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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
judy20171 (2) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
Fantastic IPA. Love getting a big west coast flavor from Virginia, this beer has become an IPA staple!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (3824) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Location: 16 oz can from my Dad, 11/25/13, Thanks for the Hardywood hook-up Pops!

Aroma: The nose is full of resin/pine and grapefruit/citrus hops, with caramel malt undertones
Appearance: This one is a really great looking beer: It pours a murky looking dark orange color with a lasting sheet of frothy beige head that leaves some heavy lacework all over the glass
Flavor: Clean and hoppy taste, much like the nose, a good amount of bitterness, mild sweetness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, creamy and smooth, with a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was an excellent IPA. It is well-made and very enjoyable. It has plenty of hop bitterness, but isn’t extremely bitter, it is almost more hop flavorful than hop bitter. There’s also just a touch of sweetness to provide some balance. Really well-done. I’m glad I have three more of these.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Can. Thanks Blake for sharing. Phil was also present. Medium hazy orange golden with a steady spitty white lace. Nose is big and juicy; lots of grapefruit. Flavor is bitter, piney, lightly herbal, with more grapefruit and a complementary malt backbone. Very well made with no flaws.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Fresh Can straight from the brewery. murky burnt orange pour with very nice billowing cream colored head. Piney and grapefruity and almost some honey like notes. Similar to a hopslam maybe? But not as sweet or syrupy. Resinous and grapefruit rind on the finish. Really solid IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2190) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
12/7/2013. 16 oz. can. I had this one while waiting in line for the Bourbon Gingerbread Stout. Not exactly the right thing to drink on a cold day, but this one is tasty. Floral aromas with resins, malt, caramel and citrus. Loads of hops throughout and a very bitter finish. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Can from a friend. Poured a clear copper-orange color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a dense layer and left beautiful sheets of lacing. Aroma of fresh, dank hops paired with bright citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange) along with some moderate notes of pine. Smooth entry leads immediately into a fresh, floral, resin-filled hoppiness with a complementary citrus fruitiness in the form of grapefruit and softer orange that linger into the bitter finish where undertones of a sweet caramel maltiness are present. Moderate carbonation and medium mouth feel, incredibly drinkable due to the dryness imparted by the hops. Overall, a great beer if you are looking for a hop-forward, easy-drinking treat...which is exactly what they were shooting for.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2014
On tap at the brewery, i was pleasantly surprised by this one, nice citrus and floral aroma with a light malt and dry bitter finish. Hoperation pink was slightly better.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Hoppy! Can to glass. Smells DaNk! Golden clean with a nice head! Very refreshing. Hops galore are is very close to Hop Drop. Finishes clean and dry. Great summer clean beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Location/Date:Can on 3/19/2014.

Appearance: Pours a copper opaque light head.
Aroma: Aroma of grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Medium light bitter, grapefruit, caramel.
Palate:Medium, sticky, light finish.

Summary: Another hit from Hardywood. Still never had a bad beer from them.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9997) - 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.


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