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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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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: TechTriumph on 05-26-2013

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Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on 07/18/14 on bottom of can. Served at 45F. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-light amber with good clarity, 1-finger off-white head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Big pine and grapefruit aromas with some peppery notes, dankness as well, and more pithy citrus too. Pale malt aroma is most crackery. No yeast or alcohol notes.

T: Very fresh hop type of flavor with very heavy pine and grapefruit citrus. little bit of pale malt cracker notes with a light honey sweetness. There are more honeydew melon as the beer warms a little more. I think this beer might taste better in a few weeks as the hops are a bit much and prevents the beer from being as balanced as it probably should be because now it is mostly hops and borders on astringent for me. High bitterness.

M: Very oily and coating with even carbonation and medium body.

O: A lot better than the HP Cream Ale that preceded it but might help to sit and settle for a couple more weeks. I will try to pick up some more from this run and see if it is a little more mellow and less biting.

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12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky copper color - there's a lot of sediment, in fact (then again, it was freshly canned...) The head is a finger high and very pale yellow in shade. For a small head, the retention is quite good, but there isn't a huge amount of lacing left behind.

S: The hops here seem very dank and floral. Maybe even weed-like. This character plays very well with the caramely malt backbone. Only thing I can really complain about is the lack of citrusy notes, but that's more personal preference than anything. The aroma still works quite well.

T: The flavor profile seems to be very English in character - only Hardywood actually bothered to make this one hoppy. Not only does the initial hoppiness seem floral and dank, it also seems earthy and even apricoty. Of course, it's also somewhat malty. I'm getting the typical caramel and toffee notes in particular. The hop/malt interplay is ultimately successful, leading to a rock-solid balanced pale ale.

M: There's NOTHING like an unfiltered pale ale on the palate - what they lack in cleanliness, they more than make up for in being unbelievably crisp and dry finishing. This is no exception. The unfiltered bite counteracts the healthy malt backbone quite well. It's not bone dry, though I don't care. It's still easy to drink.

O: I enjoy this one quite a bit. The hop level is perfect as far as I'm concerned - even if it's not my preferred style of hops - and the malts don't obstruct excessively. While it lacks a proper wow factor, it's definitely something that's worth drinking.

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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.