The Great Return | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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3.96/5
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617 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.

Added by blackie on 10-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,291
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
617
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
146
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 617 |  Reviews: 78
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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Photo of wwoj
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

Photo of Driftpunx
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass. Nice orange color with a pretty good head. Smell is fruity and pleasant. Taste was not quite as good but still very good. A little maltier than some other IPAs. Beer is hazy and definitely not a session beer. This has a lot of flavor and I will definitely have more.

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

Photo of robebo44
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davoc727
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a can style glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange amber with a thin frothy head.

Aroma is extremely malty, wonder if this is a little hop faded.

Little bit more hops in the taste but it might be slightly faded. Still not bad.

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Photo of Mai11oux
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +1%
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 -13.6%
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 +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Riff
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of Gmartin75
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 617 ratings