Virginia Blackberry | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.

12 IBU

Added by TechTriumph on 09-10-2012

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Reviews by TechTriumph:
Photo of TechTriumph
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Belgian-style White Ale Brewed with Fresh Virginia Blackberries-

From notes on 08/25/12:
2012 Release; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of white carbonated head that sticks around for a minute or so; Brilliant light rose in color with a bit of sunset orange mixed in; Hazy appearance; No real lacing left behind

S - Blackberry fruit is certainly present, but it's not a huge wave by any means, and is actually somewhat muted - blackberries aren't overly aromatic as a fruit anyway; Also get a bit of yeast, subtle spice, and a hint of clove

T - Witbier qualities show up first - some spice, clove, even a bit of banana; Almost immediately after, the blackberry really starts to come in - not too heavy - but enough to bring some fruity sweetness and a slight touch of tartness as well; The finish does bring just a bit of rye and spice; As the beer warms, the blackberry starts to come out nicely - more sweet than tart, but the level is really pleasant for both

M - Moderate carbonation or a touch more; Light bodied and smooth going down; Finishes on the dry side

O - I don't delve into fruit beers too much these days, but anything from Hardywood is a must try, and this one certainly satisfies after a long day of work. No doubt a refreshing offering, this beer is super drinkable as my first glass of this was gone in no time. I'm pretty confident that the second glass from this bomber will go down just as easy.

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Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Above average and crisp wit that borders on saison flavors. I wish there was more of a blackberry presence. It seemed to be there faintly as the beer warmed. Good beer, but I have had better in the style.

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Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Disappointing, considering the commercial description of "1000 lbs of plump, ripe blackberries". On draft at Capone's, it looks like a standard witbier without any evidence of blackberries in the color and only a hint of berries in the aroma or taste. Frankly, a Blue
moon has substantially more character.

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Photo of PprBurke
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of catboy
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of dwren89
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: reddish orange amber with some wheat haze and thin white head

Aroma: coriander, blackberries and fruitiness, orange citrus, blue curaçao

Taste: very Belgian yeasty with definite blackberry tartness, balanced, white wheaty flavor but with fruitiness that gives it some depth, overall not bursting with flavor but a very smooth and nice fruity, dry, and tart drink

Mouthfeel: medium-low body, a little thin in the mouth, high carbonation

Overall: Nicely balanced with strong tartness and smooth blackberry flavor with wheaty and spiced character from spice additions and belgian yeast phenols. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of acurtis
3.35/5  rDev -8%

Photo of brians52
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of VCUgrad
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this bomber up at Hardywood.
A - Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white head.
S - Aroma is blackberry jelly.
T - Bready with just the right amount of berry. Mild tartness.
M - Medium carbonation and mouth feel.
O - I really enjoyed this beer. I was afraid it would be too sweet and jammy but that was not the case. Just the right balance. Wish I had purchased a couple more.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead glass

Interesting beer - a pink-rose color, moderately carbonated, light fluffy white head. One patron described tasting "band-aids" - more realistically, I think we all concluded not to buy berries sourced from the virginia commonwealth. Light spiced yeast, sweet berry flavor, wheat - nothing really standing out here, the blackberry could have been integrated so much better.

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Photo of SmoothOneTwo
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tabascosigned
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Xristos
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Highbury09
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas0790
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of wellsnb
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Swift989
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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