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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Richmondís 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. Weíre 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Nice looking amber color. Light aroma. Decent taste of sweet malt and some spicy hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippieFee (232) - - OCT 27, 2015
Draft - Hazy orange color with a nice white head that stuck around for a long time. Not an overly strong smell to it, mostly a hop bitterness smell. Nice strong bitter flavor with lots of subtle hints going on here. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ctplt777 (385) - - OCT 16, 2015
Itís okay, not really what I was expecting it to be. I was really thinking it was going to be a big juicy tropical smelling ipa, but itís mainly just grassy and earthy smelling. Thereís almost a soapy aroma to it. Taste is same grassy and earthiness. Some malt and thatís about it. Not really hoppy. Definitely long lasting bitterness but honestly not much else going on. As it warmed up I got a little more of a floral taste but really thatís about it. Itís weird, Iíve never been kind of meh about a Hardywood beer. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Kind of bummed I was really looking forward to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsd08460 (389) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Aroma: grass, herbs, Appearance: clear gold, white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Hops variety not listed, but seems different than most IPAs. Still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OnTheTrail (178) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Tasted in tiny cup at Trader Joeís. Golden color. Couldnít really detect much aroma, but the taste had plenty of fruity, spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
On tap at PF Changs in Sterling. Plus a clear golden yellow orange with a white head. Aromas of pine and light citrus. Taste is medium bitterness with a light zesty citrus finish. I was told this was "Hardywood IPA" When I asked what the Hardywood seasonal was.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (3009) - 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. Thatís 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 (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at Caponeís. 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 (2076) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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 (2721) - 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 (1537) - 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.

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