RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 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 (579) - 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

Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Bottle. Nice frothy pour, with a head that keeps on giving through the entire bottle. It’s golden orange and nicely active. The aroma is a bit caged, with just a light earthy, funkiness. It drinks with a big-time, filling palate, with a restrained yet fully hoppy character. Very nice. (#6407, 11/21/2016)

Iphonephan (7339) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2016
From a bomber. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of pine and citrus. Bitter finish.

hershiser2 (3702) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap at Orzo.I killed the keg.

Poured medium amber with a small head. Aroma was not strong - typical citrus hop aroma and a backing of malt. Taste was orange, lemon, citrus peel, caramel malt. Kind of ordinary.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pour out of bottle, thanks Drake! Dark orange pour with fluffy slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, bread, some slight buttery notes into a bit of aged hops, slight pine, grass, and a touch of citrus. Taste was a mix of orange, slight lemon into caramel, toffee, aged hops, slight butter, hints of grass, finishing slightly bitter. A bit old and malt forward for my liking.

HippieFee (477) - - 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.

Ctplt777 (533) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2015
It’s 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 it’s mainly just grassy and earthy smelling. There’s almost a soapy aroma to it. Taste is same grassy and earthiness. Some malt and that’s 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 that’s about it. It’s weird, I’ve 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.

tsd08460 (1261) - 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.

OnTheTrail (594) - Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Tasted in tiny cup at Trader Joe’s. Golden color. Couldn’t really detect much aroma, but the taste had plenty of fruity, spicy hops.

Art (3220) - 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.

OldGrowth (3665) - 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...

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