Bourbon DIPA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Belgian IPA
Ranked #28
Ranked #8,638
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Bourbon DIPABourbon DIPA
Notes: Hardywood Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA.

80 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 207 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Rbelhumeur
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever had. I got some in 2011 and 2012. It was my go to gift for beer head friends who don't live in Richmond. Everyone I gifted it to, LOVED it. It had the perfect blend of bourbon and beer with a smooth finish. I love others, but this is my all time favorite. Am happy it is not on the retired list and am hoping I will be able to get is again one day soon.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber color with some ruby hue when held up to the light, creamy two-finger off-white head retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of woodsy oak aroma dominates up front, not necessarily bourbon, but pure toasted oak. Berry-like sweetness mixes with some earthy hop, peppercorn and caramel malt

T- sweet and malty up front with flavors of caramel, red apples & red berries. Earthy and herbal hops kick in mid-palate with some spicy peppery notes and a hint of sour mash. The finish is very woody with flavors of pure toasted white oak and sawdust, lingers of vanilla and more wood

M- medium chewy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a chewy and creamy finish, alcohol warmth on the linger

O- mostly sweet and malty with lots of woodsy notes, but not so much bourbon. it all seems to mesh well though, I enjoyed this one

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Photo of curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of soapy, off-white head that fades with spotty lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, hints of vanilla, some oak and some toffee. Fairly mellow overall.

Taste: Creamy, almost syrupy-sweet malt up front followed quickly by a real fruity funkiness. Grapefruit-pith bitterness builds over the funk and carries on into the lingering finish with some mild bourbon notes and alcohol.

The Rest: Very interesting. The Belgian yeast is very pronounced and lends a ton of character, but the barrel aging is pretty muted. Other than being a bit flat, this is really drinkable for over 9%.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of oak, bourbon, and sweet malts with a bit of pine hops.

Tastes of the sweet malts with layers of bourbon and hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toffee. This gives way to bourbon notes with vanilla and oak coming through. Hops come toward the end and add some citrus and pine. Finishes with lingering bourbon and hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a somewhat light amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice take on a Belgian IPA, I just wish there were more hops to it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like bourbon and oak, with some citrus and floral hops.
T: It tasted like citrus and copper, with some oak and toasted coconut and a little vanilla. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a really interesting brew, with a great balance of bourbon character and hops. The body was a bit thin, but the finish was really smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Fantastic.

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Photo of uvachief
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bomber. Half a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Pours a golden orange that's opaque. Aromas of orange citrus, hops and slight pine. Delightful citrus orange on the tongue with very little pine bite back. Very mellow. Hints of horrible Bowman's cheap bourbon but it seriously tames the IPA into a truly delightful and drinkable beer. Dump the Bowman's for Two Brothers and this would be the best DIPA ever. Expensive and tastes like it.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4/5  rDev +0.5%

enjoyed with some friends over thanksgiving. a friend who cannot stand barrel aged beers or hops actually found this quite tasty. not saying that this was the only positive comment, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. great blend of the two styles (BA and DIPA). Sure wish I could get more Hardywood in Colorado

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Incredibly underrated beer. It's very decadent and doesn't try to kick you in the face with hops. The barrel adds another layer of complexity to this amazing DIPA. So smooth, rich, and well balanced with amazing aromas that are followed by the taste. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who can get it. Well done Hardywood. A+ in my book.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My recently realized ability to truly appreciate
the tastes of bourbon have now enabled me to
Enjoy this beer catagory,hell yea.
Hardywood repeatedly sets the bar at a higher level.

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Big whiskey and vanilla flavor with a hoppy citrus spike towards the middle. Touch of toffee flavors. Excellent beer and the best I have had from this brewery so far.

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Photo of argock
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a 10 oz clear glass tulip at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Dusky golden-amber with short cap of off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and a few scraps of lace.

