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Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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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MidloRapid

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-15-2014 16:06:44 | More by MidloRapid
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-23-2013 03:05:04 | More by heerboth
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-04-2013 00:42:09 | More by ncaudle
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-13-2013 21:10:28 | More by blbarnett3
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-20-2013 23:40:02 | More by ThatCracker
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-02-2014 18:07:19 | More by Gatordaddy
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-23-2014 16:10:57 | More by siege06nd
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-20-2014 22:14:27 | More by bellbw
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-04-2014 01:01:32 | More by joegard
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northstar23

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-17-2014 00:28:54 | More by northstar23
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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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ChefHopMeister

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 18:12:12 | More by stephenjmoore
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-11-2013 13:26:17 | More by stereosforgeeks
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South Carolina

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Virginia

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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.