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Virginia Blackberry - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-22-2012 15:21:13 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-29-2012 18:08:38 | More by Texasfan549
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

01-24-2013 21:43:37 | More by jlindros
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-16-2012 17:25:22 | More by duceswild
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2012 17:30:29 | More by Rhettroactive
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-02-2014 12:13:16 | More by atrocity
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-03-2014 15:11:44 | More by IPAchris
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

01-29-2013 03:11:27 | More by rudzud
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-14-2013 18:47:40 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-06-2012 01:55:41 | More by Hanzo
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-02-2014 21:23:19 | More by Gatordaddy
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

08-08-2014 19:00:25 | More by Chaney
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-22-2012 15:23:34 | More by ncaudle
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-24-2013 18:05:47 | More by RedneckBeerz
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-15-2014 20:07:45 | More by 2dogbrew
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-04-2012 20:06:02 | More by VeganUndead
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

A-slightly red amber color with an off-white head with some lacing

S-wheat, blackberry, hint of red wine

T-wheat,bready malt, blackberry, hints of wine-like character,slight tartness, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-interesting fruit beer,lacks depth of flavor

09-26-2013 21:47:11 | More by MDDMD
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-05-2013 23:35:42 | More by mikeincharleston
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LambicKing

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-21-2013 18:24:39 | More by LambicKing
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-28-2014 02:33:37 | More by Dave_Treat
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jdense

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Color is fairly light for the alleged berry content, not much visible carbonation. The berry notes in the aroma are quite present, overwhelming the coriander and orange peel one would anticipate for the "Belgian Style White Ale" claimed on the label. Mild berry notes on the tongue, medium dry finish. Not that great, sorry, won't seek this out again.

08-27-2014 16:47:37 | More by jdense
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Somewhere between amber and ruby colored body. Light shines through the body easily, but there is a slight haze that prevents some transparency. Head is a very bright white that leaves a ring of thin bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Lots of spicy Belgian yeast and wheat in the nose. A lot of fresh wheat notes. The blackberries don't same you in the face, but I feel like they may be slightly more subtle than other berries anyway.

T- Tart blackberries give way to tons of that fresh wheat, which gives way back to the tart blackberry flavors. Finish also shows off some of the Belgian yeast, but the rest of the beer is a give and take between the wheat and the berries.

M- Crisp, bubbly, medium bodied, finishes somewhat dry.

O- I liked this more than I thought I would. I thought it would be a berry-bomb, but it turned out to be a wheat-bomb with a nice berry presence. Really refreshing beer.

10-18-2013 23:27:59 | More by stephenjmoore
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GTB

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2013 13:42:17 | More by GTB
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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.