Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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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
5/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Note: IPA brewed with Riwaka hops from New Zealand.
Pours a mild amber color, bordering on orange/ruby red with a thin head into my glass.
A heavy citrus presence greets the nose, mainly grapefruit and mango. Unique.
Grapefruit and mango notes greet the tongue. Certainly not as strong as sorachi ace with more of a balance. Buttery malt shows up near the edge of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is dominated by the buttery malt. Very chewy with a texture that amazes.
Shaun has done it again. Riwaka is an amazing IPA that will challenge your palate. I just have to give this a perfect 5. I'm constantly amazed by what he can do and this IPA is a must-try!
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2010 21:55:18 | More by Brad007
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.