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Hoplar Imperial IPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Hoplar Imperial IPAHoplar Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%


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:
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.

100 IBU

(Beer added by: siege06nd on 04-22-2012)
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 04/04/12:
Growler from the brewery; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - A bit more than a half inch of off-white frothy head that sticks around for a minute or two; Deep, dark caramel/copper in color with a very cloudy appearance; Awesome webs/veils of sticky lacing left behind

S - Not quite the potent aroma as you'd expect from a DIPA, but what's there is very pleasant with notes of spicy pine, grapefruit and orange citrus, cracked black pepper, and toasty, biscuity, and caramel character; Nice presence of poplar/wood notes with very subtle vanilla

T - Very flavorful and robust here; Nice combination of sharp spicy pine, grapefruit citrus, vanilla, toasty malts, black pepper, earthy poplar wood, and subtle sweet caramel that immediately come forward; Good shot of bitterness lasts from start to finish, though it does weaken towards the end; Finish is fairly peppery with hints of pine and poplar that linger for awhile - pleasant and delicious

M - Below moderate, but fairly prickly carbonation; A bit above medium bodied; Very smooth going down with a bit of alcohol warmth; Nice, sticky, dry finish that leaves a thin oily coating within the mouth

O - It seems like Hardywood just can't miss with their creations. I like this DIPA quite a bit, but after giving it some time to warm, it becomes even better and showcases some pretty harmonious flavors. The combination of flavors is unique for sure, but the end result displays great earthy/wood character and is one of the better DIPA's I've had the opportunity to try. This has gotten me even more excited to see what future IPA's Hardywood has in store.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2012 11:06:26 | More by TechTriumph
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Served in a Game of Thrones glass.

A: Holy crap this sucker unfiltery to the unfiltered power. Pretty much dark orange with tons of yeasties. Only a slight beige head.

S: A whole lotta nothin going on overall, but that's maybe because I just finished a juicy "Flower Power" right before this. Poplar wood huh? I kinda dig it.

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Hoplar Imperial IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.