Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

348 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 55 | 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 BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of dwren89
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of homebrewer88
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of Darkale
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly Dusty in the glass, and an apricot gold color. A large silky white head is on top. Looks lovely.

S: Bananas, raisins, and cloves. There is a sweet caramel or marshmallow scent in there.. It almost smells like bananas cooked with brown sugar, or a caramel glaze. Nice.

T: The hops are certainly a little more present that in a lot of Belgian beers labeled as singel. There is a flavor that I usually associate with English hops. It's not a bad thing, just a little different and interesting. The banana and clove come through behind the hops, as does a bit of the caramel. The bittering comes out again in the finish with a slightly earthy softness. The homebrewer in me tastes something similar to the Chimay yeast strain.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is pleasant and keeps it fairly light.

O: Overall a very nice beer. As you continue to drink it the bitterness softens a bit and the clove and banana become more pronounced. Overall I really like it.

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC. From notes.

Pale golden color, very crystal clear, looks more like a decent lager. Thin white collar presented with a nice fluffy white top.

Nose is indistinguishable. I get nothing. nada. zip. zilch, bupkis, I am reaching here, but really nothing. Anything off putting or offensive or faulty, nope, but nothing that makes me want to think I am enjoying a beer here.

Palate comes out considerably better. Mild floral tones and a nice honey softness on the palate. Some of the classic mild candi like Belgian sugars come out a bit but not much. Moderate carbonation. I am straining to find anything distinct about this even for a simple Belgian Pale, and it's tough.

Overall, this is taste wise an ok example with out any problems, but it's really indistinct and nothing to get excited over, I'd rather have something with a bit more flavor, even if it is just a Belgian Pal Ale.

Photo of blackie
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber from the Caboose, Ashland - nice label

a: medium gold with a moderate haze, tight white head, low retention

s: pale malt, clean grape and apple with some citrus and tropical nuance - cooked pineapple, delicate spice, citrusy hops bring a fresh counterpoint, yeast, a touch of bubblegum

m: carbonation a higher moderate, light-medium in body

t: clean pale malts with fruity sugar notes of apple and grape, fresh and bright but with an underlying touch of malt sugar, some citrusy hop notes with a clean moderate bitterness, grassy, nice yeast flavors

o: a solid singel style ale, the malts are a little prominent for my liking and leave kind of a toasty/grainy feel, but a nice drink nonetheless

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/7/12
*From notes

A: Clean mango-lemon in hue. Bone white half finger head on a hard pour. Lackluster retention. Lackluster lacing and collar.

S: The nose is freshly prepped bisquick, lemon rind and spice.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast, plenty of acidity, fruity citrus and medium toast.

M: Crisp, clean and easy to drink. Medium to light in body.

O: As far as flagship beers go, this is a good one. I'm not typically a BPA fan, yet this is flavorful, complex and quaffable. I look forward to returning to this one in the not-too-distant-future.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Matt. Served in a cervoise. Pours a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head. Nose has loads of pepper and just a touch of background floral hops. Flavor is likewise mostly pepper. Interesting if they didn’t use pepper in this, as they really got some crazy stuff out of the yeast. Medium body. Somewhat crisp and dry. Just okay. One dimensional.

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of AbbieFerguson
4.75/5  rDev +26%

reliably good

Photo of ALBuff
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks as one would expect: pale hazy yellow, moderate foamy head, effervescent. Smells about as good as it tastes, which in my opinion is not that great. The lemony hops and pungent yeast is an off putting combo, adding a conflicting dichotomy of both sweet and sour, with neither really blending well together.

Photo of cambabeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of fruit, along with a good deal of yeast and malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, citrus (lemon), spices, and some other light fruit. A very vibrant, effervescent flavor with just the right amount of complexity.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better examples of an American version of a Belgian beer. Very easy to drink.

Photo of engagechad
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Finally a brew that is actually local to me. :)

Pours a beautiful straw, hazy as anything and fat head that pours over as if it were screaming "YEAST!!"

Smells wonderful, great flowery citrusy spicy goodness. Taste follows, very complex blend of flavors and feelings.. tickles in all the right ways.. spice is understated and nice, mouthfeel is wonderfull.

My opinion on belgian style brews is pretty uninformed.. but i really liked this beer.. call me a homer if you will but I thought it was a great example of the style and it is my fav belgian style thus far. the only other BPA I have had was from Ommegang

Photo of jhartley
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Photo of AlexFields
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light and clear color similar to a light lager, but with a pure white frothy head with big streams of bubble rising from the bottom of the glass. Looks really nice.

Smells of dry yeast, slightly spicy malt, slight floral notes, white grapes.

Taste is similar, dry champagne like yeast, white wine grapes, mild spice. Good, basically like a really tame tripel.

Mouthfeel is high on carbonation, actually tastes a little boozy strangely given the low abv.

Solid beer.

6.5/10

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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.