1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Not Rated.
The Great ReturnThe Great Return

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

328 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 328
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Great Return Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of tikk
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.76/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dbauer
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +3%

Light copper color. Piney hop nose.

Decent maltiness in the flavor profile combined with a nice hop bitter finish.

This is one the border between a single IPA and a DIPA.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eric_Leon
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%

Poured a golden body with two finger head that dies slow and leaves a little lace.
Aroma is sharp citric dirty hops mixed with some grapefruit.
As for the beer's taste, I find that the grapefruit element is more pronounced so beer is more "grapey" and has a little bit of sweetness thanks to this taste and a little malt sweetness as well.
Good balance from citric hops and beer finishes with a dry snap of hops that works well with this medium bodied, mostly hoppy but not too hoppy beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. purchased at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom (NW D.C.), canned on "110514," drank out of my BBA tulip-style glass over 30 minutes

Photo of David-Schapira
1/5  rDev -75%

Photo of HOMEPL8
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bubbigunz
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of themind
4/5  rDev 0%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.