Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to smokeypeat for this one... Awesome dude, awesome trader. Hardywood Cream Ale pours a nice, golden-orange color. Pretty murky throughout, with a HUGE number of rising carbonation bubble streams. The chunky and cloud-like head is thick and slow to settle; it's a shade just lighter than beige and leaves a little lacing behind.

The aroma is pretty light and relaxed, but pretty on-point for the style. Handfuls of cereal grains, bread notes, and a touch of sweet corn. Very "barley-esque" in nature, and the sweetness of the corns isn't so much that it becomes overwhelming which is oft a problem with cream ales.

Light hoppage is appreciated; slightly floral and earthy, and maybe even a touch dirty. A mild lemon and citrus spritz shows up in the finale with the gentle crispiness and clean finish of lager yeast. Nothing incredibly complex, mind-blowing, or rampant, but something easy to relax with and appreciate while sitting out in the hot sun.

Hardywood Cream Ale is very smooth and drinkable - I can already make this assessment after just one sip. A framework of grains and barley with some hints of corn and crisp yeast that bounce back and forth. Lightly sweet from the start; just enough to ease drinkability without approaching disturbing levels.

The corn sweetness fades quickly into a mild and apparent bitterness from the hops, which are definitely more present on the palate. Earthy, floral, and meshed perfectly with the light and zesty lemon and citrus notes on the very back end. It has a clean, dry finish, thanks to the lagering of this brew with appropriate yeast.

Wow, I don't know if I've ever seen my glass empty this quickly before. This is up there with Schlenkerla Helles as one of the most easily drinkable beers I've had. Again, this beer isn't going to blow your mind. But that's not its intention. I threw this back during a family barbecue and it was the perfect choice. Very nice cream ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
Lively carbonation with a near medium body.
So so aroma but a significantly better than average (for style) flavor.
Bready malts with considerably more spicy hops than expected.
Perhaps a bit off style, but better off for it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, semi-clear, golden a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Hmmm. Not much in the way of aroma. Faint, really, faint, notes of toasted malt, and maybe some honey, but not much else.

Taste: Wow! What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, biscuit-like and bready, followed by some caramel and honey-like sweetness, a hint of black pepper, and maybe vanilla. No hops what-so-ever. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an exceptional cream ale! One of the best I’ve had in fact! Strong flavors of malt and caramel-like sweetness, wrapped up in an extremely smooth and creamy quaff. Delicious and highly recommended for fans of cream ales!

Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A deep straw color with very nice clarity. bright white head on top that gentle falls in onto itself.

S: There is a nice flour and bread aroma.. Fresh baked bread with a little bit of grain. There is a slightly fruity note, possibly from yeast the yeast, which Is reminiscent of a sweet fruity sparkling wine.

T: The bread smell continues through the flavor, slight corn flavor, as well as a shot of dry bitterness. The hop character comes out as slightly earthy.

M: Soft mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation, and fairly dry.

O: Overall light and refreshing. The low amount of bitterness adds some interest, but not a lot of pizazz. Still overall a great beer for the beach, or after a long day in the hot sun.

Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned Jan 24th 2014, slightly old here.

A soapy thick and bone white head three fingers tall, sits on a cloudy and murky apricot orange to amber body. Some fine floaties. Head settles very slowly with some soapy retention.

Aroma is virtually non existent. Some sweet grains a bit, a little bit of orange like juice. Not much really going on or to say here.

Palate brings a little bit of the subdued senses. Mild pleasurable malt bill, with a good thick body. Slightly orange fruit sensations, and minimal bitterness. A bit of nice juiced quality to the beer, but struggling to find more to say.

I am not sure being that old for a cream ale is making a difference, but while enjoyable there is not a lot going on, compared to other creams I've had.

Photo of ChefHopMeister
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love the unfiltered haze when poured into my standard pint glass. Nice golden ale shines thru. Pours a nice 1 " high white straw head after a controlled pour into the dry glass. Void of lacing.

Smell: Cereal mash comes out in a nice waft of flavor. Back note of citrus with some clean grassiness.

Palate: The flavors are well balanced with the malt and grains starting out with a light sweetness and ending with a somewhat dry-wet finish. Great finish as those cereal grains hang for a very tasty ending.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Almost fat with texture considering the style.

Overall: It's somewhat difficult to find a really good, flavorful craft beer that is light enough in ABV and body to be a session beer. Hardywood Cream Ale is it. Really enjoyable warmer weather drinker, this one packs some nice flavors and doesn't weight you down while working on quenching a thirst with a few "cold ones". I'll be getting more of these. As it says on the can "Brewed in Richmond - Where Beer in a Can All Began".

Photo of bmwats
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a hand glass.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Craters slowly and unevenly. Fair beer ring lacing. Sustained surface foam.

S: White bread and dish soap.

T: White bread, a little yeast, a little hop, and a little lemon pith.

M: Light and crisp. Little afterntaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Light, really nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is very subtle with a bit of a soapy character. Bready with very light hops and citrus. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Photo of Edgarallenpoor
1.06/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Made me have a gag reflex .. I am staying away from this one

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.

Photo of cw577enfield
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a six-pack on 05/15/2013 and poured into a snifter.

