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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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362 Ratings

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the can (three days old) with a clear amber color and is capped by a decent head that delivers a few strands of lace

Smell: Citrusy, with floral grapefruit and slightly resinous tones

Taste: A touch of malt and then we are off to the races with the citrus; grapefruit and floral elements with a bitter edge in the middle; a touch of malt in the finish but clearly hop weighted

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A classic "C" hop IPA; an excellent version of the style

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a brown hued amber on this one; thicker cream head. Nose at first was strong pine with a citric edge. Tones down over time of course. Flavor is thick with pine and resin. It seems like it is trying to show some citrus, but the pine and resin are winning the fight. Extremely easy to drink. I was having some leftover prime rib and was 2/3 through the can before I realized I better get some notes while I can. I consider this a west coast/east cost hybrid. Definitely one you should try.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, gotta love tall boy cans, esp an IPA... thanks to mikehighplains (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a nice semi thick but bubbly creamy like 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly, nice soapy lacing, semi hazy orange-red honey-copper like color.

NOse brings plenty of hops, some fruity, some floral, some citrus, some candy, etc... a nice fruity hop with some citrus, a little tangerine and candied orange peel, with that is a little earthy like hop with some bitter hop presence, and into sweet malts, candy malts with a little caramel toffee note, and general sweet big malts, and hints of booze waft out. A big beer DIPA like aroma.

Taste is just like the aroma, an almost DIPA like big beer. Sweet malts right out, some caramel, toffee, candy malt characters, with fair sweetness, little juicy malt, etc, and a bit of warming booze maybe moreso than it should for only 7.5%. Then hops, and lots of them. A fair to big bitterness, a little spicy but not much, some fruity hops but generic fruit, some citrus too with a little tangerine and orange rind, candied orange peel as well, and a little bit of a tropical fruit punch almost. The hops turns a little earthy and slightly hop oil like character before the finish. Finish is quite bitter as it dries a bit, but still somewhat sweet, little spicy and earthy, more candied orange peel and generic fruit hops.

Mouth is med to a little heavier bod, nice carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, a big beer with DIPA like qualities but still a single IPA, hops aren't bad, citrus and generic fruit is nice but could be more bright and out front, malts come through nicely but too sweet for a single IPA, and booze seems stronger than it is, but still a nice drink, and in a tall boy can, yay!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is orange with a mild haze and an inch of fluffy, white head. West Coast aroma right off the bat. Dank hops, light pine, resin. Fresh and flavorful. Sturdy malt body supports the hop forward character of the beer. Good drin ability with ABV well hidden. Light bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A solid beer and good example of the style.y

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head glass. Canned Jan 17th 2014.

Real thick head, thin bubbled and big off the pour, easily three four fingers tall, with a real off white creamy retention and island capping. Body color is a real mix of controlled murky brown, and deep orange amber color. Some noticeable carbonation but deep color makes it hard to see. Solid looker here.

Real nice interesting hop front. Mix of dank earth, and tropical citrus notes. Real woody and cedar tones, and soft malt qualities. Chewy, leafy, and a faint hint of orange zest. I like that it has a bit of a subtle dank quality at first.

Big pine and large soft dank mix of caramel malts and hop softness. Chewy, leafy. Some good bright tones on the finish of juiced grapefruit and orange, but a subtle controlled earth and dank aromatic depth. Wonderful control on this beer for such a big hop angle. Juicy oily finish, real nice without a large syrup sweet thickness. Controlled alcohol hardly noticeable.

While the West coast is advertised, this is a creation unlike that and something unique all its own. I love the soft dank qualities on this that doesn't get out of control and there's enough west coast style IPA to make it fun too.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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