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
Ratings:
605
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11%
 
 
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32
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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can, dated 8/3/2016
A: hazy, orange, nice lacing
S: maybe mild grapefruit, but definitely not bursting for me
T: follows nose; I want it to be great, but something is missing.
F: crisp, yet smooth bitter finish
I feel like this has the making of a great IPA, but it's missing the citrus/grapefruit aroma and taste. I'd try it again.

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

Photo of Jlabs
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steelernate48
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome!

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Hazy medium golden body, small soft head, tons of lacing. Hops first on the nose, followed by minor citrus notes. Taste pushes the citrus up closer to the front, hops close it out with a short, sharp bite.

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Photo of raindog814
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T-34-85
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciceroman
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Buckeyeguy10
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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