Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Shaun for the fresh growler. Beer poured a 4 days after filling so changes are expected...
Pours into glass a medium amber-orange color, slightly hazy appearance which is no surprise considering the lack of filtration. A clean low white head quickly builds and relaxes into a spotty cap with nice dripping lace.
The smell is decidedly tropical fruit, not overwhelming so, but definite pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. This hop seems like a slightly lighter version of Citra or Nelson Sauvin, but great aroma and the beer holds this character well.
Taste is surprisingly less fruity than anticipated, but still retains the juicy drinkability that the nose suggests. Definite grapefruit, wet pine cones and light resinous qualities are matched by a fine but staunch bitterness. The beer is exceptionally well balanced and finishes quite clean.
Again, the day old growler is suspect but I did try the beer at the brewery. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft but assertive carbonation. Great round, smooth, and soft overall feel with clean tastebuds after.
Drinkability is very high on this beer.
Serving type: growler
01-05-2011 05:01:00 | More by NoLiberty
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District of Columbia
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
On tap at Prohibition Pig weekend of 2012 Harvest Festival.
Pours a cloudy light golden amber color with a generous white head, great retention and lacing. Aroma and flavor took me by surprise as I wasn't expecting something quite so unique while being exactly what expected. Loads of tropical and juicy citrus hops, but there was a slight tropical leafiness as well that added a slight spice and earthiness that enhanced the juicy and sweet flavor (without distracting). One of my favorite HF I/A PAs.
Serving type: on-tap
01-13-2013 01:36:58 | More by yourefragile
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.