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Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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85
very good

169 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%


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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out4blood


2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 01:00:37 | More by out4blood
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:32:04 | More by Thorpe429
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ALBuff

Hawaii

2.46/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 15:52:06 | More by ALBuff
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 21:30:45 | More by smakawhat
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ProstMasterson

Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 12:48:20 | More by ProstMasterson
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:58:15 | More by AlexFields
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Darkale

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 21:01:42 | More by Darkale
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 08:01:30 | More by rfbenavi80
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 00:11:47 | More by cjgiant
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:46:52 | More by drabmuh
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:39:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:08:02 | More by nickfl
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:41:31 | More by maximum12
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:08:38 | More by dtivp
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:43:05 | More by zaphodchak
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:05:19 | More by jaasen64
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 22:48:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:03:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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blackie

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:42:12 | More by blackie
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours a hazy, pale straw gold color. Huge two finger crisp white head that sifts down to a half finger with great retention. Lacing is excellent.

S: Apples, grapes, pear skin. A little bit of brown sugar. Hints of hay, freshly baked bread, and cherry.

T: Bread crust, apple juice, grape skin, a little bit of earthy hop bite in the finish.

M: Light bodied and refreshing, carbonation is spot on. Finish has a little to thin of a bitterness to it, but other flavors are balanced nicely.

O: A solid Belgian pale here. Could be a little bit more malt balanced, as the sweetness from the yeast and the thin bitterness from the hops produces a finish that leaves a little bit to be desired. However, this is light, refreshing, and enjoyable. A solid effort from a burgeoning brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:38:28 | More by siege06nd
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:35:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 20:31:20 | More by clayrock81
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head rapidly dissipates on a hazy golden with slight orange hue body.

S: clove, mustard seed, pale malts, belgian yeast with very mild banana notes.

T: this one is very tart and sour but not so much that its mouth curdling. Lots of belgian yeast, clove and other herbs, musty hops and malts.

M: this one is pretty dry. light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: I really liked how Belgian this one is

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:07:41 | More by kylehay2004
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber split with my lady.

A: very blond, very hazy, opaque looking body. head is tightly bubbles and bright white. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: ginger. an earthy, spicy, hop character. perhaps some freshly cracked black pepper.

T: chalky, earthy, bitter undertones. fruits include melon, grapefruit, and pear. bubblegum. essentially no aftertaste. very dry. perhaps a slight bitter linger, but just for a moment.

M: a lively carbonation on a medium body. well-done.

D: my only complaint, of few, would be to play around with a belgian yeast that didnt dry this out so much. wouldnt hate for a more lasting bitter linger. otherwise, totally crushable and well-made.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:33:29 | More by Jimmys
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 06:43:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.