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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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.

aracauna's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2012
This is a rather pleasant beer, but that’s the problem. An Imperial IPA should never be described as pleasant. The hopping isn’t aggressive enough. However, it handles the alcohol nicely and it’s not overly sweet. Good, bit perhaps mislabeled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2609) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle pours translucent amber, off white head that leaves behind a trail of lacing. Solid hop resin nose. Taste adds some strong bitterness, pulp wood. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - JUL 4, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to obguthr
Pours slightly cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma is malty, caramel and pine. Flavor of grapefruit, grassy, woody and pine resin
Good, I like the mild wood flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (1607) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Clear copper color, medium frothy white head. Medium musky aroma. Medium body with an oily hops finish and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6284) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle. Beautiful pour, a warm reddish amber with perfect topping of firm pillowtop. The aroma is subdued but hints at a natural wonder. This drinks with a comforting warmth, rife with resin and earthy hoppiness. Exceptional. (#6208, 6/11/2016)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stephen57 (21) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bought @ Kroger Swift Creek Midlothian Va 5/18/16. Very sweet up front but definitely bitterness on the back end. Deep amber color. On label 100 ibu’s! Don’t taste it! Tulip poplar wood is present throughout the taste! Great balance hops vs, malts. I love the smell and taste but some people maybe put off by the tulip poplar wood. Slight piney hop presence with a hint of vanilla! As I stated many times before Put the bottled on date on the label!! This is a GREAT Beer from Hardywood. Well Done!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (2301) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
Tap at big hunt. Pours orange with lots of head and tons of frothy lacing. Nose is fruity and grapefruit. Flavours of tea, earthy, grapefruit, caramel. Taste medium bitter light/med sweet. Full sticky body lively carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (864) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Hardywood turns out great malt-forward beers... their barley wines, quads and stouts are damn near perfect, and I don’t know another brewery that consistently nails barrel aging as well as Hardywood does. I’ve enjoyed their IPAs, too, but they don’t knock my socks off the way their malty beers do. This is an example of a fine Hardywood IPA that only suffers from comparison to the brewery’s maltier lineup. This beer pours copper color with an average head. Citrus and floral hops on the nose and all over the tongue, too, are backed up by a slightly buttery malt. It tastes good and is entirely enjoyable, and it’s a huge testament to Hardywood that that’s not enough for me anymore. But there is nothing wrong with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2262) - 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 (2724) - 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 (9073) - 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.

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