RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 JRAs 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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
Can. Canned Feb 2017; Drank Apr 2017 - Hazy amber gold in colour. Medium foamy white head. Very hoppy; piney resinous hops, assertive hop bitterness, dank hops. Very fruity; grapefruit and lemon citrus, rind, some tropical fruit. Toasty malts, caramel. Very bitter piney hoppy and citrus fruity throughout. Lingering dry bitter finish. Decent. (2017-04)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
escualope (28) - MADRID, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2017
Easy drinking and fresh IPA. Not really complex but pretty honest and enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigtaster (965) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2017
From a can. Light golden color medium white head. Nose is slightly fruity, with stone fruit, some tropical fruit. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. BItterness is medium to low for IPA. Very easy to drink and enjoyable, nothing that stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4602) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2016
16oz can pours mostly clear golden with a lasting white head. Aroma is nice orange and apricot, some pine, sugar. Flavor is pretty sweet. Not sure I agree that this is west coast settle. Medium citrus rind hops on the finish. Medium-plus body, mildly syrupy. Good but not a standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (1103) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Can from Wegmans in Lake Manassas, Virginia Aroma: citrus, caramel, pinr Appearance: clear dark golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tristanlaugher (381) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2016 Hazy, apricot, little head. From a can. A little sticky. Not overly impressive but a decent beer,.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
plaugher (473) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
500ml can. Pours a hazy golden orange, light ring of white bubbly head and light to moderate lacing. Nose is a slightly muted orange, apricot, a bit of toffee; more citrus in the flavour, with some caramel as well. Almost feels a bit creamy; clean finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1732) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Poured from a tap. Clear golden color, medium frothy white head. Medium hops aroma. Medium body with a butter and hops flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (3102) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2016 Draft at Misconduct. Slight hazy gold pour. No lasting head or lace. Glossy shortbread. Honey orange. Peach. Apricot. Lemongrass. Green orange grapefruit pith. Browned lemons bagels. Juicy phenols. Celery hearts. Bold. Fuzzy sharp. Disappointing but worth a shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (4851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Hazy medium golden body, small soft head, tons of lacing. Hops first on the nose, followed by minor citrus notes. Taste pushes the citrus up closer to the front, hops close it out with a short, sharp bite.

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