Riwaka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
5/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Overall: This IPA manages to be very drinkable while still having a complex profile that will make your palate work.
Appearance: Darke golden color, with many orange hues.
Aroma: Lots of fruit, mainly citrus but I pick up some tropical notes as well.
Taste: Outstanding, I picked up many different fruit flavors, similar to the aromas, with a heavy tropical note on the end. The malt profile does not stick out but rather supports the showcasing of this type of hop very well.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nicely balanced, fairly light but still very satisfing.
Drinkability: Extreamly high, I managed to finish off a growler in one night, the balance of the beer is tremendous and the flavors make you keep on wanting to pour one more pint.
Serving type: growler
01-16-2011 20:29:06 | More by Vineyard
4.47/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased from DiCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Poured from growler into pint glass.
A: Richly cloudy amber-orange; nice glow. Soapy white head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of lacing.
S: I expected the grapefruit greeting of the IPA, but my nose was met with citrus combined with tropical fruit, almost a pineapple or mango and hint of floral.
T: Same blast of citrus and tropicals; finishes a little bit quickly, without a lot of bitterness or drying, which I missed. But this is such a showcase for the sweet fruitiness of the variety of hop that this is a quibble.
M: A bit low in carbonation (and I drank the whole growler the night I bought it, so it did not have time to sit around). It acquired an almost slickness in the body that I did not love. The feel verged on syrupy which could have made the taste oversweet. More carbonation would have helped this.
D: It goes down so very smoothly and the juicy taste just keeps inviting you to sip and quaff; and then repeat. It's nice to have a relatively low abv for a change. My kids could almost drink this one.
A really fantastic beer and a lucky find since I understand Hill Farmstead is not found much outside of Vermont. I love this idea of showcasing one particular hop variety. I'm inspired to se what this brewery does when it decides to use this flavor as a building block in their concoctions.
Serving type: growler
03-03-2011 04:40:06 | More by scottcarpenter
Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.