S: Big coconut and vanilla aromas greet with a light caramel and moderately malty, bready aroma with floral, herbal, and light citrus hopping. Alcohol presence is there ut not over the top.

T: Flavor mirrors the aroma very closely with barrel character of vanilla, bourbon whiskey, and light coconut up front followed by bready, crackery light-medium caramel maltiness. Bitterness is moderate with a pleasant boozy quality without overwhelming bourbon character. A delicate, finessed version of the genre.

M: Medium body with low carbonation with a moderately dry finish, enhancing drinkability.

O: A nuanced beer with a good mix of barrel qualities, strong malt character, and moderate hopping to bring a lighter feeling, more subdued but flavorful BA DIPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev -3%

On tap (edit bottle in 10/2014)
Pours a nice amber color, clear, with no sustaining head (lacked attention, but by time I looked, barely a few bubbles on side). A swirl brings a token amount of bubbles to the top.

The smell is bourbon and wood, almost equal amounts, and a honey-sweetness.

Initial taste is a light raw sugar sweetness right before the bourbon tastes take over. The bourbon lingers, but the bulk of the taste turns woody, including a slow drying sensation. The alcohol does not burn, the taste of bourbon definitely lacks any feel of it. Despite the lower carbonation, it seems the bourbon provides a bit of bite to add a bit of feel. The bottle version was pretty smooth, and did have a pleasant balance of bourbon and beer flavors, tending slightly towards a mellow whiskey taste, perhaps due to the fading of hop flavor.

I get the bourbon barrel aged part, but missing a bit on the IPA side, perhaps. It's a nice bourbon barrel ale, a bit dry, and maybe I am missing something in the balance (which I try to applaud in most beers, to debateable success), but the beer seems a bit pedestrian. Even writing that seems harsher than intended. I will say that the price relative to other beers seemed unjustified, but if I ignored that, I would grab this again in the right situation.

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Photo of Smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a globe glass. 2014 release.

Big copper red and orange body, with a nice peach orange hue to it. Head is fluffy and creamy with a vanilla yellow ice cream looking color. This bubbles in consistency some speckled lacing.

Boozy aging, hints of thick oak and caramel. A bit of brown sugar syrup thickness, and odd mix of butter and fruit. Hops not so much, but smells like a barrel aged IPA.

Palate is of course what I expect in this mish mash. Oaked caramel that is buttery. Strange indistinct hop bitterness with a clashing tannic wood. Very numbing tannic palate, almost novocaine dryness. Faint orange light juice comes out a bit, through an interesting but slightly watery palate.

So aside from the fact it comes off like a clashing mess, where is the Belgian character in this? Neither hop driven, nor even very well complimentary barrel forgiving. This just doesn't work.

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

This poured with a lot of bubbly action but the head was slow to build and quick to dissipate. The color was beautiful though with a near ruby red brilliance.

The hops were strong on the nose with pulpy grapefruit, tangerines and lemon but a honey sweetness is ever present.

The feel and flavor seems almost synonymous as this is unusually thick with sweetness. The sweetness comes from the obvious honey tones which seems only appropriate. The bourbon is toned down but softly creamy and support by a rose petal and caramel maltiness.

The idea of an IPA in a bourbon barrell seemed odd but it really worked as it cranked up the honey like sweetness and thickness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a frothy head; strips of lace stream down the side of the glass

Smell: Caramel, citrus, pineapple, Bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla

Taste: Overwhelmed by the Bourbon from start to finish, the flavors underneath unfold with the caramel, citrus, pineapple, oak and vanilla appearing; boozy with a lot of Bourbon tones in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I am not a big fan of Bourbon treatment in hoppy beers though I have had a few that I have enjoyed; while the aroma of this one was promising, it was just too Bourbon dominant for my palate

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red amber color with a nice cream-colored head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, bourbon, oak, caramel

T-caramel malt, tropical fruit, bourbon, vanilla, oak, pine, little toffee, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-not generally a fan of barrel-aged DIPAs but this was a good one, nice balance and depth of flavor

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark copper red with a nice 1 finger head. Smell is light on bourbon and some hops..more on the bourbon side though. Taste is slight bourbon and slight hops, doesnt mix too well together in my opinion. More on the barleywine side than IPA side. ABV not too apparent, a bit too syrupy for my liking. Almost full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall cant say i loved this one. A decent beer...

