The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Poured a golden body with two finger head that dies slow and leaves a little lace.
Aroma is sharp citric dirty hops mixed with some grapefruit.
As for the beer's taste, I find that the grapefruit element is more pronounced so beer is more "grapey" and has a little bit of sweetness thanks to this taste and a little malt sweetness as well.
Good balance from citric hops and beer finishes with a dry snap of hops that works well with this medium bodied, mostly hoppy but not too hoppy beer.

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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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1/5  rDev -75%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of JayQue
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good West Coast type IPA. Big enough flavor and high abv to be considered a DIPA. Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a good size, slightly off white head. Head retention is fairly good and there is some lacing on the glass.

First sniff and taste are piney hops, the resinous flavor and oily mouthfeel remain, but the flavor becomes much more citrus hops as you drink it. What sticks with you is citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) hops and a litle balancing malt. Alcohol presence is light for this level abv.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly resinous. Nice balance between hoppiness (dominant) and malt. No alcohol burn.

Overall a very tasty AIPA, well worth a try. I would drink this one again.

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4.12/5  rDev +3%

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4.32/5  rDev +8%

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4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -17%

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4.04/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +5%

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3.96/5  rDev -1%

The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.