Cream Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

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!

Added by cw577enfield on 05-16-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
186
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
26.85%
 
 
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7
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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was down in DC this past weekend to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Brewed in Richmond – Where Beer in a CAN All Began!”; “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, which came complete with illustrated opening instructions. Hardywood Cream Ale is an unfiltered example of the style. It 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!”; “To Open CAN [:] 1. Pull Tab Upward Until Tab Punctures Seal [,] 2. Push Tab Back Down [,] 3. Enjoy!”

You have got to appreciate a CAN with a sense of history! I feel like I have come full circle in The CANQuest ™ and I have seen a few of the original Kreuger’s CANs, two at Jeff Lebo’s and one at Earth, Bread & Brewery in Philly.

I followed the illustrated directions to the letter and the Crack! echoed back almost one hundred years, rewarding me with a brimful CAN. My enjoyment begins with an inverted Glug, which in turn created two fizzy fingers of bone-white head with limited retention following a brief pseudo-cascade. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5). Nose was VERY evocative of its predecessors in that it had a metallic odor to accompany a sweet corn smell. Ha! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. It tasted MUCH better than it smelled, with notes of biscuit malt, corn and unfermented sugars. I was immediately put in mind of corn bread! I was transported to Boas Creek, where we used to go fishing and take CANs of Genny Cream Ale to cool in the water. It was one of my favorite underage beers and this was very evocative of it. Finish was semi-sweet, easy drinking and a definite Summer cooler stuffer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to smokeypeat for this one... Awesome dude, awesome trader. Hardywood Cream Ale pours a nice, golden-orange color. Pretty murky throughout, with a HUGE number of rising carbonation bubble streams. The chunky and cloud-like head is thick and slow to settle; it's a shade just lighter than beige and leaves a little lacing behind.

The aroma is pretty light and relaxed, but pretty on-point for the style. Handfuls of cereal grains, bread notes, and a touch of sweet corn. Very "barley-esque" in nature, and the sweetness of the corns isn't so much that it becomes overwhelming which is oft a problem with cream ales.

Light hoppage is appreciated; slightly floral and earthy, and maybe even a touch dirty. A mild lemon and citrus spritz shows up in the finale with the gentle crispiness and clean finish of lager yeast. Nothing incredibly complex, mind-blowing, or rampant, but something easy to relax with and appreciate while sitting out in the hot sun.

Hardywood Cream Ale is very smooth and drinkable - I can already make this assessment after just one sip. A framework of grains and barley with some hints of corn and crisp yeast that bounce back and forth. Lightly sweet from the start; just enough to ease drinkability without approaching disturbing levels.

The corn sweetness fades quickly into a mild and apparent bitterness from the hops, which are definitely more present on the palate. Earthy, floral, and meshed perfectly with the light and zesty lemon and citrus notes on the very back end. It has a clean, dry finish, thanks to the lagering of this brew with appropriate yeast.

Wow, I don't know if I've ever seen my glass empty this quickly before. This is up there with Schlenkerla Helles as one of the most easily drinkable beers I've had. Again, this beer isn't going to blow your mind. But that's not its intention. I threw this back during a family barbecue and it was the perfect choice. Very nice cream ale.

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Photo of dmk91
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.
Lively carbonation with a near medium body.
So so aroma but a significantly better than average (for style) flavor.
Bready malts with considerably more spicy hops than expected.
Perhaps a bit off style, but better off for it.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, semi-clear, golden a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Hmmm. Not much in the way of aroma. Faint, really, faint, notes of toasted malt, and maybe some honey, but not much else.

Taste: Wow! What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, biscuit-like and bready, followed by some caramel and honey-like sweetness, a hint of black pepper, and maybe vanilla. No hops what-so-ever. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an exceptional cream ale! One of the best I’ve had in fact! Strong flavors of malt and caramel-like sweetness, wrapped up in an extremely smooth and creamy quaff. Delicious and highly recommended for fans of cream ales!

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Photo of jimbob25
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VCUgrad
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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 SmoothOneTwo
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DerekP
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of carbonation bubbling up in this golden brew. Head retention all the way. Smell is appealing with floral hops and some malty sweetness. Taste is again, some malty sweetness under a peppery/hoppy blanket. Feel is crisp, very carbonated. I could drink this all day. At 4.4%, I wish this had as much availability as Yuengling Traditional Lager. Bought a can of this at Murphy Beverage Co in Old Town Winchester, VA.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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 DKHNOVA
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trambo
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/11/14, poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden-yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely due to the carbonation bubbles continuously shooting to the top

S- faint traces of whipped cream, slightly grassy with some earthy malt, overall pretty muted

T- sweet cream soda flavor up front leads to clean barley and lager yeast, trace of floral and earthy hop on a slightly sweet finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel leading to a cream and smooth finish

O- very simple and easy drinking with a nice subtle creamy sweetness

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Photo of Links41
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasty malts. Taste is malts, vanilla, some cream, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and highly sessionable beer.

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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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