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Virginia Blackberry - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.

12 IBU

(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 09-10-2012)
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TechTriumph

Virginia

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
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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.