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Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cw577enfield on 05-16-2013)
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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

I was down in DC this past weekend to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.
From the CAN: “Brewed in Richmond – Where Beer in a CAN All Began!”; “In 1935, Richmond, Virginia made beer history as the first place ever to sell CANned beer, a Cream Ale from Krueger Brewing Company. A tribute to the original CANned beer, which came complete with illustrated opening instructions. Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style. It embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks. Raise a CAN to RVA, where the CANned beer revolution began!”; “To Open CAN [:] 1. Pull Tab Upward Until Tab Punctures Seal [,] 2. Push Tab Back Down [,] 3. Enjoy!”
You have got to appreciate a CAN with a sense of history! I feel like I have come full circle in The CANQuest ™ and I have seen a few of the original Kreuger’s CANs, two at Jeff Lebo’s and one at Earth, Bread & Brewery in Philly.
I followed the illustrated directions to the letter and the Crack! echoed back almost one hundred years, rewarding me with a brimful CAN. My enjoyment begins with an inverted Glug, which in turn created two fizzy fingers of bone-white head with limited retention following a brief pseudo-cascade. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Nose was VERY evocative of its predecessors in that it had a metallic odor to accompany a sweet corn smell. Ha! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. It tasted MUCH better than it smelled, with notes of biscuit malt, corn and unfermented sugars. I was immediately put in mind of corn bread! I was transported to Boas Creek, where we used to go fishing and take CANs of Genny Cream Ale to cool in the water. It was one of my favorite underage beers and this was very evocative of it. Finish was semi-sweet, easy drinking and a definite Summer cooler stuffer.

woodychandler, Aug 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Rbodacious, Yesterday at 01:31 AM
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffTheJuice, Sunday at 08:37 PM
Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.2%

justintcoons, Sunday at 04:16 PM
Photo of IronLover
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow in color with a hint of orange and a touch of haze. Poured with a thick, fizzy foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Bready malt and corn aromas. Aggressive, yet soft, carbonation uo front that quickly thinned to thin watery feel. Bready and caramel malt flavors up front followed by a tangy, herbal hop bite. Flavors turn bready and quickly fade to the end.  Finishes thin and watery with a bready and herbal hop aftertaste.

IronLover, Sunday at 05:55 AM
Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice session beer from the home of the original first beer sold in a can!!!! The 12 oz can comes complete with instructions on how to open a pop top.....shades of comedian Brian Regan and his classic "Pop Tart" routine.

Pours a dark gold hazy color with a very small and not long lasting head. Very little in the way of lacing. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Taste is more of the same, but there is some evidence of corn, like a macro lager, and maybe a little vanilla. A small amount of grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Nothing special, but a good enough session beer.

JayQue, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasty malts. Taste is malts, vanilla, some cream, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and highly sessionable beer.

tone77, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

IdrinkGas, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Bru-Dog
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Bru-Dog, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Smells like metal but tastes great on a hot summer day. Lots of flavor, low ABV. Session!

rjs246, Oct 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

alexkwilhelm, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MarquisDeJohn
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

MarquisDeJohn, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MSandahl23, Sep 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Sonofalime, Sep 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

fishguyac, Sep 06, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +3.9%

ProstMasterson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/11/14, poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely due to the carbonation bubbles continuously shooting to the top

S- faint traces of whipped cream, slightly grassy with some earthy malt, overall pretty muted

T- sweet cream soda flavor up front leads to clean barley and lager yeast, trace of floral and earthy hop on a slightly sweet finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel leading to a cream and smooth finish

O- very simple and easy drinking with a nice subtle creamy sweetness

Treyliff, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JasonTaverner, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium golden color with short-lived fizzy white head. The gives up pretty quickly except around the circumference of the Perfect Pint glass. The aroma is mild, with initial notes of cut grass, grain, and a light hint of vanilla. The taste is equally mild, with mostly light bread and slight earthy quality. It lives up to its name and has a nice creamy feel to the body with a mild bite on the finish. All in all, a good, lighter flavored beer that you can have more than a couple of.

delta490, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Aidan_Stewart, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of argock
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on 06/11/14 on bottom of can. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly orange pale golden with minimal head despite a reasonably aggressive pour into a clean glass. Head is nearly white, about 1/2-finger with poor retention and no lacing.

S: A little bit of pale malt sweetness with light corn and even lighter herbal, floral hops.

T: The flavor is kind of bland with some straightforward pale malt sweetness and light herbal and floral hopping, light amount of citrus character. I didn't actually sense any of the usual corn/grain sweetness until the end.

M: LIght and refreshing although it seems the carbonation is a little low for the style.

O: Not really much to write home about -- first HP product and not too confidence inducing but will move ahead and try a couple more this week.

argock, Aug 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

julielynndubee, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jimpyle48, Jul 29, 2014
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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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