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Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Amarillo Pale Ale
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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 09-07-2011

An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Amarillo.
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Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 50
Photo of tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lovely golden orange, softly hazy color and a big white foamy head about 3 fingers high. Head fades in reasonable time to a bubbly 1/4 inch. Big splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Aroma is like opening a bag of Amarillo hop pellets. Very nice. Perhaps a little bit more soft and delicate than that. Aromas are sweet and juicy. Tangerine is big. Some grass, buttered biscuits... Very simple, clean, upfront, and fresh. Super nicely balanced.

T: Taste is loaded with flavor. Sweet, bold, and fruity. Bright tangerine and lemon explosion in your mouth. Nice biscuit like malts again. Very well balanced somehow with the huge amounts of hops. CITRUS.

M: Chewy, clingy and all sorts of swirlable. Carbonation is right on.

O: This is pretty fantastic!

Photo of crispinol
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Single hop series with Amarillo. Not much to it, but well made for sure

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

A-hazy pale golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, light malt, little dank ness

T-nice tropical fruit, little grapefruit, grainy malt, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly dry

O-delicious single hop beer, very nice and delicate balance

Photo of NuclearRich
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy straw, very light color with plentiful white foam that leaves a light lacing.

S. Floral. A little orange, and maybe a little dank. Mild. A light malt sweetness comes through as well.

T. Follows suit from the aroma. Floral, orange citrus, dank. And mild. A certain pilsner malt bread-like flavoras well, especially as it warms.

M. Light bodied, medium to light carbonation.

O. Tasty, for sure. It just didnt wow me. I guess I am so used to HF knocking it out of the park, that a decent beer ended up disappointing me. Very plain, with a very subdued hop profile.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with Curran and Umberto last night.

Pours a golden yellow, with some orange tinges. There's a one inch head, and some good lacing down the glass.

Smells and tastes pretty stereotypically Amarillo-like, a little bit of citrus (grapefruit and lemon, mainly), slightly catty, a bit of pine. Not much malt to speak of. Fairly floral as well, with some up-front bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, biting mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Hill Farmstead strikes again, not really a surprise.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Bright, hazy yellow with a lush white head and superb lacing.

A: Orange, citrus zest, peach, and a touch of spice with a clean, bready malt backing. Very soft and delicate compared to some of their other hoppy brews, it suites amarillo well.

T/M: Soft bitterness upfront that moves into nice orange zest and citrus flavor with some bready malt. Hop flavor is very prevalent through the entire sip and hold well through a dry, medium-bodied finish. The flavor really coats your mouth.

Overall, an excellent single-hop beer. They really went out of their way to balance the hops characteristics that are contributed from different parts of the process. Very tasty.

Photo of Kendo
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes; consumed on 1/4/14 from a growler purchased at the farm/brewery that afternoon.

A: Poured from the growler into a Hill Farmstead pint glass that's tall and more like a stange in some ways. . . . Body is hazy golden with a white head. Good lacing left behind.

S: Nice hop-forward nose - leafy and lemony hops with a touch of pine.

T: Modest garlicky flavor, some bready malt for foundation, but the hops dominate - lemony and piney. Finishes with a good bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium in heft with a nice soft carbonation makes this one an easy drinker.

O: Well done. A flavorful APA that's off-the-charts drinkable at a little over 5% ABV. I had quite a few of these and enjoyed every one.

Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. Poured into a FTG snifter.

Super citrusy, like biting into a not so bitter grapefruit, quite tasty and fresh. Completely hazy yellow body, ring after ring of nice lacing. Good sustained bitterness. Farmstead knows their hops!

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for splitting this one.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades slowly with nice lacing, hazy golden blond color.

Nose brings nice tropical fruit, passion fruit, hint grapefruit, floral hops with a mild citrus and nice dank resin, hint papaya even, little melon, mild blonde malt base as well, maybe touch of tangerine, nice fruit overall.

Taste is a lot less bright and flavorful as the nose was, mild hops with little floral and faint tropical fruit, touch of dank resin, like a shadow of Amarillo hops. A little blond malt base, decent but lighter overall bitterness, that eventually increases as it goes. Finish is fairly bitter, dry, more mild Amarillo hops, touch more fruit.

Mouth is med bod, fluffy decent carbonation.

