Bourbon DIPA | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Bourbon DIPABourbon DIPA
BA SCORE
81.6%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 206 ratings
Bourbon DIPABourbon DIPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by thagr81us on 09-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,672
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
206
Liked:
168
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.35%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
39
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 24
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
2.93/5  rDev -26%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Bourbon DIPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 81.6% out of 100 with 206 ratings
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