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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
conway (2210) - - MAR 20, 2013
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Kind of a mess. Bottle might have been off. Their beers are enjoyable at the pub but I haven't had good luck with their bottles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gripweed57 (1367) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Hazy golden color. Grainy malt aroma. tart citrus malt flavor. Tangy lemon peel and lemon zinger-like flavor. Finish is brief with hints of pepper and citrus peel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Typical blonde ale. Not good, not bad, just average. I like trying a variety of beers, so I’m glad I had it, but never need to again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 11, 2012
A very tasty summer ale. Nice mildly fruity tones with a very smooth hop feel. Pours light golden with a shirt head. On draft. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Willfall (2) - - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
Nice flavorful summer beer that makes a hot day just slide right by. Nice color and good hop character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (3139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2012
Light straw gold with a moderate fizzy white top. Aroma is light straw grains and a slight citrus hop. Taste is light and nicely carbonated for the mouth feel. Not a great beer, but a hot day sitting on the front porch of the cottage we rented in Maine, it goes down nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (2268) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Very malty, nutty with a hint of hops in the finish. Light and mild, somewhat overly sweet. A little thin overall, but better than a macro brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2011
12oz bottle. pours a clear orangish amber color with a big off white head. Aroma is light sweet butterscotch with a slight spicey hop background. The butterscotch sweetness flavor comes first but is followed quickly by a hit of hops bitterness, along with a hint of citrus in the background and a dry light finish. Light, refreshing body with moderate to strong carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a clear bright gold color with no head. Aroma of pale and sweet malts, straw, faint fruit and floral hops. Flavor was pretty much the same. Light-bodied, with moderate-low carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Very basic beer. Something called ’Vacationland’ should be more exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a short but thick white head. Unappealing corn-like aroma. Uninspiring light malt flavor with some lemon. Watery texture and a weak, unremarkable finish. Take a vacation from Vacationland.

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