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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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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SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Une robe dorée et une tête solide. J’observe une belle dentelle. Des arômes de pamplemousse rose et de lime. Des malts mielleux et de délicates fleurs des champs. Quel superbe travail houblonné! Mon nez en redemande. Au goût, les saveurs houblonnées et maltées se fusionnent habilement. Ceci dit, les grains maltés se font rapidement oublier tant les houblons sont fabuleux. Je me fais mordre par des fleurs et du poivre rose. Je savoure le citron vert et le pomelo. J’aime l’effet de la camomille sauvage sur mes papilles. En bouche, le corps est bien élancé. Tout est pensé ici pour une grande buvabilité. Le pétillement vif diffuse les saveurs et son habileté se répercute sur la fraîcheur. La texture qui est légèrement huileuse s’accepte comme une brise d’été. En finale, que d’éclatantes notes houblonnées, bien vivantes et complètement stimulantes. Quelle agréable surprise! Une bière si facile à boire et si savoureuse. Un fantastique exemple du style.

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phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 This has a citrus pine aroma followed up by taste and a lingering malt sweetness accompanied by a bitter citrus pine balanced finish.citras are a little too juicy for me but this is good If you don’t like your pale ales too pale, cheers

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Cuso (8616) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 26, 2015
Tap at Richtar Jakub. Dark amber color with thick white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma with caramel. Nice strong citrus hoppy taste with fruity, grassy hops. Solid caramel malty backbone. Long hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

4.1
oobawa (1304) - 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.

4.1
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Beautiful crystal clear gold pour with a fluffy half-inch white head. Positively bursting with citrus and pine hop aroma, with a touch of white grape scent mixed in. Flavor is very hop forward. Dry, grassy bitterness with a crisp pale malt character. Champagne-like dryness to the finish with a light lingering bitterness. Body is light and clean. Fantastic session beer. Really impressive compared to the seemingly endless array of over-malted "pale ales" on the market right now.

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ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2011
Poured a very clear orange with a half finger’s worth of head. Aroma is very herbal, with a bit of resin. The taste is very crisp, bitter, herbal with a clear finish. This is almost like a wet hop beer, minus any malty backbone that one might expect from an ipa. Body is very light. An excellent pale with a lot of attitude.

4.1
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!

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OmegaX (1374) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve ever had.

4.1
Kinz (3786) - 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.

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BREWMUSKCLES (2673) - 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.


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