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Virginia Blackberry - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

djrn2, Today at 04:41 PM
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Today at 04:43 PM
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing. Reviewing from old notes.

Pink grapefruit hazy color, touch of lacing fades instantly.

Nose has light bready funk, little black berry, hint of malts, semi fruity but not a lot, maybe a touch of phenols.

Taste brings tart blackberry, light smooth malt, hint diacetyl, light tartness, bit of dry bready malt and yeast flavors, dry fruity finish.

M: Thin body, lighter carb.

Overall nothing to write home about, decent fruits but could have been better.

jlindros, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +9.3%

duceswild, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer is a light ruby with a thin, light pink head. Light berry aroma with a touch of spice, maybe coriander. Flavor is a bit lacking. Light on the palate. A tad sweet. Blackberry presences emerges more as the beer is allowed to warm. Pretty good.

Huhzubendah, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

billab914, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Rhettroactive, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dirtylou, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +9.3%

IPAchris, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

LoveStout, 42 minutes ago
Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a tasting at Treehouse Brewery. Maybe I was just a little drunk but I enjoyed this beer. Reviewed from note.

A - POP! Cork rockets into my hand. Poured a nice berry juice grapefruit like hue with a quarter inch thin head that fades rather quickly to leave light thin wisps.

S - Big, bright blackberry juice along with light wheat notes. Very light bread notes along with faint phenols.

T - Similar to the nose with black berry juice along with faint wit notes. Light tartness along with a slight dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side with lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this wasn't nearly as good as the other Blackberry Wit I've had (Mother Earth's Window Pane Blackberry). Not the best Hardywood, but not the worst.

rudzud, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Above average and crisp wit that borders on saison flavors. I wish there was more of a blackberry presence. It seemed to be there faintly as the beer warmed. Good beer, but I have had better in the style.

tigg924, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Gatordaddy, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hanzo, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured out about as cloudy as one could possibly imagine. Think muddy water with orange food coloring.

S: I got more Belgium than Raspberry, but that's okay for now. Fresh, wheaty, and subtle.

T: Got more fruit on the taste, but it took a couple of sips before that really heated up. Delicate and not too sweet or dessert-like in any way. Definitely recognizable as a Belgian Wit.

M: Perfectly spritzy, and I found myself appreciating the mouth even more the more I got into the session.

O: Much more understated than I expected for a "Reserve Series," but more than serviceable nonetheless.

Chaney, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ncaudle, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

2dogbrew, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

RedneckBeerz, Nov 24, 2013
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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.