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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 yourefragile
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

starrdogg, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -7.6%

dunix, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of benoit917
5/5  rDev +15.5%

benoit917, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Franch, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rowingbrewer, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of alliupsidedown
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

alliupsidedown, Dec 29, 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
Photo of CypherEnigma
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CypherEnigma, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of pisano
5/5  rDev +15.5%

pisano, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

lakersfan16, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

jenray, Nov 12, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

trob1971, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

DarthKostrizer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Holland, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Massbmx, Oct 24, 2012
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 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

bierdabbler, Oct 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

MrFootstones, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bentonquest, Oct 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

splendidsplinter, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of seeswo
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

seeswo, Oct 21, 2012
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.