Capital Trail Pale Ale | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Capital Trail Pale AleCapital Trail Pale Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TechTriumph on 05-26-2013

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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 26
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

From a can, pours a bright hazy orange with active carbonation, lots of bubbles. Frothy white head that lingers.

Smell is citrus zest, orange rind, a little earthy, grass and pine needles. A nice malt backbone to balance it out.

The flavor is heavy citrus upfront, orange, lemon, then you get hit with the earthy pine that leads to a biter, but juicy finish. Well balanced, pretty active carbonation going down. A bit heavy for it to really be sessionable in my opinion, but it's really good. I like it.

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Photo of Boone757
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 ™. I also wish to dedicate this bicycle-themed CAN of beer to my late Pops, a founding member of the Lancaster (PA) Bicycle Club who rode off into the sunset over thirteen years ago.
From the CAN: “Dry Hopped Pale Ale”; “Shift Gears [-] Drink Fresh”; “(Re)Cycle”; “Citrus peel, fresh cut grass and a hint of pine needles greet your senses as you approach this refreshingly balanced, dry-hopped Ameri[CAN]-style pale ale. This beer is dedicated to the hard work of the volunteers and supporters of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. Joining the historic and current capitals of Jamestown and Richmond, the Virginia Capital Trail will provide 50+ miles of cycling, running and walking paths through stunning cities, parks and wilderness in the heart of the Old Dominion. Your purchase of this beer supports the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.” I know that Pops would approve of this one, especially since the graphics include a bicycle chain.
The Crack! revealed that the saddlebag in this one was chock full. I really like this trend, done to reduce headspace in CANs, but with the added bonus of making the CANsumer feel like they are getting something extra. I pedaled right into an inverted Glug and watched as it shifted gears in a pseudo-cascade, settling into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. The Belgian lacing that began to form was in honor of Eddy Merckx, a bike racer from Belgium who Pops admired in the Tour de France. Nose had an interesting minty bubble gum smell. Hops and yeast interacting in a different way, perhaps? Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel was medium. Taste had the elements mentioned on the CAN of “citrus peel, fresh cut grass and a hint of pine needles”, but I was still getting an odd pink bubble gum taste also, probably yeast-driven. That is okay since Pops’ middle name was literally “Odd”. Finish was dry, slightly bitter, lingering, much like Pops’ incisive humor.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

Dull apricot orange looking body, a bit murky there, with about a two finger bone colored white head, and some creamy retention.

Quite a nice hop forward pale ale aroma. Some dank aromas, thick pine forest and a little bit of grapefruit slightly. Hints more towards the earth/dank side than the fruit, a little bit of chewy malt and slight biscuit also.

Palate brings solid expected flavors. Slightly wet but easily in the pale ale realm, quick burst of hop earth and pine. Finishes citrusy a little bit, with more pine and spruce like aromatics to match.

Overall just a classic American style hop forward pale ale. Good solid drinker, reminds me a little bit of DC Brau's Public but a bit different.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, caramel-copper coloring with a clingy, dense, foamy, white head. Aromas of caramel, toast, orange peel, and subtle piney notes. Flavors are balanced, with a caramel sweet forward note blended heavily with citrus notes, as well as a good dose of bitter and dry grass and pine. Roasted overtones, too, but the bitterness ultimately prevails into the aftertaste, with resinous notes dominating. Dry, with a mid-body feel, all the way into the slick, slow finish with a lingering bitterness. Good, well balanced pale.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is good. A bit hoppy, but not overpowering, some citrus, very drinkable, glass seems to be emptying quickly. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head that leaves a lace ring around the glass. Bitter, piney, dry citric hops make up most of aroma with minimal sweet malts. Light bodied, crisp, the hops give off a citric and piney feel and finish dry. Some sweet and bread malts add to body and add some balance but nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Capital Trail Pale Ale from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 183 ratings
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