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Hoplar Imperial IPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hoplar Imperial IPAHoplar Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | 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:
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Matt for picking this bottle up. Served in a cervoise. Pours a fairly-dark caramel-copper color with a short off-white head. The nose has a fairly-pronounced bit of poplar wood with some backing citrus and pine. The hop aromas aren’t really overpowering at this point. A bit too malty as well. Flavor is again fairly malty with a fairly-strong bitterness. Heavy wood presence. It seems like the hop flavor either wasn’t really there, or has fallen off. For wood-aged IPAs, I’m never normally too much of a fan, but I’m not sure why places don’t just ferment in the barrel to extract the character and not lose volatile hop flavors and aromatics while it’s wood aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:58:08 | More by Thorpe429
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chefduff2

New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

07-01-2014 01:26:06 | More by chefduff2
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

05-27-2014 00:49:58 | More by Dreadnaught33
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JoeD15

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-28-2013 02:16:32 | More by JoeD15
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-24-2013 23:24:59 | More by kbuzz
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%

09-08-2013 21:46:06 | More by mikeburd1128
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kniles38

New York

3/5  rDev -24.8%

06-30-2014 01:59:31 | More by kniles38
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lindseyanne79

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

09-27-2012 17:22:56 | More by lindseyanne79
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

05-23-2013 21:44:44 | More by 2dogbrew
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nandemo1

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-03-2013 04:12:55 | More by nandemo1
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TD2

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-22-2012 20:30:17 | More by TD2
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bubbaoyster

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The poplar aging does not sit well with my palate. Rather than the floralness of a good IPA , I get more of a acidy mouthfeel which combined with a lot of carbonation kind of kills this one for me.

I'm a native Richmonder and happy about our recent explosion of microbrews but this needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 22:08:48 | More by bubbaoyster
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

05-21-2013 01:17:23 | More by rvajohn
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Dorsch

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

06-10-2013 20:14:27 | More by Dorsch
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Hopbully

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

03-07-2013 09:31:43 | More by Hopbully
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

04-20-2014 20:33:33 | More by Didier
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Shilt

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

04-22-2012 22:48:30 | More by Shilt
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

05-10-2014 21:22:39 | More by Sludgeman
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

08-28-2013 17:11:37 | More by earlholman
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-23-2014 22:41:11 | More by Moses_Malone
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

10-04-2012 20:06:49 | More by VeganUndead
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-05-2013 01:05:47 | More by oline73
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-25-2013 02:11:20 | More by Rifugium
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

04-24-2012 01:35:30 | More by nmann08
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-25-2013 10:17:04 | More by RyanBeer13
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Hoplar Imperial IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.