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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 JRA’s 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 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 70 IBUs
Availability: Fall
First release date: October 2013


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (592) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Can from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA. Pours slightly hazy, nice head. Aroma of West coast hops, some sweet malt. Malt increases as beer warms. Very nice take on the style from a newish east coast brewery. Alcohol is well-hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1560) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft. As advertised, big bold IPA, long sharp finish, assertive all the way through. Good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5266) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pint can that came from Nate as a Christmas gift. A big creamy beige head leaves sticky lace. The beer is very clear amber. An aroma that is full of citrus and pine. Flavor, too. Big robust hops. The bitterness is moderate and there is some astringency. Crackery malts. Resin. Those hops are active and work well together and carry this one into the winner’s circle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a dark amber color with an enormous soapy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy sour caramel, pine, resin and a bit of lemon. The flavor was bitter pine, resin, tangy malts and sour caramel. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Can from capones. Pours hazy amber with minimal head. The carbonation on this seems low. The aroma is all citrus. Tons of grapefruit juice with a touch of pine. The taste is big grapefruit juice, sweet, then followed by a strong bitterness. Very nice, strong bitter finish of medium duration.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (193) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours a gold/Orange color with some decent lacing. Smells very good. Strong aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops. Tastes almost sweet at first, with citrus at the front and quickly changing to heavy bitter notes in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scouser (285) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours a hazy orange colour with nice white lacing and head. Nice grapefruit aroma, really nice. Tastes a little lacking upfront, but then there is a major citrus pine hop kick. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Underdogs88 (221) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Piney, grapefruit aroma with hints of caramel. Appearance is gold with a slight haze. Head retention was good. Flavor is full of piney resin and grapefruit with notes of caramel and bread. Bitterness is high but clean. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, if u enjoy piney,resiny ipas this is a solid example. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Very recent from Capones. This was better long when it warmed to room temperature and could sell the hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (629) - - NOV 20, 2014
on tap at Heavy Seas Alehouse; amber color; nice citrusy hop aroma; great citrusy, piney hop flavor on a medium bodied,bready malt base; well balanced with a great, dry, bitter finish


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