Singel - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 368
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 64 | 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: 63 | Hads: 368
Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-banana, apple, bready malt, spices

T-bready malt, grain, apples, banana, pepper, coriander, mild bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-nice malts flavors and balance in this BPA, well done and reasonably priced (320 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (706 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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 brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A meringue of a head mushrooms on top of the cloudy amber liquid, leaving a lace curtain behind on the tulip

Smell: Yeast forward aromatics, with pepper and coriander dominant; apple, pear and grape tones, underneath

Taste: The fruit flavors emerge first, with apple, pear and hint of vinous grape; by mid-palate, the pepper and coriander emerge and wind up dominating the finish though the fruit flavors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Hardywood just goes from strength to strength in my book, mastering a broad range of styles; another fine brew that I could have mistaken for an Allagash or an Ommegang (670 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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 AlexFields
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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 ALBuff
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.72/5  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. (718 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
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 out4blood
2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-19-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Balloon glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is bright golden in color and clear, with tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head is tight and maybe 2 and a half fingers, Both head retention and lacing are very good. The last pour has some haziness from the bottle conditioning.

Aromas have peppery spices, a light malt sweetness, some wood/oak notes, hay, and a touch of lemon/citrus tartness. Reminds me of a saison; very nice

The taste features spicy hops and a fair amount of bitterness. Also has a lightly toasted bread flavor with some graininess. Mouthfeel is crisp with a high level of carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry, citrus aftertaste. Mellows nicely as it warms

Overall a good tasting beer, similar to a pilsner but less harsh.

Thanks to Steve for this one! (906 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 kylehay2004
3.8/5  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 (421 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 WMEugene
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from the hot new brewery in my hometown...

A - Pours a nice, hazy golden color with an ok head and great lacing. A bit bubbly as well.

S - Definitely fruity Belgian notes. A little bit of that yeast funk, lemon, a little bit of spice and pepper.

T - Much like the nose, Belgian funkiness mixes fruity notes. A slight bit of spice/pepper is ever-present. A very good example of the style, but nothing truly unique.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and very chewy. Great finish...almost like a wine at the end.

O - Hardywood Park's Singel is a very good example of the Belgian Pale Ale style and is an interesting and unique flagship for the young brewery. It's not quite world-class, but a great start. I look forward to checking out their other brews. (773 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a stunningly clear light gold with 3 fingers of dense white head. Nice retention and lace.

Bready, yeasty nose with decent representation of light lemon. Moderate to light hop presence. Light spices without overpowering. Smells just like what a Belgian pale should.

Flavor comes from light lemons, moderate spice, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and a crisp finish. There is a little too much sugary sweetness that really coats the tongue.

Feel is a little on the heavy side. Too heavy for the flavors.

Overall, except for the heavy feel this is a pretty decent representation. (584 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a moderate white head. Aroma is very nice, Belgian yeasts dominate and with a little bit of banana and a bit of a fruity aroma as well. Flavor follows the nose, with the Belgian yeasts and banana really coming forward at first. It's got a light, crisp fruitiness and then a bit of a hop bite at the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and just right for the style. Overall, this is a very tasty Belgian pale ale and a great flagship beer for an up-and-coming brewery. It's not incredible, but I would certainly have this one again. (596 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (814 characters)

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Singel from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.