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Cream Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1935, Richmond, Virginia made beer history as the first place ever to sell canned beer, a cream ale from Krueger Brewing Company. A tribute to the original canned beer, Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style that embraces its east coast roots with an unbelievably smooth body and a refreshingly clean finish from extended cold conditioning in our lagering tanks. Raise a can to RVA, where the canned beer revolution began!

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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing especially notable about this beer. Not bad, not remarkable.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally pale straw color, fairly clear but a slight chill haze. Poured white head, creamy and with some retention.

Slightly sweet corn? aroma, Not a whole lot to it. Pretty clean

Flavor shows a more assertive hop bitterness than expected, almost pilsner like in some ways (clean and bitter).

MF - light body and fairly high carbonation that gives it a tangy character

Nice light easy drinking beer. Good clean low alcohol offering for the summer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of cream, malt, and light hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, a good shot of cream (especially evident in the finish), some faint hops notes (not overly pronounced), and a slightly grainy quality. A solid enough flavor for a simple style. Clean, straightforward, light, and generally tasty.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a surprisingly sharp finish. Light-bodied.

O: Hardywood's Cream Ale might make a pretty good session ale. A drinkable beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clear, pale straw color, off white head
Smell: smooth and light—sweet grain, faint indistinct hops
Taste: Good balance of sweet, bready, slightly toasted malts and floral hop, honey notes
Feel: crisp, light/medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a solid cream ale. Smell is a bit weak, but it's crisp and refreshing with developed, tasty flavors.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MouldyCrow
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of token_23223
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery "Cream Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, packaged on 06/23/16 and sampled on 09/08/16
$2 @ Acme, Media, PA

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with visible particulate in suspension (it's unfiltered). Creamy bright white head. Surprisingly good head retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma: Clean, sweetish grainy malt with a bit of fruitiness (apple, red berries).

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. Nicely balanced with a little bit of sweetness up front but a rising bitterness across the middle that takes it to a dry and slightly bitter finish. There are some hop flavors present but they remain kind of generic (grassy, leafy, subtly herbal).

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation that gently bristles the palate.

Overall: A pleasantly surprising version of a style that's often overdone. Sometimes simple is best. Really well-balanced and remarkably drinkable.

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It pours golden with slight head. I used a mug. The smell reminds me somewhat of a Gaffel kolsch, though not as distinct of a hoppy aroma that usually comes with Gaffel. The carbonation is noticeable in the mouth before moving to a smooth near-finish. The palate is left with a tingly finish as the carbonation kicks back. I'd be interested in trying other cream ales with less carbonation.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can bought at Trader Joe's, pours a haze dark straw with very modest head. Aroma of like corn flakes cerial. Flavor was very cream-forward with a malty finish. Less carbonation than I expected for a Cream Ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp with mild esters and a toasty, honey malt character. Maybe a little corn/DMS in the nose. It's a fun session beer, ideal for summer. I'd invest in a 12-pack for a BBQ.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. The initial smell seemed skunky but that was short lived. The taste was more of a thirst quencher than a "wow" beer but given the low ABV I think that was the point.

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Photo of BrewskiBuds
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stucat
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My daughter brought some of these back from a trip to Richmond last week. A cream ale has never been one of my preferred styles as I tend to like a more hop forward ale but given the heat wave here in Illinois this is a very nice "lawn mower" brew. Pours a pretty straw color into a pint glass without much head or lacing. Not much fragrance either but a nice malty flavor with a hint of biscuit and corn, slightly sweet, very refreshing. More tasty than the Genesee Cream Ale of my New Jersey youth many years ago and very similar to the famous New Glarus Spotted Cow from my neighbors to the North. A very nice summertime brew.

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Photo of AGB
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSwampy
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of the need to rate a beer with its style in mind. This is a cream ale, a.k.a. lawnmower beer to some. But it is a great example of that style. Even if there are many beers out there with bigger flavor, this one is a nicely balanced example of this type. Thinking about it that way, it's hard for me to give it less than a 4 in most categories. Only the nose seemed a bit weak. Color was a murky gold with a white moderately sudsy and slightly durable head. Smell was minimal, but balanced. Taste was balanced: modest light to medium grains, mild hops. The taste evolved as the beer warmed and stood out well after I had a bite of food (after drinking more than half of it). Food brought out more maltiness in particular. Mouthfeel clean and aftertaste modest. It would be very easy to drink several of these.

12 ounce can, poured into a clear glass, bottom stamped 03/08/16.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oldn00b
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice session beer - I'm not a huge fan of cream ales and haven't had that many but it has a nice malt base and a really smooth mouthfeel. Not overly sweet or hop forward, but a nice brew I'd have again.

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Photo of Trambo
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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