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Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Riwaka Pale Ale
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 53
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: New Zealand's rare and difficult to obtain Riwaka!

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-31-2010)
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sdaly3:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sdaly3, Sep 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

bierdabbler, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mike for hooking me up with this one!

A: Pours a rather light golden color with a foamy two finger white head on top, very nice retention. Sticky lacing forms all around the glass.

S: Very earthy, with a lot of zest/rind going on. Some lemon and grapefruit and grassy aromas. Just a bit of pale malt.

T: Light lemon and lemon rind mixed with a little grapefruit juice and some pale malt. Just a little bit of pine, but overall very clean.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy drinking.

O: A great pale ale, tons of flavor, very clean and incredibly drinkable. I had no problem polishing off the entire 750ml growler. I have had more flavor forward pale ales, but few are as drinkable as this one, which I feel is important in a pale ale.

mdaschaf, Sep 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I am being constantly surprised with Vermont's IPAs. And this one doesnt dissappoint. This one pours a yellow/orangish hue, normal white two finger head. Aroma is of nice citrus and hops, clean smell. I like it a lot. The taste is awesome and follows the nose to a T. Mouthfeel is balanced and silky, dances off of the tongue. Its a lower ABV, which makes this thing so damn drinkable and enjoyable. Its a true champion of an IPA.

Solomon420, Mar 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

wesley14, Sep 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Amalak, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this one several weeks back. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Hazy, milky blond body with a tall white head that retains well.

Smell: Quite grassy up front, which eventually dissipates and reveals pineapple, lime and green tea. Yeast and malt are pretty neutral and allow the unusual hop aromas to shine. The hop character is unique, interesting and fairly enjoyable, but I'm not blown away by it.

Palate: Grainy, a bit gritty in texture, presumably from hop particles that didn't fully settle out. Lime and green tea flavors are prominent, with a touch of grapefruit bitterness toward the finish. Light and dry on the tongue, and firmly bitter in the finish. This is good and easy-drinking, but HF has made more impressive pale ales.

largadeer, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jmilo64, Jun 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

WeisGuy, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jamvt, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy bright orange hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop with a slight essence of tropical fruit.

The taste was upfront piney with secondary waves of grapefruit and pepper. Soft malt provided an adequate platform.

The mouthfeel was clean and toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward ale. Easy to drink.

plaid75, May 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into provided stemware at the 2012 Harvest Fest. Pours a hazy light orangey hay with a good amount of foam. Huge huge hop aromas...realy nice pine and citrus. Taste is fantastic pine, citrus, grass hop flavor but almost bitter/sweet at the same time. Very well balanced with the malts as the usual hop bomb bitterness is so well masked that just the hop flavor is noticeable. Superb huge hop APA!

DrinkSlurm, Sep 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Binger72, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

DarthKostrizer, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SourinQns, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

heffnate77, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

straightlambic, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Massbmx, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bostonryan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap from a friend's kegerator. Picked up at HF last week (thanks Shaun and Phil!). Multiple glasses. Looks similar to all HF pale ales, which is a nice, vibrant orange with a fluffy white head. The aroma is fantastic. Combines the grassy, dank, earthy hops traits with the citrus and tropical. The taste follows the nose. Piney, earthy, tropical and just delicious. The flavor profile is one of the best I've had (and a single hop at that!). At 5.2%, this packs a mountain of flavor. I could drink this forever.

Too bad these hops are so scarce. I hope the next crop of Riwaka is more abundant and this is made again in the future. Perhaps even an imperial Riwaka...

phingdong, Sep 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

rpstevens, Sep 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

pisano, Dec 04, 2012
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Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.