Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #93
Ranked #30,226
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Notes: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience.

Hardywood Singel's stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.

30 IBU
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold appearance with a small white head and spotty lacing. Sweet, yeasty aroma with fruit and spices in the background. Flavors of bread, tropical fruit , spices and a low keyed hop presence. Soft bitter aftertaste stays focused on the spiciness. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

Jun 23, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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

Bright golden color with a generous, but not overdone, foamy head. I started drinking this beer at about 40 degrees F and the taste was there and gone so quickly, it was disappointing. But upon warming, more toward 50 degrees F, the fruity and lively Belgian yeast qualities came through. Singels are made to be mild, and this one was. Nice on a summer day, I'll bet.

Apr 27, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden with a medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - light fruits - some banana and apples along with Belgian yeast - overall not too strong though
T - A solid amount of light fruits - apples, pears, bananas, along with fruity esters and spice followed and finished by that characteristic Belgian, bready, yeast.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation - crisp
O - a pretty decent blonde ale, but nothing that really stands out in my opinion

Apr 06, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 11/05/18
Had on-tap at Byers Street Bistro in Staunton, VA

Appearance - Served up in a standard pint, light haze and golden yellow in,color with mostly barren surface and razor thin ring of suds. No lacing.

Smell - Light fruity and funky aroma. Hints of apple, citrus and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hints of lemon upfront before some apple-ish esters and a touch of spice and funk. Finishes much the same way lingering with lemon and lesser funk aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a Crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall - Crisp, clean drinker with interesting notes of lemon and funk. Not the most flavor Belgian pale, but it's make for a good BBQ beer or early afternoon option.

Jan 13, 2019
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MECove from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, which fades quickly with little lacing. A little cloudy, but a long slow bubble from the bottom that is pleasant. There's a strong citrus aftertaste.

Nov 28, 2018
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Strongly carbonated. Just off of white-white head that initially was medium but then built very foamy and thick. Almost a standard Budweiser-like aroma, but still pleasant. Taste-wise - a bit of bitter, a bit of spice (sounds like I'm headed into a poem!!) - it's not fabulous but it's kinda nice!! I'd say they've delivered what's on the label - a "Belgian-Style Blonde Ale."

Jul 17, 2018
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on my way home from the West Coast not too long ago, having never had this before. While not as good as the brews from Ommegang, this was a nice take on the style that could have potentially turned someone one to what a Belgian Pale Ale could be. With that being said, this needed more nuance and flavor to be truly great but by itself, it was enjoyable and easy to like...

This had a decent pour to it as the beer was golden, fairly radiant, and topped off with plenty of head, That quickly settled as there wasn't much of any lacing to be seen on the side of my pint glass once I worked my way through this. Tons of yeast, lemon, and clove on the nose as the banana came in on the taste. Pepper, biscuit malt, and herbal notes came in on the taste but none of these were appealing enough to fully pull me in. Too much phenols and solvent here for something that wasn't terribly strong as that was a bit of a detraction from a beer that seemed pretty true to it's Belgian roots.

With that being said, there was just the right amount of booze here and a slickness that compensated for this liquid's shortcomings. Nothing wrong with this but with the bar set so high, this wouldn't be the first one of it's style that I'd reach for. Sudsy enough and with just enough citrus juice in the taste to keep it lighthearted, in spite of it's shortcomings...

Jun 20, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, fruits. Taste is yeast, malts, some fruits, a bit of black pepper. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Dec 10, 2017
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CraigInDenver from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like Tank 7, I really do. I wish Tank 7 taste like this. It's just a bit more of something. No disrespect to Tank 7, because I love what Boulevard does.

Nov 11, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Virginia.
Poured golden amber; Clear with a good white head.
This could result pitas for a true Belgian despite the U.S. origin. It has lots of flavor and aromas from the Belgian yeast including banana, clove, nutmeg and wood. Some hop spicing including white pepper. Very complex.

Sep 15, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark yellow color with a bright white head that slowly dissipates. . Smells yeasty, with cracker, and lemon. Tastes of banana, peppery, bread, coriander, and hop bitterness. Finishes cleanly and crisply. Medium-light body beer, good for summer. Easy drinker, nice and solid.

May 27, 2017
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Cyrion from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden beer with crackling white head that dissipates after about a minute.

Aroma similar to a pilsner- dry, spicy, lemony. Some hops, not much malt.

Taste follows aroma, with the inclusion of coriander and grass. Spicy hop and some malt.

Overall, a good summer drink, when you are about to reach for a pilsner and then decide to bump it up a notch in terms of IBUs and flavor profile. I'm drinking this a little warmer than usual and have no criticisms. Well done.

Feb 17, 2017
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

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

I received this beer when I was given a thank you gift from my neighbor, who put it together at a local Wegmans mix a six. Off of the pour I noticed an nice yellow color with an ample amount of carbonation. This one has the smell of a nice, solid , yeasty Belgian. Big bold flavor for sure ! Medium to light bodied, with a surprising crisp, dry finish. A very nice yeast / unique profile for sure. As time goes on, I am becoming a fan of Hardywood, especially their reserve and barrel aged series products.

Oct 24, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is yeasty with indistinct spices. Flavors are yeasty malt with pepper, coriander, and bread. Only complaint is that all the flavors fade quickly without the "sustain" of other brews.

