Capital Trail Pale Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Capital Trail Pale AleCapital Trail Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

A - nice cloudy copper haze

S - yummy hops and pine with great freshness. Slight hint of citrus but barely there.

T - great well balanced PA. Hardywood has done well here.

M - not dry and super easy to drink. Almost a hint of creaminess as it goes down. Quite rare with pale ale and delicious.

O - very impressed and will be a summer staple if continually available.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/18/14, poured into pint

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a small sudsy white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

S- big fruity hop aromas, picking up some tropical notes of mango, guava , grapefruit juice and orange peel, even picking up some Belgian-ish banana aroma. Earthy and grassy notes mix with a candied sweet malt aroma to round it out

T- the fruity hops are just as present in the taste; guava, grapefruit & peach. Hints of grassy and piney hops, lead to a sugary malt that compliments the fruity flavors nicely. The finish is dry with more fruit on the linger

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- so well balanced and drinkable with amazing fruity hop notes, wish I had more than one

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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Drank from the can. Appearance? Dunno. Nose? Didn't think about it. Taste? Well now we have something to discuss. This is easily the most resinous Pale I've ever had. Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, and pine galore drill themselves into your palate, and before you know it, you're not tasting anything else for the evening. 5.6 ABV? Seems impossible to destroy the taste buds with this ABV, but it is a killer. IPA fans take notice. Nicely done Hardywood, I'll be grabbing a sixer next time I see Capital Trail...

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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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