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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 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 (4857) - 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 (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.

   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 (5075) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Golden in color with a small white head. Aroma of spicy hops,fruit and butterscotch. Bitter hop flavor,fruity,buttery with mild malt in the background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Best by 10/2004 drank in 7/2004 Clear orange with a thin white head. Orange citrus and yeasty aromas, fizzy mouthfeel, ends slightly bitter. Typical American pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (2179) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Comes in a 22oz brown bomber..with simple yet effective label. The appearance is quite attractive a nice lazy pale orange with a tiny head that last no time at all Nice aroma of hops mainlly smells fresh despite its long journey. MMM I liked the taste of this beer..a nice pale ale indeed..nice semi-sweet roasted malts followed by an excellent hoppy bitterness that lasts a few seconds very well done. very nice on the palate..i want to sip this pretty quick A good drinkable American style Pale Ale..good for anytime in my opinion

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Deep gold, retreating head. malt, citrus, some bready yeastiness in the nose. PLeasant malt flavors with a citric bite and underlying hop spiciness. Medium bitter finish. Easy to drink.

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