RATINGS: 105   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
judy20171 (2) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
Fantastic IPA. Love getting a big west coast flavor from Virginia, this beer has become an IPA staple!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Pounder can from Whole Foods. Pours turbid dark straw toward copper with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is hops, tropical citrus, perfumy florals. Tastes very hoppy, crisp, resiny, with notes of pineapple, tangerine, and white pepper. Finishes crisp and bitter, with more fruit as it warms. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pharleg (1) - - APR 15, 2015 does not count
Great hops out of Richmond. Nice caramel color, fruity nose, bite on the tongue that smooths to that grapefruity finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3345) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (1543) - Beckley, USA - NOV 20, 2014
on tap at Heavy Seas Alehouse; amber color; nice citrusy hop aroma; great citrusy, piney hop flavor on a medium bodied,bready malt base; well balanced with a great, dry, bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Location: 16 oz can from my Dad, 11/25/13, Thanks for the Hardywood hook-up Pops!

Aroma: The nose is full of resin/pine and grapefruit/citrus hops, with caramel malt undertones
Appearance: This one is a really great looking beer: It pours a murky looking dark orange color with a lasting sheet of frothy beige head that leaves some heavy lacework all over the glass
Flavor: Clean and hoppy taste, much like the nose, a good amount of bitterness, mild sweetness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, creamy and smooth, with a soft carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was an excellent IPA. It is well-made and very enjoyable. It has plenty of hop bitterness, but isnt extremely bitter, it is almost more hop flavorful than hop bitter. Theres also just a touch of sweetness to provide some balance. Really well-done. Im glad I have three more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Nice hoppy aroma, light head. Pours amber colored, cloudy. Nice hoppy flavor, right to the back of the palate. Nice and plush mouth feel. Good aftertaste. A good bber from Hardywood!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (1062) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Can. Thanks Blake for sharing. Phil was also present. Medium hazy orange golden with a steady spitty white lace. Nose is big and juicy; lots of grapefruit. Flavor is bitter, piney, lightly herbal, with more grapefruit and a complementary malt backbone. Very well made with no flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Pint Can. Fresh citrus grapefruit nose. Big foamy white head with sticky lacing. Tastes of hops, bread, grapefruit, orange, and some piney tones. Nice balance of carbonation with creaminess. Grapefruit is prominent, but it is balanced with malts and comes back at the end to linger in your mouth. Great IPA!

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