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The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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196 Ratings

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

moarmare, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

rvakate, Jul 11, 2014
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Uf0T0fU, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

joegard, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Benesi88, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

huntermop, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CE666, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

EgadBananas, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

CRV334, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DC_Brah, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sludgeman, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mississippi, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

vfgccp, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

cmuir24, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

scottDC, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jryanj927, May 23, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. I'm fairly impressed with how well the head retains - and even more impressed by the massive lacing it leaves on the glass. The haziness is a slight detraction, but otherwise it looks decent enough.

S: This definitely brings the resinous grapefruit notes. Very sharp, defined grapefruit, actually. It's a hair over two weeks old, so that's no surprise (seriously, there's nothing like a fresh IPA). There are also lesser notes of grass, lime, lemon, and pine. I'm having trouble picking up the malt, apart from a touch of caramel sweetness. A great smelling IPA, helped by the freshness.

T: It starts with a vibrant blast of grapefruit, continuing all the way to the finish. There's also a slight malty touch near the back end, bringing faint caramel. It just dawned on me - while it's certainly an impressive IPA - it's missing a bit of the subtle juiciness I love in the best examples (like Lunch). Still, I like how (relatively) balanced it is: it isn't dominated by crystal malt, nor is it oppressively bitter for the sake of being oppressively bitter.

M: Resiny grapefruit lingers on the tongue nicely. That's about it: the unfiltered body makes it fairly crisp and light for 7.5%. There is, however, a medium body which slows down drinkability ever-so-slightly. Carbonation is nice and soft.

O: Now this is a solid IPA! It's ALMOST spectacular, but not quite - like I said, if it were a bit juicier, it would be off the chart. Still, this is well worth purchasing, and well worth drinking again.

ThisWangsChung, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

uturn, May 16, 2014
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st9647v3, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ari32, May 14, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had as a cask ale at Chuchkey.

Pour a copper color with almost no head [cask ale]. Some white lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, sweet malts and some vanilla.

Taste is dominated by grapefruit. Vanilla still comes through. Malty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing. Rather dry.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Refreshing. Not really sessionable due to the tartness/ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless.

atigerlife, May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JohnLikesBeeraLot, May 09, 2014
The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.