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Singel | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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85
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71 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
429
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
26.98%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
89
For Trade:
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 429
Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Guppy314
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.

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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 smcolw
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.

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Photo of OldSwampy
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.

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Photo of hophead723
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.

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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 GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
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.

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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 lupercmda
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.

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Photo of TAMU99
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
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.

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Photo of jhartley
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking beer!
Cloudy golden blonde body with a white soap bubble head. Plenty of little bubbles stream up from the bottom along the edges of the glass.
Great Belgian yeast aroma with a nice amount of sweetness on the nose; a little pineapple, some lemony citrus.
Taste pairs well with the nose. Belgian yeast funkiness and some lemon.
Nice amount of carbonation with that dry lemony finish.
Very nice beer indeed! Super tasty and one I would think would go great on a hot summer day by the pool.

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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 Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Brass Rail enjoyed chilled in a tulip

The color is golden with moderately hazed look with thin head of white with fine bead and carbonation is visible with lace that sticks in rings. The smell is spicy with lightly vegetal odor and mild sweet aroma with a gentle grainy herbal smell. The feel is tangy with yeast texture and medium high carbonation with light alcohol spice and mild malt texture with low sweetness in the feel with a mildly dry finish.

The taste is pleasant with yeast and phenolic lightly fruity flavor with subtle spice in the taste which could be yeast or hop derived with light ripe banana-like aspect and hint of pepper with some alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish. Overall I was pleased it is a pretty drinkable belgian but average for the style ...decent beer but on the spicy side for me-almost strong golden strength with moderately high alcohol level (tastewise)

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Photo of BWED
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour into a tulip, on draft.

A- Golden. Nice clarity. Head is white and a little delicate. Just a bit of lacing.

S- Belgian spice, a little fruity. The malt character is toasty.

T- Malt is similar as in aroma. A bit spicy, and maybe a bit of and earthy hop bitterness. Some fruity sweetness.

M- Bitterness and spice dry this one out quite a bit. Body is medium light.

O- A little too dry for me. But I enjoy most of the mild characteristics in this.

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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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of peppery spices and hints of candi sugars.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to be a little malty for the style.

Serving type: bottle

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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 JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!!! A number of Belgian Pale Ales are kind of wimpy without a pronounced flavor. This one is subtle but still impressive. Pours a bright golden, clear color with a medium size bubbly white head. Plenty of carbonation, the head faces fairly fast but leaves a light covering on the top of the glass.

Aroma is pretty good, some lemon zest and yeast. Flavor is very good, a little malt, tons of Belgian yeast flavor, some lemon zest and a little tropical fruit (probably from hops).

Nice light carbonated mouthfeel. There is richness from the flavor but overall its a kind of summery and easy to drink

Nice.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -20.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Yellow-straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with tiny yeast particles suspended throughout.

Nose
hay, potpourri, lemon, and spent grain. Saison-esque.

Taste
Potpourri and hay. Spent grain, lemon zest, pear, and sourdough. Finishes with tons of peppercorn and a subtle earthiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, dry, and stingy with carbonation.

Overall
Spicy, earthy, and dry. Tastes like a brash, peppery saison.

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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 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 delta490
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy deep gold with a short-lasting fizzy white head. Nothing fluffy about it. No lacing. The aroma claims tropical fruit and spices, which might be there, but in portions so small I can't detect them. It smells like "Singel" if that were a generic aroma. The taste is equally stereotypical, lacking in the complexities the label claims. There is a fair bit of carbonation on the palate and a decent weight to the body, not too heavy or light. All in all, this is a good take on a Singel. Nothing stunning, but certainly not terrible.

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