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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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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   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnokk (154) - Ohio, 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 (3210) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (2019) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Light, smooth, Earthy and malty with a light bit of hops coming through more in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Can from Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of grasses- very light, not much there. Tastes of sweet grasses, green leaves, and has a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1940) - - JAN 10, 2015
Can. Aroma is fresh baked bread and some fruit. Taste follows. Creamy mouthfeel. Innocuous but enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5340) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a dark golden color with a medium sized foamy yellow-white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was tangy, sweetish, a touch corny and a bit malty. The flavor was sweet, tangy, malty and bready with a faint underlying fruitiness. Medium length finish. Medium body and smooth. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8424) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Can from Caponeís. Pours hazy, bright, golden canary colored with 2-finger well retained white head. Nose is cream akey, with that being bready pale malt, mild hopcitrus Tastes of bready pale malt, fairly assertive hops, citrus, apricot, milky. Smooth finish. This one is the cream of the cream ale crop, as such.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teromous (119) - - OCT 25, 2014
From the can: 16:30 09-22-1 (not sure if the year date stamp got rubbed off or if it never made it on) Appearance: Good transparency, only slightly hazy, light golden body with a thick fluffy white head, great lacing. Visible carbonation. Aroma: There is a light floral hop aroma; very pleasant! There is a bit of a sugary smell to it as well...itís a bit hard to describe...but, well it just smells like sugar. I get some of the grain in there too, very similar to Cheerios. Taste: The grain flavor comes through very nicely. Again it has a cereal flavor that is accompanied by a spicy but light hop flavor. The hop flavor gives it just enough juxtaposition to keep it interesting against the sweet cereal backdrop without being rough or imposing. The aftertaste is a light honey-like flavor. Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It feels about average...perhaps a bit low on carbonation but it feels alright. Itís light on the palate. Overall: I really would recommend this beer if you like lighter beers that have a good amount of flavor without being overwhelming on bitterness or sweetness. This is a nice light beer that sacrifices neither hop nor grain flavor in its overall construction. I am very pleased that I bought this and I will be picking some more up!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Compared to other Hardywood products, this was somewhat of a letdown, yet drinkable. Aroma was quite mild. Poured an orangish amber with very little head, somewhat cloudy. Taste was just not really there. Felt OK in the mouth. Not bad for a free beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3099) - 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.

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