Hoperation Pink | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A showcase of the creativity and talent of beer passionate women in the craft brewing industry, Hoperation Pink is a collaboration beer brewed to raise funds for and awareness of women’s health issues.

Hoperation Pink displays a beautifully vibrant pink grapefruit aroma, a wholesome body, and a balanced but assertive citrus hop bitterness in the finish. The Hardywood 2013 batch is dry-hopped on a massive addition of Citra hops.

$100 per barrel of Hoperation Pink is contributed to non-profit organizations that support women’s health, with half going to VCU Massey Cancer Center and the other half going to local charitable causes selected by the participating brewers with each batch brewed. Thank you for helping us to fight against cancer and to improve the lives of women who face unexpected health challenges.

Added by blackie on 10-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden brown with a nice foamy head that lasts decently well.
The smell is a fairly standard IPA, with a foreshadowing of bitterness, including the unsurprising grapefruit used in the recipe.

The taste immediately hits with a bitterness, sorta but it's balanced initially by a bready malt. The grapefruit zest adds bitterness and actually seemed to me a little sweetness (like a ruby red). The combination with the initial notes also lead to a watermelon taste, and maybe a little bubble gum. The finish is nice and dry, the grapefruit playing all the way through.

It was a quite enjoyable beer, bitter without being overpowering, and accentuating the special ingredient fairly well, without it completely dominating the taste.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Glass: Patteros Creek pint.

Appearance: An average to aggressive pour produced 1 inch of white head. Lacing is average.

Smell: Grapefruit bitterness lingers in the background at all times, no real alcohol smell perceptible. Strong notes of peach and pineapple as well.

Taste: A bit of bready malts with tons of peach and lingering grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with average carbonation. A sweet finish.

Overall: Like Jai Alai but with a bit of tart grapefruit and less alcohol. So good.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The amber liquid pours out with an impressive head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit aroma, with grapefruit well represented in the mix

Taste: The malt provides a fairly neutral platform for the citrus and tropical fruit flavors; the grapefruit is apparent but could be bolder; bitterness builds, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA for a good cause; would have preferred the pink grapefruit tones to be amped up a notch

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 45 ratings