Oct 16, 2016
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greengorilla from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Blackfinn Ameripub in Merrifield, Virginia. It had a nice clear yellow color with ample white head. The smell was fresh malt. The taste was lightly peppery. It had a great mouthfeel. Overall it was a quite easy drinking solid beer.

Aug 10, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fluffy and growing head. Good spotty lace. Pale gold color.

Sour apple smell, like a cyber. Light hop spice with even lighter Belgian yeast nose.

Thinnish body with a sharp carbonation. Less sour than the smell, but more biting from the hop. The yeast flavor is present but muted. Pale malt finish with some hoppy bitterness.

Jul 06, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

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

Brown bottle with packaged date 01/18/16 (hard to read, black ink on brown glass), poured into glass. Brownish gold color, a bit murky (unfiltered), so-so white head. Nice yeasty aroma with mild balanced hops. Taste, definitely staying with the Belgian ale character, though that seems to emerge from the malts after a bit rather than be right up front. Some of the expected yeasty / fruity mix, with nicely integrated alcohol and hops for a tingle, and pleasant clean mouthfeel with a slight creaminess. Could be fruitier, though. Some mild hoppy aftertaste.

Apr 27, 2016
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hophead723 from California

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a mystery variety six pack at Trader Joes for $8. I was extremely happy with the beers that were included in the pack and was excited to try this one in my new tulip glass! Here we go.

Look: Pours a fluffy and outrageous foamy white head on top of a cloudy dandelion-gold shimmering body. When held to the light a core of brightness glows like the sun, powerful and mysterious.

Smell: Yeasty, peppery, phenolic and clove like aroma with a nice banana character. Smells like a nice yeasty Belgian alright.

Taste: Peppery, mildy sweet, and a burst of lemon head hops. Very delicious and light but bursting with character. Somewhat chalky note as well.

Feel: This beer is super smooth and silky. The carbonation perks up at the end leading to a dry finish.

Overall: This is just what I was in the mood for, nice and refreshing Belgian Pale. This beauty really shined in my new tulip, too.

Nov 18, 2015
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obywan59 from Virginia

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

Looks great in my Duvel tulip! Straw yellow to golden in color and lightly hazy with obvious carbonation. A 3 1/2 finger whitish head becomes chunky, and clingy at the edge as it recedes, Almost no lacing.

Spicy and a little earthy on the aroma. Pineapple, citrus, coriander and maybe a bit of clove.

Sweet malts and spicy yeast dominate the taste. Earthiness is more evident here with light fruity/citric flavors with clove and a bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit rind.

Moderate in body with a bite of near frothy carbonation. Very drying, to the point of feeling almost chalky.

Hardywood has yet to disappoint me. Singel is full of character with great taste, aroma and body. I wouldn't hesitate to try this again.

Nov 17, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden coloring, with a thin, filmy, white head. Nose of honey, apricot, and a spice blend of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Aromas are complex, balanced, and refrain from overpowering. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, heavy on honey and cream, with highlights of citrus and berry. Subtle spice blend of clove and cinnamon kicks up a little at the end of the palate. Smooth, light, and crisp in mouth, with a subtle sweet honey and spice aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Refreshing beer.

Sep 02, 2015
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale straw color. Small creamy white head. Smells of yeast and malts. Tastes of sweet malts, heavy on yeast, slight hop bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Aug 02, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice golden yellow color with good white head and nice lacing

Smell: Yeast, banana, pepper, some malt sweetness

Taste: Nice fruity flavors, slightly medicinal, herbal hops, pepper, crackery malt, strong yeast

Feel: Light body, full carbonation, dry finish

Overall: An excellent interpretation of the style, will need to find more next time I'm in VA.

Aug 01, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft at the brewery. Had a slightly sweet taste from the Belgian yeast with a fruity finish. Mildly carbonated and has very little alcohol in the finish. Fair interpretation of the style.

Jul 31, 2015
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TAMU99 from Wyoming

2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Sorry, i just wasn't too impressed. Draft: This pours a slightly hazy yellow with sour amd alcohol notes in the aroma. Head is white and sticky. I can taste the light malt but this is interrupted by the sour taste. Not strong enough to be called a sour, but not clean enough to be a pale. IDK, maybe Ithe bar gave me a dirty glass. Not too impressed. However, beers, like people, often deserve a second chance. Alas, until another night.

Jun 27, 2015
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cambabeer from New York

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew has pros and cons. Good news first: Looks nice, bright yellow gold and fluffy white head. Smells yeasty, a little hops, and significant peppery notes. The taste of the belgian yeast is good, super unfiltered and raw, nice crisp hops and pepper flavors.

All that said, there's something off. I feel like the flavors in this beer don't come together cohesively. It feels like a standard blonde ale brewed with belgian yeasts. This yeast profile is good, but feels out of place, like its all I can taste, not working with the hops or the malt at all. The pepper flavors are nice, reminiscent of a farmhouse, but same thing here, it just seems like it's from a different beer.

All that to say, I really liked the flavors in this beer, but the overall experience seemed to not come together. I'd love to drink some more, though, and see if it comes together more for me.

May 19, 2015
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