Singel | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

very good
72 Reviews

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by nandemo1 on 10-19-2011

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Photo of homebrewer88
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold color and was somewhat hazy, one finger of white head didn't stick around too long.
It has that typical Belgian smell that I love with some banana and apple.
Taste followed the smell with the banana and some apple but also had a mild spice to it, very nice.
The mouthfeel was thin with a good deal of carbonation.
Overall I was very impressed and look toward to more from hardywood park.

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Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A lot of fruit, along with a good deal of yeast and malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, citrus (lemon), spices, and some other light fruit. A very vibrant, effervescent flavor with just the right amount of complexity.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better examples of an American version of a Belgian beer. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant golden hue with a one-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly. Barely any lacing. Somewhat cloudy consistency but the color is truly something to behold. 4.5

S - Smells of apricot, pear, bergamot and plum along with malt and a bit of hops. Overall, even though it's a bit faint it smells delicious. 4.0

T - The taste is hard to describe but is wonderful. It's a mixture of sweet maltiness and bitter hops at the back of the tongue. Begins with a characteristic Belgian Pale Ale flavor (slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste) yielding hints of lemon, citrus, and pear. Then hoppy finish is great and leaves you craving another sip immediately after. 4.5.

M - Feels pretty good overall. Smooth consistency and slightly tingly, only mild amount of carbonation but it's just the right amount for this type of beer. 4.0.

Overall, I'm very, VERY impressed with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery so far. Their Singel is a great beer and their Farmhouse Pumpkin is a wonderful example of what a pumpkin ale should strive to be. I'd give the Singel a 4.5 out of 5 overall, and I hope that people give Hardywood a try in the near future!

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A meringue of a head mushrooms on top of the cloudy amber liquid, leaving a lace curtain behind on the tulip

Smell: Yeast forward aromatics, with pepper and coriander dominant; apple, pear and grape tones, underneath

Taste: The fruit flavors emerge first, with apple, pear and hint of vinous grape; by mid-palate, the pepper and coriander emerge and wind up dominating the finish though the fruit flavors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Hardywood just goes from strength to strength in my book, mastering a broad range of styles; another fine brew that I could have mistaken for an Allagash or an Ommegang

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Photo of MadCat
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.

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Along with their Capital Trail Pale Ale this is their best offering. Their flagship beer that they knocked out of the park from the get go. If you're a fan of Belgian style ales this one should be on your list to try.

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Photo of BeerMeDatBeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - Color is what you'd expect from a "blonde" ale. Inch of white head.

s - Smell has a balanced fruitiness to it; not overpowering. I think they did a good job here.

t - Really easy to drink; you can taste the fruit and spices, but again, not overpowering.

m - Light mouthfeel with a little hoppy kick to it, but overall, great!

o - I really like the beer as something in between a "sippin' beer" and a "drinkin beer" because its tasty but light.

I also met the owners today, and they were really cool. Brewery tries to be as green as possible and form bonds with the community in which it lives (Richmond). That's good news for Richmonders! Seems like they're always open to suggestions and ideas about beers to produce or ways to run the business.

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Photo of danmouer
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewers call this a Belgian Blond which is a far more accurate description than the BPA designation found here at BA. This beer seems to clearly be an attempt to match or excede Lefse Blond or Val Dieu Blond, and it does that admirably. So I found myself confsed by te name, "SIngel" and the brewery's clain that this is meant tobe an iNterpretation of a Belgian Trappist Enkel (or "Patersbier" or "Tafelbier)." but those liquid varieties iof monks' daily bread tip the scale at 2.5 to a max of about 4 percent ABV. Despite the namea and the claim, this beer is a Belgian Blond Strong Ale, using the BJCP guidelines, and it is a very good one.

I downgraded it a bit for appearance because my examples (2) have both been quite hazy, looking more like a saison or hefeweissbier. Nonetheless the dry, well-attenuated grainy-fruity nose and flavor are just what they should be.

This new brewery (Hardywood Park) has just opened in my hometown, Richmond, Va., and I am looking forward to seeing their Singel proliferate and become the daily swill of our town's growing beer-smart public. It's very good beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/18/14, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden color with a big foamy and creamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting up the glass. Thick lace left behind

S- lots of spicy Belgian yeast aromas up front with notes of pepper, apple & pear, light phenolic notes with some must to close it out

T- sweet and fruity up front with flavors of pear and grape skin, spicy peppery yeast kicks in mid-palate with some musty and phenolic flavors closing it out, more linger of pear on the finish

M- medium body with low-moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- a refreshing, yet complex Belgian pale that has high drinkability. A great take on a classic style!

