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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 402 | Reviews: 54
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1/5  rDev -75%

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1/5  rDev -75%

Photo of MNishCT77
2.44/5  rDev -39%
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 BarwoodBonanza
2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Tasted same day it was canned (1/24/14)

Hazy, orangey copper color. White, thin layer of foam. Average lacing.

Citrus zest aromas. Fresh grassy hoppy notes. Mostly resinous with a bitter grapefruit nose.

Hop flavors are mostly earthy and wet but not overly powerful. Something resembling bitter grapefruit rind melded with chewy pine resin but only presents itself for a brief second. A bit of malty backbone but flavors fade quickly and leave a lingering and unpleasant bitterness. Sharp and unpleasant bitterness lingers with really no enjoyable flavors to balance.

Finishes with an unpleasant astringency. Decent carbonation. Finishes dry if overly so.

Overall not good. Flavors and aromas are almost non-existent. Mostly what I pick up is a lot of generally unpleasant almost vegetal bitterness with not a whole lot else. I can pick up some classic American IPA notes (a little citrus) but I have to try really hard. I think labeling this a west-coast style IPA is a stretch. Where are the powerful American hop aromas? It's bitter but that's about it. Not terrible but needs a lot of improvement.

Photo of fishguyac
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of rjs246
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Not my cup of tea. The grapefruitiness is overwhelming in both the nose and the taste. Lots of people like it though and I appreciate the 16oz canned offering.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just a bit better, but in fairness… It did follow a Hopslam.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange body, two fingers of level off-white foam. Thick coating of lace.

Grapefruit and pine aroma.

Begins sweet, but it's fruity sweet not malty sweet. Tons of juicy fruit. Overly abrasive pine finish.

Medium-plus mouthfeel.

Not even malt up front, good juicy middle, tough finish. Pass.

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pour is cloudy dark amber, a bit on the copper side, with some tight white head and solid retention. Nose has a lot of malt to it, caramel, crystal malt, hint of citrus hop but mostly stale resinous hops, a touch earthy and a faint peppery spice. Taste follows suit, malty up front, lots of crystal malt, stale hop, resinous, light biscuit, moderate citrus punch. Well carbonated, medium body, clean finish with a lingering citrus.

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.32/5  rDev -17%

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3.4/5  rDev -15%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

17 day old can

Clear darker golden orange with a thin sudsy head.

Aroma is piney and resinous with faint grapefruit and floral hop. Hefty bready and sweet malt.

Big sweeter bread and caramel malt. Lots of piney hop hanging out in the mouth. Bitterness isn't too assertive. It falls off at the end. Mild carbonation. Medium body.

Meh. Too malty for my taste and at only 17 days I'm surprised.

Photo of LoveStout
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.