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Singel | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 429
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone should tell them they misspelled the word "Single" on the label, pretty obvious if you ask me...this beer was meh...at best.

Beer is yellow with a white head, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grainy, yeasty, bready, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the finish, the overall beer is fine but bland, grainy finish, mildly astringent. Not a repeat.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade.
Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a light cloudy medium straw color with 1 finger of rocky, large bubble white head that don't lace very well.

S- Lots of bready yeast. Mild hints of sourness. Little bit of fruitiness.

T- Little bit of sour apple and grape skin. Lots of bready Belgian yeast. No flavors are overpowering. Slightly dry finish.

M- It has a moderate amount of carbonation that makes this beer crisp, and refreshing, with a little dryness.

O- My first offering from Hardywood is not disappointing, but then again, I'm not blown out of the water. This beer is enjoyable, just nothing over the top good.

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

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/7/12
*From notes

A: Clean mango-lemon in hue. Bone white half finger head on a hard pour. Lackluster retention. Lackluster lacing and collar.

S: The nose is freshly prepped bisquick, lemon rind and spice.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast, plenty of acidity, fruity citrus and medium toast.

M: Crisp, clean and easy to drink. Medium to light in body.

O: As far as flagship beers go, this is a good one. I'm not typically a BPA fan, yet this is flavorful, complex and quaffable. I look forward to returning to this one in the not-too-distant-future.

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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 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 Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber split with my lady.

A: very blond, very hazy, opaque looking body. head is tightly bubbles and bright white. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: ginger. an earthy, spicy, hop character. perhaps some freshly cracked black pepper.

T: chalky, earthy, bitter undertones. fruits include melon, grapefruit, and pear. bubblegum. essentially no aftertaste. very dry. perhaps a slight bitter linger, but just for a moment.

M: a lively carbonation on a medium body. well-done.

D: my only complaint, of few, would be to play around with a belgian yeast that didnt dry this out so much. wouldnt hate for a more lasting bitter linger. otherwise, totally crushable and well-made.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours a hazy, pale straw gold color. Huge two finger crisp white head that sifts down to a half finger with great retention. Lacing is excellent.

S: Apples, grapes, pear skin. A little bit of brown sugar. Hints of hay, freshly baked bread, and cherry.

T: Bread crust, apple juice, grape skin, a little bit of earthy hop bite in the finish.

M: Light bodied and refreshing, carbonation is spot on. Finish has a little to thin of a bitterness to it, but other flavors are balanced nicely.

O: A solid Belgian pale here. Could be a little bit more malt balanced, as the sweetness from the yeast and the thin bitterness from the hops produces a finish that leaves a little bit to be desired. However, this is light, refreshing, and enjoyable. A solid effort from a burgeoning brewery.

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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 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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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 Darkale
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have gotten out of the habit of reviewing beers here, but as this is from a new Richmond brewery (and I really ought to support the home teams more often), I thought I should add my opinion.

Not sure what to make of this as an example of a Belgian Pale Ale, though of course Belgian Pale Ale is such a broad category that while I'm not sure it fits here, neither am I sure that it does not.

They certainly got the carbonation right, and I love the full, flowing Belgian head (which lingers nicely). Aroma is flowery with a little dusky pepper; not bad. I detect an aftertaste, though, that I am not fond of - sort of a cousin to what one gets from a bad lager, a bit sour, a bit off. Mouthfeel is also average - despite the carbonation, it becomes thin and watery too soon.

Overall, though, not a bad start.

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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 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 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 zaphodchak
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of fluffy white head which laces nicely and retains a little island of foam (partially due to the nucleation pattern in my Kishimoto Duvel tulip). Pale straw body.

Nose is an almost metallic dose of coriander (and maybe hops); the yeast gets left behind. As it sits, traces of funk.

Body has as much coriander as the nose, but it works. Not as metallic as I feared, except a bit on the aftertaste. A fair amount of spice, yeastiness is definitely second fiddle here, though it makes an appearance around the middle of the taste. The beginning has a bit of malt, I think, but it's gone pretty quick.

Mouthfeel is a bit prickly/coarse.

I agree with the BA categorization of this as a BPA; somehow 'Singel' isn't consistent with what I imagine in terms of taste, nor alcohol content. It's not a 'B-IPA' though; if it were, I'm not sure I could forgive it, but pardon my digression, that's a dogmatic debate. Any hop character is in the finish. A good first effort for a new brewery; I'm curious to see how this recipe develops, and to try other brews by Hardywood.

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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 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 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 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 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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