There’s so much to be thankful for. For me, personally, it’s finishing grad school, having a little baby due next month, getting a promotion, and feeling settled in a brand new house. On this particular site, we’re thankful for good beer first and foremost. On this particular day I switched back and forth between beer and wine, but ultimately ended up with something from Hardywood as my sister as was talking about trying to move down to RVA. Therefore, I thought it only appropriate to talk about the RVA IPA, which is a fairly delightful concoction for which we can all be thankful!
RVA IPA, Hardywood Part Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA) – @Hardywood
American Style IPA, ABV 7.0%, IBU 62
Presentation: Bomber pour into pint glass.
Appearance: A little cloudy, a little amber, a little red, and a little golden. If you said “pale hefeweizen” I wouldn’t have a problem with it. A medium amount of head lingers, leaving behind a fair amount of lattice. There’s also a hint of lemon that evaporates the further into the sip you get.
Taste: An interesting amount of honey and floral notes on the nose gives way to an almost lager presence with the body/finish. A few seconds later you’ll finally start to get a bit of hops, but it’s really smooth.
ABV/IBU: 62 IBU? B.S. This is much closer to a Pale Ale, and a mild one at that.
Overall: This is a really flavorful beer. To me, an IPA is never synonymous with a palate wrecking sensation. A bit of bitter hops, some floral aromas, a small bit of citrus, and some sweetness are fairly typical for a good IPA. The RVA IPA is a little bit of all that, but each phase is fairly mild and tends more sweet than bitter. There’s a bit of love in this particular beer, and I don’t mean the self-gratification variety. Rather, everything is so well balanced that this becomes a beer of all occasions rather than an occasional beer. Well done, Hardywood.