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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3187) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6549) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
750 from Wegman’s. Pours hazy copper with 3-finger, fluffy head. Looks great. Nose is piney hops, malt, tropical fruit,. Tastes piney, caramel malty, with notes of tangerine, pineapple, pepper. Smooth and complex finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2202) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Dark amber in color... Aroma of wood, citrus, grapefruit... Flavor is poplar wood, like tasting the wood department of Home Depot... The wood imparts a grapefruit like flavor to complement the earthy hops... Solid, cool beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4484) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2015
750 ml bottle thanks to Drake. Orange pour. This is tangerine and citrus. Slight oak. No way a hop bomb, but that does not seem the intent here. Subtle citrus flavors and mellow and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2839) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2014
bottle, from brewery. good aroma, sweet. citrus, more grapefruit/lemon and pine and guessing the poplar, though it could be oxidation. just a tad hazed brownihs orange color, good head, faded to a ring, spotty lace. bitter sweet flavor. heavy body, thick creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet, kind of drying finish. I’m not sure with the poplar or if this beer is old. aroma is not as good as aroma. leaves me wondering

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1594) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
750ml bomber from Drake, thanks Dan! Pours an unclear orange with a foamy off-orange head leaving cakey lace. Aroma has sweet fruits, oranges, some pine and some definite wood. Later down in the glass, some spices show through, there is a caramel note, and more of a tangerine presence shows. Taste is of sweet fruits, tangerines, caramel malts, some pine and dry wood. Quite fruity sweet. Medium bodied and dry with a touch of an alcohol presence. Finishes with a woody length, and nicely bittersweet. Solid tasty brew. Nice sweet fruity presence, a bit muted but solid, throughout, from the barrel, I’m guessing, opposed to more of an extreme hoppiness. Great flavor! 14.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brigg (530) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2014
(Bottle) Sandy brown body with a large, creamy tan head; stiff peaks, medium amount of thick lace. Fruity aroma, cherries, orange, unripe banana, alcohol, savory spices, caramel, malt. Flavor has strong alcohol, hay, woody, fermenting fruit, fresh pine hops; resiny finish with slight metallic. Full body, sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjames317 (93) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville. $9.99 for wood aged DIPA seemed too good to be true. Pours an opaque, cloudy copper/mahogany with fluffy yet lively off white head. Massive woody notes in the nose! Poplar overtones with hints of sticky, tropical fruit-laden hops. Firm caramel malt backbone. Notes of plum and viniculture. Really excellent aromas that don’t fade at all! Flavor is nice. A touch under-carbonated. Wood aging really rounds out the hops. Acidic and mildly boozy. The poplar really is the featured element here. Earthy, piney finish. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Sample at the DBLDP on 08/31/2014. Hazy copper-amber color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing on the glass. Oaky aroma with citrus and malt notes. Medium body with flavors of citrusy hops, caramel malt and oak. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (9233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Wierd beer with hops. On tap at capital ale house. Woody ale with hops dude.

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