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Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Riwaka Pale Ale
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108 Ratings
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

01-13-2013 01:36:58 | More by yourefragile
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-10-2013 05:34:27 | More by starrdogg
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-09-2013 14:47:45 | More by dunix
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benoit917

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-09-2013 02:34:42 | More by benoit917
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Franch

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-09-2013 00:25:07 | More by Franch
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2013 18:50:32 | More by rowingbrewer
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2013 04:59:04 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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alliupsidedown

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2012 01:51:27 | More by alliupsidedown
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

12-16-2012 19:56:24 | More by Thorpe429
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-12-2012 01:01:15 | More by CypherEnigma
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pisano

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-04-2012 15:25:36 | More by pisano
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

11-30-2012 03:29:05 | More by chippo33
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-13-2012 01:24:11 | More by lakersfan16
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -30.7%

11-12-2012 22:53:30 | More by jenray
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trob1971

Vermont

1/5  rDev -76.9%

11-04-2012 00:58:41 | More by trob1971
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-03-2012 05:08:58 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-27-2012 04:43:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-25-2012 17:26:03 | More by Holland
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-24-2012 22:52:04 | More by Massbmx
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largadeer

California

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

10-23-2012 23:15:54 | More by largadeer
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bierdabbler

Maryland

5/5  rDev +15.5%

10-23-2012 23:10:34 | More by bierdabbler
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MrFootstones

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

10-23-2012 07:36:39 | More by MrFootstones
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bentonquest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-22-2012 18:16:46 | More by bentonquest
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-22-2012 12:51:03 | More by splendidsplinter
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seeswo

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Typical stellar looking HF single hop pale ale. Light enough to be potentially mistaken for a saison with a nice whitish head. I don't know if that is supposed to look good or if I am been trained that when I see that, it is a HF hoppy beer and will be good. Either way, looks great.

Now let me explain. Had this one time in the middle of a substantial tasting and really didn't like it. Earthy, grassy...just a bit odd. This new go is on a growler where this is all I'm doing. Reinterpretation of the smell and flavor of this beer - gueuze. The nose is really funky and smells like a very hoppy gueuze. I am now appreciating it and it smells unbelievable. Grassy, minerally. I can even say that it reminds me specifically of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. The taste is quite hoppy with a very mild gueuzey/minerally/grassy funk. Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it is really nice.

As with all of these HF beers, the body is medium/light with good carbonation and everything seeming to be dead-on. I mean, the man knows what he is doing.

Overall, this beer is pretty great. I could stick my nose in it for hours. Doesn't deliver as much on the taste as it does the smell, but I now have the best context to understand it - it's a gueuze IPA and now I think it is a revelation.

10-21-2012 01:18:11 | More by seeswo
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.