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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   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: Its definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. Its not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking. O: Id reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. Im even regretting not picking up more than a single can.


3.1
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3028) - 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 (15) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1520) - 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.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
jgb9348 (4636) - 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 Joes in Falls Church (Baileys Crossroads), Virginia on 6-March-2014 for US$1.67 sampled at home in Washington on 18-March-2014.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vlan1 (188) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4553) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DCLawyer (1358) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
//. From can. Golden yellow with a white head. Floral, grassy and corn aromas. Malty flavors with corn and grass. The finish is tart and a little bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Can!!! Barely hazy golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of cream soda. Taste is bittersweet vanilla and bitter herbs. Hmmmmm.


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