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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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In August, 2011, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery pioneered a new concept in collaborative brewing: community hopped beer. We had always believed that if we were going to brew an IPA, that it better be extraordinary. Continuing a tradition from our home brewing roots, when neighbors and friends grew hops to contribute to our annual fresh-hopped IPA, we reached out to Richmond’s very passionate beer community to invite home hop growers to donate some of their fresh harvest. Sure enough, they came through. With fresh hop contributions from local home growers, Hardywood RVA IPA captures the terroir of Richmond and the spirit of its hop growing beer enthusiasts.

A wet-hopped, American-style India Pale Ale with loads of fresh local Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Glacier hops, Hardywood RVA IPA displays a toasted auburn color with a vibrant, creamy head. Cedar, citrus and herbal notes pervade the aroma, while the flavor offers a floral character and a delightful, resinous mouthfeel that can only be achieved with an assertive dose of freshly harvested hops. Medium- to full-bodied, Hardywood RVA IPA finishes with lingering hints of grapefruit and honey.

While only 40 gallons of the inaugural RVA IPA were brewed on the pilot brewery in 2011, Hardywood plans to offer local gardeners free hop rhizomes each spring with educational materials on growing and harvesting hops, and the hope for a portion of their bounty at harvest time. We’re hopeful that Hardywood RVA IPA will not only evolve as a unique annual beer offering, but as a fun, community building experience.

Special thanks to our 2011 hop contributors: Sean Thomas-Pumphrey, Lindsay Weiford, Karl Elchinger, Nick Walthall and Taylor Chenery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2865) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
bottle, from the brewery. not that good aroma, sweet. Earthy, papery/wood. little citrus. tad hazed golden orange color, ok head that faded quickly to a ring, no lace. bitter sweet flavor. light body, slick creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. That’s not interesting, dull aroma and flavor. not a fan of...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized head. Citrus, pine, and earthy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nickls (1938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Tap. Clear golden orange. Nose is dead, flavor is dead, faint paper, dusty candy hops. Lighter to medium slick body. Off putting sticky light sweetness. Is this old? Just off? Either way, not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Pale yellowy pour white head. Nice fresh hop aroma. Not overpowered. Hints of citrus and resin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1470) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
A wonderful concept and a testament to community brewing. Piney, rustic, earthy hops and a nice vinous malt backing. Short palate, fleeting resin, homegrown flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Orange pours with some citrus hops. Light sweet finish. Tap at Snallygaster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orange amber color, medium white head. Aroma of fruity, earthy citrus. Taste is earthy orange peel. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
azy chestnut, thin oily white ring top. Stale newspaper and grain oxidation, heavy excess bubblegum Sugar, light bubblegum and paper, stinging coin through the end. sticky and old, why?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2868) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared, poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy caramel brown with off-white head. Smells of honey, citrus, piney hops. Tastes of caramel, citrus, pine/resin, piney hops, honey. Medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4539) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Location: 750 ml bottle from my father, 12/22/13, 2013 Release

Aroma: The nose earthy and floral hops, some fruity notes, sweet caramel/toffee malts
Appearance: It pours a nice, clean orange color with a small head and minimal lace
Flavor: The taste is mid-sweet and mid-bitter, clean hop flavors, finishes a little more bitter
Palate: The body is medium, with an average-plus carbonation, some stickiness, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a solid IPA and a really cool concept beer, but it isn’t quite up to being a great beer. Still, this is very worth trying. I’d love to try it super fresh to see if it is even better.

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