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RATINGS: 947   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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beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle pours a clear deep gold with thin off white head. Scent of pine and grass. Taste is hoppy and bready. Very good.

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User37895 (3042) - - APR 3, 2011
Bottle at a company function, good job company! The pour was amber orange in color (they even had glassware to pour the beer into!!!), decent initial off-white colored head and lacing. The aroma was pine and citrus hops, light floral too. The flavor added some light caramel malts, herbal notes, to go along with the nice and assertive citrus and pine hops, much like a west coast pale ale, a more refined version of SNPA, which I like without refinement anyway! Mouthfeel was moderate in body, well carbonated, clean finish. A good drinkable pale ale to chill with. Nice job, Victory!

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jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2011
Amber gold with modest, creamy, white head / Big nose of weed and pine, with underlying citrus notes / Medium body, soft carbonation, a touch watery, with good, lightly biting, finish / Flavors of fresh cut pine, weed, orange, and grapefruit / Spectular nose, but the flabby body detracts.

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matthewjk (1124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2012 Hazy Yellow pours from 12oz bottle. Clean, crisp, hoppy, and twinged with citrus. Taste like an IPA to me because of its assertiveness. Excellent.

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theisti (4179) - Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 12 oz bottle purchased at TC Craft Brew in New Hope, Minnesota. Enjoy by Jul 8 2011 printed on label. Pour is golden copper with a full two inch slightly off white head. Nice unfiltered look. Head is quite lasting, eventually falls with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit citrus, resin and nice toasted malt. Fresh bright nose, nice. Taste is bright grapefruit bitter light tart along with the resin on the nose, cracker toast malt and finishing back with the grapefruit, crisp and dry in the end. Palate is medium to light bodied, lower carbonation level, unfiltered mouth fell, moves to a bit thin the end. The thinness did not detract, made it quite drinkable. Really excellent beer.

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djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at the Petrol Station. Pours a orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a floral hops and weed. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet hop and citrus with a nice resin finish. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this American pale ale from Victory.

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ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Enjoy by August 17, 2011. Appearance: Pours a golden-orange body with clear, consistent clarity and crowned with a layer of just off-white suds. Some spotty lacing on the way down. Smell: Citrus peelings and sun-dried grasses in the nose with some underlying, milder hints of sweetish malt. Taste: Adequate base of pale maltiness with light streaks of grainy bread and mildly sweet toffee. Citrusy tastes of zested lemons and tangerines. Moderately bitter, though it builds a bit as you go along. Grows a bit pithier and resinous as you approach the dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: A nice, pleasant pale with a little bit of potency going on.

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JoeMcPhee (9517) - 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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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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dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, 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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