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RATINGS: 120   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


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13836) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (12809) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (12179) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11710) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11277) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (8080) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a clear bright gold color with no head. Aroma of pale and sweet malts, straw, faint fruit and floral hops. Flavor was pretty much the same. Light-bodied, with moderate-low carbonation and a sweet, malty mouthfeel. Very basic beer. Something called ’Vacationland’ should be more exciting.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (6418) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with an off white head. Sweetish malty aroma with some herbal notes. The flavor has sweet toffee and crystal malts with some herbal notes. Meh.


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