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Bourbon DIPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 09-27-2012

Hardywood Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA.

80 IBU
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Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by jlindros:
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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud for cracking this puppy with me.

Pours a big creamy almost 1 finger head that fades slowly with soapy thick lacing, over hazy reddish caramel colored beer.

Nose is wow! Complex as hell, a blend of a barleywine, big earthy DIPA, and bourbon vanilla barrel all in one. Sweet caramel and toffee malts, candy reddish malts, big earthy pine citrus hops, floral citrus hops as well. The candied malts and hops normally combine to a candied orange peel but not in this one for some reason thankfully. Light fruity esters in there as well. Rounding it off is the sweet candied bourbon flavor, with toasted vanilla oak.

Taste is sweet to start but smooth, malty, creamy like candy molasses, caramel toffee, chewy malts. Very light booze for the abv, and overall lighter sweetness as it mellows. Hops are big but not too bitter, light tropical fruit, citrus, earthy and a little spicy, herbal leafy tasting too. The candy barleywine flavors smooth the bitterness and balance the booze, as it moves into the bourbon barrel. Nice bourbon that's not too heavy, sweet candy like bourbon flavors, vanilla oak, little toasty oak. Light esters, fruit from the yeast, and woody from the barrel. Finish is bitter, more earthy spicy hops, light tropical citrus fruit, leafy grassy, long bourbon oak finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice fluffy carb, light booze.

Overall great! Not much else needs to be said except a lot of great flavors combined well that balance each other for a big drinking beer that's tasty and smooth at the same time.

More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Big whiskey and vanilla flavor with a hoppy citrus spike towards the middle. Touch of toffee flavors. Excellent beer and the best I have had from this brewery so far.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4/5  rDev +1%

enjoyed with some friends over thanksgiving. a friend who cannot stand barrel aged beers or hops actually found this quite tasty. not saying that this was the only positive comment, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. great blend of the two styles (BA and DIPA). Sure wish I could get more Hardywood in Colorado

Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev 0%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.64/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Belgian Double India Pale Ale Aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels. Hardywood Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA."

Big thanks goes out to beeruser and funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, earth, earth hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, earth, fruit, caramel, and vanilla. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into the one not really knowing what to expect if I am completely honest. However, what I found was a very pleasant all-around brew that had a nice touch of complexity on all aspects. It maintained all of this while still remaining refreshing. I probably would not have been able to guess that this one was in a bourbon barrel, or any barrel for that matter, but that didn’t change the fact that it was quite tasty. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one with good company. Even if you don’t have the good company part, I still suggest you trying it. Tick.

Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber color with some ruby hue when held up to the light, creamy two-finger off-white head retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of woodsy oak aroma dominates up front, not necessarily bourbon, but pure toasted oak. Berry-like sweetness mixes with some earthy hop, peppercorn and caramel malt

T- sweet and malty up front with flavors of caramel, red apples & red berries. Earthy and herbal hops kick in mid-palate with some spicy peppery notes and a hint of sour mash. The finish is very woody with flavors of pure toasted white oak and sawdust, lingers of vanilla and more wood

M- medium chewy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a chewy and creamy finish, alcohol warmth on the linger

O- mostly sweet and malty with lots of woodsy notes, but not so much bourbon. it all seems to mesh well though, I enjoyed this one

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a lot of bubbly action but the head was slow to build and quick to dissipate. The color was beautiful though with a near ruby red brilliance.

The hops were strong on the nose with pulpy grapefruit, tangerines and lemon but a honey sweetness is ever present.

The feel and flavor seems almost synonymous as this is unusually thick with sweetness. The sweetness comes from the obvious honey tones which seems only appropriate. The bourbon is toned down but softly creamy and support by a rose petal and caramel maltiness.

The idea of an IPA in a bourbon barrell seemed odd but it really worked as it cranked up the honey like sweetness and thickness.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.