Capital Trail Pale Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Capital Trail Pale AleCapital Trail Pale Ale

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by TechTriumph on 05-26-2013

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Reviews by billab914:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Photo of droomyster
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The can pours a hazy dark orange body with a super frumpy and long-lasting white head that smells of orange peel, lemon candies, and spices. Taste is sweet and candied up front, unusual but pleasant for a pale ale, before citrus zest balances the mid-palate and a balanced bitter sweetness rolls out the conclusion. Aggressive and unapologetic in its flavors, I admire the brashness of this pale ale. It has a lot going on and yet achieves the balance that we've come to expect from the best members of its style.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to smokeypeat for this one. It sits in the glass, pale straw at the bottom, arrearing more amber near the top. Very cloudy throughout the entire brew, almost to the point of being opaque, with lots of tiny pieces of yeasty sediment floating around. The soapy, tan-ish head recedes to a skin pretty quickly and doesn't leave behind much lace.

The nose on this one reminds me a bit of one of my homebrews. Lots of hops, but in a very raw and unabashed manner. Spicy, floral, earthy, dirty... It keeps a good balance between being light and being "in your face" all at once. The back end has a touch of light citrus rind, although fruit notes in this one are minimal - it's more about the raw hoppiness.

A sharp bitterness hits your palate up front, then fades nicely, leading the way into the rest of the flavor profile. Raw hops, herbal, ashy, floral, very "wet" tasting, even though this isn't a "wet" hopped brew. The hops taste a bit more vibrant and less dirty than they smell, but the synthesis between aroma and flavor is nice.

Some white pepper-covered grapefruit peels hang in the balance, however they still take a backseat to the herbal essence of the hops. Very mild pine in the aftertaste with a touch of tangerine. Strangely enough, I notice that the tangerine flavors grow quite a bit as the beer warms up. That's a shame, because this beer will typically be gone before it has time to get "warm". Light, crisp mouth feel with plenty of carbonation.

Very solid pale ale, and it's good to see Hardywood in cans. I love canned beers, and I especially love canned pale ales. What a perfect combination, right? Solid aroma, good flavors, and another beer to throw back on a nice, summer afternoon. Too bad Hardywood hasn't made its way to Michigan yet.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice golden orange with a fluffy white head.
S- Earthy hops and semisweet malt.
T- The hops over power the malt too much here. Needs a little more sweetness to balance it out.
M- Light to medium carbonation. Slightly drying
D- Maybe I got an older can but this kind of missed the mark. Drinkable, just not great.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, dark golden amber color with deep orange hues, and a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread and biscuits. There are also aromas of black pepper, straw, honey, and caramel as well as floral, citrus-like, grassy, piney, hops.

Taste: Quite nice. Malty and hoppy, maybe skewed towards hoppy, but not too bad. Toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, black pepper, and finished by some very pronounced, floral, piney, citrusy, resin-like, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and very nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is certainly an American-style pale ale! Hoppy and malty with lots of black pepper, citrus, grassy, resin-like, bitter hops. I like it, but could only drink one in a sitting, as the hops would just wreck my palate and fatigue it all to hell! Hop heads should really like this, though!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery "Capital Trail Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can coded "05/03/2017" and sampled on 07/24/2017
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Dry Hopped Pale Ale"... I figured I'd better get to this one now! Ahhh, it's still there. OK, fairly hazy (which is OK because it's dry-hopped) golden-amber colored body beneath a short head of creamy white. Aroma is earthy, grassy, floral, piney, herbal and fruity with a bready maltiness. Not surprisingly the flavor follows. There's more fruitiness with some orange, and perhaps a hint of grapefruit. In both the flavor and the aroma the malt and hops are tightly connected. It's not that bitter although the can reads 55 IBUs. It seems more like 45 but maybe I'm off. It does have a nice dry finish with some residual pine, earth, and grass to it. Ahh, a hint of citrus as well. Medium bodied with a smooth, moderate carbonation. Pretty nice all around.

3.75/4/4/3.75/3.75 = 3.91

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go-to and one of my favorites. Neither look nor smell are particularly impressive, but I love the taste: bitter piney hops with a hint of chewy citrus, and some sweetness thrown in. Having had both more than once, I can definitely tell this is the same brewery that make their pils- theres are some definite similarities. Who's complaining? Not this guy.

Edit: had again 8/23/17 and 8/31/17. Lowering rating a bit, as it's one of the first craft beers I both tried and one of the first I reviewed an bit later, but it's still delicious. Not so impressed with appearance- floating chunks clearly visible. Tastebis also slightly less pronounced than I remember. Still a great example of the style, and one I'll continue to remember fondly as one of the first craft beers I obsessed over.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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