Hardywood Bourbon DIPA
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Hardywood Bourbon DIPA is hopped with a heavy dose of Columbus, Cascade and Summit hops, fermented with an abbey ale yeast that imparts some subtle tropical fruit and peppery notes and conditioned twelve weeks in freshly emptied Virginia bourbon barrels from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where earthy, vanilla, toffee and bourbon notes lend an exquisite mellowness to Bourbon DIPA.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3759) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Location: Draft at the Brewery, 11/17/12

Aroma: The nose is heavy on bourbon and wood, with underlying herbal and pine hops
Appearance: This one pours a hazy dark orange color with a small head and some lacing
Flavor: The flavor has some of each of the bourbon and the hop bitterness, but the bourbon is stronger
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it feels fairly creamy, and the heat settles into the more dry finish
Overall Impression:  I thought this was a pretty solid example of a bourbon barrel aged DIPA. The bourbon/wood definitely overpowers the hop presence in the nose, and it is also a little strong in the flavor, but the hops come through more in the flavor then in the nose. I thought the combination worked well, but if the bourbon overpowering the hops is not for you, you might not enjoy one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
From a cork and caged 75 cl bottle shared at the Beer Head BBQ in Falls Church VA. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Butterscotch nose. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Medium body. Viscous mouthfeel. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4298) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Cask @ Smoke & Barrel (I think). Split w/Travlr. Amber with a tiny white head. Huge hot & sticky nose. Loads of caramel and vanilla. Hot, malevolent booze. Orange peel sweetness. The taste is similar. A hot old bitter bomb. Orange, pepper, brown bread. Light body, low carbonation. Fine, but really not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3828) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From the 750 bottle. Little carbonation. Sweet and fruity with some overall bourbon and vanilla notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1673) - USA - JAN 11, 2014
Hazy orange tan red in color... Aroma of light citrus, floral hops, bourbon, caramel, vanilla... Mouthfeel is caramel, creamy, flavor is citrus hop bitterness up front, lingers initially on palate but gives way to vanilla and toffee on finish... Hints of Belgian yeast... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3523) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Corked and caged bottle poured a dark orangish amber color with aromas of vanilla, booze, hops and light butter. Flavors were light hops with some bourbon oakiness in the aftertaste. A nice bourbon aged DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2130) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
11/20/2013. 750 ml. Corked and caged bottle. Pours deep amber to copper color with a tan head. Sweet buttery flavors from the oak with caramel and spices showing. Creamy mouth feel with low carbonation. Very smooth. The bourbon is showing well with a slight alcohol burn. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Dark amber pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is blissful! Lots of vanilla and coconut atop chewy caramel, hops, sweet malt and wet oak. Some spicy notes in the nose as well. Taste is strong vanilla, toasted coconut, booze, wet oak, floral hops, chewy caramel, sweet malt and soft toffee notes. Body is medium-full and chewy with lots of boozy warmth and a soft, creamy carbonation. Very sticky as well. Ends with more coconut, vanilla notes, chewy caramel, light toffee, floral hops, faint citrus, wet oak and light earthy notes. Wonderful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7899) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at Brewdown. Pours reddish amber with white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, caramel malt, sticky sweetness and toffee. Medium body. This was my last beer of the night. If you look at my actual tasting notes, they read "red dish w mtt h_d cand mnts tow mish By." Somehow I was able to decipher that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (451) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Tasted on tap at Brew in Chesterfield. Oak, juniper aroma, peanut, bitter, but not hop bitter; tastes of malt, long finish, teaberry, clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
This bottle came from a Four Roses barrel. Darkish amber, hazy, creamy smooth and lasting head. Aroma was vanilla, pine, and booze, fairly intense. Flavor was pine, anise, vanilla, wood, and booze. Bourbon weighted heavily here. Belgian yeast was totally obliterated. This became significantly better as it warmed - the flavors were harsh and out of synch when cold, but once almost room temperature, things came together a bit better. But overall, not my favorite offering from Hardywood - I just think that this one is better without the big bourbon note.

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