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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Giant can. Hazy golden color, fluffy white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of bright meadow and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter lemongrass. Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
16oz can. Large beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/lime, light toast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, bread, some lime. Medium-full, some stickiness, resin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Tall can at home. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, frothy and rocky off-white head, medium to long retention with good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus and floral hops, biscuit and cracker malt with pear and apple esters. Some late dank and earthy hops hit the nose. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, light crisp malt, light fruity esters with a dry and prickly finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8536) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at the brewery, 11/15/13. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head. Aroma of tropical, resin hops and pale malts. Taste is citrus hops, grapefruit, pith, pale malts. Medium bodied, nicely balanced, slight lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
This brew is a clear orange-copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, grapefruit and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of floral hops, citrus and roast malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering citrusy hops aftertaste. Above average overall.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5741) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Can. Generally, this brewer has a positive vibe in the region, and my limited exposure has all been positive. But this was a bit of a disappointment. The beer is light amber as you’d expect with a toss-n-tumble topping. Overall I found this quite woody and outdoorsy, vice citric, generally a drinkable quaff ... but the finish was almost soapy, and this detergent factor - although subtle - wouldn’t leave me. (#5512, 5/8/2014)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5328) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2014
Can at Frank’s. Pours an amber body with white lacing. Aroma is pretty bland - lots of malt, vague bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium to light with ntoes of sweet caramel malt, light metallic character, spice and vague bitter hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4732) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Super hazy deep copper and orange tinted body with a nice, two centimetre tall tan head - this looks like it came right from a tap on the West Coast. Aroma of grapefruit, piney, citrus and slightly resinous hops with a good malt backbone and a touch of apricot sweetness. Medium-bodied; Biting grapefruit and citrus hops with a milder malt backbone than expected showing some grain and cardboard, but the fruit comes out at the end. Aftertaste shows bits of apricot and pears, but the hop bite is present, if slightly underwhelming. Overall, a nice IPA with a solid hop profile, but a little lighter malt body than expected and some subdued and mild tertiary flavours make for a good, but not great beer. I sampled this sixteen ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 06-February-2014 for US$3.69 sampled at home in Washington on 20-May-2014.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4633) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Poured a nice amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was nice, grapefruit and pine resin notes. Flavor had a lot of pine, grapefruits.. Nice hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Can shared at Ed5388’s several weeks ago. Aroma of citrus, pineapple, wet hops, touch of apricot. Medium to fuller mouthfeel, stronger carbonation and a lingering bitter bite. Flavor of vanilla, grapefruit, apricot, toast and wet hops. Good stuff here.


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