Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nandemo1 on 10-19-2011

Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience.

Hardywood Singel's stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.

30 IBU
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Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at the brewery. Had a slightly sweet taste from the Belgian yeast with a fruity finish. Mildly carbonated and has very little alcohol in the finish. Fair interpretation of the style. (200 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
2.52/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Sorry, i just wasn't too impressed. Draft: This pours a slightly hazy yellow with sour amd alcohol notes in the aroma. Head is white and sticky. I can taste the light malt but this is interrupted by the sour taste. Not strong enough to be called a sour, but not clean enough to be a pale. IDK, maybe Ithe bar gave me a dirty glass. Not too impressed. However, beers, like people, often deserve a second chance. Alas, until another night. (446 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew has pros and cons. Good news first: Looks nice, bright yellow gold and fluffy white head. Smells yeasty, a little hops, and significant peppery notes. The taste of the belgian yeast is good, super unfiltered and raw, nice crisp hops and pepper flavors.

All that said, there's something off. I feel like the flavors in this beer don't come together cohesively. It feels like a standard blonde ale brewed with belgian yeasts. This yeast profile is good, but feels out of place, like its all I can taste, not working with the hops or the malt at all. The pepper flavors are nice, reminiscent of a farmhouse, but same thing here, it just seems like it's from a different beer.

All that to say, I really liked the flavors in this beer, but the overall experience seemed to not come together. I'd love to drink some more, though, and see if it comes together more for me. (879 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking beer!
Cloudy golden blonde body with a white soap bubble head. Plenty of little bubbles stream up from the bottom along the edges of the glass.
Great Belgian yeast aroma with a nice amount of sweetness on the nose; a little pineapple, some lemony citrus.
Taste pairs well with the nose. Belgian yeast funkiness and some lemon.
Nice amount of carbonation with that dry lemony finish.
Very nice beer indeed! Super tasty and one I would think would go great on a hot summer day by the pool. (506 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love this brewery, and one of their base beers that has seemed to have eluded my reviews. Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one.

Pours into my Hoarders tulip with a big creamy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, lots of spotty messy lacing, a very hazy and slight murky orange-yellow golden bright colored beer.

Nose is like a nice Belgian pale, good Belgian esters and Belgian malts, toasty Belgian pale malt, with a little sweetness, grassy malts with grassy hops as well, hops that turn a little spicy as well, some mild fruity esters and typical nice Belgian single yeast, faint apple pear like esters.

Taste brings more of the same, nice Belgian pale malts that seems like it should be sweet but is actually quite dry, as a touch of booze hints in the background, with plenty more esters in there, a nice Belgian yeast, faint apple skin and pear notes, maybe even a touch of banana. then hops kick in, grassy at first, turning a little spicy later, it seems to follow the nose a lot. Fair bitterness throughout, like an Americanized Belgian pale. Finish is dry like the rest of the beer, big spicy hops and fair bitterness lingering, a bit more of the Belgian yeast esters, touch of phenols as well that hints at booze, mild Belgian pale malt and even a little honey malt like flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carbonation, and faint phenolic booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice beer, nice base Belgian pale ale, good malt profile, very nice yeast profile with good esters, etc, hops are maybe the only downfall a bit, as it gets too spicy hop flavor and too bitter in general, too Americanized, but still enjoyable. (1,679 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Brass Rail enjoyed chilled in a tulip

The color is golden with moderately hazed look with thin head of white with fine bead and carbonation is visible with lace that sticks in rings. The smell is spicy with lightly vegetal odor and mild sweet aroma with a gentle grainy herbal smell. The feel is tangy with yeast texture and medium high carbonation with light alcohol spice and mild malt texture with low sweetness in the feel with a mildly dry finish.

The taste is pleasant with yeast and phenolic lightly fruity flavor with subtle spice in the taste which could be yeast or hop derived with light ripe banana-like aspect and hint of pepper with some alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish. Overall I was pleased it is a pretty drinkable belgian but average for the style ...decent beer but on the spicy side for me-almost strong golden strength with moderately high alcohol level (tastewise) (917 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour into a tulip, on draft.

A- Golden. Nice clarity. Head is white and a little delicate. Just a bit of lacing.