Overall nose was great, but flavor was a big let down. DIdn't seem like a typical Hill Farmstead APA, the nose did at least but flavor was not there, seemed to have really been muted.

Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice lightly hazy dark straw hire with a great two finger wire had that leaves sticky lacing and a soapy blanket.

S - Aromas of Amarillo galore, tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, nice dankness.

T - Taste is incredibly unimpressive. Falls flat really, tons of Amarillo obviously but somehow rather meh. Bitter finish, light grapefruit...just doesn't pop. Just lackluster.

M - Mouthfeel is solid as usual, crisp, clean, good.

O - Overall, I expect better beer from hill farmstead. Super lackluster taste, nose was awesome though.

Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color with a big, frothy white cap on top, leaving behind some nice, chunky lacing. Juicy, oily citrus aromas...tangerines, oranges, biscuits, and cut grass. There's a certain deep pungency that's hard to describe, but it manages to stay fresh and lively. Fresh, green hoppy flavor backed by a wave of fresh cracker grain and a fine citrus sweetness in the finish. So freshly citrusy: grapefruit, tangerine, and orange with a dry bitterness and a clingy, oily quality on the palate. Medium and soft bodied, becoming more and more juicy as I drink, but finishing dry with a tidy bitterness.

I remember liking the Citra a bit more when sampling at the brewery, but my wife wanted to get this one and with the amount of Citra-hopped beers I've had recently, she made the right choice. Great beer.

Photo of Luk13
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Shaun delivers another flawless thirst quenching single hop pale ale. I'm not the biggest amarillo fan as the aroma wasn't as expressive/explosive than you average HF single hop PA, but it still came out as a superior example of the style.

Photo of mynie
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As I said before, the thing about Vermont is that Heady abounds. It's not like in Chicago, where you got to get lucky to find Zombie Dust even at its brewery. Nor is it like SoCal, where yeah you got tons of good hoptions (get it? Get what I, an adult, just wrote right there?) but if you want Younger you got to get to brewery six hours before it opens and then say a magic password and then kiss this weird gross stuffed raccoon thing they got hanging up above the taproom bar.

In Vermont, Heady is surprisingly easy to find. And since it's fucking Heady, you drink a lot of it. Which is grand. But the bad side is that other, less incredibly extreme beers begin to taste like Coors.

Case in point: all of the HF pales we had (aside from Citra, but we had that with fresh pallets). Even glorious Abner tasted kinda tame.

And so I'm just now getting around to this swig-top growler of Amarillo, which struck me as the least impressive during our small tasting session. What I'll say is that HF does a damn fine job of really balancing their single hop beers. Meaning, they adjust the malt profile along with the hops, instead of just treating barely like an empty stage upon which hops frollick. That Hill dude is a malt wizard, and a yeast wizard.

And, accordingly, this Amarillo has a creamier, more ester-less base than the Citra. This accentuates the pleasant, floral nodes of the Amarillo while managing to diminish the potentially extreme nodes of cat pee and raw alpha acid that sometimes shine through. There's some light fruitiness in there, too. But mostly flowers.

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler split three ways and opened somewhere in Vermont not too long after it was filled because we just couldn't wait until we got home. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a translucent pale straw yellow color with about a finger's worth of head that has nice retention and leaves thin spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent carbonation coming from a growler.

S- Aromas of lemons, fresh grassy hops, balanced grains, fairly aromatic with a nice balance.

T- Opens up with some lightly bitter lemons, fresh earthy hops balanced with some grainy malts. Nicely balanced with a tasty citrus presence and just the right amount of bitterness for a pale ale.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, very easy drinking, nice subtle bitterness bite on the back-end.

O- This was a very well done APA that showcased Amarillo hops nicely, which are one of my favorite hop varietals. Amarillo Pale Ale lives up with all the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers and might be one of my favorites from the single-hop series.

Photo of lovindahops
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At a bonfire the night before a wedding in Vermont. 2 liter filled growler at the brewery this am. I'm going to do my best with the review (and I hope the review gives the brew due credit)

A- hazy orange body with a huge white head of foam. Quickly recides to give some lacing on the sides. Bubbly edges are spotty all over on the glass

S- clearly fresh cut grass and some citrus reign supreme in the initial scent. Even some lemon and slight spicy flavors burst to the stage. Really a tropical exit on top. Smooth scent profile

T- a glamor of floral flavors that is highlighted with citrus and mild bready flavors that mesh well. Smooth and welcomed with a slight caramel background

M- good carbonation and flavorful coating

O- a great single hop experience. Highly drinkable and fully invested in Amarillo!