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/20/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Very cloudy, golden/straw colored; 1-1/2" white bubbly head that quickly diminishes to a thin layer; Some lacing around the glass

S - Nice bouquet of aromas going on here; Notes of cloves, lemons, apples, pears, and grains; Subtle spices and tropical fruits as well

T - Taste is much like the aroma; Cloves, bananas, grains, lemons, apples, and pears come through with subtle flavors of tropical fruits and spices; Overall flavor is lightly acidic as well

M - Lots of carbonation; Between light and medium bodied; Very crisp, clean, and slightly dry finish

O - This is a unique choice for Hardywood Park's flagship beer, but they have done a nice job to make this an easy drinking and refreshing Belgian Blonde. Though it is 6.2% ABV, the lighter body and tasty flavor allow this to be a sessionable type beer. I look forward to having more of this beer, especially in the warmer months of the year.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a new beer from a brand new brewery in Richmond. It is an unfiltered blonde ale brewed with a Belgian abbey yeast strain, hitting 6.2% and 30 ibus.

Poured a slightly hazy golden with a finger of white fizzy head. Left almost zero lacing but it is well carbonated, continuing to bubble for the duration of the glass.

Smell and taste are both Belgian funky, in a good way. Esters give you banana and maybe some apple, while hops add some mild spice.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, quite bubbly.

Overall, this is a very refreshing drink, would make a nice lawnmower beer, in moderation.

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Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a stunningly clear light gold with 3 fingers of dense white head. Nice retention and lace.

Bready, yeasty nose with decent representation of light lemon. Moderate to light hop presence. Light spices without overpowering. Smells just like what a Belgian pale should.

Flavor comes from light lemons, moderate spice, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and a crisp finish. There is a little too much sugary sweetness that really coats the tongue.

Feel is a little on the heavy side. Too heavy for the flavors.

Overall, except for the heavy feel this is a pretty decent representation.

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Photo of engagechad
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Station 2 in Richmond, VA - pint

Finally a brew that is actually local to me. :)

Pours a beautiful straw, hazy as anything and fat head that pours over as if it were screaming "YEAST!!"

Smells wonderful, great flowery citrusy spicy goodness. Taste follows, very complex blend of flavors and feelings.. tickles in all the right ways.. spice is understated and nice, mouthfeel is wonderfull.

My opinion on belgian style brews is pretty uninformed.. but i really liked this beer.. call me a homer if you will but I thought it was a great example of the style and it is my fav belgian style thus far. the only other BPA I have had was from Ommegang

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We of LanCA[N]ster County, PA recently got distro of Hardywood's beers and I was at a Hunger 'n' Thirst event with their local rep when I was gifted some beer. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "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."; "Pour slowly into a stem glass. Savor at 40 [deg.] F."; "Pair with shellfish, poultry, fried foods, light-sauce pasta, semi-soft cheeses."

Given the above, I utilized a very gentle pour, resulting in naught but a skim of white foam for head that quickly dissipated like sea foam. Color was a brilliant Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5) with NE-quality clarity and it was my pleasure to invite my pards, Midas, Mammon and Croesus into my kitchen for a Christmas drink. The nose was, indeed, fruity, but I am uncertain that I would have said "tropical." Pineapple, maybe, but more of a malty-sweet sort of a nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The flavor had a definite black pepper-like spiciness, undoubtedly from the yeast. Warming, I also began to taste a fruitiness, but not sweet fruit, more towards a light tartness. Finish was semi-dry, with the fruity esters blending and offsetting the peppery dryness. This compares well with St. Bernardus' Extra 4, which is more aligned with my standing in the Order of Disorder. I am Bro. Woody, but 6 is Pater (Father), 8 is Prior (Priest) and 12 is Abt (Abbot) and I am CANtent as a lowly supplicant in the service of beer.

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Photo of HopHeadVA
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this at Capital Ale in Downtown Richmond a while ago and then just the other night at their Illumination party. It's a fairly standard Belgian ale that's very drinkable. I'm more of an IPA and stout kind of person, but would enjoy this in the summertime. Comparable to an Ommegang or Allagash quality beer. Keep it up Hardywood! Glad to see VA get some more breweries.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from the hot new brewery in my hometown...

A - Pours a nice, hazy golden color with an ok head and great lacing. A bit bubbly as well.

S - Definitely fruity Belgian notes. A little bit of that yeast funk, lemon, a little bit of spice and pepper.

T - Much like the nose, Belgian funkiness mixes fruity notes. A slight bit of spice/pepper is ever-present. A very good example of the style, but nothing truly unique.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and very chewy. Great finish...almost like a wine at the end.

O - Hardywood Park's Singel is a very good example of the Belgian Pale Ale style and is an interesting and unique flagship for the young brewery. It's not quite world-class, but a great start. I look forward to checking out their other brews.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love this brewery, and one of their base beers that has seemed to have eluded my reviews. Thanks to Craft_Compulsive (Reddit) for this one.

Pours into my Hoarders tulip with a big creamy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, lots of spotty messy lacing, a very hazy and slight murky orange-yellow golden bright colored beer.

Nose is like a nice Belgian pale, good Belgian esters and Belgian malts, toasty Belgian pale malt, with a little sweetness, grassy malts with grassy hops as well, hops that turn a little spicy as well, some mild fruity esters and typical nice Belgian single yeast, faint apple pear like esters.

