Virginia Blackberry - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by TechTriumph:
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
-Belgian-style White Ale Brewed with Fresh Virginia Blackberries-
From notes on 08/25/12:
2012 Release; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - One inch of white carbonated head that sticks around for a minute or so; Brilliant light rose in color with a bit of sunset orange mixed in; Hazy appearance; No real lacing left behind
S - Blackberry fruit is certainly present, but it's not a huge wave by any means, and is actually somewhat muted - blackberries aren't overly aromatic as a fruit anyway; Also get a bit of yeast, subtle spice, and a hint of clove
T - Witbier qualities show up first - some spice, clove, even a bit of banana; Almost immediately after, the blackberry really starts to come in - not too heavy - but enough to bring some fruity sweetness and a slight touch of tartness as well; The finish does bring just a bit of rye and spice; As the beer warms, the blackberry starts to come out nicely - more sweet than tart, but the level is really pleasant for both
M - Moderate carbonation or a touch more; Light bodied and smooth going down; Finishes on the dry side
O - I don't delve into fruit beers too much these days, but anything from Hardywood is a must try, and this one certainly satisfies after a long day of work. No doubt a refreshing offering, this beer is super drinkable as my first glass of this was gone in no time. I'm pretty confident that the second glass from this bomber will go down just as easy.
09-10-2012 10:29:17 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: reddish orange amber with some wheat haze and thin white head
Aroma: coriander, blackberries and fruitiness, orange citrus, blue curaçao
Taste: very Belgian yeasty with definite blackberry tartness, balanced, white wheaty flavor but with fruitiness that gives it some depth, overall not bursting with flavor but a very smooth and nice fruity, dry, and tart drink
Mouthfeel: medium-low body, a little thin in the mouth, high carbonation
Overall: Nicely balanced with strong tartness and smooth blackberry flavor with wheaty and spiced character from spice additions and belgian yeast phenols. Definitely worth a try
08-21-2013 23:25:07 | More by dwren89
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead glass
Interesting beer - a pink-rose color, moderately carbonated, light fluffy white head. One patron described tasting "band-aids" - more realistically, I think we all concluded not to buy berries sourced from the virginia commonwealth. Light spiced yeast, sweet berry flavor, wheat - nothing really standing out here, the blackberry could have been integrated so much better.
01-06-2013 23:41:21 | More by dirtylou
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
A: A nice pinkish orange color, good clarity. Some light colored head head that sinks back into the body of the beer.
S: Berry aroma, there is a definite tart smell, although it does not dominate. There is a nice white wine aroma, as well as some slight biscuit aromas.
T: Fairly light but with good flavor. Some biscuit flavors come out, as well as blackberry fruit, with the wine character shining through. Nice and light, a great summer beer.
M: Light in body, with a good amount of carbonation. A nice fruitiness lingers, which is nice. There is a softness to this that I enjoy a lot.
O: Overall very good, crisp, flavorful, and fairly light. Enjoyable, and a great beer for a hot day.
02-25-2013 02:24:39 | More by Beejay
3.45/5 rDev -5%
Poured from the bottle into a globe glass nearly identical to the one on the bottle, sure why not, we shall forego tulip, wheat ale, or witbier ness in favor of length.
Peach orange to pink body and solidly opaque. Faint cream head that is a bit orange light and off white colored. Makes about 2 fingers tall, good retention and some nice creamy thick collar and thin puck while settling. Pretty solid.
The bouquet is pretty quiet down there. Some faint hints of sucrose sweetness, maybe even some cinnamon and nutmeg like dark spice action sensations which seem surprising. Doesn't particularly smell fruity.
Palate comes with an interesting take. Very dry and powdery chalky texture, with a wet body feel. Mid fruits but doesn't seem to hint in any direction. Not particularly tart, but not particularly sweet either. Some sense of classic sucrose but quite fleeting.
Overall a nice beer, and hints at Belgian character minus a big wheaty malt and chewy depth, but it's not particularly fruity. Oh well at least it's drinkable and I've had far worse.
08-09-2014 03:26:56 | More by smakawhat
Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.