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RATINGS: 126   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4772) - 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 (3319) - 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 (369) - 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 (4516) - 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 (5499) - 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 (14447) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2010
initial rusty metal taste dissapates into a smooth and substantial taste of vegeatable with a nondescript sweetness. at this time some malt and a hop like flavor can be discerned. light tropical fruit flavor way at the end adds a bit of interest to this otherwise almost decent brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with a 1/4 inch white layer of froth.

Aroma: Koschy husky yeast and pez candy.

Taste: Spicy yeast, dry almost hidden malt and spicy Euro hop finish. Ever so slight fruit notes up front.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, a little juicy and watery.

Overall: Solid drinkable, session beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (6970) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with an off white head. Sweetish malty aroma with some herbal notes. The flavor has sweet toffee and crystal malts with some herbal notes. Meh.


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