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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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A: hazy yellow-orange pour, off-white head

S: sweet fruit scent

T: pink grapefruit juice, mild tropical fruit, biscuity

M: medium to full, semi-sweet finish

O: The 16 ounce can being reviewed is 5-days-old, straight from last weekend's visit to the brewery. Serving poured into a tulip. Having had this beer both super-new and with six months of age on it, it is amazing regardless. I think this is Virginia's best IPA. Very highly recommended!

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16 ounce can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: deep orange/ruby hue. Small head

S: lots of grapefruit, tropical fruit

T: it tastes like you are biting into a grapefruit. Some mango, finished with good but not overpowering bitterness

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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