Capital Trail Pale Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to smokeypeat for this one. It sits in the glass, pale straw at the bottom, arrearing more amber near the top. Very cloudy throughout the entire brew, almost to the point of being opaque, with lots of tiny pieces of yeasty sediment floating around. The soapy, tan-ish head recedes to a skin pretty quickly and doesn't leave behind much lace.
The nose on this one reminds me a bit of one of my homebrews. Lots of hops, but in a very raw and unabashed manner. Spicy, floral, earthy, dirty... It keeps a good balance between being light and being "in your face" all at once. The back end has a touch of light citrus rind, although fruit notes in this one are minimal - it's more about the raw hoppiness.
A sharp bitterness hits your palate up front, then fades nicely, leading the way into the rest of the flavor profile. Raw hops, herbal, ashy, floral, very "wet" tasting, even though this isn't a "wet" hopped brew. The hops taste a bit more vibrant and less dirty than they smell, but the synthesis between aroma and flavor is nice.
Some white pepper-covered grapefruit peels hang in the balance, however they still take a backseat to the herbal essence of the hops. Very mild pine in the aftertaste with a touch of tangerine. Strangely enough, I notice that the tangerine flavors grow quite a bit as the beer warms up. That's a shame, because this beer will typically be gone before it has time to get "warm". Light, crisp mouth feel with plenty of carbonation.
Very solid pale ale, and it's good to see Hardywood in cans. I love canned beers, and I especially love canned pale ales. What a perfect combination, right? Solid aroma, good flavors, and another beer to throw back on a nice, summer afternoon. Too bad Hardywood hasn't made its way to Michigan yet.
Serving type: can
06-26-2013 11:17:11 | More by tectactoe
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No canned date. Poured into a snifter.
A: Yellow/Orange hue, similar to amber color. One finger of head, some retention.
S: Pops out with its aroma, very intriguing. Could pick up notes of citrus, pine, and malts.
T: Hop-forward taste, with some bitterness. Good balance.
M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation and malty flavor.
O: I think Hardywood did a solid job for their first try with pale ale. I certainly wouldn't mind picking up this six-pack again. Right now, it's only being sold at the brewery, as far as I know.
Serving type: can
06-01-2013 20:53:10 | More by cw577enfield
4.09/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No canned date; Poured in a pint glass.
A - About half an inch of off-white carbonated head with okay retention; Light orange-ish shade of amber in color; Pretty hazy with lots of floating sediment; Some webs of lacing left behind
S - Very well balanced with a pleasant profile - blend of citrus, light pine, grassy, and light herbal hops with a good bit of toasty, biscuity, and caramel character
T - Nicely balanced here as well with flavors meshing together quite well; Pretty solid hop profile without bringing a lot of bitterness, but utilizing a bit of sweetness - citrus and grapefruit with grassy character as well; White pepper; Lots of biscuity and lightly toasted malts; Caramel present as well
M - Carbonation is a bit above moderate; Medium bodied or a tad less; Smooth body with a fairly dry finish
O - This is no doubt a solid pale ale, as expected coming from Hardywood. I'm not sure how much of this was canned, or if it will make an appearance in the future, but I'd definitely grab another six pack if the opportunity arose. It's good to see this, as well as many other tasty and local pale ales, finding their way on the shelves. The future of beer is looking bright for the state of VA.
Serving type: can
05-26-2013 00:35:26 | More by TechTriumph
Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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