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Motueka Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Motueka Pale Ale
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Motueka hops, a New Zealand varietal.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-10-2011)
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Motueka has an orange colored body and a creamy, tan head. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The aroma is very fruity without being aggressively hoppy, with a little bit of malt in the background.

I am completely unfamiliar with the hops in this one, but they are certainly very good. They are lightly spicy, but with a lot of fruit character to them. The fruit flavor isn't the typical, aggressive citrus flavor that come from American hops, but rather softer and tropical in nature, with hints of lemon as well. There is also some grass and resin flavors. The malt is understated, which is good, because the hops in this one are not overwhelming.

Soft carbonation, but smooth.

Motueka Single Hop Pale Ale has a very interesting flavor profile considering it only uses one hop, and I like it. This is a well-done pale ale.

01-27-2012 20:39:55 | More by Hojaminbag
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-13-2013 20:23:50 | More by doremite
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2014 03:13:56 | More by stereosforgeeks
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-12-2014 04:27:00 | More by prdstmnky
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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-21-2014 01:34:12 | More by RyanOooh
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-27-2014 14:17:35 | More by bconsidine
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bsm789

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-13-2014 21:30:31 | More by bsm789
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap @ the Blackback Pub & Flyshop (Waterbury, VT) on 7/15/11. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with some foamy edges that flare-up into a creamy 1/2 finger cap, leaving behind some heavy swathes of patchy lacing. The aroma smells floral, lightly spicy, and a touch tank with an underlying layer of soft bitter fruitiness in the nose. Malts are soft yet supportive with a sweet graininess, while I’m also picking up a bit of a protein like egg smell here as well.

The taste is fresh and biting on the palate, with a combo of grapefruit and lemon flavors popping in the mouth. This is balanced by notes of sweet grains and an additional soft fruitiness, as well as some grassy and herbal textures that soften the edges of the bitterness a bit. The finish on this is dry and crisp, with a lingering pithy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some softness to the edges of the carbonation before laying some sharpness down the middle of the tongue. That 5% is spot on here, having some presence in the mouth but still keeping this quite quaffable.

While I didn’t find this quite as full flavored as I did some of the other New Zealand single hop Pale Ales from here, this was still pretty darn solid, with a nice mix of bitterness, fruit, and herbal/floral character that kept this breezy and enjoyable to drink. This was another nice APA from here.

07-19-2011 18:43:54 | More by Kegatron
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-02-2014 00:36:23 | More by Drumomatic
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sfr26

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-21-2014 02:38:06 | More by sfr26
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-02-2014 05:54:06 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-30-2012 03:07:13 | More by wesley14
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2012 18:26:24 | More by rondufresne
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Draft pour into a pint glass for $6.00. Sampled 1/11/12.

A: Server with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head. Well retained. The body is super hazy - if not murky with little transparency - and a muddy orangey amber in color. Unfiltered? Lacing begins to thoroughly coat the glass, then gets broken by up as the head dries out.

S: The nose is hop forward, but not as straightforward as, say, Edward is. Mango flesh comes through - in its earlier stages of ripeness - and not quite juicy yet. The malt bill is fairly neutral while the yeast imparts a doughy, soapy quality. The nose is rather good, just not a standout.

T: The taste comes together with a little more complexity. Tropical notes beyond mango linger long on the back end. The sweetness of star fruit and papaya is offset nicely by the hop bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and gently carbonated. The flavor lasts long, leans towards dry, and the bitterness extends the flavor rather than bringing it to an end.

O: Motueka is a very good single hopped pale ale. Very easy to drink, refreshing and well-balanced. I'd be happy to order another.

01-12-2012 03:03:57 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-24-2014 04:03:52 | More by ScaryEd
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

On tap at Blackback, out of HFS stemwear. Reviewed from notes

A- Straw tan, with some pale yellow hues. Pours with a healty pure white foamy head. Nice lacing, and a nice overall glow.

S- Soapy hops, lots of citrusy/lemon and pine. Fresh grass, with a nice light malt profile. The hops just smell so fresh and pronounced. This can't be a APA...

T- Crisp and fizzy at first. Then smooths to a nice pale malt and piney lemony hops. The aftertaste is a very complex mix of resinous pine, fresh grass, and citrus. It just lingers in your mouth.

M- Perfect for the style.

O- Though this was a little bitter and dry, this was probably the best APA I've ever had. To think this was made with one type of hops, and is only 5.2% amazes me. Had a Daisy Cutter the other day, and this beer absolutely blows it out of the water. People need to remember this is not a 7-8% IPA, but just a hopped Pale Ale

-GFunk

01-20-2012 16:13:38 | More by Gfunk720
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Tropical, good deal of lemon, spice bread, grass.

T-Well balanced, some lemon, tropical, good deal of spice, grass and bread. Slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry finish and crisp.

O-The spice notes were great, this hop wasn't amazing but very interesting due tot he spice.

01-13-2014 23:49:30 | More by rlee1390
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RAKeeler

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-11-2014 19:55:19 | More by RAKeeler
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WeisGuy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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SourinQns

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Motueka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.