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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (6067) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
On draught at Gritty McFratkids in Portland, 5/21/2005 with Muzzlehatch. If youve ever met Barry, you know that he looks like a fratboy, so fortunately we fit right in ;)
This must be a golden ale. Its got a feathery, light pale malt sugariness, some peachy-fruit notes and a trace of bitterness. Very little aroma, maybe some light fruitiness from the yeast. Clear golden-yellow with a rapidly dissipating mass of white bubbles, no lacing. The carbonation is fairly low which allows for mass consumption quite easily. Bit of wateriness, no real complexity, maybe a hint of citrus in there. If this isnt their lightest beer, I would hate to try the one that is.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 14, 2005
(Draft) Pours a nice gold, with white head, some lacing. Aroma slight banana. Mouthfeel dry. Tastes light and wheaty, finishes dry. Not super thirst-quenching for a summer beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13441) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks wilkie) Sparkling apple juice body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal/grassy, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, grassy/herbal, light apricot, biscuit. Light body, some crispness. Quite drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Date of Nov 06. Cavear: I drank this after a game of ball hockey, and just about any beer tastes good after that. Poors a light straw with quite a bit of carbonation. Little head and no lacing, but that could be due to my glassware. Light aroma of hops. Tastes to me more like an enjoyable well-balanced lager than an ale. I dont own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear dark golden with a thin, spotty white head. Big, earthy floral bitter English hoppy aroma has a hint of pale maltiness. Body starts very dry, and bitter with big earthy, grassy hoppy character toward a similar finish. Could use a little more sweetness for balance.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (5323) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Tap. Yellow pour with a lot of head. Citrus, herb, and spice. Easy to drink ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (11052) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2015
Draught @ Gritty McDuffs Brew Pub, Portland, ME
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt and hint of citrus. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long malty and slightly citrus finish. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Johnstledger8 (915) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 15, 2016
Draught. Pours a light cloudy amber with a quickly fading off white head. Aroma is of orange, hint of spice, bread, copper, earthy. Taste is of caramel, copper, earthy, metallic finish, hint of rye like spice. Watery mouthfeel, light carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
This summer ale pours a light yellow color with an average, white head. Body clarity is clear, with no carbonation. Fair lacing behind a fully-diminishing head. Aroma is simply of light doughy yeast. Initial taste is a light bitter, strengthening to a medium bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Light on the mouth, it feels watery and chalky with no carbonation.


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