VIPA Virgindia Pale Ale
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

VIPA Virgindia Pale AleVIPA Virgindia Pale Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #4,933
Ranked #26,945
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 93
Photo of vinicole
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Light amber and orange. Thin frothy head.
Light citrus aroma. Some fresh grass.
More subdued flavour. Grapefruit in the background. Bitter/astringent completion.
Medium feel. standard carbonation.
Under impressed.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Pale amber, slightly hazy, 5mm fine white head
S- Tropical fruits, lycheee is prominent for me, and citrus, perhaps mandarin orange. The smell suggests it might be a 'hop-bomb'.
T- Yep, it's pretty damned dry! The citrus, almost grapefruity, comes through in the taste, A few more sips and yes, definitely, grapefruit seems to be the prominent flavour.
F- It's not mouth-puckeringly citrus/dry, just extreeeemely thirst slaking. It's not so OTT hoppy as to be a hop-bomb nor undrinkable...
O- ... just I think I'd prefer this on a hot summer's day that a cold winter one. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night.
Bought from Sainsbury's, London W10. 330ml bottle, BB 12/Jul/2019

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and poured into my revenge of the Fifth snifter glass
golden crystal clear body with good white white
aroma is grapefruit juice and freshly sawn pinewood
crisp malt wine like fruit dry

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tall flute type glass,

Light copper, clear, resilient finger of off white head.

Pleasant citrus rind, melon, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Slightly juicy flavors of yellow grapefruit, melon, and general citrus. The bitterness is medium and nearing soapy, and out of balance with the body and intensity of flavor. The flavors are a little tinny.

As I mentioned, the body is thin.

It’s alright, it’s one of ten thousand IPAs out there these days. It’s a good IPA, but even Hardywood has better.

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Photo of JustCamIt
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle in to a tumbler resulting in a foamy head with a dark gold body. Citrus aromas of lemon zest and grapefruit oils. Taste is of yellow grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, VIPA is a straightforward but refreshing pale ale. I could easily drink two or three after yard work.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimal chill hazed light amber with a cream-colored blanket and some lace.

There are notes of cracker and orange that reminds me a bit of a light White Rajah, with a frothy but crisp medium body and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like honey biscuit and light citrus hops.
T: It tasted like light pineapple and tangerine, with some honey biscuit. It had a clean and light aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice beer with fairly simple and light scent and taste. The body was ok but the finish was really smooth so it was super easy to drink. Not earth shattering but still enjoyable.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the few Hardywoods on offer in southwest VA.

A: A very pale ale hazy gold with some good retention.

S: Bright, floral hops, grass, some light honey.

T: The bright floral hops predominate, as it warms, it gets more of a bubble gum type character. Malt thickening on the back end makes this well balanced.

M: Fresh, medium-bodied.

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Photo of obywan59
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a 2 finger white head and decent lacing. Just a little hazy.

Hop dominant in aroma with citric and grassy hops backed by the sweet doughy aroma of the malts.

Tastes of light grapefruit rind and orange with bready malt and a hint of caramel.

Medium thick in body and somewhat syrupy. Lightly crisp. Drying and faintly warming.

A great beer! Really well balanced in my opinion. Syrupy and smooth overall with great aroma and taste.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a light hazy golden, fine white head retains well.

Smells of fresh grassy malts, citrus and passion fruit, and citrus and herbal hops.

Tastes of cereal malts, light lemongrass and grapefruit, and a dry grassy herbal hop finish.

Medium body with a soft sting of carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good and tasty IPA on the herbal side, subdued and with a nice aroma. Worth trying.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a very light amber with a little haze and a frothy big head.

Aroma is astrigent lemon with some underlying biscuit malt.

Taste is a malty light citrus herbal hops. The body is a little thin.

Overall a good 5.2 abv pale ale/ IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft

appearance is a pale yellow golden color, white head. just a bit of a whiff of earthy hops. taste is mild, not overly hoppy. thinner bodied.

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Photo of Gavage
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a two finger head.

Smell: very soft tropical fruit is all I can detect.

Taste: caramel, bread, orange, grapefruit, melon, and a bit of floral and some eathy tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness arriving at the end.

Overall: a decent lower ABV IPA.

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Photo of paging12
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into typical pint glass
Lemon yellow color, hazy.
Minimal bubbly head.
Tart, lemon zest.
Very refreshing, but not what to expect from an American Pale Ale. This tasted more like a tart, refreshing beer, like a gosé, radler, maybe a wheat beer, or a fruit beer? Very unexpected.
Pasteurized: UNK

