The Great Return | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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.

Added by blackie on 10-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
603
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
138
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 603 |  Reviews: 73
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong metallic gold and clear appearance. Light pine with moderate grapefruit notes in the smell and taste. Medium body and smooth. Light carbonation. Pretty good ipa.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus with bitter pine notes.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Tarheel219
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a white head about two fingers thick. Smells of grapefruit, pine, and malts. Tastes of oranges and pine, leaning towards the rind. A little on the bitter side but certainly in line with a west coast IPA. Touch on the thinner side to the feel. Flavors fade quickly but the bitterness lingers. Overall it's fairly nice, probably quite good on tap.

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3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy yellow orange, with a nice fluffy and sticky white head. Smells of grapefruit rind and pine. Tastes similar, with an emphasis in the rind, along with some sweet and crackery malt, with a tiny bit of a buttery finish. Feel is very bitter, low medium fullness, well carbonated, and slightly slick. Overall, this is a pretty good interpretation of a west coast IPA, and was very happy to try it. Cheers!

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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought 4 pack 16 oz cans at Kroger's Grocery Swift Creek Midlothian 1/20/17. Bottom of can states 1/10/17. After drinking the first 3 cans I am finally reviewing beer today! Pours light golden color and you can smell the hops right away! Pine resin and citrus moderately bitter (70 IBU's). Very good mouthfeel but slightly thin Watery!? on the finish! Very good IPA especially refreshing in the Summer months (It being very humid in Richmond area!) Must be Great on Tap! Recommend wholeheartedly!! Enjoy Fresh Beer!!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.93/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benloho
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sjones5045
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/18/73 Penn Taproom

Pours and smells ok but let's cut to the chase. It's very dry and bitter. Very dank and the aftertaste is hard to enjoy. Kind of a dumper. Would not drink this again.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 603 ratings.
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