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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchHillbilly (62) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Dark golden colored ale. Minimal head. Nice hops aftertaste. Medium body. Pours somewhat thick. Very nice overall.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
tfontana (61) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 17, 2015
22 oz. bottle from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is faint--a bit like beer that sat out all night or that someone vomited. Appearance is hazy light gold with massive off-white foamy head (actually a little annoying because it took so long to go away) with foamy lacing. Taste is similarly lacking though not mildly aversive like the aroma. Mildly bitter. Palate is light bodied with thin texture and soft-flat carbonation. Finish is mercifully brief. Overall, this is not a good beer. Perhaps I had a bad one? I can’t imagine any place calling itself a craft brewer would put this out--I’d rather have a Miller Genuine Draft or a Michelob. If someone hands you one, make sure it is ice cold. Avoid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft at the brewpub in Freeport. Clear amber. Wheat aroma with light citrus. The taste adds floral hops and lemon with resin. The mouthfeel is clean with a bit of syrup too. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2533) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
Purchased in their mixed pack on my trip to Maine. Pours a clean golden-amber colour with big bubble carbonation. Frothy white head with good lacing. Big grain nose with honey hints. The grain is there in the taste, but with some decent hops balancing things. A nice cereal malt summer ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2532) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a clear amber/blonde body with some slowly rising carbonation filling an exceptionally foamy, lumy white head with light spotty lacing. The head lasted for about three minutes, light rings were left in the wake as the beer went down The smell had some breadiness, lemon and malts. The taste was bitter through previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sat at/about a light, sessionable, crisp, dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, I’ve had this a numerous amount of times on tap and out of a bottle. This is good for the style and for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13344) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (1927) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Mild grain aroma. Lightly cloudy golden color with a medium white head. Sweet beginning with a mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (8341) - 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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tonkun (984) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Tap. Yellow pour with a lot of head. Citrus, herb, and spice. Easy to drink ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2649) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Clear copper with a three finger white head that slowly drops to one finger. Good looking. Taste is semi-sweet malt with bitter citrus joining as it moves through the palate. Both linger for a short finish. Light, better served around 50 degrees, summer quencher.

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