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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
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: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 05-26-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

billab914, Apr 25, 2014
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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 tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

tectactoe, Jun 26, 2013
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Photo of Treyliff
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Treyliff, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zp6167a, Jul 29, 2014
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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.

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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.