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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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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

From a can, pours a bright hazy orange with active carbonation, lots of bubbles. Frothy white head that lingers.

Smell is citrus zest, orange rind, a little earthy, grass and pine needles. A nice malt backbone to balance it out.

The flavor is heavy citrus upfront, orange, lemon, then you get hit with the earthy pine that leads to a biter, but juicy finish. Well balanced, pretty active carbonation going down. A bit heavy for it to really be sessionable in my opinion, but it's really good. I like it.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.