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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Bottle: Golden yellow color with a medium bodied head. No distinctive aroma. Overpowering hop character, with a wheat finish. Overall this beer was just too bitter for my tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden color with a ring of white lace. Aroma and flavor of malt with sweetness. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle - Poured a golden amber in color with a white head that evaprated quickly. Aroma was light with some yeastiness. Flavor was not to distinctive and light. Some maltiness with a bit of fruity hops thrown in. Drinkable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 14, 2005
(Draft) Pours a nice gold, with white head, some lacing. Aroma slight banana. Mouthfeel dry. Tastes light and wheaty, finishes dry. Not super thirst-quenching for a summer beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle: poured golden yellow with little to no head. Light hop aroma, a little banana ester. Semi fruity flavor with hints of citrus. Some bubblegum. The hops really poke through for a nice bitter finish. A little diacetyl present. A little thin but I enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
On draught at Gritty McFratkids in Portland, 5/21/2005 with Muzzlehatch. If you’ve ever met Barry, you know that he looks like a fratboy, so fortunately we fit right in ;)
This must be a golden ale. It’s got a feathery, light pale malt sugariness, some peachy-fruit notes and a trace of bitterness. Very little aroma, maybe some light fruitiness from the yeast. Clear golden-yellow with a rapidly dissipating mass of white bubbles, no lacing. The carbonation is fairly low which allows for mass consumption quite easily. Bit of wateriness, no real complexity, maybe a hint of citrus in there. If this isnt their lightest beer, I would hate to try the one that is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
May 2005, on draught at Gritty McDuffs (Portland) with the spastic and fantastic ClarkVV. Very light amber, clear with no head to worry about...clean, sweet honey and a touch of lemon in the nose...light but reasonable body, very weak on the malt but with a noticeable albeit subdued piney hop presence...watery. Basically, nothing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours clear,bright gold. Half-inch white head with lots of lace for the duration of the beer. Smells of light malt with a sweet grass smell. Smells like summer... Taste is bitter at first. Light bitter hops with a light malt finish. Pretty basic light ale. Lightbodied with very little aftertaste. Quite drinkable though. Very good for a summer day but not that distinctive. Lots of summer ales in Maine that taste alot like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 One of the better local summer beers, I really like the amount of hop taste this has, as well as how easily drinkable this summer is. Slightly bitter near the end, with some sweeter hints earlier in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Overall a very average summer ale. Lightly hopped all around. SLight bitter finish, and quite refreshing. I’d rather have a shipyard summer ale if I were in Maine again.

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