RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
VSA is an Extra Special golden ale thats light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale.

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuffs in Freeport

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2172) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. Some floral, spicy and light citrus notes to the nose. Some malt sweetness also. Taste is a touch dry with a very light bitterness. Almost a medium body. Some malts, earthiness, slight spice. A decent summer brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (6573) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Tihs poured a clear yellow color with a white head. Aroma was light musty german hops and some sweet malt character. Flavor was a bit bland, a tiny bit of lemon zest and sweet malt. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with white head. Aromas of cereal, lemon, herbs. Flavors of cereal, lemon, herbs, butter. Balanced finish with hop bitterness in back of palate. Medium-thin body with firm mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (5380) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2011
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of pale malts, a hint of caramel, and some light hops. Nothing really stands out about this beer. Average texture. An ok beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
Breads, light toast. Lemon. Grass. Some earthy herbalness with a light lemon bite. Goose island 312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TATE (407) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Aroma is buttery with a bit of hops. Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a thin white head. Taste is light malt, butter, citrus, and then the hop bitterness at the end. Medium body. This is a nice ale that is easy to drink with maybe a bit more hop character than other blondes Ive had. The flavor is similar to all other Grittys ales but much lighter. I like all of their beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (6875) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2011
Draft at Jimmy the Greeks, OOB, Maine. Pours a blond yellow with a good amount of head and lace. Tastes of sweet malt, cereal, bread, and grain. Light body. Lightly dry texture. This does NOT say to me drink more It doesnt even fit in the Summer seasonal area in my opinion. Slightly below average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a transparent golden honey like body with a white head with fiar retention, nice white cloud afloat. Aromatically hints of earth ,citrus, light pine sap, and a note of musky bread. Soft herbal, a hint of soap, light bread and honey notes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (15407) - Snderborg, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Hazy golden colour. Very small white head. The flavour has some paper, a little grain, but not so bad. Hint of earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: snifter. pours a dark golden straw color with great clarity. nice white head on top. decent head retention. fair lacing. S: a bittersweet aroma. some hay and slight metallic tones. some fruit characteristics, but nothing specific. T: really bitter and not very summer-like. metallic finish. the hop flavors are just bitter, with no presence other than that. way in the back of this is a sweetness, but the bitters seems to ruin it. It reminds me of a sweet heineken. M: dry and metallic. decent carbonation level. palate is too confusing. D: not doing this one again. summer equals refreshing, and this beer is not for me.

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