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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: blackie on 10-26-2013)
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Uf0T0fU

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-09-2014 04:26:27 | More by Uf0T0fU
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joegard

Virginia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-04-2014 01:03:20 | More by joegard
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-29-2014 21:57:07 | More by Benesi88
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huntermop

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-26-2014 05:14:44 | More by huntermop
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CE666

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-21-2014 02:01:22 | More by CE666
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-20-2014 13:29:08 | More by EgadBananas
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CRV334

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-15-2014 20:40:19 | More by CRV334
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-10-2014 18:47:34 | More by DC_Brah
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2014 19:50:53 | More by Sludgeman
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Mississippi

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-02-2014 01:48:34 | More by Mississippi
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-31-2014 15:28:12 | More by vfgccp
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cmuir24

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-31-2014 02:31:48 | More by cmuir24
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 22:51:33 | More by scottDC
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HopAttack3

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 13:47:44 | More by HopAttack3
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jryanj927

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-23-2014 03:06:29 | More by jryanj927
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. I'm fairly impressed with how well the head retains - and even more impressed by the massive lacing it leaves on the glass. The haziness is a slight detraction, but otherwise it looks decent enough.

S: This definitely brings the resinous grapefruit notes. Very sharp, defined grapefruit, actually. It's a hair over two weeks old, so that's no surprise (seriously, there's nothing like a fresh IPA). There are also lesser notes of grass, lime, lemon, and pine. I'm having trouble picking up the malt, apart from a touch of caramel sweetness. A great smelling IPA, helped by the freshness.

T: It starts with a vibrant blast of grapefruit, continuing all the way to the finish. There's also a slight malty touch near the back end, bringing faint caramel. It just dawned on me - while it's certainly an impressive IPA - it's missing a bit of the subtle juiciness I love in the best examples (like Lunch). Still, I like how (relatively) balanced it is: it isn't dominated by crystal malt, nor is it oppressively bitter for the sake of being oppressively bitter.

M: Resiny grapefruit lingers on the tongue nicely. That's about it: the unfiltered body makes it fairly crisp and light for 7.5%. There is, however, a medium body which slows down drinkability ever-so-slightly. Carbonation is nice and soft.

O: Now this is a solid IPA! It's ALMOST spectacular, but not quite - like I said, if it were a bit juicier, it would be off the chart. Still, this is well worth purchasing, and well worth drinking again.

Serving type: can

05-18-2014 22:05:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-17-2014 12:55:13 | More by InspectorBob
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-16-2014 14:50:16 | More by uturn
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-15-2014 02:41:17 | More by st9647v3
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ari32

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-14-2014 14:42:15 | More by ari32
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had as a cask ale at Chuchkey.

Pour a copper color with almost no head [cask ale]. Some white lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, sweet malts and some vanilla.

Taste is dominated by grapefruit. Vanilla still comes through. Malty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing. Rather dry.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Refreshing. Not really sessionable due to the tartness/ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2014 03:16:44 | More by atigerlife
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JohnLikesBeeraLot

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-09-2014 19:58:16 | More by JohnLikesBeeraLot
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-08-2014 20:46:11 | More by Damian74Shensky
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-07-2014 01:13:38 | More by SweetChicken
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-04-2014 14:18:28 | More by dcbeers
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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.