Capital Trail Pale Ale - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-26-2013 11:17:11 | More by tectactoe
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
Canned on 7/18/14, poured into pint
A- pours a clear golden amber color with a small sudsy white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind
S- big fruity hop aromas, picking up some tropical notes of mango, guava , grapefruit juice and orange peel, even picking up some Belgian-ish banana aroma. Earthy and grassy notes mix with a candied sweet malt aroma to round it out
T- the fruity hops are just as present in the taste; guava, grapefruit & peach. Hints of grassy and piney hops, lead to a sugary malt that compliments the fruity flavors nicely. The finish is dry with more fruit on the linger
M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish
O- so well balanced and drinkable with amazing fruity hop notes, wish I had more than one
08-02-2014 03:13:54 | More by Treyliff
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.
Dull apricot orange looking body, a bit murky there, with about a two finger bone colored white head, and some creamy retention.
Quite a nice hop forward pale ale aroma. Some dank aromas, thick pine forest and a little bit of grapefruit slightly. Hints more towards the earth/dank side than the fruit, a little bit of chewy malt and slight biscuit also.
Palate brings solid expected flavors. Slightly wet but easily in the pale ale realm, quick burst of hop earth and pine. Finishes citrusy a little bit, with more pine and spruce like aromatics to match.
Overall just a classic American style hop forward pale ale. Good solid drinker, reminds me a little bit of DC Brau's Public but a bit different.
05-10-2014 13:01:57 | More by smakawhat
Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.