S- Belgian spice, a little fruity. The malt character is toasty.

T- Malt is similar as in aroma. A bit spicy, and maybe a bit of and earthy hop bitterness. Some fruity sweetness.

M- Bitterness and spice dry this one out quite a bit. Body is medium light.

O- A little too dry for me. But I enjoy most of the mild characteristics in this. (463 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We of LanCA[N]ster County, PA recently got distro of Hardywood's beers and I was at a Hunger 'n' Thirst event with their local rep when I was gifted some beer. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel's tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel's mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience."; "Pour slowly into a stem glass. Savor at 40 [deg.] F."; "Pair with shellfish, poultry, fried foods, light-sauce pasta, semi-soft cheeses."

Given the above, I utilized a very gentle pour, resulting in naught but a skim of white foam for head that quickly dissipated like sea foam. Color was a brilliant Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5) with NE-quality clarity and it was my pleasure to invite my pards, Midas, Mammon and Croesus into my kitchen for a Christmas drink. The nose was, indeed, fruity, but I am uncertain that I would have said "tropical." Pineapple, maybe, but more of a malty-sweet sort of a nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The flavor had a definite black pepper-like spiciness, undoubtedly from the yeast. Warming, I also began to taste a fruitiness, but not sweet fruit, more towards a light tartness. Finish was semi-dry, with the fruity esters blending and offsetting the peppery dryness. This compares well with St. Bernardus' Extra 4, which is more aligned with my standing in the Order of Disorder. I am Bro. Woody, but 6 is Pater (Father), 8 is Prior (Priest) and 12 is Abt (Abbot) and I am CANtent as a lowly supplicant in the service of beer. (1,659 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of peppery spices and hints of candi sugars.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to be a little malty for the style.

Serving type: bottle (621 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Hardywood Singel
on tap @ Franklins, Phila., PA 21 November 14

Notes: Hazy golden body. Limited head and lacing (probably due to a dirty bar glass, because God knows the place where your paying for a clean glass is actually the last place you'll find one!). Floral, grass/straw, gently candyish malt, yeast, and mild citrus in the aroma. Flavor is fuller with more fruit: apple, grape, orange. Solid bitterness leads to a dry finish. Medium bodied and crisp. Well balanced. Probably easy to overlook this beer in todays market where flavors are SO pronounced. (561 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!!! A number of Belgian Pale Ales are kind of wimpy without a pronounced flavor. This one is subtle but still impressive. Pours a bright golden, clear color with a medium size bubbly white head. Plenty of carbonation, the head faces fairly fast but leaves a light covering on the top of the glass.

Aroma is pretty good, some lemon zest and yeast. Flavor is very good, a little malt, tons of Belgian yeast flavor, some lemon zest and a little tropical fruit (probably from hops).

Nice light carbonated mouthfeel. There is richness from the flavor but overall its a kind of summery and easy to drink

Nice. (620 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -19.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Yellow-straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with tiny yeast particles suspended throughout.

Nose
hay, potpourri, lemon, and spent grain. Saison-esque.

Taste
Potpourri and hay. Spent grain, lemon zest, pear, and sourdough. Finishes with tons of peppercorn and a subtle earthiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, dry, and stingy with carbonation.

Overall
Spicy, earthy, and dry. Tastes like a brash, peppery saison. (520 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Along with their Capital Trail Pale Ale this is their best offering. Their flagship beer that they knocked out of the park from the get go. If you're a fan of Belgian style ales this one should be on your list to try. (217 characters)

Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No obvious freshness date. Single singel purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with soft, foamy 1-finger white head with decent retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Mostly grainy pale pilsner malt, a little bit of pear and golden apples matched with herbal, spicy floral hops. Peppery yeast ester, spicy and lightly citrus.

T: Big bold flavor for what is usually a ho-hum style. Big lemon pepper bite up front balanced with a honeyish pilsner malt sweetness through the mid-palate. The nose does not let on to the fruitiness of this ale, a lot of pear, orange, and tart apple, pineapple, more phenols when cold, decreasing in bitterness as it warms, and leaving a moderately bitter, herbal-floral finish.

M: Finishes nice and dry with light body and high carbonation, on point for all parts of the feel on this beer.

