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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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy body, reddish orange I say, with minimal head and lace. A slightly sour aroma, more sour than tart, and the blackberries do come in a little. The beer is smooth and slightly sour/puckering but the blackberries aren't overly assertive. There is a bit of sweetness in this beer and seems to have a fuller body. Finishes with a dry kick that has a little punch to it. Not the most flavorful beer and personally I just don't think the blackberries pull it off.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a tasting at Treehouse Brewery. Maybe I was just a little drunk but I enjoyed this beer. Reviewed from note.

A - POP! Cork rockets into my hand. Poured a nice berry juice grapefruit like hue with a quarter inch thin head that fades rather quickly to leave light thin wisps.

S - Big, bright blackberry juice along with light wheat notes. Very light bread notes along with faint phenols.

T - Similar to the nose with black berry juice along with faint wit notes. Light tartness along with a slight dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side with lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this wasn't nearly as good as the other Blackberry Wit I've had (Mother Earth's Window Pane Blackberry). Not the best Hardywood, but not the worst.

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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 cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 750ml poured to an Imperial pint glass with a hazy pink-ish body. White pillow rises above a finger with a thick frothy consistency and good retention.

S- For me the billed star doesn't make the headlining performance in the aroma. Slight general jammy berries, wheaty and rye bready malts and hints of yeast spice and esters. Vinous tones later on.

T- More berries and bramble here but I would probably have to quantify it as a moderate level with a light tartness and seedy earthy hints. Rye and yeast spices, coriander, wheat crust, pear and wine grapes.

MF- Puffy with a slight creaminess promoted by the high end carbonation. Allows it to be refreshing with the flavors presented.

Less berries than expected and it seems like the underlying malts actually are competing with the blackberries for center stage rather than helping them.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not much blackberry, there could be more. Some wheat but not much. A decent fruit beer, but could be better. At the end of the day there needed to be more black berry.

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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 Pencible
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and salty Belgian yeast, with some tart berry.
T: It tasted like sweet cream and bready yeast, with some grassy hops and tart blackberry. It had a clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with smooth natural carbonation. Beautiful body.
D: This was a very refined brew with delicate and enjoyable scent and taste. The body was outstanding, and the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Great drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly red amber color with an off-white head with some lacing

S-wheat, blackberry, hint of red wine

T-wheat,bready malt, blackberry, hints of wine-like character,slight tartness, mild bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-interesting fruit beer,lacks depth of flavor

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Photo of Treyliff
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky golden orange color with some pink hue, creamy white head leaves a long lasting film in top with some lacing left behind

S- crisp wheat with notes of coriander, tart raspberry, earthy must

T- classic witbier base with some lemon, coriander and wheat. Blackberries are subtle and slightly tart, closes with some earthy must and spicy rye

M- medium light body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- approachable and refreshing with tart berry undertones

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Somewhere between amber and ruby colored body. Light shines through the body easily, but there is a slight haze that prevents some transparency. Head is a very bright white that leaves a ring of thin bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Lots of spicy Belgian yeast and wheat in the nose. A lot of fresh wheat notes. The blackberries don't same you in the face, but I feel like they may be slightly more subtle than other berries anyway.

T- Tart blackberries give way to tons of that fresh wheat, which gives way back to the tart blackberry flavors. Finish also shows off some of the Belgian yeast, but the rest of the beer is a give and take between the wheat and the berries.

M- Crisp, bubbly, medium bodied, finishes somewhat dry.

O- I liked this more than I thought I would. I thought it would be a berry-bomb, but it turned out to be a wheat-bomb with a nice berry presence. Really refreshing beer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in a seemed glass. Amazing ruby hue color once poured, and all around solid witbier, only reason didn't rate higher was because looking for more blackberry sweetness and flavor.

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Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured out about as cloudy as one could possibly imagine. Think muddy water with orange food coloring.

S: I got more Belgium than Raspberry, but that's okay for now. Fresh, wheaty, and subtle.

T: Got more fruit on the taste, but it took a couple of sips before that really heated up. Delicate and not too sweet or dessert-like in any way. Definitely recognizable as a Belgian Wit.

M: Perfectly spritzy, and I found myself appreciating the mouth even more the more I got into the session.

O: Much more understated than I expected for a "Reserve Series," but more than serviceable nonetheless.

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Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice pinkish orange color, good clarity. Some light colored head head that sinks back into the body of the beer.

S: Berry aroma, there is a definite tart smell, although it does not dominate. There is a nice white wine aroma, as well as some slight biscuit aromas.

T: Fairly light but with good flavor. Some biscuit flavors come out, as well as blackberry fruit, with the wine character shining through. Nice and light, a great summer beer.

M: Light in body, with a good amount of carbonation. A nice fruitiness lingers, which is nice. There is a softness to this that I enjoy a lot.

O: Overall very good, crisp, flavorful, and fairly light. Enjoyable, and a great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of jdense
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Color is fairly light for the alleged berry content, not much visible carbonation. The berry notes in the aroma are quite present, overwhelming the coriander and orange peel one would anticipate for the "Belgian Style White Ale" claimed on the label. Mild berry notes on the tongue, medium dry finish. Not that great, sorry, won't seek this out again.

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Photo of teromous
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: The body is a hazy medium shade of pink with some hues of orange and purple. It is a very interesting looking color. The head is large and frothy with a white color. It fades down to a small white cap but it remains a head.

Aroma: There is an aroma that I can not readily identify. I am picking up a "berry aroma" but it isn't one that I could identify as blackberry or anything else. After having many other fruit beers I've noticed that many of them have this similar berry aromatic quality that isn't unique to a specific fruit. The only down-side is there is a light bandaid aroma which is off-putting.

Taste: There isn't much flavor here. I am getting some of that bandaid quality. There is a bitterness to the beer. I'm pretty bummed out that this doesn't have any real flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit watery with a light bitter touch at the end and a very very faint sour tinge at the edges of the tongue. It just feels shallow and empty.

Overall: I don't recommend this beer. On the label it says "Belgian-style white ale with fresh Virginia blackberries" but it has none of the delicious wheat or yeast character that I love in a good Belgian Wit. I didn't get any berry flavor. It is just a disappointment.

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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 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 obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent orange in color with a pinkish white 3 1/2 finger head that leaves very light lacing.

Aroma of blackberry, tart wheat, and a bit of Belgian yeastiness.

Rather assertive blackberries in the taste as well, but overall a tart brew. to the point of being almost astringent. Belgian funk is more noticeable here.

.Medium bodied yet retentive. Sticky and dry in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very pleasing beer. I would have preferred more blackberry, but must say, nothing here is overdone. Well balanced.

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