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RATINGS: 123   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Amber body with initially thick white head. Smells malty and a bit sweet Tastes hoppier than I anticipated... Not overly strong flavor. Not the best Gritty’s has done, but still a great brewery

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2006
I was not as dissapointed in this as some on here. Highly drinkable ale, smoother than your average golden ale with a nice full creamy nose. Well done, I think.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells breaddy with some mild hop notes. Taste of caramel and some bittering hops but otherwise watery and disappointing.

2
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - 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.

2.9
   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...

2.8
   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.

3
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4070) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.


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