Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Victory Headwaters

Headwaters - a 15th anniversary brew by Victory - is aptly named for the Headwaters Grant.  The Grant was  created by Victory to provide funding to the environmental groups that protect the Brandywine Watershed; which is the source of water for Victory beers.  A portion of the sales of Headwaters beer goes directly to this charity.

Interesting to me, but probably not you, is that I lived in the town where Victory Brewing is located when I was a baby.   

When I was 3 months old or so my family was moving from a trailer park in Downingtown to a new home.  While my mom and dad were packing up the moving truck they kept me safe and secure in a bassinet inside the trailer - which is exactly where they left me as they drove off to to wherever it was we were moving to.  Well, where they were moving to, I guess.  

Suddenly, Mom says, "Honey, I feel like we're forgetting something."  

"Nah, I grabbed all the boxes and stuff." said Dad.  

They drove on for a while longer when mom said, "No, dear, really.  I know we forgot something back at the trailer." 

"Well, what then?", Dad replied.  

"Oh, I don't know.  I just have a niggling  fee. . . THE BABY!!!"

A hasty U-turn was maneuvered.  The baby - me - was retrieved.  Victory attained.

I digress . . . 

Headwaters is a pale ale that is a very sessionable 5.1% ABV.  It pours a clear reddish-gold with a very big bubbly head that quickly dissipates.  The aroma is of piney hops, citrus and malt.

The first taste is a gentle bite of hops - pine and citrus - but it's not overly bitter.  This is anchored by the sweetness of caramel malt that creates a nice balance of flavors.  It finishes nice and clean with a lingering hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light and bubbly.  Very go-down-easy drinkable.

I liked Headwaters.  It's a nice middle-of-the-road pale ale - just the right balance of malt vs. hops and enough complexity to be interesting.  Yummy!

Overall - very good.

Visit Victory Brewing's website for more info on their other beers or check them out on Facebook.

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