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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA Conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood
Hardywood Hoplar follows the wood-aging tradition of the earliest India Pale Ales, which were matured on oak. Rather than oak, we’ve selected the delicate wood of a fallen Virginia Tulip Poplar, which was TreeCycled by CitiWood and toasted for use in this hearty IPA. While this Poplar can no longer rustle in the wind or give shade, it is able to offer balance to the bright citrus and pine character from heaps of Cascade, Columbus and Summit hops with subtle notes of caramelized vanilla. And the tree was hoppy.

In the mid-1800s, when the early IPAs were being shipped in wooden barrels from the breweries of Burton-on-Trent to thirsty British colonists in India, our Tulip Poplar was a mere sapling on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. On September 18, 2003, this towering Poplar prevailed to the fierce Hurricane Isabel and fell on Bell Creek Road. Richmond-based CitiWood Urban Forest Products helped us transform the wood from this fallen Poplar into custom designed flavor- and aroma-enhancing infusion sticks. Post fermentation, Hoplar is dry-hopped with a generous helping of whole-flower Cascade hops and conditioned on the toasted Poplar.

Hardywood Hoplar is mahogany in color with a hearty, tan head and offers an aroma of grapefruit brûlée and pine needles, as well as delicate vanilla toffee and a hint of campfire. Medium- to full-bodied with assertive (100 IBUs) yet delightful hop bitterness, Hoplar is balanced with ample caramel malt backbone. A bit of earthy tannin from the Poplar harmonizes with the resinous hoppy character, which dissipates into a lingering finish. We believe this tree’s spirit lives on in Hardywood Hoplar, and hope that the finished product rouses your spirit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2205) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2016
Really nice double IPA, although I could have used more hops. The balance and hop flavor that were there were really delicious. But I could have used a bit more. I liked how this double wasn’t overly malty. I’ve had a bunch of IPAs that have been over-the-top malty and bready. I’m really pleased that this one was not. Hoplar poured a rich amber color with a plentiful beige head. The head left some really nice lacing around the inside of the glass. The nose featured some critrusy hops and wood. Like I mentioned, the flavors were balance were great, but I could have used more hoppy notes. It’s still a really nice IIPA, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2713) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Small sample on draft. Some really good things going on with this brew. Nice notes of wood, hop, caramel malts, pine needles, Earth, spice and fruit. The blend is really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8615) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2015
75cl bottle share @ SHAPE NFL Fantasy Draft. Thanks Steven. Orangée, col fin crémeux beige. Arôme offre un bouquet caramel bien agréable, houblonné moyen apportant une petite dose d’agrumes et de tropical. Rétro boisé différent de ce que on trouve d’habitude, apparemment du peuplier. Palais reste malté pâle avec un léger houblonné de pin, le tout restant très sec. Rétro boisé ajoutant à cette sécheresse générale. En houblon, il me semble que pas mal de houblons C sont à noter. Au final, l’idée de faire un usage de bois de peuplier semble être intéressant mais le résultat reste cependant peu convainquant tant ce dernier obscurci le profil du houblon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Draft at the pour house. Pours clear golden with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has a balance of floral notes and a slight earthiness. The taste has a light, dry bitterness, plenty of sweet citrus, and a touch of vanilla. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1451) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Subdued aroma of hops with hints of pine, fruit and citrus. Pours an orangish caramel color with a lasting white head. Tastes of hops, resin and mango with hints of citrus. Medium body with a dry slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2393) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Backlog. 4 oz sampler. Orange/gold with white head. Bitter pine hops, citrus notes with hint of wood. Just ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippieFee (278) - - JUN 12, 2015
Large Format - Cloudy dark orange color with a real thick head that sticks around for a while. Another dry flavor on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ctplt777 (451) - - MAY 21, 2015
I’ve had this on draft and out of bottles and it’s excellent. Another great Hardywood beer. Aroma is huge sweet peach and mango. Just the juciest peaches, it’s delicious. Taste is bitter, hoppy and full of tropical fruit. Again more peach and mango with a nice sharp bite of grapefruit. Super drinkable and for a beer as big as it is, I was worried there was going to be a weird syrupy sweetness from the malt but I was pleasantly surprised. So many of these big ipa’s tend to be weird malt bombs. I’m glad this one stayed on the hoppier side. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2850) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottled. Poured cloudy reddish orange with a white head. Clean pine aroma. Some citrus. Some sticky resin and malts. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle thanks to GreggMartin. Very grassy/piney hops in the aroma. The wood kinda comes out in the flavor, which is more bitter than anything else. Gregg has too many hotdogs in his tumtum and gets nuts on his Sunday. Makes him feel like a big boy.

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