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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

nmann08, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Jul 11, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

smakawhat, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

billab914, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

iL0VEbeer, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Rhettroactive, Sep 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

drummermattie02, Jul 28, 2013
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
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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

tectactoe, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

bigred89, Jun 01, 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Gatordaddy, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 11, 2013
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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

IrishColonial, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hanzo, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ncaudle, Jun 04, 2013
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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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