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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 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 (6197) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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 (5735) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Légère odeur d’houblons fruités. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe d’apricot. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #1262)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear dark golden with a thin, spotty white head. Big, earthy floral bitter English hoppy aroma has a hint of pale maltiness. Body starts very dry, and bitter with big earthy, grassy hoppy character toward a similar finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2915) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Bottle with a Dec 07 expiration date. Pours an orange-yellow. A bit of carbonation. I can’t quite place the scent but you know what it reminded me of? A Kaliber non-alcoholic brew! Fruity-ish. Feels smooth in my mouth like one of those squishy caramel candies with the white center. A pleasing mild flavor that goes down smooth. A slightly hoppy aftertaste but not a surly one. An abover average brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Poured from the bottle to an orange-yellow, withg thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a farily faint grassy hops, and the mouthfeel of this slightly carbonated beer is somewhat tingly. Initial flavor is actually pretty tasty grassy hop, but this tends to be overwhelming and stale as the beer warms, and the finsih is dry and stale aas well. Not bad for a somewhat novelty beer, but not much either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Clear golden orange, fairly large head, minimal lacing and solid retention. Aroma is grass, lighter fruits, not much else. Light fruity taste, light but detectable bitterness. Just kinda boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2007
draft @ lewiston site. clear orange, gold. aroma and taste of malt, slight bitter hop element. the malts reminded me of that funk that you get when a macro lager warms. hangs in the mouth. iimo, if its going to be light bodied, it should be crisp. drinkable but wasn’t impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
12 oz bottle shared by willblake at his place. Light orange in color. Sweet pale malts in the aroma. Taste is lightly sweet malts, with some light dough/yeast, light to moderate floral hop finish.

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