The Great Return - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. I'm fairly impressed with how well the head retains - and even more impressed by the massive lacing it leaves on the glass. The haziness is a slight detraction, but otherwise it looks decent enough.
S: This definitely brings the resinous grapefruit notes. Very sharp, defined grapefruit, actually. It's a hair over two weeks old, so that's no surprise (seriously, there's nothing like a fresh IPA). There are also lesser notes of grass, lime, lemon, and pine. I'm having trouble picking up the malt, apart from a touch of caramel sweetness. A great smelling IPA, helped by the freshness.
T: It starts with a vibrant blast of grapefruit, continuing all the way to the finish. There's also a slight malty touch near the back end, bringing faint caramel. It just dawned on me - while it's certainly an impressive IPA - it's missing a bit of the subtle juiciness I love in the best examples (like Lunch). Still, I like how (relatively) balanced it is: it isn't dominated by crystal malt, nor is it oppressively bitter for the sake of being oppressively bitter.
M: Resiny grapefruit lingers on the tongue nicely. That's about it: the unfiltered body makes it fairly crisp and light for 7.5%. There is, however, a medium body which slows down drinkability ever-so-slightly. Carbonation is nice and soft.
O: Now this is a solid IPA! It's ALMOST spectacular, but not quite - like I said, if it were a bit juicier, it would be off the chart. Still, this is well worth purchasing, and well worth drinking again.
05-18-2014 22:05:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
Had as a cask ale at Chuchkey.
Pour a copper color with almost no head [cask ale]. Some white lacing.
Aroma of grapefruit, sweet malts and some vanilla.
Taste is dominated by grapefruit. Vanilla still comes through. Malty.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing. Rather dry.
Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Refreshing. Not really sessionable due to the tartness/ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless.
05-12-2014 03:16:44 | More by atigerlife
4.16/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a very nice burnt orange with a light off white head that's about half a finger.
Smells of grapefruit and citrus but it's not very strong.
Wow this has massive hop flavors. Lots of resin and stickiness. Bitter backend that's pleasant and very much compliments the malt backbone.
Medium bodied but not heavy or too light.
Overall this is great. It's exactly what im looking for in an imperial IPA. Balanced with resin stickiness and bitterness.
My second brew from Hardywood and I already love their stuff.
05-01-2014 00:36:25 | More by athomasPSU
The Great Return from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.