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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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, weíve 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 brŻlťe 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 treeís spirit lives on in Hardywood Hoplar, and hope that the finished product rouses your spirit.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2012
This is a rather pleasant beer, but thatís the problem. An Imperial IPA should never be described as pleasant. The hopping isnít aggressive enough. However, it handles the alcohol nicely and itís not overly sweet. Good, bit perhaps mislabeled.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1060) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1865) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippieFee (155) - - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ctplt777 (324) - - MAY 21, 2015
Iíve had this on draft and out of bottles and itís excellent. Another great Hardywood beer. Aroma is huge sweet peach and mango. Just the juciest peaches, itís 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 ipaís tend to be weird malt bombs. Iím glad this one stayed on the hoppier side. Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2584) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1056) - Dayton, Kentucky, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma that comes off almost as cedar (but given the name and description must be poplar) along with pine and grapefruit. Taste is very hop forward with bitter pine, tangerine, and grapefruit rind. Muted malts on the back end due to the high hop bitterness. Surprisingly drinkable. I liked this a lot.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mile (3427) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate to full malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel with some tropical - light floral fruitiness, faint notes of wood, some grapefruit - light piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and tropical fruitiness, some grapefruit/ piney hoppyness, faint alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish, some caramel and light tropical fruitiness, faint notes of wood, grapefruit/piney hoppyness, faint alcohol. Caramel sweetish DIPA - could use more bitterness (and less caramel). Nice head though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4627) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours crystal clear orange, large creamy beige head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, dankness. Flavor medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, fully bitter with a long lasting bitter finish. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. A bit hot overall, and honestly I did not get any direct overt impact of the wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7029) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2015
Draft at City Tap House DC. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have grapefruit citrus, herbal, light resiny hops with a big woody component, toasted bread, the wood smooths this out quite a bit, mild bitterness, soft finish.


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