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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1577) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Gold color with white head. Malt aroma with hops scent. Malt start with hop finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - AUG 12, 2008
I have no idea why, but there is foul tasting finish to this otherwise light hopped light tasting summer ale. Just awful, really bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5483) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Clear golden coloured body with an orange tint. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong malt backbone with some lighter spices and a tiny touch of hops. Alcohol and a dose of yeast also noticeable with more perfumey tastes coming strong afterwards. Overall, a good and refreshing beer, nothing amazing, but good to sample! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 12-July-2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft at McKays Public House. Light and crisp with some flavor, too. Not a bad summer, session beer. Golden body with a diminishing white head. The light aroma had notes of brown sugar, citrus and flowers. The flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter. The finish picked up a little more bitterness. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
emerson430 (95) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
12 oz bottles purchased at C.E. Reilly’s in New Harbor, Maine. Sharp bitterness, almost too sharp for the style. Two in a row might be my maximum on this one. I enjoyed the 6 pack and would buy it again. I wonder if this on tap would be any easier going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcox90 (1835) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a gold color with a small white head. Nose is grainy with a mild hop aroma. Palate is somewhat thin and moderatly carbonated. Flavor is mild hops, some malt & grains. A nice little summer brew. Nothing more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (6985) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
St. Petersburg, Fl. - Shep’s Deli - 12 oz bottle. Light golden pour, spritzy white head. Grainy aroma with some hoppy accents. Crisp flavor with some buttery notes, some subtle fruity notes - thinking pears here and apples here. Mouthfeel is crisp. Decent summer refresher.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Palidor19 (3137) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
it taste to old and dusty, the malts like hay and the hops dont work too well. thin palate with little else

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
The aroma has malt and grassy hops. The appearance is golden with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s not that impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2008
pretty good for a style i don’t particularly care for. A nice golden hue with a fast fading white head. A somewhat watery carbonated look to it. Aroma was sweet with a subtle brown sugar note and some hops. Flavor was a little sweeter then the aroma indicated hops were mild present in the background. A nice crisp finish that was light on the palate.

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