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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. Some floral, spicy and light citrus notes to the nose. Some malt sweetness also. Taste is a touch dry with a very light bitterness. Almost a medium body. Some malts, earthiness, slight spice. A decent summer brew.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (6249) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Tihs poured a clear yellow color with a white head. Aroma was light musty german hops and some sweet malt character. Flavor was a bit bland, a tiny bit of lemon zest and sweet malt. Eh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with white head. Aromas of cereal, lemon, herbs. Flavors of cereal, lemon, herbs, butter. Balanced finish with hop bitterness in back of palate. Medium-thin body with firm mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, a hint of caramel, and some light hops. Nothing really stands out about this beer. Average texture. An ok beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Breads, light toast. Lemon. Grass. Some earthy herbalness with a light lemon bite. Goose island 312

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TATE (402) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is buttery with a bit of hops. Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a thin white head. Taste is light malt, butter, citrus, and then the hop bitterness at the end. Medium body. This is a nice ale that is easy to drink with maybe a bit more hop character than other blondes I’ve had. The flavor is similar to all other Grittys ales but much lighter. I like all of their beers.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (6076) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
Draft at Jimmy the Greek’s, OOB, Maine. Pours a blond yellow with a good amount of head and lace. Tastes of sweet malt, cereal, bread, and grain. Light body. Lightly dry texture. This does NOT say to me “ drink more” It doesn’t even fit in the Summer seasonal area in my opinion. Slightly below average.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a transparent golden honey like body with a white head with fiar retention, nice white cloud afloat. Aromatically hints of earth ,citrus, light pine sap, and a note of musky bread. Soft herbal, a hint of soap, light bread and honey notes.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (15253) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy golden colour. Very small white head. The flavour has some paper, a little grain, but not so bad. Hint of earth.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a dark golden straw color with great clarity. nice white head on top. decent head retention. fair lacing. S: a bittersweet aroma. some hay and slight metallic tones. some fruit characteristics, but nothing specific. T: really bitter and not very summer-like. metallic finish. the hop flavors are just bitter, with no presence other than that. way in the back of this is a sweetness, but the bitters seems to ruin it. It reminds me of a sweet heineken. M: dry and metallic. decent carbonation level. palate is too confusing. D: not doing this one again. summer equals refreshing, and this beer is not for me.


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