RATINGS: 103   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1514) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2016
16oz can pours clear toasted orange with 2 finger head. Nose is floral citrus, honey, toast, orange, light pine. Taste is well balanced with medium high bitterness, assertive but clean malt presence of toasted grain and honey, hints of orange sweetness with bright floral hops, some peach notes. Finishes bitter, lingering citrus, toast, grain, orange, floral, soft pine. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Pours a clear golden orange on tap with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of resinous west coast hops, puberty and earthy, with a hint of biscuit malt. Taste is bigger, bitterness throughout, but nice hop character. Not bad, but honestly nothing fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TylerGreenDC (845) - - JAN 31, 2016
In a 16oz can. Booming aroma of pine resin. Thick, sticky, glistening lace. Flavors are super-robust: Lots of grapefruit and orange with a hint of toffee and caramel. Finishes with some grapefruit zest and cleanly. An absolute winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2724) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Pours a light amber color with a lacy white head. Nose is citrus rind and fresh malt taste is mostly bitter pith. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Can: Floral hop aroma and flavor with a bunch of fresh citrus. Solid example of a West Coast IPA from the east coast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippieFee (368) - - NOV 8, 2015
Can - Very dry taste in the palate. Lots of fruit flavors going on, mostly grapefruit. Bitterness is at the right level for my tastes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2015
IPA. バランス良さ&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
On tap at Brasserie Beck. Orange body with medium head. Nose hops, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is also lots of hops and citrus. Maltier notes. Nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1601) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Can from Berttttt! Poured into a snifter, bright orange in color with a good head. Smells nice, pineapple, mango, tropical fruits. Taste follows the nose... Lots of tropical fruits, mango, light peach, pineapple with a nice bitter after taste. Nice west coast style. Body is medium, smooth, easy drinker. Overall... very enjoyable ... highly recommend it! Thanks Bert!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6306) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Can. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold to orange body with a small frothy white head that faded to a wispy covering. The nose is citrusy, but theres a heavy caramel malt base thats throwing off a lot of sweetness, which usually isnt a good thing. The flavor is super bitter, but not especially hoppy to me. Theres still a heavy sweetness below all those hops, and I dont really care for that all too much in an IPA. Its not terrible or anything, but its just not my style. Medium to full bodied, a little heavy and chewy with fizzy carbonation. Meh, not all that.

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