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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   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

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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Johnstledger8 (781) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 15, 2016
Draught. Pours a light cloudy amber with a quickly fading off white head. Aroma is of orange, hint of spice, bread, copper, earthy. Taste is of caramel, copper, earthy, metallic finish, hint of rye like spice. Watery mouthfeel, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (1109) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2016
On tap at Portland, ME. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and earthy. Overall it is a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GIJOE (1083) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Standard summer ale pours amber with a thin, frothy, white head. Generous lacing. Nose is malty. Taste is pleasantly balanced with prominent grain flavor. Decent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16518) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (10970) - 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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrodooo5 (1508) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2015
This beer needs a vacation! Average dark gold pour w/ a thin tan head & decent lacing. The aroma is of remotely sweet malt. The taste rather bland & boring up front & then finishes w/ a strange bitterness. Doesn’t have a good mouthfeel either & overall a poor brew that isn’t worth your time!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (994) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Poured golden in color with a bubbly white head. Pale malt, straw, lemon, grassy hops on the nose. Highly carbonated and thin. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (9662) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
tfontana (715) - 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 (1291) - 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

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