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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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90
outstanding

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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cbradio

Virginia

1/5  rDev -75.1%

04-06-2014 22:59:42 | More by cbradio
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BarwoodBonanza

Virginia

2.51/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 11:57:16 | More by BarwoodBonanza
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ProstMasterson

Virginia

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-27-2013 20:32:02 | More by ProstMasterson
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-26-2014 18:58:27 | More by beernads
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-22-2014 23:17:17 | More by Knapp85
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Lob

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

01-27-2014 14:34:10 | More by Lob
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 21:31:39 | More by ThickNStout
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-10-2014 01:20:54 | More by rvajohn
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-01-2014 18:44:58 | More by VeganUndead
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-28-2014 02:54:31 | More by oline73
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-09-2014 03:09:12 | More by Dave_Treat
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Zraly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-16-2013 04:42:21 | More by Zraly
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-24-2014 22:27:38 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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davet100

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-16-2013 02:36:17 | More by davet100
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Aprice34

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-22-2013 22:04:27 | More by Aprice34
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-20-2014 18:05:49 | More by markgugs
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airrick11

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-20-2013 21:03:56 | More by airrick11
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McBraniel

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-15-2013 04:35:29 | More by McBraniel
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-26-2014 01:48:39 | More by duceswild
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nandemo1

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-03-2013 04:13:59 | More by nandemo1
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HellAwaits

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-25-2014 15:48:15 | More by HellAwaits
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-28-2014 11:07:51 | More by deonreds
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-24-2013 22:39:46 | More by Soneast
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Beejay

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium orange amber, plenty hazy, but with a nice off white head.

S: Citrus comes out right away with grapefruit, and maybe a touch of orange peel. Light tangerine and a little bit of caramel.

T: Citrus with caramel undertones.. The orange peel and tangerine continue through in the taste. There is a nice bit of resiny goodness, with bitter notes of pine and a slight earthiness.

M: Medium in body, with a fairly soft feel. The carbonation is fairly active, and helps to bring out some of the bitterness. There is a slightly drying feel in the finish, with a touch more of the resinous quality.

O: Overall a very good beer, but I would like a touch more depth as far as the hop character is concerned. Putting 'West Coast Style IPA" on the can is like painting a bulls-eye on it, and while it is quite excellent, I think it could be a touch more complex and West Coasty.

Serving type: can

11-25-2013 01:15:20 | More by Beejay
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Roser

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy, copper, burnt amber. Nice frothy bone white head that remains for a good bit and laces nicely.

S- citrus,malt, and pine.

T- big and bitter up front, eases into spiced pepper finish.

M- medium bodied. Semi smooth.

O- a good to very good IPA. Won't overly wow you, but definitely shouldn't displease, either. Solid marks all around. Each time I tasted, I wanted to give greater praise, but found myself holding back. Still, don't let that stop you. Bottom line: enjoyed it very much, and will be purchasing again.

Cheers all!

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 02:56:59 | More by Roser
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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.