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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - 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: Itís definitely a light-feeling beer, as it should be. Itís not very dry, however - in fact, I think the carbonation is about 10% underdone. But it is refreshing and easy drinking. O: Iíd reckon this is everything I could want in a good cream ale. Iím even regretting not picking up more than a single can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilovedarkbeer (2573) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Pours a golden color with a lacy white head. Notes of sweet breads, corn, and a little bit of earthy hops. Decent body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1818) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Appearance: Yellow golden, clear. Good amount of white head.
Aroma: Light malt and hops. Not much.
Taste: Nice light malt, some hops. Creamy, some fruit. Easy-drinking.
Bought: Total Wine (Sterling), 355 ml can, $1.99
Info: 17/9-2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2015
12oz can - thanks Bill. Hazy straw gold hue. Light toast & malt smell. A bit toasty / different for a cream ale. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
12oz can. Poured a yellow color with a white head. Citrus, some breadiness, and sweet corn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Can. Pours a clear straw yellow body under a small wispy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is slightly sweet and creamy with just a bit of pale malt and fruitiness. The flavor is pretty good, very clean, just the lightest hint of hoppiness. Soft delicate pale maltiness. Light bodied and very easy drinking with soft carbonation. Nice beer, I could down a few of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsd08460 (506) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma: cereal, floral, Appearance: clear gold, white head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: light body, thin feel, abrupt finish Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3589) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2015
12 oz can. Lively carbonation with a near medium body. So so aroma but a significantly better than average (for style) flavor. Bready malts with considerably more spicy hops than expected. Perhaps a bit off style, but better off for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2015
This beer is a clear golden-straw color with a medium white head that recedes gradually to a film. Sticky small patches of lacing. Aroma of fruit, malt and grassy hops. Light-bodied with flavors of roast malt, fruit and mild hops. The finish is mildly bitter with a short herbal hops aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnokk (317) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2015
NOSE Ė very light pils type scent. FLAVOR - light body, full mouth feel. Tasty for a lighter beer option.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2015
12 ounce can
A pleasing experience from Virginia made a nice gift in a late Christmas basket. If this demonstrates what Hardywood can do I will be trying them whenever I get an opportunity to visit the other parts of the state. It balances subtlety with flavor in a way that makes it perfect for long sessions.

Aroma / Appearance - A golden rosy heart glows with warmth under a fresh white head. Cream soda, gentle hops, and a drop or two of vanilla rise without care from the pint glass. It almost smells like a craft made ginger ale fresh from the keg.

Flavor / Palate - Cream soda and vanilla sweep across the palate. Building over the course of a few sips, it manages to enrich and add depth. A soft lemony finish glows even after a minute or two of waiting. It might not completely set itself apart but for a regional brewery that I had never heard of prior to this month it succeeds.

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