A: Orange/Amber color, head disappears pretty quickly and there's only a thin layer. Bit retention of head with some lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma but can detect a citrus note, somewhat grainy. Very simple but nice.

T: Creamy and floral hops coming together, can be resinous. Bit sweetness in the finish.

M: Light bodied to medium bodied, very drinkable, and has a gentle fizz.

O: It's quite a refreshing drink and a marvelous cream ale for summertime. This definitely will be going into my arsenal of "go-to" beer for beach. I'm not crazy about cream ale but Hardywood did a great job with this one!

Photo of teromous
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the can: 16:30 09-22-1 (not sure if the year date stamp got rubbed off or if it never made it on)

Appearance: Good transparency, only slightly hazy, light golden body with a thick fluffy white head, great lacing. Visible carbonation.

Aroma: There is a light floral hop aroma; very pleasant! There is a bit of a sugary smell to it as well...it's a bit hard to describe...but, well it just smells like sugar. I get some of the grain in there too, very similar to Cheerios.

Taste: The grain flavor comes through very nicely. Again it has a cereal flavor that is accompanied by a spicy but light hop flavor. The hop flavor gives it just enough juxtaposition to keep it interesting against the sweet cereal backdrop without being rough or imposing. The aftertaste is a light honey-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It feels about average...perhaps a bit low on carbonation but it feels alright. It's light on the palate.

Overall: I really would recommend this beer if you like lighter beers that have a good amount of flavor without being overwhelming on bitterness or sweetness. This is a nice light beer that sacrifices neither hop nor grain flavor in its overall construction. I am very pleased that I bought this and I will be picking some more up!

Photo of IronLover
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Despite a hard pour, the beer doesn't raise much of a head out of the can and it pours a slightly hazy honey color; not much lacing

Smell: A little grainy, with some sugary corn tone; not much in the aromatics, however

Taste: A touch grainy, up front, with just a touch of balancing hops; tastes a bit of sweet corn but mostly non-descript

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch watery

Overall: This beer serves a certain market segment and I imagine it is popular with those who don't want much flavor or bite

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.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No canned date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - A finger's worth of white carbonated head at most that disappears pretty quickly; Rustic gold in color with a clear appearance; No lacing to be had here

S - Lots of fresh grains and cereal in the nose; Lightly herbal with a hint of sweet juicy fruit

T - Sweet bready and earthy grains have a big presence in the taste as well; Quite a bit of sweetness here actually - not cloying, but a main component for sure; Get an herbal-like hop presence with, again, a subtle showing of fruits - apple and pear

M - Moderate carbonation or a bit more; Leans more towards a lighter body than medium; Goes down extremely smooth with some dryness setting in after

O - Cream ale is probably not a style I'd see myself visiting often, but Hardywood's example is quite satisfying. It's easy drinking for sure and packs a good bit of flavor for the ABV. However, the coolest thing might be the can design, which gives a nod to the cream ale from Krueger Brewing Company, the first canned beer ever to be sold - with the dominating green theme, simplistic appearance, and even can opening instructions... so cool!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight brownish gold. Sweet nose. Quite a sweet profile on the flavor. Heavy malts it seems like. Much heavier than I would hope for, but frankly for this style, it seems about what people are putting out. A nice and easy drinker. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing to complain about either really.

Photo of beerrat
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as good as Little King

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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a darker straw color. About two fingers of white-colored head is formed, and fades away almost at a record pace. The rough-looking texture is also pretty poor, as well.

S: Cereal grains, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the dominant aromatic note. Two things really work in its favor - a lack of obnoxious corn sweetness, and even some nice grassiness.

T: First things first: when looking at these basic styles (cream ale, pale lager, pilsner, or what have you) I look for one thing: how well-hopped is it? This one, thankfully, has a healthy citrusy finish to help balance the textbook adjunct character. While it is pretty sweet, it never becomes cloying.

M: It's definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. It's not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking.

O: I'd reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. I'm even regretting not picking up more than a single can.

Photo of dtivp
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a clear light straw gold with a finger and a half fluffy white head that fades very quickly into a thin ring.

Aroma of light toasted malt and grain.

Taste follows the nose with a light grain and malt with a very slight fruit sweetness and a slight floral hop finish.

Mouth Feel was light body, with moderate carbonation, smooth with some fizziness and a dry finish.

Overall very light and refreshing if your looking for a thirst quencher this is your beer. When I first saw this green can with t eh words "Cream Ale", I had a throw back to years ago when everyone in Northern Pennsylvania was drinking Genny Cream Ale. Thank god this was a lot better.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pale, transparent golden body with a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom.

S- Bready and toasted malts, toasty grains.

T- Really similar to the aroma, toasty malts provide nearly all of the flavor. Slight hint of sweetness, but mainly a lighter pale malt flavor.

M- Medium-high carbonation, light bodied. Really easy to drink and easy to put a few away.

O- For the style, this one is rather enjoyable. You know what to expect going in and this one delivers.

Photo of Slack
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flaxen colored with quite a bit of head. Smells sweet and bready. Taste is a mild sweetness with a good amount of carbonation from start to finish. Mouthful is light with a very slight hoppy finish. A very smooth beer and easily drinkable.

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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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