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91
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6531) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2714) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Very hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus peel. Murky orange. Can. Yummy and worthwhile. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (2464) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Can. Hazy lighter Amber orange. Grapefruit rind, light toasty malt, some caramel sweetness and light pine in the aroma. Flavor is more rounded, with some bitter grapefruit, toasted toffee, some malty sweetness and candy midway through and then a drying bitter pine finish. Medium oily body. Kinda old school, but solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1998) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus with earthy pine resin. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with citrus ann floral notes. Finishes with big bitter, earthy, piney hoppiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Piney hop aroma and dry citrus aroma. Light white head and golden body. Flavors of dry citrus light herb and some hop bitterness in the finish. Dry on the palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3311) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Thanks to Deuce for this. Pours a cloudy dark gold with a small frothy white top. Aroma is tropical hops and biscuity malts. Taste is a big blast of bitter tropical hops. Dankness abound and dry biscuit malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5976) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Spacebar, Falls Church tap: pours orange with a white head. Aroma is light pine flowers and a hint of citrus. Taste is a bit bitter. Not much sweetness. Some maltiness. Not a very memorable IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1824) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Aroma of resin, grapefruit rind and hops, pours a caramel color with a lasting white well laced head. Medium body, light carbonation, a slap in the gaceof bitterness with hints of resin, grapefruit rind and a trace of caramel. Lasting bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (6853) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral, citrus, pine, hop oils. Tastes of floral, citrus, pine, caramel, light biscuit. Medium body with a dry finish. Hardywood doing it right.


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