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RATINGS: 69   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Can. Orange-amber with a medium, dense, frothy white head. Big resinous hops, pine, citrus and tropical fruit atop toasted malt and caramel. Taste is big pine up front with tropical fruit, citrus oils, hop resins, chewy caramel notes and robust malt backbone. Body is medium-full and slightly chewy with a nice oily feel amongst the dense , bubbly carbonation. Ends with more pine, hop resins, citrus notes, tropical fruit, sweet malt, and caramel. Big West Coast style IPA, and I like it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Pounder can from Whole Foods. Pours turbid dark straw toward copper with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is hops, tropical citrus, perfumy florals. Tastes very hoppy, crisp, resiny, with notes of pineapple, tangerine, and white pepper. Finishes crisp and bitter, with more fruit as it warms. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (1956) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 Hazy amber with a thin white head. Dry, hints of grapefruit and hoppy bitterness. Punchy but buttery, a bit yeasty, with a rolling finish. I’d like more crisp of a finish, more hops edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopbag (127) - - OCT 21, 2014
Really nice one. Grapefruit is prevalent along with bitter grapefruit rind. Moderate resin, decent bass. Malt is light and not sweet. Solid west coast style with good hop body. Not transcendent, but a definite buy when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Pinocchio's in Media PA. Nicely done IPA. My first beer from this brewer. Solid but nothing to separate from the masses. I would drink it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9410) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Firkin. Poured a murky golden color with a very small sized head. Citrus, some fruitiness, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1044) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Tap. Hazy orange with creamy head. Grapefruit! Nice bitter flavor and long hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BazookaJoe (265) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2014
On cask. Pours golden orange with decent earthy notes up front. Body is very bitter with big notes of grapefruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Nice hoppy aroma, light head. Pours amber colored, cloudy. Nice hoppy flavor, right to the back of the palate. Nice and plush mouth feel. Good aftertaste. A good bber from Hardywood!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4226) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Draft at 2014 Virginia IPA Challenge: No noticeable aroma. Clear amber, headless. Whole orange flavor. Fizzy. Uninspiring.

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