocky beige cap. Nose has earthy toasted malt notes. Flavor is toasted malt. Crisp and flavorful with hints of toasted bread, black tea, almond skins and herbal hops. Malty with a nice hop balance. Very drinkable.

Tide (3830) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Draught at Hilpeä Hauki. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, resin, mango and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, floral hops, resin, mango, a bit of pine and grass. Very nice pale ale.

radassace (299) - SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2017
355ml can from Asda. Pours a tangerine amber with a lively white head. Nose is caramel, zesty lemon, pine and some tea leaves. Soft on the palate, light carbonation. Sweet malt first leading into a lemon zesty ice tea flavour, and finishing with some medium pine/grapefruit bitterness. Finished the can in 10 mins, so must have been good !

Evilkniamhel (941) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2017
From can. Pours clear orange/gold. Nose of mango, lychee, pine resin. Taste is forest floor, more tropical fruit, citrus peel, dry foosty finish.

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