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RATINGS: 127   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12943) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2006
This is a real nice simple summer ale! Perfect to grab a pint and sit out on the Gritty’s deck and watch the afternoon go by in Freeport. Nice and light for the summer so it can be enjoyed all afternoon and evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Decent session beer. I enjoyed this sitting on top of a building on the day of the WC 2006 final game. Light color, not too complex in flavor. Slightly hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeerPoppa (9) - USA - JUL 4, 2006 does not count
Happy fourth of july. I just had a bunch of these fresh from an ice cold bath and they were delicious - big malt taste, some hops, and light color - I expected a darker appearance from such a full tasting beer. Good stuff - could be the summer beer of ’06

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1177) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

   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 (3487) - 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...

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