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The Great Return | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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3.96/5
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634 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#10,768
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
634
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
151
Trade:
4
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of MephistosCafe
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear. The head is white with good head retention.

Smell: There are strong grapefruit and stone fruit aromas. The stone fruit is closes to peach. There are very low grainy notes.

Taste: There are strong stone fruit flavors with grapefruit. There are some dank elements that are in support. There are very low pine notes with some floral and grainy notes.

Feel: It has a moderate body and the finish is quick bitter, but not in a harsh way although it does have a certain sharpness to it.

Overall, A combination of very hoppy elements that blends well with minimal in the way of malt or other elements

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from ATL with an 18 May 2018 canning date.
Pours with a very lightly hazy, pale amber body topped by a frothy white head that has very good retention and leaves plenty of sudsy lacing on the glass.
Aroma: resinous and fruity (citrus).
The flavor has moderate strength but with bitterness that is a bit mild for style. Notes of tropical fruits and bread, but primarily resinous hops.
Medium body with lively, medium carbonation.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 16oz can with a canned-on date of July 2018. Acquired recently from a webshop. Described on the label as a West Coast style IPA; brewed to benefit the James river association and named after the return of the Atlantic sturgeon to said river.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Can-conditioned. A deep, hazy amber hue with intense carbonation and tons of fine suspended sediment. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a persistent surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of insanely resinous hops with hints of pine, weed, citrus peel, grapefruit, leafiness, caramel malt, subtle grain, ale yeast and earthiness. An avalanche of hops - very nice.

T: Tastes of zealously aromatic hops with notes of pine resin, dank weed, citrus peel, grapefruit, leafiness, caramel malt, mild barley sugar, ale yeast and earthiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and great body. Quite astringent; hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine resin, weed, citrus, caramel malt and ale yeast.

O: Very nice - a massive hop bomb with exceptional bitterness. Looks superb, while the aroma and flavour are stuffed with bitter resinous hops, caramel malt and ale yeast. Lovely body. Very drinkable - goes down like a dream. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Gavilan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of southdenverhoo
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer. Hops are piney, more than citrusy or dank. On the malty side—bready, honey, like a baklava—I wouldn’t call this a West Coast IPA, at least not in 2018. Maybe a west coast IPA in 2006. But quite nice all the same. Kind of like a (very technically proficient) English craft brewer’s take on an American IPA, to me.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tennisballa07
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light honey color. Solid piney hops but not overly bitter. Well balanced west coast IPA.

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Photo of jak
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spindelphia
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geryeb624
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickStalzer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimmyAddo
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vland
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy / rocky, fairly long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of tropical fruit (passion fruit, perhaps?), a good shot of hops, light malt notes, a tinge of the bready quality, pine resin, and citrus (grapefruit). A very focused and well-balanced flavor. It's not overly hoppy or fruity, but strikes a good balance between the two.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't a brilliant IPA, it is incredibly solid and well made. Definitely drinkable.

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tucl
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is perhaps my favorite IPA right now, incredibly fresh and creamy - complex and hits in all of the right ways. I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a local brew.

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Photo of Techichi
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tropical golden orange, like pineapple juice. A 3 finger off white head leaves great lacing.

The aroma is hop dominant, yet there's a fairly strong syrupy malt backbone. Biscuit, grapefruit and tropical fruits, especially pineapple.

Light piney hops upfront becoming more citric in the middle. Moderately sweet malts last the duration.

Medium+ in body. Light syrupy coating in the middle then drying in the end.

Possibly the best canned beer I've had. I'm generally not a fan of canned beers, but I'll be trying this again.

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Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 634 ratings