Hoplar Imperial IPA | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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90
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392 Ratings
Hoplar Imperial IPAHoplar Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hardywood Hoplar follows the wood-aging tradition of the earliest India Pale Ales, which were matured on oak. Rather than oak, we’ve selected the delicate wood of a fallen Virginia Tulip Poplar, which was TreeCycled by CitiWood and toasted for use in this hearty IPA. While this Poplar can no longer rustle in the wind or give shade, it is able to offer balance to the bright citrus and pine character from heaps of Cascade, Columbus and Summit hops with subtle notes of caramelized vanilla. And the tree was hoppy.

In the mid-1800s, when the early IPAs were being shipped in wooden barrels from the breweries of Burton-on-Trent to thirsty British colonists in India, our Tulip Poplar was a mere sapling on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. On September 18, 2003, this towering Poplar prevailed to the fierce Hurricane Isabel and fell on Bell Creek Road. Richmond-based CitiWood Urban Forest Products helped us transform the wood from this fallen Poplar into custom designed flavor- and aroma-enhancing infusion sticks. Post fermentation, Hoplar is dry-hopped with a generous helping of whole-flower Cascade hops and conditioned on the toasted Poplar.

Hardywood Hoplar is mahogany in color with a hearty, tan head and offers an aroma of grapefruit brûlée and pine needles, as well as delicate vanilla toffee and a hint of campfire. Medium- to full-bodied with assertive (100 IBUs) yet delightful hop bitterness, Hoplar is balanced with ample caramel malt backbone. A bit of earthy tannin from the Poplar harmonizes with the resinous hoppy character, which dissipates into a lingering finish.

100 IBU

Added by siege06nd on 04-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
392
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
67
For Trade:
1
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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can taste the tulip poplar wood.

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Photo of challenja
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Copper gild orange golden his. Honey comb bee pollen. Light sticky milk cloud head.
S: sweet pine sap grapefruit candied lemon heads.
T: powerful full bodied multi layered mouth banger. Full turtle hop bah. Mush mouth fallout throat tickle.
M:medium to full mouth feel. Powerful resin sap. Power up punch mouth feel.
O: a superb complex DPIA. Hardywood strikes again. So far the brew company on the East Coast.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Very well balanced and smooth for an Imperial IPA. Was hoping for just a bit more wood flavor to come from the tulip poplar conditioning.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophugger
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephensinner
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mesanville
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Epic! Going out to buy more...now!

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Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qchic
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber with a rosy glow. Head lingers a while. Pine and caramel in the nose. I Had no prior knowledge of what poplar smells like, bit I am getting a sweet and spicy wood aroma that tamps the hop pungency. Lots of flavors from hops and poplar. I'd recommend sipping and savoring the battle between caramel and pine with fruit and plenty of bitterness. The wood brings an earthiness that rounds off the edges. Big body to this IIPA, and I love the oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too fine. Still, very enjoyable to enjoy through the evening.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhlosito75
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tarheel219
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnbpark
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mkhartnett
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours crystal clear and coppery in color with a 2 finger off white head that leaves substantial attractive lacing.

Smell of ripe grapefruit, pine, and maybe a little biscuit.

Taste of pine, light caramel, and a light woodiness. Very bitter, but sweet malt counters well.

Medium full in body. Excellent retention on the palate. Moderately slick. Moderately crisp. Warming alcohol.

A luxurious brew. The flavor matures as it warms. Full in both taste and aroma and well balanced. Decadent.

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Hoplar Imperial IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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