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RATINGS: 122   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

   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 (1650) - 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 (6032) - 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 (3048) - 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 (4304) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Golden, small foamy head. Smells like brown sugar toast, perhaps a light floral hop. Dry toasty malt flavors, with a light tingly resiny hop on the sides and back of the tongue. Crisp lightly bitter finish, and refreshing enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2008
Golden colour. Light caramel, toasty hop and diacetyl. Crisp, but watery golden ale with that definitive Ringwood diacetyl signature. Kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2008
A dark yellow on pour with a pretty foamy head. It has a slight hop aroma with some floral notes. It tastes slightly hoppy but is a bit light and watery. Refreshing on a very hot day. I’d call in a decent lawn beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Draught @ Freeport tavern. Coppery gold, little head. Mild ringwood and diacetyle nose. Underdeveloped graininess. Diacetyl flavors too, gets worse by the sip. Some hop floating around but in general disappointing.

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