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Hargreaves Hill Pale - Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 33
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jarmby1711 on 08-01-2005

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Photo of Mosant
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

I had a 330ml bottle. Label is a newer version than pictured.
Appearance: light copper orange. Some pale cloudiness from bottle conditioning as expected and is ok. A good white head which settles and you are left with nice even cover.
Flavour: good malty flavour up front. A very dry mouthfeel with tight bitterness but not overwhelming however missing fruitiness or other hop flavours for me. Low to medium carbonation. It drinks well and is nice and probably targeted more to the mainstream market.
Aroma: more yeast and bread aromas than florals. Not much going on on the nose really at all. A little disappointing for me.
Overall: a good beer and is very drinkable and I enjoyed the taste which is refreshing and lends itself to several in a session. For me it just lacks the aroma I'd expect for a craft pale ale.

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Photo of deg
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A rather tasty beer. I like their selection of hops. There is a citrus flavor, but not overwhelming and not much grapefruit. There is a good balance between the hops and malt.

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Photo of Stickydates
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Certainly worth a try. Nice, easy drinking APA with a little malt and good fruit flavours. Could drink this all day and all night. One of those beers which id be confident to offer anybody looking for a decent cleansing ale. Give it a go, you won't regret it.

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Photo of Pintfinder
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When it comes to drinking this beer I feel like I could do it as a full time proffession, I would like to be the Gary Ablett Jnr of drinking this beer, pure class in its consumption.

Unfortunately I am trapped into providing just a glowing review to this cracking APA from the Yarra Valley, which is known more for its wine than its great ales.

A Golden look with hit amber to its appearance, it gives off a highly infectious sweet aroma of honey and a just hint of ripened peaches.

A medium body that helped by a lighter carbonation, the front palate is met with a some strong nectar/honey like flavours easing into some crisp bitterness while maintaining a presence of stone fruit to it.

No diggity this beer has it going on, not long term drinker probably move onto something else once you get 3 to 4 beer in, but it is very easy to enjoy, I highly endorse giving this a shot!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/3/14

A golden orange with tiny suspended particles and a sediment swirl for a minute or two before it settles, a finger of foam quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave a fair amount of lace

S pine, spruce, grapefruit peel, some bready malt, slightly floral and spicy, not bad at all

T some lemon and orange rind, more spicy hops then the nose, less bready notes, lots of citrus, quite tasty, flavours strong

M medium bodied, creams up in no time, very gritty, sandpaper almost but I like it, citrus and spruce with a little spice stick to your mouth

O I thought this one great start to finish and like many beers I'm trying down under I'm surprised it doesn't get more love

Only a month after bottling I'm happy to get a fresh crack on this hopped up pale, lots of flavour for under 5% I'm sure I could session this for a while

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Photo of SmashPants
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: a standard brown 330mL bottle with a reserved but stylish semi-macro label. I like it.

Appearance: a slightly hazy orange-copper colour with fine carbonation. A small white head rises and hangs about for a while. Decent lacing too.

Aroma: a good combination of biscuit malts and citric hops. Some spices in there too.

Taste: a fantastic pale ale - again well-combined malts and hops with some fruit esters and those spices again. One of the better pale ales I have had to date.

Aftertaste: still tastes very smooth. Such a good combination - fantastic. Mouthfeel is super smooth too

Mouth feel: a smooth feel with just enough carbonation to carry the flavour through.

Overall: fantastic pale ale. Brilliant combination of flavours, perfect mouthfeel and aroma. Brilliant beer and well worth it, even though it is AU$70 a case (2013). Definitely one of my favourite pale ales to date.

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Photo of soju6
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a huge head that fades slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, with a bit of pine, some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste has a nice citrus bite with some caramel sweetness and a bit of grain and spice.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down quite easy. Worth a try.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Huge soapy white head, over a orange amber body alive with a column of rising bubbles rushing through the guts, brilliant bubble bath lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, peach and lemon.

