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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 22
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blackie on 10-26-2013

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.
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Photo of Goatdavemac
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Big_V
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into my pint glass. Orange with 1 finger head. Medium carbonation with medium mouthful. Floaties present. Nose is grapefruit as well as the taste. Grapefruit bomb. Well done IPA. Reminds me of Flower PoweR minus the aroma. Would prefer FP if available.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. Smells like grapefruit, orange, pine, and slight alcohol. Taste is mostly the same with a decent malt backbone. Can says "West Coast Style" but I'm not sure if I agree. It tastes a lot like some midwest IPAs I've had. The typical super orangey taste you get from those. Weirdly enough it tastes a lot like a Pliny clone I made that turned out not like Pliny at all. A decent IPA but that's it.

Photo of godawgs
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kadonny
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hardywood is new to PA, so I looked forward to this one. Poured from a pounder can into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Some grapefruit, pine and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Some slight grapefruit notes, but not near what the description states. Pine is the predominant hop flavor mixed with a huge caramel malt base. The malt seems to take over the flavor and never gives way to the hops. Finish is malty sweet with some pine resin.

M: Medium, a bit prickly, not alcohol and nice carbonation.

O: An "ok" beer, but nothing that would ever entice me to buy another. The can description states "west coast stlye" but for me it was way more east coast with the huge malt flavors. It was worth a try but I'll never seek it out again.

Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tropical fruits. Citrusy ipa. Dank and hoppy. Earthy. Fresh. A nice amount of bitterness.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew-Knows
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DMan80
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We recently took distribution of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's beers here in LanCANster, PA and you CAN imagine my unbridled joy when I found out! The CANQuest (TM) abides.

From the CAN: "Hardywood[-]The Great Return[-]West Coast Style IPA[-]Proceeds Benefit the James River Association"; "C[AN]serve"; "Hardywood Presents The Great Return"; "Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by [CAN]servationists 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 playing a role in The Great Return."

One of the unexpected CANsequences of The CANQuest (TM) is my renewed interest in recycling and CANservation, so this fits right in with my core beliefs. I Crack!ed it open to reveal a brimful craft CAN and while I initially attempted an inverted Glug, I had to back off, due to its being a pint CAN. Still, it fit nicely into my awiting glass, producing two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with loads of particulate in suspension. Nose was filled with a pine scent and my mouth began to water as I watched sticky lacing begin to form in the glass. Mouthfeel was medium. The intense grapefruit citrusiness rocketed into my tongue like a bolt out of the blue! This was undoubtedly a hophead's AIPA and not something that ABInBev would ever think of producing. Sorry, but I was rankled by that SB commercial recently and have tried to remain above the fray, but if this is the type of beer that they were pooh-poohing, then I CANnot stand mute. I CAN't stand Pat, Mayor Gray, the current marijuana laws, or having to get up early every morning to go to work, either. Just sayin'. The finish was dry, like a cool inhalation of air on a winter's day. The hops were really working well together to make a minty, citrusy melange that was literally breathtaking.

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodlavers
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjbrandt18
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aBeerMan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just a bit better, but in fairness… It did follow a Hopslam.

Photo of JMUduke
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Archdale74
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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