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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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193 Ratings

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 10
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Wednesday at 11:07 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date evident. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished amber with 1-finger frothy off-white head with below-average retention but a few lace forms on the glass. (3.5)

S: Big dank, resiny aromas fall away to reveal some peach and tropical fruit, pine, and floral notes. There are also some more earthy notes with mint and grass too. Maltiness is light caramel and backing. No yeast or alcohol. Really a complex and delicious aroma. (4.5)

T: Flavor is big too but not as big as the aroma. Maltiness is not prominent but does carry forward some light caramel sweetness. Hops are the force with more grapefruit and citrus than in the nose, still some mango and pine resin cut through without a doubt. There are some more leafy minty, herbal flavors too. Good flavor, just less cohesive than the aroma. A little tea like flavor in the finish. Moderately bitter and not afraid to show the 70 IBUs. No yeast character and alcohol is well-hidden. (4.25)

M: Very crisp and quite light for the ABV. A little sticky, a little oily, but mostly just easy to drink with moderate carbonation and light-medium body with a very dry finish. (4.75)

O: I really enjoyed The Great Return and I quickly ordered up two more 4-packs from my local store. A really complex and interesting near-DIPA that hits a broad spectrum of hops notes while maintaining a highly drinkable beer. Great work on this brew by HP.

argock, Saturday at 02:47 AM
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ygtbsm94, Sep 09, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

sebaastionb, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

seanchai, Sep 06, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

PaulsBrew, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

VAcrossr, Sep 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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!

Tastesalot, Aug 28, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +12.2%

THS_Richard, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

D-18V, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Goodwire80, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JohnofUpton, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

AndrewKerscher, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

kwcheatham, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bellbw, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

WCW, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Fijimertz, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

richobrien, Jul 17, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into New Belgium globe

A-Pours lightly hazy orange with a one finger off-white head, good lacing.

S-Aroma is pine, citrus and floral hops, dank, biscuit and malt with pear and apple.

T-Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, light crisp malt, light fruity esters with a dry and prickly finish.

M-Medium body mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

O-Overall a great IPA I hope they make some more.

reebtaerG, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Norseman, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerGreg, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

moarmare, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Beershack, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

rvakate, Jul 11, 2014
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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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