Cream Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Cream AleCream Ale
BA SCORE
3.59/5
197 Ratings
Cream AleCream Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#36,830
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
197
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
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 BDF2000
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of AbbieFerguson
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 RBorsato
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DKHNOVA
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 goodshiz
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jimbob25
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerrat
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as good as Little King

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4.12/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of bubseymour
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light easy to drink ale, with a crisp hoppy taste and finish. Seems close to a nice Kolsch but this is classified as a cream ale. I think this is a nice summer beer.

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a six-pack on 05/15/2013 and poured into a snifter.

A: Orange/Amber color, head disappears pretty quickly and there's only a thin layer. Bit retention of head with some lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma but can detect a citrus note, somewhat grainy. Very simple but nice.

T: Creamy and floral hops coming together, can be resinous. Bit sweetness in the finish.

M: Light bodied to medium bodied, very drinkable, and has a gentle fizz.

O: It's quite a refreshing drink and a marvelous cream ale for summertime. This definitely will be going into my arsenal of "go-to" beer for beach. I'm not crazy about cream ale but Hardywood did a great job with this one!

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

Photo of crc1935
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Aidan_Stewart
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Cream Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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