Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by Darkale:
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
I have gotten out of the habit of reviewing beers here, but as this is from a new Richmond brewery (and I really ought to support the home teams more often), I thought I should add my opinion.
Not sure what to make of this as an example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though of course Belgian Pale Ale is such a broad category that while I'm not sure it fits here, neither am I sure that it does not.
They certainly got the carbonation right, and I love the full, flowing Belgian head (which lingers nicely). Aroma is flowery with a little dusky pepper; not bad. I detect an aftertaste, though, that I am not fond of - sort of a cousin to what one gets from a bad lager, a bit sour, a bit off. Mouthfeel is also average - despite the carbonation, it becomes thin and watery too soon.
Overall, though, not a bad start.
01-07-2012 21:01:42 | More by Darkale
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3.81/5 rDev +1.3%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):
LOOK: Clear golden yellow, thin wispy white lace
SMELL: Yeast, green banana skin, white pepper, gummy, orchard must
TASTE: Semi-crisp, red apple, mixed fruit-cup juice, herbal hop; medicinal, pithy, chalky, gummy, slightly astringent, peppercorn, cracker-like dry malt, salty, yeasty, oily hop, dry finish
Simple yet intricate, with yeast nuances ... perhaps too much so? That would be our only gripe with this beer. The yeast dominates. In fact, it's a yeast bomb. Some taming would push this beer into the exceptional range. Regardless, a good stab at an Abbey-style Blonde Ale.
02-14-2013 00:35:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: orangey gold with thin white fizzy head, great clarity
Aroma: Belgian yeast, pale malt biscuity ness, slight pear and orange effervescence, hint of peppery phenols
Taste: similar to aroma, nice medium finish of crispy effervescence and fruity tinges, great flavor for a flagship beer
Mouthfeel. Medium body, effervescent but not in same level as most other Belgian style ales
Overall Impression: A great selection for a bitingly tasty drink with ample thirst quenching ability. Displaying typical Belgian pear/orange flavor with Belgian yeast but with more of a sturdy pale malt backbone. Would definitely suggest this beer to others.
07-13-2013 13:55:11 | More by dwren89
4.47/5 rDev +18.9%
Poured a light gold color and was somewhat hazy, one finger of white head didn't stick around too long.
It has that typical Belgian smell that I love with some banana and apple.
Taste followed the smell with the banana and some apple but also had a mild spice to it, very nice.
The mouthfeel was thin with a good deal of carbonation.
Overall I was very impressed and look toward to more from hardywood park.
10-22-2011 03:10:04 | More by homebrewer88
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
A finger of fluffy white head which laces nicely and retains a little island of foam (partially due to the nucleation pattern in my Kishimoto Duvel tulip). Pale straw body.
Nose is an almost metallic dose of coriander (and maybe hops); the yeast gets left behind. As it sits, traces of funk.
Body has as much coriander as the nose, but it works. Not as metallic as I feared, except a bit on the aftertaste. A fair amount of spice, yeastiness is definitely second fiddle here, though it makes an appearance around the middle of the taste. The beginning has a bit of malt, I think, but it's gone pretty quick.
Mouthfeel is a bit prickly/coarse.
I agree with the BA categorization of this as a BPA; somehow 'Singel' isn't consistent with what I imagine in terms of taste, nor alcohol content. It's not a 'B-IPA' though; if it were, I'm not sure I could forgive it, but pardon my digression, that's a dogmatic debate. Any hop character is in the finish. A good first effort for a new brewery; I'm curious to see how this recipe develops, and to try other brews by Hardywood.
12-01-2011 02:43:05 | More by zaphodchak
Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.