Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by koopa:
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Growler filled at the brewery.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden to pale orange juice color with a 1 finger white crown comprised of fine/dense carbonation bubbles that show moderate retention and good lace.
Smell: Grapefruit, loads of pith, lightly grassy notes, bready malt, a touch of brewing salts, and the tiniest burnt rubber quality.
Taste: Same as the nose but that burnt rubber quality is more apparent. The burnt rubber quality was much more prevalent in a draft sample I had the same weekend at the Blackback Pub. It's also a quality I've tasted in other hoppy beers that didn't use Riwaka before. It's probably just the way my palate presents some particular types of hops or perhaps a particular amount of hop bitterness or something. As the beer warmed I seemed to notice it less.
Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied with medium carbonation. A touch too thin for my liking.
Overall: A fairly stock HF hoppy beer which means it's really good! The riwaka hops are nice but they didn't wow me like I wanted them to.
Serving type: growler
10-09-2012 22:01:32 | More by koopa
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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.