T - Earthy mild hops, orange and mandarin with a light bitter bite.

M - Juicy medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Great session beer. One of the better APAs around.

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Photo of Toffman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour. Clearish with full head on pour which subsides to a persistent, light covering.

Initial smell has distict hop presense. I get cascade in the nose but it might be something american. Smells clean if one could be so bold.

Taste provides a solid but smooth bitterness along with the good hop flavour. The bitterness lasts throughout. Flavour profile is very clean. Light to medium in mouthfeel with a beautiful level of carbonation.

Overall, a great representation of the style and at 4.9%, a dead-set quaffer.

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Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold / amber, slighty hazy. One finger fine white head stays nicely, lacing good.

Aromas of grapefruit, pine.

Taste is all hops up-front, grapefruit body. Full flavour.

Nicely carbonated and crisp.

My vote on the debate below.. APA not EPA ;-)

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Photo of Stew41
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very enamoured with this beer when first released but the rising bar of fellow local brewers has forced me re-assess. Plus, if it makes any difference, with was brewed at the new site following the tragic destruction of the original brewery in Feb 2009. Still very clean and fruity but I found this sample a bit more lean and hoppy than previous tastings. You can drink this all day every day but as mentioned more options now for the Melbourne drinker.

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Photo of Quartermaine
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Its got to be an EPA...no way you could convince me that fruity taste is APA. Maybe the aroma, just barely could be APA like.

Anyway. Presents well and delivery good head on first pour into glass. Disapates quickly with considerable lacing remaining. Sediment enduced hazy dull gold colour. Looks as one would expect for a non filtered bottle conditioned ale.Smells of hop resin and some citrus. Enough bite to entice a big taste...

Definitely caramelly and biscuit mix in taste. Hop flavour and bitterness compliments and pushes forth for another sip. Fruity tones (cant pick a specific) make it rounded in the mouth. Aftertaste is pleasant and lingering.

Given it swings between styles a bit, its overall score is higher because its a bloody tasty beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biscuity, toffee malt aroma. Moderately-low notes of citrus but the hops seems a bit laid back for style.

Pretty clear, gold colour with a foamy, off-white head. Good.

The flavour continues the trend of the aroma. Plenty of toffee malt flavour with some moderately-low hop flavour which tends towards the resinous, earthy end of the spectrum. It isn't bad but it ain't amazing.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A decent APA. It's a little bit heavy for my tastes and needs more hop character.

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Photo of juju7
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good colour and head retention. Promising. Nose is quite pleasant with a bit of grapefruit and some malty undertones. Drinks fine with firm bitterness and good carbonation. Actual flaour is a bit thin though. Finish is short but pleasant. Nothing to get excited about but nothing bad. I might not seek it out but I'd definitely drink again if available.

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Photo of Hanger
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a schooner glass.

A - deep amber colour colour with thin (2mm) white head that dropped to fine lacing.

S - Malty but not very strong.

T - medium to strong malt tastes, not very hoppy, slightly bitter

M - smooth but slightly bitter and bubbly

D - Nice and smooth, easy to drink, not as hoppy as other Australian/American Pale Ales i've had recently. Could definately drink again.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a big fluffy off-white head over a hazy amber-orange body. Good head retention and plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - 4.0
Quite Belgian on the nose, floral, spciy fruity and yeasty.

Taste - 3.5
Not unlike a Belgian Pale Ale in style, with a prominent dusty yeast character. Biscuity malt, stone fruit, moderate bitterness and a pleasant, dry finish. Overly yeasty for my liking, but still good.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Sharp and lively carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability - 3.5
I certainly wouldn't say no to one, but probably wouldn't buy again.

