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RATINGS: 126   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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4159) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
On draught at Gritty McFratkids in Portland, 5/21/2005 with Muzzlehatch. If you’ve ever met Barry, you know that he looks like a fratboy, so fortunately we fit right in ;)
This must be a golden ale. It’s got a feathery, light pale malt sugariness, some peachy-fruit notes and a trace of bitterness. Very little aroma, maybe some light fruitiness from the yeast. Clear golden-yellow with a rapidly dissipating mass of white bubbles, no lacing. The carbonation is fairly low which allows for mass consumption quite easily. Bit of wateriness, no real complexity, maybe a hint of citrus in there. If this isnt their lightest beer, I would hate to try the one that is.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12033) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Date of Nov 06. Cavear: I drank this after a game of ball hockey, and just about any beer tastes good after that. Poors a light straw with quite a bit of carbonation. Little head and no lacing, but that could be due to my glassware. Light aroma of hops. Tastes to me more like an enjoyable well-balanced lager than an ale. I don’t own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4645) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, a hint of caramel, and some light hops. Nothing really stands out about this beer. Average texture. An ok beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tonkun (1113) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (9437) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden color with a ring of white lace. Aroma and flavor of malt with sweetness. The body is medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This summer ale pours a light yellow color with an average, white head. Body clarity is clear, with no carbonation. Fair lacing behind a fully-diminishing head. Aroma is simply of light doughy yeast. Initial taste is a light bitter, strengthening to a medium bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Light on the mouth, it feels watery and chalky with no carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2008
A dark yellow on pour with a pretty foamy head. It has a slight hop aroma with some floral notes. It tastes slightly hoppy but is a bit light and watery. Refreshing on a very hot day. I’d call in a decent lawn beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
urnamesucks (92) - New York City, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Had it with a meal at Gritty’s Freeport. Not my favorite summertime drink.


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