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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
VSA is an Extra Special golden ale that’s 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 McDuff’s in Freeport

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2.9
PorterPounder (8267) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2008
St. Petersburg, Fl. - Shep’s Deli - 12 oz bottle. Light golden pour, spritzy white head. Grainy aroma with some hoppy accents. Crisp flavor with some buttery notes, some subtle fruity notes - thinking pears here and apples here. Mouthfeel is crisp. Decent summer refresher.

2.9
ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2011
12oz bottle. pours a clear orangish amber color with a big off white head. Aroma is light sweet butterscotch with a slight spicey hop background. The butterscotch sweetness flavor comes first but is followed quickly by a hit of hops bitterness, along with a hint of citrus in the background and a dry light finish. Light, refreshing body with moderate to strong carbonation.

2.9
r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Very malty, nutty with a hint of hops in the finish. Light and mild, somewhat overly sweet. A little thin overall, but better than a macro brew.

2.9
rocbyter (2159) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Mild grain aroma. Lightly cloudy golden color with a medium white head. Sweet beginning with a mild bitter finish.

2.9
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft at the brewpub in Freeport. Clear amber. Wheat aroma with light citrus. The taste adds floral hops and lemon with resin. The mouthfeel is clean with a bit of syrup too. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
On draught at Gritty McFratkids in Portland, 5/21/2005 with Muzzlehatch. If you’ve ever met Barry, you know that he looks like a fratboy, so fortunately we fit right in ;)
This must be a golden ale. It’s 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
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
argo0 (14127) - 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
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 don’t own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.

2.8
CaptainCougar (7634) - 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.


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