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RATINGS: 111   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 JRA’s 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
Taschert (51) - FRANCE - JUL 11, 2017
Can 50cl. Pours clear gold with small white head. Aroma is pine, citrus. Medium body, bitter with a soft carbonation. Taste is pine, caramel, fruits and a long bitter end. Quite sticky. 07/17

3.1
yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2017
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a smsll white head. Aroma is grainy, pine and slight peachy. Herbal, dry and pine. Dry and pine hoppy. Dry and herbal finish.

3.2
mR_fr0g (12067) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
Keg at the brewdog Soho. A clear deep orange amber coloured pour with a lasting off white head. Aroma is big chewy toffee, butterscotch, some orange rind,. Flavour is composed of medium sweet chewy toffee, caramel, light pine and orange hop,. Little stale. Palate is medium sweet, frorhy carbonation. Little woody hop finish. Pretty disappointed.

3.2
Beese (2733) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Keg at BrewDog Soho. Quite nice and full flavoured IPA. Good hop character, nice bitterness.

3.9
captivaboy (17) - Captiva, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Initial resin the malt overtones, not really floral but a hint of grapefruit. Bold and solid, very nice but not quite floral to achieve favorite status. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
john44 (3101) - 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)

3.8
escualope (28) - MADRID, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2017
Easy drinking and fresh IPA. Not really complex but pretty honest and enjoyable stuff.

3.5
bigtaster (976) - 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.

3.4
nickd717 (4679) - 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.

4.2
tsd08460 (1163) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Can from Wegman’s 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


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