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Capital Trail Pale Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Capital Trail Pale AleCapital Trail Pale Ale

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 05-26-2013)
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Photo of droomyster
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can pours a hazy dark orange body with a super frumpy and long-lasting white head that smells of orange peel, lemon candies, and spices. Taste is sweet and candied up front, unusual but pleasant for a pale ale, before citrus zest balances the mid-palate and a balanced bitter sweetness rolls out the conclusion. Aggressive and unapologetic in its flavors, I admire the brashness of this pale ale. It has a lot going on and yet achieves the balance that we've come to expect from the best members of its style.

droomyster, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Drank from the can. Appearance? Dunno. Nose? Didn't think about it. Taste? Well now we have something to discuss. This is easily the most resinous Pale I've ever had. Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, and pine galore drill themselves into your palate, and before you know it, you're not tasting anything else for the evening. 5.6 ABV? Seems impossible to destroy the taste buds with this ABV, but it is a killer. IPA fans take notice. Nicely done Hardywood, I'll be grabbing a sixer next time I see Capital Trail...

beerdedking, Today at 12:48 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JeffTheJuice, Sunday at 08:38 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Hopbully, Wednesday at 08:20 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

imbuckeye, Oct 13, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

IdrinkGas, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

micromaniac129, Oct 11, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

MaxHolla, Oct 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

glf60, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rbodacious, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is good. A bit hoppy, but not overpowering, some citrus, very drinkable, glass seems to be emptying quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

tone77, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

The best can of locally brewed Pale Ale available in RVA. Hoppy, smooth, delicious, sessionable. Yum.

rjs246, Oct 03, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

TomT2, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bigbutter, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

MSandahl23, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Walkerjgt, Sep 08, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%

HuntDaddy540, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

seanchai, Sep 06, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -1%

ProstMasterson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Sonofalime, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 ™. I also wish to dedicate this bicycle-themed CAN of beer to my late Pops, a founding member of the Lancaster (PA) Bicycle Club who rode off into the sunset over thirteen years ago.
From the CAN: “Dry Hopped Pale Ale”; “Shift Gears [-] Drink Fresh”; “(Re)Cycle”; “Citrus peel, fresh cut grass and a hint of pine needles greet your senses as you approach this refreshingly balanced, dry-hopped Ameri[CAN]-style pale ale. This beer is dedicated to the hard work of the volunteers and supporters of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. Joining the historic and current capitals of Jamestown and Richmond, the Virginia Capital Trail will provide 50+ miles of cycling, running and walking paths through stunning cities, parks and wilderness in the heart of the Old Dominion. Your purchase of this beer supports the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.” I know that Pops would approve of this one, especially since the graphics include a bicycle chain.
The Crack! revealed that the saddlebag in this one was chock full. I really like this trend, done to reduce headspace in CANs, but with the added bonus of making the CANsumer feel like they are getting something extra. I pedaled right into an inverted Glug and watched as it shifted gears in a pseudo-cascade, settling into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. The Belgian lacing that began to form was in honor of Eddy Merckx, a bike racer from Belgium who Pops admired in the Tour de France. Nose had an interesting minty bubble gum smell. Hops and yeast interacting in a different way, perhaps? Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel was medium. Taste had the elements mentioned on the CAN of “citrus peel, fresh cut grass and a hint of pine needles”, but I was still getting an odd pink bubble gum taste also, probably yeast-driven. That is okay since Pops’ middle name was literally “Odd”. Finish was dry, slightly bitter, lingering, much like Pops’ incisive humor.

woodychandler, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

6thstreetbrewpub, Aug 20, 2014
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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.