Virginia Blackberry | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Virginia BlackberryVirginia Blackberry

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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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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy, with the honey color tinted pink by the blackberry fruit; the head was frothy but faded quickly, leaving some dotty lacing

Smell: Toasted wheat bread with blackberry fruit tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the blackberry arriving quickly, bringing a hint of jammy sweetness; after the swallow, there are elements of lemon and rye but not much in the way of wit spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasantly enjoyable for a fruit beer; others have complained about the lack of fruit but I am going to complain about the lack of spicing

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing. Reviewing from old notes.

Pink grapefruit hazy color, touch of lacing fades instantly.

Nose has light bready funk, little black berry, hint of malts, semi fruity but not a lot, maybe a touch of phenols.

Taste brings tart blackberry, light smooth malt, hint diacetyl, light tartness, bit of dry bready malt and yeast flavors, dry fruity finish.

M: Thin body, lighter carb.

Overall nothing to write home about, decent fruits but could have been better.

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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer is a light ruby with a thin, light pink head. Light berry aroma with a touch of spice, maybe coriander. Flavor is a bit lacking. Light on the palate. A tad sweet. Blackberry presences emerges more as the beer is allowed to warm. Pretty good.

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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a globe glass nearly identical to the one on the bottle, sure why not, we shall forego tulip, wheat ale, or witbier ness in favor of length.

Peach orange to pink body and solidly opaque. Faint cream head that is a bit orange light and off white colored. Makes about 2 fingers tall, good retention and some nice creamy thick collar and thin puck while settling. Pretty solid.

The bouquet is pretty quiet down there. Some faint hints of sucrose sweetness, maybe even some cinnamon and nutmeg like dark spice action sensations which seem surprising. Doesn't particularly smell fruity.

Palate comes with an interesting take. Very dry and powdery chalky texture, with a wet body feel. Mid fruits but doesn't seem to hint in any direction. Not particularly tart, but not particularly sweet either. Some sense of classic sucrose but quite fleeting.

Overall a nice beer, and hints at Belgian character minus a big wheaty malt and chewy depth, but it's not particularly fruity. Oh well at least it's drinkable and I've had far worse.

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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a weisse vase, the beer is an opaque, violet-tinged golden coloring, with a low profile, slightly blue hued head. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle blackberry tart and sweet, and a light herbal blend of clove and grains of paradise. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, heavy on the berry sweetness. with a solid grain backbone, subtle bitterness, banana, hints of citrus, and a light herbal blend at the end of the palate. The body is smooth, light, and extremely drinkable. The aftertaste is more berry and spice, almost like a fruit bread or crumble. Smooth, light, and slightly effervesced finish. Tasty brew.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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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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3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Virginia Blackberry from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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