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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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11568) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4036) - 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 (874) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of diacetyl, sweet malt, and grain. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. A few large particles. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of diacetyl, sweet malt, cereal, bread, and grain. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Diacetyl, sweet malt, cereal, and grain finish is lightly dry.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a dark golden straw color with great clarity. nice white head on top. decent head retention. fair lacing. S: a bittersweet aroma. some hay and slight metallic tones. some fruit characteristics, but nothing specific. T: really bitter and not very summer-like. metallic finish. the hop flavors are just bitter, with no presence other than that. way in the back of this is a sweetness, but the bitters seems to ruin it. It reminds me of a sweet heineken. M: dry and metallic. decent carbonation level. palate is too confusing. D: not doing this one again. summer equals refreshing, and this beer is not for me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Breads, light toast. Lemon. Grass. Some earthy herbalness with a light lemon bite. Goose island 312


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