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Cream Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Knapp85, Yesterday at 10:16 PM
Photo of Stofko1992
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Stofko1992, Yesterday at 02:21 AM
Photo of Ihadbeer
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%

Ihadbeer, Yesterday at 01:24 AM
Photo of LeeEvolved
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

LeeEvolved, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of rodlavers
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

rodlavers, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Alenv3
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Alenv3, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ThomasAWilson2, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +11.7%

ShanePB, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Lehighace06, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

skaboom420, Oct 29, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +15.1%

SmoothOneTwo, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

teromous, Oct 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Rbodacious, Oct 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

justintcoons, Oct 19, 2014
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, Oct 19, 2014
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
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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
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3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

IdrinkGas, Oct 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Bru-Dog, Oct 06, 2014
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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
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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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

MSandahl23, Sep 21, 2014
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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.