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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


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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9869) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (6310) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Draft - Pine and skunk. Clearish gold with a decent white head. Caramel and bitter citrus hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schwarzbart (68) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours a one finger, off-white, creamy head. Color is a clear amber with lots of lace blanketing coverage. Aroma of pine, grapefruit flesh and citrus peel. Medium body, bitter upfront and in the middle, but dries out some in the finish, but still some remaining bitterness. Tastes of pine, grapefruit flesh and peel, grass with bitterness and resinous. Quite good and I enjoyed, but needs to be more dynamic to get to next level. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (454) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Poured from a tap at Monarch Grill. Creamy yet frothy head that doesn?t look like it?s going anywhere. Somewhat cloudy red color. Strong grapefruit aroma. Bold taste, but not as bitter as I assumed it would be. This is a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ctplt777 (243) - - JAN 17, 2015
Good stuff. Definitely a lot of citrus, like a ton of grapefruit on this one. Nice hoppy bitterness with excellent balance. I’m definitely gonna try to find this one on tap it’s excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1224) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2015
On draft at pizzeria paradisio it is a golden color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is strong bitter grapefruit that lingers bitter on the palAte

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Can from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA. Pours slightly hazy, nice head. Aroma of West coast hops, some sweet malt. Malt increases as beer warms. Very nice take on the style from a newish east coast brewery. Alcohol is well-hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strongpieman (1558) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft. As advertised, big bold IPA, long sharp finish, assertive all the way through. Good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5210) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pint can that came from Nate as a Christmas gift. A big creamy beige head leaves sticky lace. The beer is very clear amber. An aroma that is full of citrus and pine. Flavor, too. Big robust hops. The bitterness is moderate and there is some astringency. Crackery malts. Resin. Those hops are active and work well together and carry this one into the winner’s circle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5168) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a dark amber color with an enormous soapy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy sour caramel, pine, resin and a bit of lemon. The flavor was bitter pine, resin, tangy malts and sour caramel. Medium length finish. Medium body. Meh.


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