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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. It pours a clear, golden body under a minimal sized white head. The aroma is weak but pleasant, with fruity hops dominating. Flowery notes and some bread. It’s very smooth in the mouth, with a soft carbonation level. Some bitterness, but not much. Fruity finish with a faint malty touch. Easy drinkable, quenching. 150609

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Keg at the Portland branch. Pours clear gold with a light, white foam head. Mild grainy pale malt nose, straw. Medium sweet flavor, sugary pale malts, grains, hay, citrus peel. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, white bread, some cereal grains, a bit of ripening lemon, straw. So so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy golden colour. Very small white head. The flavour has some paper, a little grain, but not so bad. Hint of earth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13913) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks wilkie) Sparkling apple juice body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal/grassy, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, grassy/herbal, light apricot, biscuit. Light body, some crispness. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
12oz bottle-pours a tight foamy white head and gold color. Aroma is light malt, secondary herbal hops. Taste is light malt, secondary herbal/perfumy hops, slight lemon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Draught @ Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub, Portland, ME
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt and hint of citrus. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long malty and slightly citrus finish. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours chill hazy dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is bready pal malt, hopcitrus, and diacetyl. Tastes of bready pale malt, mild hopcittrus, and diacetyl. Not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (8684) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden pour with a small bubbly white head. Very sweet grains - almost syrupy without the syrupy texture on the palate. Hint of metal. Meh.

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