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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16925) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12440) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11250) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10105) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9826) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9824) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8698) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Draft - Pine and skunk. Clearish gold with a decent white head. Caramel and bitter citrus hops.

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