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery "VIPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKGD05222017" and sampled on 07212017
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Beautiful white head. Massive. A bit fizzy/foamy but it'll settle to become more dense. Hazy yellow gold body. Seems to have very good head retention. Beautiful hoppy aroma as well including hop resins, flowers, hay, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Bright and clean, very nice! The head has dropped at this point but it still maintains a solid 1/8 to 1/4" of foam that covers the entire surface. Unfortunately the lacing isn't as good, leaving only small patches of laving behind. On to the flavor... bready and biscuity malt acts as a base for the hops which are unfortunately not nearly as bright as the aroma might suggests. The malt is quite nice though, there's a certain depth of character that you don't normally find. Some better lacing is left following a few sips. The hops are there but well enveloped in the malt, and the main components I find are floral and piney. The grapefruit and orange at this point seems more "generic", they could almost be described just as "tropical". There's some melon in there as well, and I also find some earthiness and leafiness. It's a little disappointing as the aroma was so great but moving forward it's got a solid bitterness that balances it and lingers in the dry finish. Pine lingers as well, and there's also some grassiness that I'm not finding in the aroma. Medium-light in body with a slightly less than standard carbonation level that leaves it smooth. The IBUs are listed at 30? That seems a little low. I was guessing 40 but I might be off. Overall a decent, smooth and drinkable IPA - wait a second, how strong is this? 5.2% ABV? Ahhhhh, another mislabeled beer. This is a pale ale with a good amount of hops to it. I guess they never said it was an India pale ale though, did they? That changes my impression quite a bit. As an American pale ale I think it's quite good, and very drinkable. If only I had another, damn.

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Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A decent, if a little overly subtle, aroma of hops, citrus, and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of citrus (orange and grapefruit, in particular), a fair shot of hops, light malt notes, a light bready quality, and a floral quality. For the most part, this is a solid flavor, with a well-balanced character. It's not overbearing and is certainly tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: While there's nothing overly special about this IPA, it's definitely easy to like. Drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This will be another of my entries for New Odds & Sods Sunday (Week 633). I recently completed a massive horizontal of New Belgium beers & now I am drinking & reviewing (mostly) single-o beers from The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. My efforts are really beginning to pay off in that I am seeing movement & floor space + my guilt is beginning to abate.

From the bottle: "Brew with purpose"; "The embodiment of Virginia hospitality, Hardywood VIPA offers alluring tropical aromatics, a refreshingly delicate body and a bright, juicy finish. Heirloom Virginia barley rounds out the malt bill and creates a perfect sense of balance with a dose of citrusy Virginia hops. VIPA is our take on a Virginia India Pale Ale. or as we like to call it, Virgindia Pale Ale."; "Pair with roast chicken, pork, grilled fish, citrus salad"; "Pour into your favorite glass. Savor at 45 (deg.) F."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under three fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention, leaving modest lacing in its wake. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a fruitiness that I was having trouble identifying along with a bready maltiness and my mouth was beginning to water as a result. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste, while hoppy, was kind of reserved. It was not a Session IPA, but it had fooled me with its aromatic hops. The taste was more citrusy than tropical, although I was getting some of both. It was not bad, but it lacked a definitive taste that would allow me to better quantify it. It was as though it could not make up its mind as to whether to be a tropical IPA or a citrus IPA and it suffered from its dichotomy. Finish was dry, but it was just not what I was looking for from an AIPA. I would have guessed it as an APA if I had been left on my own, blind. YMMV.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours very light (much lighter than most IPAs) ad with a nice pillow-like head. The smell is tropical, floral and pine-like. The taste reflects the nose and it's bitter upfront and somewhat astringent and tart in the finish. Fairly light body.

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Photo of gopens44
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, normal looking IPA. Head performed as well as it could have, given the somewhat puzzling glassware choice. Dunno, maybe they know better than I. Minimal lacing rounds out the aesthetic experience. Hard to capture much in the nose, again, glassware. What does come across is a bit floral and maybe a bit in the Noble hop range. Taste explains more, as it's really floral. As the wild flowers fade off, it leaves something faint in the melon family, maybe just the most faint hint of cantalope. Finishes dry and bitter on the tongue while maintaining a solid body throughout. Overall, quite decent.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle with no obvious brewing or best by date. Pours a a golden yellow with a generous white head. Hoppy nose more than fruit. Palate is similar with mild bitterness. Overall, a graceful IPA with good flavor, especially for a mild, easy drinking abv.

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Photo of membersbounce
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this with Carrot Cake at a food pairing event. Excellent in that setting. May not have tried this otherwise but glad I did! Very good and will definitely try again.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited 9/20/18

A-Pours a nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrusy hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrusy hop flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good IPA

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Photo of citizencane
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale golden with minimal head into half-pint glass. Smell is floral hops, vaguely dandelion-like. Taste is similar, with slightly more bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Reminds me a bit of St. Boniface's 3lb. Quite good.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

essentially, this is the ipa i'd recommend for folks who aren't in love with the ipa style; shit just ain't that bitter, yo! it's also really good. more like a pale ale, less like an ipa. this is an excellent brewery too, in case you are unfamiliar.

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Photo of Riff
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw, golden color with about a finger of white head, dissipating to leave some nice lacing.

Smells of citrus, primarily lemon, with a bit of bready malts.

Taste is orange, grapefruit, and bread. The citrus flavors lead off then meld into the bread flavor. Finish is fairly clean.

Feel is light and crisp.

Overall, tasty beer that'll go nicely as the weather warms.

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VIPA Virgindia Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 93 ratings