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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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 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 (5898) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1767) - 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 (5681) - 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 (2554) - 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 (1903) - 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 (7330) - 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.

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