An above average pale ale, more of an "Australian Pale Ale" than American, with just as much yeast character as hops. Not quite what I look for in a pale ale, but tasty none-the- less.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale copper hue with very nice carbonation that leaves a two finger frothy head with heaps of lacing,it has aromas of honey,malted coated hops,it has an above average mouthfeel with a creamy malty start which is beautifully balanced out with a subtle hop finish but not bitter and definately not sweet by any means such a nicely balanced out beer and could easily drink more than one of these.

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Photo of Macca
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a burnt golden colour with a slightly off white head with reasonable retention.

The nose is of fruity esthers and biscuity toasted malts.

These continue on the palate.

The mouthfeel is good with some nice bitterness towards the end.

A reasonable pale ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm pretty sure this should be listed as an English Pale.
Small head shows little persistence. Slightly hazy amber/pale copper.
Aroma is quite an eclectic mix of hops - sharp green grassy and spicy notes, grapefruit, orange blossom. A hint of clean malt underneath.
Very English flavours, lots of clean slightly sweet malt with a significant green hoppy taste and pronounced bitterness, finishing quite dry.
A bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of charlesw
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aussies... Well, I'll never understand them. This is an APA and not an EPA? At least, today and on this site. I'm reviewing as an EPA 'cause it scores better - and for a good reason.

Looks pale with low head. What's really cool about it is that a full 15 minutes after pouring it I still have completely covering head. Maybe only 1 mm or 2, but hey, it's there. Awesome.

Smells a little buttery. Oh! English yeasties!

Tastes sweet, a little bitter. Big and full in the mouth. Diacetyl up the yin-yang => very English, very to style, very good. Smooth. Easy. I'd drink it every day!

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Photo of koolk
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in colour with a small fluffy white head that persists.

Pleasantly fruit aromas (a lot of pineapple) that feel a little underpowered. A little bit of light toasty malt as well. Very nice, just lacking.

Strong fruit hop flavours and really biscuit malt character on the finish. Like eating an Arnotts arrowroot biscuit.

Great creamy body with a clean finish. Light bitterness, not overly present. Very well balanced.

I would say more English than American in style(perhaps), but a good brew. Would be eager to try on tap. Feels like a grower and a potentially very good session beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at The Royston.

Slightly cloudy orange gold colour. Looks nice. Head is minimal, but what is there is solid. Good lacing

There's just a slight hint of diacetyl on the nose, but the hops drive through with a sharp fruitiness, leaving it just a bad memory. Still, it's a bit weak, but reasonably pleasant.

Taste is also quite reasonable. Quite sweet, and surprisingly un-hoppy. There's a residual bitterness, and it's pretty clean on the palate. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and with a good amount of body.

Pretty nice overall, very enjoyable.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber topped with a small but firm off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Fruity yeast esters hit first backed with some biscuit notes.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but with a more biscuit flavour coming through. Bit of bitterness lingers.
M - A good mouthfeel, smooth and not too carbonated.
D - A decent, fairly well balanced pale ale. Nothing that'll blow your socks off but a few pints in a session wouldn't be a bad thing.
I'd say more English than American but whatever.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: hazy gold color, little head to speak of
s: not much smell to quaff
t: first few drinks were good with decent balance of malt & hops, but successive drinks seemed to lose that quality. no real bitterness
m: moderate body and carbonation that seem to dissipate with the taste. light feel
d: very drinkable for a few drinks, but not much after that

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Photo of norwichboy
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, amber, with an average sized long lasting head, good lacing. Very aromatic with grapefruit and lychees dominant. Taste moderately bitter with ground coriander as warms up. Quite a short finish though. Pleasant creamy mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation. Very very drinkable.

I also drank this alongside Little Creatures for a direct comparison. Similar style, although HH is cloudy and LC is clear. Creatures seems to have more going on in taste and a longer finish, but Hargreaves is much more aromatic. I prefer the less strongly carbonated mouthfeel. I'd hate to chose between them, but if Little Creatures has been the Australian benchmark then Hargreaves Hill is up there as one of Australia's top brews.

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Hargreaves Hill Pale from Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.