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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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 (3084) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8140) - 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 (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Wierd beer with hops. On tap at capital ale house. Woody ale with hops dude.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TylerGreenDC (296) - - AUG 11, 2014
On draft. Nice aroma of woody something. Nice flavors of biscuit, toffee and pine. Tempted to think this could have been special if it had been in those poplar barrels a good bit longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 25, 2014
On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA. Clear mahogany with a creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, toffee, apricot, pine and biscuit. Taste of pine, caramel, apricot, citrus, pineapple, bitter orange, floral hops and toffee. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. Although this is an intensely bitter beer, the bitterness is amply matched by malty and fruity sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (308) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 Aroma is pine citrus and hops. Taste is pine. Citrus, hops at end. Barrel aging is noticed, woody, oak like notes. Very smooth and good. Must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with an off white head leaving a little lacing. Aroma of hops and barrel aging. Poplar barrels add an interesting flair to the hoppiness, with notes of malt that balance out the flavor to make it very smooth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1330) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Shared a bottle with friends in California. Hazy dark golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt, floral notes, citrus, biscuit. Tastes of sweet malt, floral notes, grapefruit citrus. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1430) - - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste adds vanilla, wood and light floral notes. Lightly syrupy and little carb. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (496) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber with a thick creamy head. Malted caramel aroma. The taste follows suit with a sticky finish. Rich mouthfeel. Barley presence. Not really an ipa but big and excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (949) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a hazy copper color with a short lasting head. The aroma is of caramel and pine the taste is really nice citrus flavor of grapefruit that lingers on the pakate

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