Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 367
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 367
Photo of out4blood
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery while picking up another growler of their Gingerbread Stout. I am not a fan of pale ales, and this is yet more evidence I should just stick to stouts.

Very pale beer. It almost looks like champagne coming out of the tap. It did not have a pleasing smell to it either, very yeasty.

I drank my taster and then immediately asked for a pint of Gingerbread Stout to get the taste out of my mouth. I won't try this again. (464 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
2.52/5  rDev -32.8%
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 justintcoons
3/5  rDev -20%

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 smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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 AlexFields
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (485 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade.
Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a light cloudy medium straw color with 1 finger of rocky, large bubble white head that don't lace very well.

S- Lots of bready yeast. Mild hints of sourness. Little bit of fruitiness.

T- Little bit of sour apple and grape skin. Lots of bready Belgian yeast. No flavors are overpowering. Slightly dry finish.

M- It has a moderate amount of carbonation that makes this beer crisp, and refreshing, with a little dryness.

O- My first offering from Hardywood is not disappointing, but then again, I'm not blown out of the water. This beer is enjoyable, just nothing over the top good. (646 characters)

Photo of Darkale
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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 delta490
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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 drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone should tell them they misspelled the word "Single" on the label, pretty obvious if you ask me...this beer was meh...at best.

Beer is yellow with a white head, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grainy, yeasty, bready, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the finish, the overall beer is fine but bland, grainy finish, mildly astringent. Not a repeat. (396 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger white shade. It doesn't have the thick-looking richness or great retention I expect from a BPA; otherwise the general look is fine.

S: About what I expected - apple, pear, grape, bread, and noble hops to balance. No single note here is impressive, but it coalesces together admirably.

T: Initial fruity tones of citrus, apple, and grape eventually build to an earthy hop tone. Additional grape flavors linger on the aftertaste pleasantly. It makes up for its modicum of depth with its rock-solid balance and easy drinking nature.

M: The texture is fairly light - a great combination with the crisp, dry nature of the finish. Only thing to really complain about is that carbonation is a touch too high.

O: This one doesn't impress at first...until you realize that 2/3rds of the bottle was finished in about 10 minutes. The focus on pleasant subtlety over chest-thumping aggressiveness is something I can really appreciate here. (1,020 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves little lace.

S - A spicy aroma of coriander, clove, and some vegetal garden herb notes.

T - Light, bready malt up front with some herbal hop notes. Thin, grainy malt in the middle and a finish with light bitterness and more herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, there is an odd note in the aroma, but the flavor comes together pretty well. I don't love it, but it is drinkable and a reasonably credible example of an obscure style. (604 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from the all-too-generous beerisheaven, who has contributed mightily to my beer education (& my caloric intake) over the years. 750 ML bottle split with my wife on a night when company was over & I just wanted to lay down & read. Grmmp.

Pour is as light, frizzy, & pale as a beer can possibly be - I swear it's actually smiling at me. The nose is all raw pepper & bready yeast; smells like Belgium in the morning, I bet.

Singel is a singular creature that's a credit to the style without breaking out of the pack. Pepper is the most noticeable aspect here, tons of cool, smooth pepper backed with lots of bread, yeasty fruity Esters (didn't that used to be a name?), bit of lemon. Drinkability is the backbone of this show - one could drink this for hours.

Really, a fairly tame beer that's good but not great; but what does one want from a Belgian pale ale? Good beer. (882 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 cambabeer
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jaasen64
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into HF glass. Thanks Brian (Auror) for sharing this. Reviewed from notes taken two days ago.

A- Pours a hazy yellow, decent carbonation,

S- Lemons, yeast, oranges, tangerines. Fairly aromatic but a little bit astringent and not that pleasant in my opinion.

T- Lemons, tangerines, yeast, light malts, slight lemon bitterness with a lingering aftertaste. Nice lemon taste, fairly interesting, much better then aroma.

M- Light, fairly over-carbonated, fairly easy drinking.

O- Decent belgian blonde that was a little bit different then I'm used to having, but fairly enjoyable asides from the aroma. While this wasn't my favorite blonde, I'd definitely try it again but I wouldn't seek it out. (718 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 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. (506 characters)

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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.