Cream Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
7
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44
For Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Despite a hard pour, the beer doesn't raise much of a head out of the can and it pours a slightly hazy honey color; not much lacing

Smell: A little grainy, with some sugary corn tone; not much in the aromatics, however

Taste: A touch grainy, up front, with just a touch of balancing hops; tastes a bit of sweet corn but mostly non-descript

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch watery

Overall: This beer serves a certain market segment and I imagine it is popular with those who don't want much flavor or bite

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight brownish gold. Sweet nose. Quite a sweet profile on the flavor. Heavy malts it seems like. Much heavier than I would hope for, but frankly for this style, it seems about what people are putting out. A nice and easy drinker. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing to complain about either really.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Canned Jan 24th 2014, slightly old here.

A soapy thick and bone white head three fingers tall, sits on a cloudy and murky apricot orange to amber body. Some fine floaties. Head settles very slowly with some soapy retention.

Aroma is virtually non existent. Some sweet grains a bit, a little bit of orange like juice. Not much really going on or to say here.

Palate brings a little bit of the subdued senses. Mild pleasurable malt bill, with a good thick body. Slightly orange fruit sensations, and minimal bitterness. A bit of nice juiced quality to the beer, but struggling to find more to say.

I am not sure being that old for a cream ale is making a difference, but while enjoyable there is not a lot going on, compared to other creams I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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