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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deduchar (39) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2006
This is a real nice simple summer ale! Perfect to grab a pint and sit out on the Gritty’s deck and watch the afternoon go by in Freeport. Nice and light for the summer so it can be enjoyed all afternoon and evening.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dangelicom1 (17) - Shelton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2008
This is one of my favorite summer ales. I had it on tap and out of a bottle in Maine at the brew Pub. It is very clean and refreshing, It pours yellow. It has a different taste then most summer beers. It does not have the over powering citrus flavor like most but has a nice hop taste with a slight citrus finish. This is a very good beer that would be good for a session

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Had a bottle of this in the dark while camping in Maine, so sadly i couldn't get a good look at the appearance. the taste had a nice hoppyness to it and overall it felt nice and full-bodied in the mouth. Good stuff. i regret the fact that a few years ago i had dinner at Gritty McDuffs in Maine and never tried any of their beers. i'll have to change that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5651) - Hampton, 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)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Pours a deepish golden color, with a fat white head and lots of bubbles floating to the surface. Aroma is mildly hoppy, floral and a touch citric, with a faint whiff of estery maltiness. Flavor is very nice. I didn't know what to expect, and the label somehow reminded me of Elvis, who I hate. Thankfully, the beer is actually really good. Light bodied, hoppy and sharp. Nice and crisp for the summer. Plenty of effervescence, but toned down enough to allow the subtleties of the taste to come through. Balance is good, flavors are pronounced and clean. My idea of a summer beer. Thank God the wheat beer craze seems to be lessened from last year. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeerPoppa (9) - USA - JUL 4, 2006 does not count
Happy fourth of july. I just had a bunch of these fresh from an ice cold bath and they were delicious - big malt taste, some hops, and light color - I expected a darker appearance from such a full tasting beer. Good stuff - could be the summer beer of ’06

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TATE (297) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is buttery with a bit of hops. Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a thin white head. Taste is light malt, butter, citrus, and then the hop bitterness at the end. Medium body. This is a nice ale that is easy to drink with maybe a bit more hop character than other blondes I’ve had. The flavor is similar to all other Grittys ales but much lighter. I like all of their beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with white head. Aromas of cereal, lemon, herbs. Flavors of cereal, lemon, herbs, butter. Balanced finish with hop bitterness in back of palate. Medium-thin body with firm mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Willfall (2) - - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
Nice flavorful summer beer that makes a hot day just slide right by. Nice color and good hop character.


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