The Great Return | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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:
#5,614
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
622
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 622 |  Reviews: 78
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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Semh57
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wertschy
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerMama2014
4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheLefty1616
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benloho
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sjones5045
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

oz. can from a box of mostly VA beers from Gopens44. Canned on July 27, 2016 (at 0905, for those keeping score at home). Apparently this is brewed in support of a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration of the James River, a cause I would be happy to support if I lived where this beer is sold.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this was a chill-hazed, golden shade of amber, with a large, sudsy white head that left lots of lace.

Initially the aroma consisted of a somewhat restrained grapefruity hop scent. I was frankly surprised how much came through considering it's age. Sadly, as it warmed, a caramelly scented malt backbone arose from the depths, verging on butterscotch.

The mildly citrus hop flavor led the charge, seemingly more lemony than the nose foretold, but was closely followed by a coating, cloyingly sweet maltiness that almost, but not quite, drowns out the hops. Mildly dry finish.

Fairly light bodied for the style. Normally, I'd say it's too light for an IPA, but I think it actually helps fight off the diacetyly maltiness enough to keep the beer drinkable.

I suspect when this is fresh, it's a nice, lighter bodied IPA with a lot of appeal on a warm summer day, which my one visit to the region (1989!) told me they can be humid in that vicinity. It's still drinkable now, but it's definitely turning against the drinker at this point. Hopefully, at some point I can make it back there (and actually check out Richmond and some Civil War sites in the area), and drink it under such circumstances.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 08/03/2016 into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with finger of medium density white head that left minimal lacing. Nose is piney and earthy. Taste matches the nose but with way too much malt sweetness for my taste. Wasn't dry enough for me, too much malt backbone, nor bitter enough. Finish lingers, very earthy. Mouthfeel had good body, carbonation low. Meh.

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Photo of JustinAbs
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 622 ratings