Taste brings more of the same, nice Belgian pale malts that seems like it should be sweet but is actually quite dry, as a touch of booze hints in the background, with plenty more esters in there, a nice Belgian yeast, faint apple skin and pear notes, maybe even a touch of banana. then hops kick in, grassy at first, turning a little spicy later, it seems to follow the nose a lot. Fair bitterness throughout, like an Americanized Belgian pale. Finish is dry like the rest of the beer, big spicy hops and fair bitterness lingering, a bit more of the Belgian yeast esters, touch of phenols as well that hints at booze, mild Belgian pale malt and even a little honey malt like flavor lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carbonation, and faint phenolic booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice beer, nice base Belgian pale ale, good malt profile, very nice yeast profile with good esters, etc, hops are maybe the only downfall a bit, as it gets too spicy hop flavor and too bitter in general, too Americanized, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of greengorilla
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.

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

Hardywood Singel
on tap @ Franklins, Phila., PA 21 November 14

Notes: Hazy golden body. Limited head and lacing (probably due to a dirty bar glass, because God knows the place where you're paying extra for a clean glass is actually the last place you'll find one!). Floral, grass/straw, gently candyish malt, yeast, and mild citrus in the aroma. Flavor is fuller with more fruit: apple, grape, orange. Solid bitterness leads to a dry finish. Medium bodied and crisp. Well balanced. It'd probably be easy to overlook this beer in today's market where flavors are so pronounced but that would be a mistake.

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

A: Slightly Dusty in the glass, and an apricot gold color. A large silky white head is on top. Looks lovely.

S: Bananas, raisins, and cloves. There is a sweet caramel or marshmallow scent in there.. It almost smells like bananas cooked with brown sugar, or a caramel glaze. Nice.

T: The hops are certainly a little more present that in a lot of Belgian beers labeled as singel. There is a flavor that I usually associate with English hops. It's not a bad thing, just a little different and interesting. The banana and clove come through behind the hops, as does a bit of the caramel. The bittering comes out again in the finish with a slightly earthy softness. The homebrewer in me tastes something similar to the Chimay yeast strain.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is pleasant and keeps it fairly light.

O: Overall a very nice beer. As you continue to drink it the bitterness softens a bit and the clove and banana become more pronounced. Overall I really like it.

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Photo of obywan59
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.

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Photo of crisis1290
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.

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

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a moderate white head. Aroma is very nice, Belgian yeasts dominate and with a little bit of banana and a bit of a fruity aroma as well. Flavor follows the nose, with the Belgian yeasts and banana really coming forward at first. It's got a light, crisp fruitiness and then a bit of a hop bite at the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and just right for the style. Overall, this is a very tasty Belgian pale ale and a great flagship beer for an up-and-coming brewery. It's not incredible, but I would certainly have this one again.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No obvious freshness date. Single singel purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear golden with soft, foamy 1-finger white head with decent retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Mostly grainy pale pilsner malt, a little bit of pear and golden apples matched with herbal, spicy floral hops. Peppery yeast ester, spicy and lightly citrus.

T: Big bold flavor for what is usually a ho-hum style. Big lemon pepper bite up front balanced with a honeyish pilsner malt sweetness through the mid-palate. The nose does not let on to the fruitiness of this ale, a lot of pear, orange, and tart apple, pineapple, more phenols when cold, decreasing in bitterness as it warms, and leaving a moderately bitter, herbal-floral finish.

M: Finishes nice and dry with light body and high carbonation, on point for all parts of the feel on this beer.

O: This beer really surprised me -- I had not liked their pale ale or cream ale too much, but this was one fine beer. Reminds me of a saison a lot, a little less estery though. A very interesting yeast character with a solid, spot-on pilsner maltiness dominating but accented with moderately peppery phenolics without overdoing it and nailing the feel. Great work on this one and I will be looking to buy more in the future.

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Photo of sethstout
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did had Hardywood SINGEL last night. Bought from the Wal-Mart off of broad (west end). F.Y.I. Richmonders great beer selection all things considered. Sorry to digress.

I used a stem glass (chimay glass to be exact).

Upon pouring I noticed a slight head that dissipated soon there-after. The first glass contained a golden yellow pale ale color and the second glass poured a more amber color, as if an amber ale.

The smell from the bottle was not as prominent as the aroma from the glass. The glass led to a crisp, citrus smell. Personally, I prefer the smell of stouts and porters.

When drinking you first notice the citrus yeast overtones. This is then left to give you a smokey after taste; I am guessing on account of the malts.

The mouthfeel is something of a lightly carbonated soda. Enough carbonation to lighten the beer, but not so much it feels like you stuck an air-pump up to your stomach.

Over all I would say this is a great flagship beer for both Hardywook Park Craft Brewery and those wanting to learn more about beer, but not sure where to start.

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