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Hoplar Imperial IPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hoplar Imperial IPAHoplar Imperial IPA

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very good

50 Reviews

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 365
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 28.71%
Wants: 39
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: siege06nd on 04-22-2012

Hardywood Hoplar follows the wood-aging tradition of the earliest India Pale Ales, which were matured on oak. Rather than oak, we’ve selected the delicate wood of a fallen Virginia Tulip Poplar, which was TreeCycled by CitiWood and toasted for use in this hearty IPA. While this Poplar can no longer rustle in the wind or give shade, it is able to offer balance to the bright citrus and pine character from heaps of Cascade, Columbus and Summit hops with subtle notes of caramelized vanilla. And the tree was hoppy.

In the mid-1800s, when the early IPAs were being shipped in wooden barrels from the breweries of Burton-on-Trent to thirsty British colonists in India, our Tulip Poplar was a mere sapling on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. On September 18, 2003, this towering Poplar prevailed to the fierce Hurricane Isabel and fell on Bell Creek Road. Richmond-based CitiWood Urban Forest Products helped us transform the wood from this fallen Poplar into custom designed flavor- and aroma-enhancing infusion sticks. Post fermentation, Hoplar is dry-hopped with a generous helping of whole-flower Cascade hops and conditioned on the toasted Poplar.

Hardywood Hoplar is mahogany in color with a hearty, tan head and offers an aroma of grapefruit brûlée and pine needles, as well as delicate vanilla toffee and a hint of campfire. Medium- to full-bodied with assertive (100 IBUs) yet delightful hop bitterness, Hoplar is balanced with ample caramel malt backbone. A bit of earthy tannin from the Poplar harmonizes with the resinous hoppy character, which dissipates into a lingering finish.

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Reviews by MCain04:
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4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extra from a trade, wish I remembered your name fellow BA. 750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip. 2013 release.

Beautiful pour, a ruby amber, mostly clear body, with a generous frothy light-beige head with great retention and great lacing.

Smells of piney hops, some citrus notes, lemon and grapefruit, grassy,strong presence of cascade hops. Not much wood in the aroma.

Taste is very unique. Juicy cascade hops make for a bright citrusy and pine needle hop flavor right off the bat, not overly bitter. The malt background balances well with some sweetness. The poplar wood is this taste I am not familiar with. Earthy would be the best word, with a little vanilla. It adds a really nice complexity to the IPA without overwhelming it.

Medium bodied, a touch overcarbonated, not the driest of finishes, smooth on the tongue, lingering poplar earthy taste.

Overall, I agree with the Bros on this one - this is a winner. The subtlety of the poplar treatment really works to accentuate and balance rather than overwhelm this IPA. Try this if you can, well worth it.

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3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown corked and caged bottle, vintage date on the label.

The head retention alone won me over ... to start. Seriously, an amazing head and perhaps the best looking one this year! Hazed copper hue is inviting. Aromas of wood, spice, fresh pine sap, melon rind, mango, papaya, parsley, yeast, yellow cake. Deep smoothness, semi-creamy medium body. Big hoppiness, very bitter, heavy wood, earthy, spice, vanilla, peppery, resin, slightly pungent, hint of caramel, dried grass, yeast, tropical fruit, warming alcohol, long bitter and woody finish.

Someone pinch me ... mind-blowing.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a opaque reddish copper with a solid 2 fingers of off white creamy head.

S - Very pungent citrusy, floral nose. This stuff could peel paint.

T - Nice malty backbone on this beer. The intense bitterness is mellowed out pleasantly and the wood aging helps to compliment the entire package.

M - A little hot yet, the alcohol is very much in the game. Agressive carbonation keeps everything in check, leaving your mouth clean sip after sip.

O - Delicious beer, near perfection. Thanks to Beejay for sharing this one with me.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hoplar Imperial IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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