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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (570) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2309) - 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 (2930) - 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 (9940) - 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 (2000) - 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 (2614) - 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 (1514) - 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 (5466) - 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 (16394) - 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 (3726) - 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 (3527) - 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

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