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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: 54
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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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
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
Photo of jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bostonryan, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

polishkaz, Sep 23, 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%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CypherEnigma, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for picking this growler up for me when he went up to VT to get beers for our epic 13 course beer dinner. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a wonderful lightly hazy/cloudy golden light orange hue pour . Big, fluffy almost 2 finger white head slumped down to leave thick, sticky side lacing and wonderful retention. Excellent.

S - So this is Riwaka hops eh? Nice New Zealandy hop characteristics, earthy, almost wet hops, nice lemony grapefruit citrus ring hop thing going on. Definitely not a typical hop aroma.

T - Taste is spot on too. More of those tasty new zealand hops here. Lots more citrus and grapefruit peel on the taste with that subtle grassy/earthy making up the background. There some slight lemon, almost like a combo of a farmhouse and a pale ale. Very interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, slightly dry. Incredibly drinkable.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer featuring a rather hard to come by hop variety. Glad I got to try another Shaun Hill offering, Really like this lighter styled pale ale.

rudzud, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ScottP, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BrockettBrewing, Mar 17, 2013
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.