RVA IPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 ml. Medium-amber in color. Nice lacing and head retention. Heavy dose of hops and flowers open up the nose. There is a soft bread and yeast note that comes out from behind the otherwise hop-dominated presentation.
Citrus and pine notes are fortified on a candy and bread malt backbone. Specific notes of grapefruit, apricot, and a touch of floral earth -- think of slightly "past their prime" roses. There is an interesting, heady flower note, something similar to the combination of tuberose and orange blossom, which I really like. I should clarify by mentioning that I'm a woman that loves and wears Fleurs d'Oranger by Serge Lutens and this has elements of it. A bit of orange juice and pith lingers. A slight chew in the center of the mouthfeel. Finish is dry with a slightly astringent (i.e., powdery) feel. Medium-bodied (with a bit of a push toward full). Tasty and satisfying.
A limited release but worth seeking out either in the bottle or on tap. But as the bottle says (and as sense should dictate), drink it fresh. If you still have this laying around at Christmas time, you are doing it wrong.
As an aside, I had the pleasure of having this on tap as well during the release party for all of the hop growers; the freshly-kegged version was very lively and full of hop flavor. I'm happy to see that much of that flavor translates to the bottle, although the yeast and the malt seem to be a bit more salient from the bottle. In some respects, it is more balanced from the bottle. A few weeks of bottle conditioning likely allowed all of the flavors to round out. Again, I wouldn't stretch this out too long as I imagine within a month or so that assessment is likely to change (for the worse).
Also, my girlfriend and I both contributed Cascades from several plots in our yard. We actually found our signatures on the label (these are very light on the label background but, with a good squint, can be seen). The Hardywood RVA IPA community hop project has us turned on to growing our own hops. We actually had another small round of hop flowers mature after the contribution date; we used these to wet hop a harvest brown ale that is currently waiting to be tapped on our kegerator. All of this to say I might have a slightly biased review, so take these words for what they are worth.
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2013 00:19:56 | More by Zraly
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3.66/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured an amber orange with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly into a thin ring with light lacing.
Aroma was weak and I could barely pickup hints of citrus and light malt.
Taste of citrus, pine, a light bready malt with a slight hop bite.
Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation which creates a fizzy feel at the beginning and settles into a smooth and slightly bitter finish.
Overall this is a good beer, well balanced, however, i a little more hop presence would make this a much better IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 17:26:01 | More by dtivp
RVA IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.