The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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2.51/5 rDev -37.7%
Tasted same day it was canned (1/24/14)
Hazy, orangey copper color. White, thin layer of foam. Average lacing.
Citrus zest aromas. Fresh grassy hoppy notes. Mostly resinous with a bitter grapefruit nose.
Hop flavors are mostly earthy and wet but not overly powerful. Something resembling bitter grapefruit rind melded with chewy pine resin but only presents itself for a brief second. A bit of malty backbone but flavors fade quickly and leave a lingering and unpleasant bitterness. Sharp and unpleasant bitterness lingers with really no enjoyable flavors to balance.
Finishes with an unpleasant astringency. Decent carbonation. Finishes dry if overly so.
Overall not good. Flavors and aromas are almost non-existent. Mostly what I pick up is a lot of generally unpleasant almost vegetal bitterness with not a whole lot else. I can pick up some classic American IPA notes (a little citrus) but I have to try really hard. I think labeling this a west-coast style IPA is a stretch. Where are the powerful American hop aromas? It's bitter but that's about it. Not terrible but needs a lot of improvement.
01-25-2014 11:57:16 | More by BarwoodBonanza
3.4/5 rDev -15.6%
16oz can from ThatCracker (thanks man!). Canned 11/18/13. Served in a Souther Tier tulip snifter.
Pours hazy gold amber with a two finger off-white head. Foam lingers for a while and leaves a fair amount of lace.
Nose seems slightly muted with aromas of citrus, earthy pine and bread.
Taste follows the nose- citrus zest, pine, bready malt, pepper and cracker. Straightforward and unoffensive.
Medium full feel fairly strong carbonation. Bitter pine root finish.
This is a good but not outstanding IPA. There was nothing wrong with it but it lacked the brightness that I look for in IPAs.
02-01-2014 21:31:39 | More by ThickNStout
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
A: A medium orange amber, plenty hazy, but with a nice off white head.
S: Citrus comes out right away with grapefruit, and maybe a touch of orange peel. Light tangerine and a little bit of caramel.
T: Citrus with caramel undertones.. The orange peel and tangerine continue through in the taste. There is a nice bit of resiny goodness, with bitter notes of pine and a slight earthiness.
M: Medium in body, with a fairly soft feel. The carbonation is fairly active, and helps to bring out some of the bitterness. There is a slightly drying feel in the finish, with a touch more of the resinous quality.
O: Overall a very good beer, but I would like a touch more depth as far as the hop character is concerned. Putting 'West Coast Style IPA" on the can is like painting a bulls-eye on it, and while it is quite excellent, I think it could be a touch more complex and West Coasty.
11-25-2013 01:15:20 | More by Beejay
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
A- cloudy, copper, burnt amber. Nice frothy bone white head that remains for a good bit and laces nicely.
S- citrus,malt, and pine.
T- big and bitter up front, eases into spiced pepper finish.
M- medium bodied. Semi smooth.
O- a good to very good IPA. Won't overly wow you, but definitely shouldn't displease, either. Solid marks all around. Each time I tasted, I wanted to give greater praise, but found myself holding back. Still, don't let that stop you. Bottom line: enjoyed it very much, and will be purchasing again.
04-06-2014 02:56:59 | More by Roser
The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.