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RATINGS: 123   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
65cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa). Pours a clear golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly to provide little lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, flowers, straw, and hay. Flavor is bread, yeast, flowers with a hoppy, bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
nice gloden color with plenty of head slight biscuit and malt . would be better if it werent so thin ok poundable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 On tap at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a hazy straw yellow, with lots of lacing and a thin watery head. Malty aromas, biscuit, some Ringwood yeast. Flavor is what you’d expect here: biscuit and malt, some oats maybe, and a nice floral ending. Very easy to drink and well-balanced. Not going to rate high but it’s a good simple beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pale amber beer with an off-white head. Soft pale malt aroma with some light earthiness. A little bit doughy and lightly tobaccoish. Soft soft citric bitterness on the back. A nice simple golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2008
i’m not gonna write much about this one, because in my opinion it doesn’t deserve many words. the flavor for me is basic, the appearance is weak and the smell is unattractive. I usually don’t dis a beer this badly but i just feel that i wasted money and time on this. Hopefully this is better for somebody else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a translucent golden with a touch of amber and a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of light citrus, malty sweetness, cereal grains and bready. Flavor was a match of the aroma. The same cereal grains, light citrus and bready.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2008
20070713 Bottle. Solid, simple, fresh, fruity, unremarkable quaffer. Slight grainy notes and weedy hop snap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle: Orange-yellow brew with a big cauldron on top. Highly carbonated. Aroma is sweet-bready, lightly citrusy. The drink is even more bready, even vaguely yeasty, with a big cookie dough aspect and a tight finish at the end. I really like beers like this, although clearly they are not popular amongst the Ratebeer masses ... anything vaguely yellowy is at a disadvantage here. (#3203, 11/14/2007)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body under a thin looking one finger fizzy white head. Some fairly heavy lacing remained. Very lightly fruity aroma with some banana, vanilla, wheat, and just a hint of crackery malt. Flavor is pretty typical of an American Wheat, fairly light with a hay and light maltiness up front fading to a doughy and somewhat husky finish. Minimal bitterness on the lingering finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery in texture with moderate fizzy carbonation. There’s a little doughy clinginess on the finish. Overall, clearly not exciting, but no major faults at least, unlike some of their other offerings. On tasting this without looking it up first I would have guessed it was a wheat beer.

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