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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 JRAs 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1144) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Poured a reddish-brown color. I remember honking it is darker than I imagined. Flavor was excellent. An earthy resinous hop backbone supported with grapefruit, roasted malts and something sweet...maybe cinnamon or nutmeg? Interesting. Awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1797) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pour is cloudy dark amber, a bit on the copper side, with some tight white head and solid retention. Nose has a lot of malt to it, caramel, crystal malt, hint of citrus hop but mostly stale resinous hops, a touch earthy and a faint peppery spice. Taste follows suit, malty up front, lots of crystal malt, stale hop, resinous, light biscuit, moderate citrus punch. Well carbonated, medium body, clean finish with a lingering citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (12131) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Draft. Pours gold white head. Nose/taste of coffee, bitter rind, caramel malt and dry citrus peel. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (9643) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Draft - Pine and skunk. Clearish gold with a decent white head. Caramel and bitter citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schwarzbart (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a one finger, off-white, creamy head. Color is a clear amber with lots of lace blanketing coverage. Aroma of pine, grapefruit flesh and citrus peel. Medium body, bitter upfront and in the middle, but dries out some in the finish, but still some remaining bitterness. Tastes of pine, grapefruit flesh and peel, grass with bitterness and resinous. Quite good and I enjoyed, but needs to be more dynamic to get to next level. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (576) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Poured from a tap at Monarch Grill. Creamy yet frothy head that doesn?t look like it?s going anywhere. Somewhat cloudy red color. Strong grapefruit aroma. Bold taste, but not as bitter as I assumed it would be. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ctplt777 (413) - - JAN 17, 2015
Good stuff. Definitely a lot of citrus, like a ton of grapefruit on this one. Nice hoppy bitterness with excellent balance. Im definitely gonna try to find this one on tap its excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1612) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2015
On draft at pizzeria paradisio it is a golden color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is strong bitter grapefruit that lingers bitter on the palAte

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (619) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1635) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft. As advertised, big bold IPA, long sharp finish, assertive all the way through. Good

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