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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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90
outstanding

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-25-2014 05:32:59 | More by 2beerdogs
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

10-26-2013 13:27:32 | More by catboy
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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beatenbyjacks

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4.31/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance - this pours a very light straw color, but once in the glass this one has a nice bronze like color to it. The carbonation pours great, but leaves quickly which is the only down fall.

Smell - lots and lots of bitterness and citrus from this one.

Taste - Grapefruit sweetness up front followed by the hoppy bitterness I would expect from an IPA

Mouthfeel - nicely carbonated even though the head left the beer quickly. Nice smooth feel to this one as well.

Overall - this is a fine example of an IPA. glad I got to experience it via a trade.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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AScrambledEgg

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-07-2014 19:33:17 | More by AScrambledEgg
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-17-2014 22:50:42 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

16oz can / split

Paired with Allen & Son BBQ - nom nom nom

Nice resiny hop profile, strong bitterness, piercing citrus hops, some pine. Juicy and bitter - based on previous Hardywood experiences, was shocked at how good this was. Great canned IPA - even better BBQ

12-31-2013 02:43:40 | More by dirtylou
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-15-2014 04:20:13 | More by Denzo
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rvajohn

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-10-2014 01:20:54 | More by rvajohn
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%

This pours a deep seductive amber to apricot orange and brown. The head was a billow of dense foam that mounted two full inches with a normal pour and left tons of sticky lacing.

The nose is full of big grapefruit aromas with bitter pine resins. The residual scents are earthy with bits of malt.

As goes the nose so goes the taste as this seems to match the nose precisely. Grapefruit starts the taste with bitter piney resins finishing. The earth and malt dots the flavor throughout.

The feel is astringent and very bitter. The funny thing is the feel hits very late and it is smooth before.

The is very good with bold flavors and aroma.

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Indiana

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.