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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
West Coast Style IPA. Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity, and in our case, fresh brewing water. These efforts have culminated recently with the symbolic return of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon, a prehistoric, yet majestic behemoth of a fish, spotted as far up the James River as the fall line in Richmond. Your purchase of this beer supports the James River Association. Thank you for being a part of The Great Return. In our commitment to James River conservation, Hardywood will contribute $10 per barrel of The Great Return to The James River Association, to support their mission to be the guardian of the James River. The JRAís core programs include Watershed Restoration, Education and Outreach, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program.

Original Gravity (O.G.): 1.070
Strength (ABV): 7.5 % ABV
Color (SRM): 12 įL
Bitterness (IBU): 70 IBUs
Availability: Fall
First release date: October 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Can: Floral hop aroma and flavor with a bunch of fresh citrus. Solid example of a West Coast IPA from the east coast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippieFee (325) - - NOV 8, 2015
Can - Very dry taste in the palate. Lots of fruit flavors going on, mostly grapefruit. Bitterness is at the right level for my tastes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
IPA. バランス良さ&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5655) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
On tap at Brasserie Beck. Orange body with medium head. Nose hops, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is also lots of hops and citrus. Maltier notes. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Can from Berttttt! Poured into a snifter, bright orange in color with a good head. Smells nice, pineapple, mango, tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose... Lots of tropical fruits, mango, light peach, pineapple with a nice bitter after taste. Nice west coast style. Body is medium, smooth, easy drinker. Overall... very enjoyable ... highly recommend it! Thanks Bert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Can. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold to orange body with a small frothy white head that faded to a wispy covering. The nose is citrusy, but thereís a heavy caramel malt base thatís throwing off a lot of sweetness, which usually isnít a good thing. The flavor is super bitter, but not especially hoppy to me. Thereís still a heavy sweetness below all those hops, and I donít really care for that all too much in an IPA. Itís not terrible or anything, but itís just not my style. Medium to full bodied, a little heavy and chewy with fizzy carbonation. Meh, not all that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2060) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Very hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus peel. Murky orange. Can. Yummy and worthwhile. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (2374) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Can. Hazy lighter Amber orange. Grapefruit rind, light toasty malt, some caramel sweetness and light pine in the aroma. Flavor is more rounded, with some bitter grapefruit, toasted toffee, some malty sweetness and candy midway through and then a drying bitter pine finish. Medium oily body. Kinda old school, but solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1771) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus with earthy pine resin. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with citrus ann floral notes. Finishes with big bitter, earthy, piney hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Piney hop aroma and dry citrus aroma. Light white head and golden body. Flavors of dry citrus light herb and some hop bitterness in the finish. Dry on the palate.

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