Singel | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

very good
72 Reviews

Brewed by:
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 BeerAdvocate
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Clear golden yellow, thin wispy white lace

SMELL: Yeast, green banana skin, white pepper, gummy, orchard must

TASTE: Semi-crisp, red apple, mixed fruit-cup juice, herbal hop; medicinal, pithy, chalky, gummy, slightly astringent, peppercorn, cracker-like dry malt, salty, yeasty, oily hop, dry finish

Simple yet intricate, with yeast nuances ... perhaps too much so? That would be our only gripe with this beer. The yeast dominates. In fact, it's a yeast bomb. Some taming would push this beer into the exceptional range. Regardless, a good stab at an Abbey-style Blonde Ale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: pours translucent yellow, sort of like an American lager, unfiltered
S: to me, this was the most appealing part of the beer and hinted at promise. Yeasty to sour, reminds me of sourdough bread a bit. Also seems very Belgian almost tending towards a sour
T/M: starts just a bit on the tart side, but fades too quickly into tasting like an imported pilsner. As such, it's an okay beer. I must admit I have not had many singles, so it might be on par with the style. However I liked the smell a lot, and the taste didn't meet my anticipation.
O: I wish this tasted a bit more like the nose, which was quite interesting. It turns out to me to be a decent replacement for an imported lager.

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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 blackie
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber from the Caboose, Ashland - nice label

a: medium gold with a moderate haze, tight white head, low retention

s: pale malt, clean grape and apple with some citrus and tropical nuance - cooked pineapple, delicate spice, citrusy hops bring a fresh counterpoint, yeast, a touch of bubblegum

m: carbonation a higher moderate, light-medium in body

t: clean pale malts with fruity sugar notes of apple and grape, fresh and bright but with an underlying touch of malt sugar, some citrusy hop notes with a clean moderate bitterness, grassy, nice yeast flavors

o: a solid singel style ale, the malts are a little prominent for my liking and leave kind of a toasty/grainy feel, but a nice drink nonetheless

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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


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Photo of reebtaerG
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-Pours golden with medium white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is fruitiness, some spice, and some yeast.

T-Taste is lightly bitter and dry at the finish.

M-mouthfeel is medium balanced that is light version tripel

O-Nice easy drinking and well crafted Belgian Ale.

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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 jaasen64
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into HF glass. Thanks Brian (Auror) for sharing this. Reviewed from notes taken two days ago.

A- Pours a hazy yellow, decent carbonation,

S- Lemons, yeast, oranges, tangerines. Fairly aromatic but a little bit astringent and not that pleasant in my opinion.

T- Lemons, tangerines, yeast, light malts, slight lemon bitterness with a lingering aftertaste. Nice lemon taste, fairly interesting, much better then aroma.

M- Light, fairly over-carbonated, fairly easy drinking.

O- Decent belgian blonde that was a little bit different then I'm used to having, but fairly enjoyable asides from the aroma. While this wasn't my favorite blonde, I'd definitely try it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

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

Tasted On: 11-19-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Balloon glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is bright golden in color and clear, with tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Head is tight and maybe 2 and a half fingers, Both head retention and lacing are very good. The last pour has some haziness from the bottle conditioning.

Aromas have peppery spices, a light malt sweetness, some wood/oak notes, hay, and a touch of lemon/citrus tartness. Reminds me of a saison; very nice

The taste features spicy hops and a fair amount of bitterness. Also has a lightly toasted bread flavor with some graininess. Mouthfeel is crisp with a high level of carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry, citrus aftertaste. Mellows nicely as it warms

Overall a good tasting beer, similar to a pilsner but less harsh.

Thanks to Steve for this one!

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Photo of dtivp
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of light malt , Belgian yeast, hints of clove and pepper.

Taste of light bready malt, Belgian yeast, clove and herbal hops.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp slightly dry with a lingering bitter ending.

Overall this is a nice BPA, a good beer for Hardywwod, however, I would put this one in the middle of the pack of their fleet of beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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