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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
VSA is an Extra Special golden ale that’s light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale.

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuff’s in Freeport

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours a beautiful golden color with a medium-sized white head. This dissipated to a rind around the edge of my beer glass and hung around while I drank it. The aroma is definitely dominated by the hops. It’s an almost sour smell with hints of fresh-cut grass and citrus. The taste is definitely dominated by the hops as well, which is different than many other summer ales out there. The taste overall is bitter with a hint of lemon or grapefruit, but definitely not on the sweet side like many other summer brews available. I liked finding something quite different than most of the offerings this time of the year, even if the medium-high level of carbonation threw me a bit. It gives the beer an almost artificial feel to the finish, although there’s a good kick there as it goes down. The aftertaste is definitely on the bitter side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2007
pours a nice gold with a short lasting head. Overall not too impressed with this beer. I don’t like the hop aroma or the hop finish on this one. Not sure what variety they used, but apparently I’m not a fan of it. I wouldn’t really call this full-bodied either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SwillNoMore (105) - USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle, from Duvel tulip, at cellar temp. Best before Aug ’07. Clear golden amber, white head fades to a ring, fair lacing. Grassy hop and citrus aromas. Medium body, lightly resinous texture, soft carbonation. Plenty of hop flavor, but the lingering, artificial tangy finish ruins it. Completely different from all those "wheat beer with orange peel and spice" summer ales, which is a plus in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jimhilt (2541) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2007
Pours a five finger off-white head that goes quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is balanced, but strong hops are in your face at finish with a lingering soapy, bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
da845 (139) - new york, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
A standard summer ale.... needed in maine. Its pretty good, better when had from tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Sampled in Maine last summer. A nice brew that is worth a try. Has a nice golden hue and pours very nicely. Goes down smooth and has a nice flavor. A little bland but to be expected from a summer brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This summer ale pours a light yellow color with an average, white head. Body clarity is clear, with no carbonation. Fair lacing behind a fully-diminishing head. Aroma is simply of light doughy yeast. Initial taste is a light bitter, strengthening to a medium bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Light on the mouth, it feels watery and chalky with no carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a clear golden amber color with minimal ivory bubbles around edges. Aroma is of hops, grass and citrus notes. Fizzy on the tongue. Tastes moderately bitter with a hint of lemon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Date of Nov 06. Cavear: I drank this after a game of ball hockey, and just about any beer tastes good after that. Poors a light straw with quite a bit of carbonation. Little head and no lacing, but that could be due to my glassware. Light aroma of hops. Tastes to me more like an enjoyable well-balanced lager than an ale. I don’t own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks wilkie) Sparkling apple juice body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal/grassy, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, grassy/herbal, light apricot, biscuit. Light body, some crispness. Quite drinkable.

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