The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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89
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 17
Gots: 43 | 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)
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1/5  rDev -75%

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1/5  rDev -75%

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

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2.51/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

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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.

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.32/5  rDev -17%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from ThatCracker (thanks man!). Canned 11/18/13. Served in a Souther Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy gold amber with a two finger off-white head. Foam lingers for a while and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Nose seems slightly muted with aromas of citrus, earthy pine and bread.

Taste follows the nose- citrus zest, pine, bready malt, pepper and cracker. Straightforward and unoffensive.

Medium full feel fairly strong carbonation. Bitter pine root finish.

This is a good but not outstanding IPA. There was nothing wrong with it but it lacked the brightness that I look for in IPAs.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.