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Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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289 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: nandemo1 on 10-19-2011)
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Reviews by Darkale:
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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Darkale, Jan 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 14, 2013
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3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

Bitzer, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

oteixeira, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Todd, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

boccage, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jason, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

maki88, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

catboy, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

amstokesdb9, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dmk91, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of dwren89
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

dwren89, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mocktm, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Samichez, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of homebrewer88
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

homebrewer88, Oct 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

headyhardy, May 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

VCUgrad, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Loveyourbeer, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

timfore, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

whatname, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of zaphodchak
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zaphodchak, Dec 01, 2011
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4.56/5  rDev +21.3%

SmoothOneTwo, Oct 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hyoung41, Jan 04, 2014
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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.