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Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Riwaka Pale Ale
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 52
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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Photo of Solomon420
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

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
Photo of yourefragile
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Very excited about this one. The beer is similar in appearance to most other HF IPAs. Orange with a white head. The aroma is fabulous, with a huge hop presence. Light in body, with a nice bouquet of citrus. A tad sweet, but not too. So drinkable. Fluffy and soft on the palate. Elegant bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was simply terrific.

Huhzubendah, Sep 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

rpstevens, Sep 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

HevvyMetalHippie, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

DoubleSunshine610, Sep 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jawneyt, Oct 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sdaly3, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Lakemonster, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

OldCrustacean79, Sep 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

TheRuss9585, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Luk13
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap at HF Harvest Fest and growler. Hazy gold pour with white head. Super powerful nose, spicy hops, very very citrusy - quite unique hop aroma, definitely new to me, a kind of mix of spice, lemon and grapefruit. Pretty exotic. Taste is sharp and hoppy, very fresh, citrus zest and grapefruity finish. Super tasty APA. My favourite with What is Enlightenment.

Luk13, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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
Photo of jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Nice golden color. A big hazy. Fluffy white head.

Wonderful aroma of citrus fruits and grass. A little straw-like grain noticeable.

Taste follows suit. Slightly astringent citrus-hops (lemon, grapefruit) and lemongrass greet you with a touch of bitterness up front but smooth out immediately. Mild honey-like malts in the back. The finish sweetens just slightly. Very chuggable.

Mouthfeel is smooth as always with HF beers. Decent body for the lower ABV.

Overall this is very much like What Is Enlightenment, but with a slightly bolder body and not as borderline watery. However, as good as the aroma is here, it's just a notch below the incredible nose of W.I.E.

A beautiful little pale ale, yet again, from HF.

jbertsch, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to Moll for grabbing the growler for me. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Plenty of citrus peel and light pine. A bit floral. Flavor is quite dry and very bitter. Light body. Excellent. This was simply incredible. Shaun really knows what he's doing and, especially when it comes to hoppy beers, can't seem to miss.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

wesley14, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

VaTechHopHead, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nrs207, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

oldp0rt, Sep 23, 2012
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.