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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz can into a pint glass. A: Pours a darker straw color. About two fingers of white-colored head is formed, and fades away almost at a record pace. The rough-looking texture is also pretty poor, as well. S: Cereal grains, perhaps unsurprisingly, are the dominant aromatic note. Two things really work in its favor - a lack of obnoxious corn sweetness, and even some nice grassiness. T: First things first: when looking at these basic styles (cream ale, pale lager, pilsner, or what have you) I look for one thing: how well-hopped is it? This one, thankfully, has a healthy citrusy finish to help balance the textbook adjunct character. While it is pretty sweet, it never becomes cloying. M: It’s definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. It’s not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking. O: I’d reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. I’m even regretting not picking up more than a single can.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2021) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Can: Thanks to my long-time trade buddy smokeypeat. Lovely golden-range color; mostly murky with a ton of rising carbonation bubble steams. Chunky, nimbus-like head on top; thick & slow to settle. Light, relaxed aroma but certainly on-point for the style. Sweet cereal grains, bread, faint corn & DMS, freshly milled barley, & mild hops, mostly of the floral, earthy, & dirty persuasion. A little citrus spritz & crisp lager yeast towards the back-end. Exceedingly smooth & drinkable on the palate. Grain, fresh barley, moderate DMS, crisp bready yeast, a little sweet corn cereal flavor, transitioning to a more earthy & floral hop edge in the latter half, finishing with a touch of lasting bitterness & citrus zest, leaving the palate dry, fresh, & clean. The intention of this beer is not to blow your mind with excessive aging time or a laundry list of adjuncts... It is to be fresh, drinkable, & light, albeit flavorful enough to hold your attention throughout. It succeeds.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Can at home. Pours clear gold with a large, foamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit, Pils malt and corn with light spicy hops. Flavor is crisp malt dominant, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3915) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Can: Little aroma, mainly barley malt but some corn. Clear amber, thick head. Light flavor, malt forward. Again, barley with a subtle presence of corn. As good as this style can get without encroaching into another style.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1784) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Golden orange pour below a pillow white head. Taste is smooth sweet grains, light hoppiness, hint of grassiness and a pinch of lemon. Drinkable and probably the best cream ale I’ve ever had - not like I seek out this style, but enjoying off the beaten path styles since the sierra nevada mix pack.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Subtle malt on the nose. Brown with a quickly vanishing head. Mostly dry with a touch of nutty sweetness. Light-medium bodied, smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1313) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3444) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3311) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3347) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wbright10 (17) - - 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.


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