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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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


BlackForestCO's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (978) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6237) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Herbal, grassy, dank aromas. Herbal hops, grassy, citrus and dank notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (424) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Poured into half yard at Yards a nice orange Amber with dense white head. Aroma of light citrus and some malt, nice balance there. Taste was bright grapefruit. Nice easy drinker.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (826) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2016
What Hardywood does really well is malty beers... barrel aged stouts and quads. But this IPA is very good, too. It pours light brown to amber with lot of foam and lace. The aroma is pine resin and bitter citrus. The flavor is light at the front but finishes with a sight candied fig quality and finally a big, hoppy flood. I’ll have this again. I enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1464) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 3, 2016
16oz can pours clear toasted orange with 2 finger head. Nose is floral citrus, honey, toast, orange, light pine. Taste is well balanced with medium high bitterness, assertive but clean malt presence of toasted grain and honey, hints of orange sweetness with bright floral hops, some peach notes. Finishes bitter, lingering citrus, toast, grain, orange, floral, soft pine. Enjoyed this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3825) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Pours a clear golden orange on tap with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of resinous west coast hops, puberty and earthy, with a hint of biscuit malt. Taste is bigger, bitterness throughout, but nice hop character. Not bad, but honestly nothing fantastic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TylerGreenDC (741) - - JAN 31, 2016
In a 16oz can. Booming aroma of pine resin. Thick, sticky, glistening lace. Flavors are super-robust: Lots of grapefruit and orange with a hint of toffee and caramel. Finishes with some grapefruit zest and cleanly. An absolute winner.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Pours a light amber color with a lacy white head. Nose is citrus rind and fresh malt taste is mostly bitter pith. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Can: Floral hop aroma and flavor with a bunch of fresh citrus. Solid example of a West Coast IPA from the east coast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippieFee (290) - - NOV 8, 2015
Can - Very dry taste in the palate. Lots of fruit flavors going on, mostly grapefruit. Bitterness is at the right level for my tastes as well.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
IPA. バランス良さ&


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