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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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! Best with: Pub fare, fried or steamed seafood, a hot summer afternoon by the river.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1229) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Appearance: burnished gold, with a creamy near-white head and minimal lacing. Aroma: bright nose, with a bit of lemon and honey smacks cereal. Taste: light flavor, primarily a bit of toasted white bread, some lemongrass, a bit of green apple, and ritz crackers with honey. Finish: short, clean, and crisp, with just a bit of lingering sweetness. Notes: Exactly what a good cream ale should be. Simple, easy drinking, and not overly complex. Very nice, would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Trader Joe’s, Alexandria can: Pours golden with white head. Aroma is sugary with the malts and light hops. This comes out as a pretty simple cream ale. Light hoppiness. Plenty of sweetness. Easy drinking. Decidedly uncomplex, but perfectly acceptable in every other way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
From the can. Pours a nice gold color with a lasting white head. A little corn in the nose with some sweet malt notes. Flavor leans malt forward with a hint of grassy bitterness and a bit of that corn. Light, smooth, and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3066) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
From a 12 oz can at the Big Buns beer dinner in Ballston. Pours a clear gold with a thick white head. Malty nose. Flavors of biscuit and white toast. Smooth, crisp finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wbright10 (16) - - MAY 27, 2014
Straight ahead cream ale. Drank straight from the can by the pool, hit the spot. Not too light, but light enough to not weigh you down having a couple on a hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Location/Date:Can on 3/20/2014.

Appearance: Pours cloudy yellow
Aroma: Sweet aroma, vanilla.
Taste: Light bitter, vanilla
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Enjoyable cream ale, very good session style beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Crisp clean clear coloured golden coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall pure white head. Aroma of pale malt, alcohol, cardboard, sour grapes, metal and very little else. Light-bodied; Very mild malty flavour with some metal, lemons and nothing else except for some bitterness. Aftertaste shows some pungency from metal and some funky flavours at the tail end, but nothing else really comes out except for a herbal note. Overall, a pretty poor offering, and aside from the can from a craft brewery, not any better than most creams out there - this is lacking in almost every dimension. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Trader Joe’s in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 6-March-2014 for US$1.67 sampled at home in Washington on 18-March-2014.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vlan1 (190) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Drank directly from can per can instructions. Nose is mainly corn. Taste is mild pale malt, corn and grassy hops. Smooth clean mouthfeel. Very clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4624) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2014
12oz can pours a hazy orange with with some thin, creamy, white head. Nose is lemon peel, some herb, a little raw corn, some grass, some wheat chaff, yeasty unbaked white bread. Flavor is alright, sweet, lemon, grass, flower petals, some orange, a little honey. Clean finish. Fine beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (1396) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Cab->mini lager. Hazy pale yellow with effervescent white head. A: lager grains, grass, malt. T: bland and watery corn lager. A touch better than a macro pale lager.

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