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is a deep copper color with just a hint of transparency. Head is cream colored and quite prominent after a normal pour. Lots of frothy bubbles and lacing.

S- Sweet boozy oak, hints of vanilla, caramel and toasted malts, slight piney hop presence that comes and goes.

T- Boozy and malty up front, with some of the sweet vanilla and oak barrel flavors coming through towards the middle. Just before the finish the is a hint of a malty and hoppy flavor that resembles a IIPA, but then the boozy barrel takes over into the finish. There is so much going on and there does to seem to be a great balance between the flavors. The muddled flavors may be due to the boozy presence, but there is some potential as pleasant flavors do show themselves from time to time.

M- Full-bodied, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn.

O- The nose on this one is fantastic, but for me, the booze takes over way too quickly. If I drank this blind I would say it was a barrel-aged barleywine. There are not too many DIPA characteristics left in this beer, and the Belgian yeast was hardly noticeable.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Dark ruby tan/brown with a nice 2 inch, foamy, creamy, head, with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Bourbon, hops, lemon, a little grassy funk. Some caramel malts, Pine, apricot, spices. Oak, vanilla, maple, some barreled rum.

Taste - Wow, first sip brings a huge whiskey flavor with some hops served as a backbone along with some spices. The bourbon is very rye, vanilla and alcohol driven. Added sugars and the malts add a little sweet flavor to work with the whiskey.

Mouthfeel - Tongue and palate get hit with the bourbon. Some minor hops and spices are present on the tongue. Hops come in near the finish with some alcohol to coat the palate. The aftertaste is whiskey, hops and vanilla.

Overall - A really big, complex and strong beer. Very bourbon forward, with some decent hops. There's no way I could tell without reading the bottle this is a Belgium style ipa. The whiskey aspect is big, bold and dominate. This makes the balance of the beer suffer some. Its really warm too, the alcohol is as present as the whiskey is. Theses few issues is what keeps me from rating the overall higher. None the less, this is super tasty if your into barrel aged beers with loads of flavor.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Deep amber colour; almost opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Beautiful bourbon, tropical fruit, toasted oak and vanilla flavours intermingle nicely. Some pine and caramel notes in the background and a noticeable sweetness.

T - The barrel qualities come through initially, with toasted oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours that are accompanied by the slightest astringency from the oak. Tropical fruit, pine and a very fain floral presence come through mid-palate. The finish has a very light spiciness with more toasted oak and vanilla notes lingering.

M - Medium body. Slightly oily. Fairly dry overall. Light carbonation.

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Photo of portia99
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep coppery amber color with excellent clarity. A thick two fingers of dense cream colored foam shows excellent staying power and leaving lots of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of fruity and grassy hops with an interesting tea-like aroma mixed in. Some buttery caramel, sweet toffee, bourbon with mild booziness, vanilla. Rather inviting with an interesting hop character over the bourbon, malty base.

T - Bourbon is much more up front in the flavor. Rather warm/hot with boozy alcohol, bourbon-y, some oak, tons of vanilla, firm toffee and caramel sweetness. Lots of grassy and citrusy hop flavors, firm hop bitterness, lingering earthiness.

M - Light/medium body, creamy carbonation on the lighter side. Plenty of earthy and woody character from the barrel. Bourbon is warm and lingering on the back of the throat after each swallow. Hops are fresh and green over the sweet malt.

