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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (509) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11791) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3276) - 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?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1308) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3916) - 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 isnít quite up to being a great beer. Still, this is very worth trying. Iíd love to try it super fresh to see if it is even better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (880) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Overly sweet and strange. Not a good beer at all. Carbonation gets in the way and is frothy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2258) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
10/25/2013. On tap at the Bucket Trade. Amber color with a white head. Caramel aromas with pine, citrus and floral notes. Caramel flavors with bitter hops. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4595) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Keg @ Hardywood. The pourís amber with a small off-white head. Pretty robust caramel on the nose. Dank grass root. Dirty wet hops. A touch of resin. The taste is similar. Caramel-covered tree branch. Leaves. Moderately bitter. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, definitely unique. Nothing fruity or delicate here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8531) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, floral, herbal hops and some mild apples. The taste is bitter citrus and resin hops, toffee malts. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Amber pour with a tall, dense, foamy tan head. Earthy and floral hops up front with soft fruity notes and light caramel in the nose. Taste is floral and slightly earthy hops with mild citrus notes, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, soft grains and light grassy notes. Body is medium with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Finishes with a touch more pine, bigger floral hops, light citrus, earthy hops, caramel, sweet malt, toasted grains and light grass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3153) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from The Black Squirrel. It pours a hazy amber color with a large off white head. The head has good staying power. The nose was surprisingly subdued with nice earthy and woody hop notes. Perhaps a little pine in there. The flavor is well balanced with a touch of citrus leaning back towards those woody and earthy hop notes and a light caramel backbone. If I didnít know better, I would call it an English IPA only with a different malt profile. Medium bodied with a medium finish. A pleasure to drink.


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