TheBeerGod (5465) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Draft at Hardywood. This is the Citra hopped version (also called the SBCitra04 on their Facebook page). Aroma is floral hops and citrus with caramel notes and soft malt. Taste is sweet malt, citrus, light caramel and floral notes. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more floral hops, citrus, sweet malt notes, light malt and tropical fruit.
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery. Pours a near clear golden amber with small offwhite head. Smells faintly of typical american citrusy "C" hops. Flavor adds some grassiness but mainly a toasted, caramel backbone. Semi lingering bitterness. Low abv makes for good sessionability And brewed for a very special occasion. Very cool in my book.
Foxbush (1444) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Brewery I took my brother-in-law to the Thursday night tasting with food trucks. The beer poured with a small head and gold color. There was a definite grapefruit flavor. The finish had a bitterness that engulfed your whole mouth. This low alcohol beer is well worth the experience. Medium body with average carbonation.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled both at the brewery and via growler fill. SB604 as a bill has definitely transformed Hardywood, probably in ways they never even realized it would. Light amber, small but lasting head. Aroma is lightly toasty with some citric and grassy hops. Flavor is relatively mild, a lightly caramel and toast malt balanced by some grapefruit and grassy hops on the finish. Decidedly hoppy. A nice, small bitter with a clear American twist. Enjoyable, we need more low ABV brews made locally.
Velkyal (305) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had at the brewery. Pours a yellow straw with very little head. The aroma is classic American hops, citrus, pine resin, you know the story. Taste wise the hops really overpower the beer, making it rather harsh and unpalatable in the long run. Could use some crystal malt and toning down the hops.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery straight up and through a cascade randall. This is a great example of the style and a slamdunk for Hardywood as far as a great summertime offering. Pours a crisp hay, looking almost like champagne. Slight citrusy aroma, but nothing overpowering and the same goes for taste. There’s a lot of substance in this low-ABV beer. Hits the tongue crisp and clean and settles with a tangy bitter bite.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy amber color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of
floral and herbal hops with toasted malts. The taste is bitter herbal and floral hops with toasted malts. Medium bodied.
radagast83 (5380) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Poured a clear rich copper color with a small white head. Aroma was nutty, caramel malt. Flavor was also nutty with notes of caramel. This was pretty sessionable.