Virginia Blackberry | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Zraly:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 -18%

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 -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of catboy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dwren89
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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 +2.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brians52
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of VCUgrad
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -4.4%
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 +36.6%

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tabascosigned
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Xristos
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Highbury09
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to mug, the appearance was a burnt orange to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened and fell off at a moderate pace. Soft sticky lace ended up sliding nicely.
The aroma had some ripe sweet and tart blackberries coating a light sweet wheat and a hint of rye.
The flavor accompanies the sweet to the tart and shakes in a little bit of the spice from the rye. Smooth semi-sweet aftertaste of the blackberry and rye.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. Rye spice doesn't impart any distracting harshness and only seemed to meld with the tartness of the overall "feel."
Overall, pretty nice fruit beer and cool idea to add a little rye to make it a tad more interesting.

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Photo of Thomas0790
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of wellsnb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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