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Bourbon DIPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 09-27-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

nmann08, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a frothy head; strips of lace stream down the side of the glass

Smell: Caramel, citrus, pineapple, Bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla

Taste: Overwhelmed by the Bourbon from start to finish, the flavors underneath unfold with the caramel, citrus, pineapple, oak and vanilla appearing; boozy with a lot of Bourbon tones in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I am not a big fan of Bourbon treatment in hoppy beers though I have had a few that I have enjoyed; while the aroma of this one was promising, it was just too Bourbon dominant for my palate

brentk56, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GRG1313, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -24.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

jlindros, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

drewone, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

duceswild, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a globe glass. 2014 release.

Big copper red and orange body, with a nice peach orange hue to it. Head is fluffy and creamy with a vanilla yellow ice cream looking color. This bubbles in consistency some speckled lacing.

Boozy aging, hints of thick oak and caramel. A bit of brown sugar syrup thickness, and odd mix of butter and fruit. Hops not so much, but smells like a barrel aged IPA.

Palate is of course what I expect in this mish mash. Oaked caramel that is buttery. Strange indistinct hop bitterness with a clashing tannic wood. Very numbing tannic palate, almost novocaine dryness. Faint orange light juice comes out a bit, through an interesting but slightly watery palate.

So aside from the fact it comes off like a clashing mess, where is the Belgian character in this? Neither hop driven, nor even very well complimentary barrel forgiving. This just doesn't work.

smakawhat, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Rhettroactive, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Deep amber colour; almost opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Beautiful bourbon, tropical fruit, toasted oak and vanilla flavours intermingle nicely. Some pine and caramel notes in the background and a noticeable sweetness.

T - The barrel qualities come through initially, with toasted oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours that are accompanied by the slightest astringency from the oak. Tropical fruit, pine and a very fain floral presence come through mid-palate. The finish has a very light spiciness with more toasted oak and vanilla notes lingering.

M - Medium body. Slightly oily. Fairly dry overall. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 15, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark copper red with a nice 1 finger head. Smell is light on bourbon and some hops..more on the bourbon side though. Taste is slight bourbon and slight hops, doesnt mix too well together in my opinion. More on the barleywine side than IPA side. ABV not too apparent, a bit too syrupy for my liking. Almost full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall cant say i loved this one. A decent beer...

Axnjxn, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

thagr81us, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KevinGordon, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros at the End of the World party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy dark honey hue with a one finger creamy head that left lots of sticky side lacing. Very, very good looking here. Lots of potential.

S - Almost barleywine like malts jump out from this beer. Delicious vanilla hits the nose thanks to the barrels along with rich, smooth bourbon. Nice hops too. Good pine/citrus. Definitely a bourbon DIPA!

T - Bourbon and vanilla exposed from the pallet awash with barleywine like malt qualities (toffee/caramel). Wet hops, nice bitter finish. So much barrel and bourbon here mixing with the piney hops. This is very, very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and delicious. The barrel has done this wonders.

O - Overall this was an excellent beer. Glad to try it, was nervous due to it not being fresh but those hops held up wonderfully. Well done Hardywood!

rudzud, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mhaugo, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Gatordaddy, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

stereosforgeeks, Oct 18, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

IrishColonial, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Jspriest, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hanzo, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Davepoolesque, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Kmlund, Aug 21, 2014
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Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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