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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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very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 05-26-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Walkerjgt, Sep 08, 2014
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HuntDaddy540, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

seanchai, Sep 06, 2014
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ProstMasterson, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Sonofalime, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 +2.6%

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

6thstreetbrewpub, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

GNH3, Aug 17, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a thick foamy white head. The head offers up some nice soapy lacing, with a little bit hanging to the walls of the glass. The aroma is as advertized, citrus, pine, and just a hint of earth. The taste holds up, but is a little less defined than its aroma. Its more of a muddle of flavors and it doesn't blend very well. The body is lighter, but not watery and there is a good amount of carbonation on the finish.

delta490, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Zimm, Aug 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

THS_Richard, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ChrisKayler, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

HookemHoos, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dorbeck, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Knapp85, Aug 07, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%

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
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

argock, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

atrocity, Aug 02, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

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 +2.6%

bcgill, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

McBraniel, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

julielynndubee, Jul 31, 2014
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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.