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732. Starr Hill Brewery King of Hop

Starr Hill King od the HopsThe last of the IPAs from my New Jersey box and another one that probably suffered due to age of the bottle. The Starr Hill website notes a July 1 release date for this beer and I drank it in mid-December. Assuming this was a single release the beer would be 5+ months old and that can really kill an IPA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a fluffy white head that left lots of lacing. Aroma was dominated by floral hops, pleasing but almost perfumy which is not what I prefer in an IPA. Taste started out sweet and then those same floral hops come through with a bit of lemon and a big bitter finish.

Not bad and something I would like to try fresh to compare as I bet it would be a lot better.
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 50
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Brewers Website: Starr Hill Brewery
Brewers Description: King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.

661. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Capital Trail Pale Ale

Hardywood Craft Capital TrailMy second beer from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and another beer from my box from Virginia. Unlike so many breweries that are canning Hardywood seems to use a very simple design on their cans. Contrasting colors and easy to read but no flashy designs like we see from Baxter Brewing, Bissell Brothers, The Alchemist and many others.

Capital Trail pours a cloudy copper color with a nice white head. Aroma is resiny pine and quite dank for a pale ale. Taste was more sweet than I expected with the hops taking a back seat.

A pleasant beer but nothing that stands out among a crowded field of quality pale ales. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 50
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Brewers Website: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Brewers Description: 
Citrus peel, fresh cut grass and a hint of pine needles greet your senses as you approach this refreshingly balanced, dry-hopped American-style pale ale. This beer is dedicated to the hard work of the volunteers and supporters of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. Joining the historic and current capitals of Jamestown and Richmond, the Virginia Capital Trail will provide 50+ miles of cycling, running and walking paths through stunning cities, parks and wilderness in the heart of the Old Dominion. Your purchase of this beer supports the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation.

630. AleWerks Brewing Bitter Valentine

AleWerks Bitter ValentineAleWerks is a new brewery for me and I got this in a box from someone that lives in the Virginia area. Bitter Valentine is a double IPA but the name is kind of deceiving as it is really not all that bitter.

Bitter Valentine pours a deep orange with a slight off white head. Aroma is a nice mix of sweet malt and citrus hops, not a one dimensional beer. Taste follows with a sweet malt base to start and then a solid amount of citrus and floral hops with only a slightly bitter finish. Overall this is a DIPA for beer drinkers that prefer a nice balance in their beer. I enjoyed it but I actually prefer the big over the top citrus hop bombs.
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Well balanced for a DIPA
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Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: AleWerks Brewing
Brewers Description: Our Double IPA is loaded with Pacific Northwest hops blended with a light malt backbone. A bitter Valentine for you to love, how ever unrequited.

594. Hardywood Park The Great Return

Hardywood The Great ReturnAnother new brewery for me, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia. The brewery has an interesting story which you can find on their website (link below). The Hardywood name comes from where the owners met and discovered craft beer in Australia.

The Great Return is their IPA and it comes in a nice looking 16 ounce can. Appearance is near perfect orange with a nice two finger off white head. Aroma has a nice mix of grapefruit and slightly dank hops. Taste is very hop forward with grapefruit, pine and only a very mild bitterness in the finish.

This is a great example of a solid single IPA and something that should be sought out if you visit the area or have a trading partner that can get their hands on it.
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Nice mix of tropical and pine hops
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Brewers Description: Bold, resinous and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River as a bounty of vibrant aquatic life, eco-friendly recreational activity, and in our case, fresh brewing water. These efforts have culminated recently with the symbolic return of the endangered Atlantic sturgeon, a prehistoric, yet majestic behemoth of a fish, spotted as far up the James River as the fall line in Richmond. Your purchase of this beer supports the James River Association. Thank you for being a part of The Great Return.

In our commitment to James River conservation, Hardywood will contribute $10 per barrel of The Great Return to The James River Association, to support their mission to be the guardian of the James River. The JRA’s core programs include Watershed Restoration, Education and Outreach, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program.