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Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.04%

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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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4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 21:07:05 | More by cw577enfield
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 16:05:19 | More by tectactoe
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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".

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 17:07:15 | More by ChefHopMeister
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 00:13:15 | More by TechTriumph
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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 18:12:12 | More by stephenjmoore
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3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 05:31:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 21:10:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 20:21:47 | More by Beejay
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3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 04:01:59 | More by bmwats
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West Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:03:25 | More by dtivp
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