O - There is a lot going on in this beer...on one hand there is a fresh, green, grassy hop character of an IPA/DIPA, a firm sweet malty base loaded with caramel and toffee flavors and noticeable alcohol component of a barley wine, and the addition of bourbon barrel aging giving more complexity with woody, boozy, earthy and vanilla flavors. This all varies at times throughout the bottle between working well together and missing the mark a bit. Overall, I am enjoying this beer, but recognize there are some minor flaws.

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Photo of Beejay
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this one today in celebrationof yesterday’s election results!

A: A nice orange brown color, almost the shade of bourbon itself. Nice foamy tan head on top. Looks awesome.

S: Light citrus peel, and some pine aroma. Caramel sweetness with vanilla, as well as a bit of oak. I really like the sweet smell of this brew.

T: Nice hoppiness, some grapefruit and citrus peel coming through with a touch of earthiness. The earthiness leads into rich caramel, with some slight burnt brown sugar notes. Oakiness, and a hint of bourbon round out the finish. Very nice.

M: Medium to thick, with a nice richness to it. There is a subtle smoothness that I really dig. The carbonation is certainly present, but not overwhelming.

O: Overall a good brew. I dig the hoppiness combined with the sweet combination of brew and barrel. A great beer to crack open to celebrate!

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros at the End of the World party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy dark honey hue with a one finger creamy head that left lots of sticky side lacing. Very, very good looking here. Lots of potential.

S - Almost barleywine like malts jump out from this beer. Delicious vanilla hits the nose thanks to the barrels along with rich, smooth bourbon. Nice hops too. Good pine/citrus. Definitely a bourbon DIPA!

T - Bourbon and vanilla exposed from the pallet awash with barleywine like malt qualities (toffee/caramel). Wet hops, nice bitter finish. So much barrel and bourbon here mixing with the piney hops. This is very, very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and delicious. The barrel has done this wonders.

O - Overall this was an excellent beer. Glad to try it, was nervous due to it not being fresh but those hops held up wonderfully. Well done Hardywood!

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud for cracking this puppy with me.

Pours a big creamy almost 1 finger head that fades slowly with soapy thick lacing, over hazy reddish caramel colored beer.

Nose is wow! Complex as hell, a blend of a barleywine, big earthy DIPA, and bourbon vanilla barrel all in one. Sweet caramel and toffee malts, candy reddish malts, big earthy pine citrus hops, floral citrus hops as well. The candied malts and hops normally combine to a candied orange peel but not in this one for some reason thankfully. Light fruity esters in there as well. Rounding it off is the sweet candied bourbon flavor, with toasted vanilla oak.

Taste is sweet to start but smooth, malty, creamy like candy molasses, caramel toffee, chewy malts. Very light booze for the abv, and overall lighter sweetness as it mellows. Hops are big but not too bitter, light tropical fruit, citrus, earthy and a little spicy, herbal leafy tasting too. The candy barleywine flavors smooth the bitterness and balance the booze, as it moves into the bourbon barrel. Nice bourbon that's not too heavy, sweet candy like bourbon flavors, vanilla oak, little toasty oak. Light esters, fruit from the yeast, and woody from the barrel. Finish is bitter, more earthy spicy hops, light tropical citrus fruit, leafy grassy, long bourbon oak finish.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice fluffy carb, light booze.

Overall great! Not much else needs to be said except a lot of great flavors combined well that balance each other for a big drinking beer that's tasty and smooth at the same time.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Belgian Double India Pale Ale Aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels. Hardywood Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA."

Big thanks goes out to beeruser and funkydelic for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, earth, earth hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, earth, fruit, caramel, and vanilla. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I went into the one not really knowing what to expect if I am completely honest. However, what I found was a very pleasant all-around brew that had a nice touch of complexity on all aspects. It maintained all of this while still remaining refreshing. I probably would not have been able to guess that this one was in a bourbon barrel, or any barrel for that matter, but that didn’t change the fact that it was quite tasty. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one with good company. Even if you don’t have the good company part, I still suggest you trying it. Tick.

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Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 207 ratings