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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle. Poured with a fairly large, frothy white head, that diminished within a couple of minutes to a 1 cm size. Fair lacing in several spots on the glass. Clear body with a dark orange color. Aroma is of light yeast and doughy, with some butteriness as well. Light-bodied and thin-textured on the palate, with average carbonation. Average-lasting flavor of breadiness, again with some butter-taste to it... but it finishes lightly bitter. Overall, not a bad blonde that goes down easy during a hot day, even with the slight metallic bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (817) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Oh, the life in Maine, especially Portland, where good beer and good times are abundant. Drink this brew just becasue its from a great vacation town and makes you feel good. A little too much wheat taste, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
halfonit (1294) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2009
Descent light golden color. Has some weird malty wheat smell. As if these ingredients in here were bought in an aluminum can. I really don’t care for the taste. It’s just missing something. I’ve had better from Gritty’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2009
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head recedes to skim surface. Sweet caramel aromas. Astringent, bitter and sour hops. Not really a summer sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
22oz. bottle from Willow Bend Liquors in Lutz, FL. Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is pretty nice...citrus and marijuana. Flavor is alot of grass and some various citrus flavors. Very bad, sticky, dry, light mouthfeel. Overall its not awful, but the palate completely killed it for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2008
(Bottle). Malty caramel aroma. Apple juice color, tiny head. Very mild malt flavor. Mostly watery. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dangelicom1 (17) - Shelton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This is one of my favorite summer ales. I had it on tap and out of a bottle in Maine at the brew Pub. It is very clean and refreshing, It pours yellow. It has a different taste then most summer beers. It does not have the over powering citrus flavor like most but has a nice hop taste with a slight citrus finish. This is a very good beer that would be good for a session

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Pours yellow with small white head. Aroma is sweet malt, and some grain. Flavor is astringent and reminiscent of metal and grain. Palate is thin and watery. Wholly disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a light foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt is somewhat boring. Taste is also somewhat bland with some light notes of medium sweet malt with no material notes of hops. This one is quaffable and refreshing but still too bland to be one of my summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
urnamesucks (92) - New York City, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Had it with a meal at Gritty’s Freeport. Not my favorite summertime drink.

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