O: This beer really surprised me -- I had not liked their pale ale or cream ale too much, but this was one fine beer. Reminds me of a saison a lot, a little less estery though. A very interesting yeast character with a solid, spot-on pilsner maltiness dominating but accented with moderately peppery phenolics without overdoing it and nailing the feel. Great work on this one and I will be looking to buy more in the future. (1,336 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy deep gold with a short-lasting fizzy white head. Nothing fluffy about it. No lacing. The aroma claims tropical fruit and spices, which might be there, but in portions so small I can't detect them. It smells like "Singel" if that were a generic aroma. The taste is equally stereotypical, lacking in the complexities the label claims. There is a fair bit of carbonation on the palate and a decent weight to the body, not too heavy or light. All in all, this is a good take on a Singel. Nothing stunning, but certainly not terrible. (545 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-Pours golden with medium white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is fruitiness, some spice, and some yeast.

T-Taste is lightly bitter and dry at the finish.

M-mouthfeel is medium balanced that is light version tripel

O-Nice easy drinking and well crafted Belgian Ale. (303 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/18/14, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden color with a big foamy and creamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting up the glass. Thick lace left behind

S- lots of spicy Belgian yeast aromas up front with notes of pepper, apple & pear, light phenolic notes with some must to close it out

T- sweet and fruity up front with flavors of pear and grape skin, spicy peppery yeast kicks in mid-palate with some musty and phenolic flavors closing it out, more linger of pear on the finish

M- medium body with low-moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- a refreshing, yet complex Belgian pale that has high drinkability. A great take on a classic style! (767 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/29/14 notes. On tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a pale yellow color with one inch of slightly off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, mint, bananas, cloves, yeast, bready malts, light pepper, and light floral notes. Nice nose, little too much pepper.

t - Tastes of sweet bananas, fruity malts, apples, spices, cloves, light pepper, floral notes, mint. Taste is better than the nose, sweeter and more fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good Belgian. Nice bananas and spices throughout, and easy to drink. Worth checking out. (638 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

The beer is clear and golden with a small white head. the aroma brings Belgian yeast, light spice, a hint of alcohol. Simple and easy drinking. Not too sweet. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice American representation of an abbey single. A few small tweaks and they could be onto something. (346 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: pours translucent yellow, sort of like an American lager, unfiltered
S: to me, this was the most appealing part of the beer and hinted at promise. Yeasty to sour, reminds me of sourdough bread a bit. Also seems very Belgian almost tending towards a sour
T/M: starts just a bit on the tart side, but fades too quickly into tasting like an imported pilsner. As such, it's an okay beer. I must admit I have not had many singles, so it might be on par with the style. However I liked the smell a lot, and the taste didn't meet my anticipation.
O: I wish this tasted a bit more like the nose, which was quite interesting. It turns out to me to be a decent replacement for an imported lager. (688 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow. The noticeable yeast on this is pretty high and there is also quite a strong bit of lemon going on as well. This comes across as something that isn't typical for the style. But it does have a smooth feel on it and it's easy to drink. Not too bad really (274 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of light malt , Belgian yeast, hints of clove and pepper.

Taste of light bready malt, Belgian yeast, clove and herbal hops.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp slightly dry with a lingering bitter ending.

Overall this is a nice BPA, a good beer for Hardywwod, however, I would put this one in the middle of the pack of their fleet of beer. (477 characters)

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the price, you could go elsewhere and get more bang for your buck. Just an average domestic belgian pale.Pear notes, crisp finish, light esters. I look forward to trying others from Hardywood, but this was definetly on the average side. Not a sink pour because of cost, but will certainly pawn off at holiday parties (320 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light golden body with good and head and thin lace on top of a yeasty, spicy, slightly sweet and hopped up aroma. Beer is light and smooth and has a bit of yeast bite to it. Some tropical fruits seem to come out, some a little wild as there is a spicy bitterness to beer. Also a touch of bready and sweet malt. Crisp finish although a little haggard. The flavors in the beer are good but are too muted at some points. (426 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-banana, apple, bready malt, spices

T-bready malt, grain, apples, banana, pepper, coriander, mild bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-nice malts flavors and balance in this BPA, well done and reasonably priced (320 characters)

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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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