Photo of Skrip
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L growler poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

A~ glowing neon yellow, nice fat fluffy head and some lacing.

S~ bright earth, pine and grass. Smells just like Vermont on this rainy day. Followed by a nice amount of citrus. Mostly unripe orange and lemon.

T~ perfectly follows the nose with way more hop bitterness. The hoppy eathyness kind of takes over the citrus and transforms your palett from sweet to bitter in no time at all.

M~ great carbonation of course, how many times do I have to say that haha. Very smooth and unbelievably refreshing!

O~ an all around perfect 4! Complex, yet straight forward. I could drink this all day, perfect ABV and once again as refreshing as could be.

Photo of fdig23
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler filled 9/1, consumed 9/4.

Appearance: Bright deep yellow with a nice big-bubbled white head.

Nose: Grassy, cheesy, slightly medicinal, tons of orange rind and grapefruit pith. Light touch of toasted wheat crusts underneath.

Taste: Most of the Amarillo character comes through in the nose, this is an excellent aroma hop. The flavor is a little bit more subdued, but there's still plenty of herbaceous spiciness and grassy notes accented by a light white bread maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, clean mouthfeel. Easy drinking, no issue putting down a growler of this.

Overall: An excellent showcase of a really versatile hop. Complex and unique aromas and an infinitely drinkable refined flavor make this a very nice pale ale.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale hazy orange. Huge white head. Laces nicely and retains a thin layer of surface foam.

Smell - Orangey hops. A bit of grapefruit. Smells like a sweet freshly cut orange though. Slight bit of pale malt.

Taste - Really orangey. Slight sweetness. Pale malt and a ton of graininess. There's a little bit of a weird flavor in the very back, but it's so slight I'm not really sure it's the beer or my imagination.

Mouthfeel - Light, grainy, with a false sweetness. Fades quickly to a grainy and light bitterness.

Overall - The hop is good, but one dimensional. Doesn't live up to the other single hop pales from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Amarillo Pale Ale, poured into a tulip glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a massive foamy head that leaves an abundance of lacing.

Smell - Fruity almost lemon crisp hop presence. Light malt. Some spice.

Taste - Fruity citrus hop with a pinch of sour fruits and a little zest.

Mouthfeel - Dry and crisp. Super drinkable and no booziness.

Overall - Another stellar sessionable APA from Hill. A friend hung onto a growler for five or so days sealed and refrigerated and the hops really evolved into a zestiness similar to HT but more toned down. Great both times!

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tao at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is opaque golden yellow. Moderately-sized solid white head.

Nose is not strong. Pine, some spicy notes.

Taste is good, but not thrilling. Citrus, pine, a bit spicy. Moderately bitter. A bit of bready malt. Nice, but not a flavour explosion by any means.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, good, and quite solid, but not in the same league as Edward, the only other APA I have had from Hill Farmstead. My taste buds may have been a bit out of whack given that I had a glass of Double Sunshine immediately beforehand, but this one didn't particularly impress me.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

124th Review
Growler to Hill Farmstead glass...as it should be consumed.

From notes. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for sending this amongst other HF treats in a wonderful trade!

A: Off golden yellow. 1.5 (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Loads of citrus and pine with very earthy hop character. Can definitely tell it was brewed with Amarillo hops.

T: Much like it taste with a wonderful balance and just a touch of bitterness, which is just right.

M: Medium bodied/carbonation.

O: Another very nice offering from this brewery! Not the best I have had from them, but definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on some.

Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber/yellow pour with a nice white head

Aroma: Citrus and pine hops, medium amount of malt, touch of earthiness

Taste: Citrus/;ine hops, grapefruit, slight bitterness and earthiness

Overall: Decent APA, closer to an IPA. Wouldn't seek it out specifically but wouldn't turn it down, particularly if I could get it fresh, local on draft.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to be able to give this one a try on tap at The Farmhouse Tap and grill in Burlington Vt.

Pours a cloudy dull golden shade of lighter amber. The off white head leaves well developed fine lacing behind on the glass.

Citrus nose with whiffs of fresh oranges, lemon and melon. Nice..

Fruity flavors o'plenty, crisp and dry with more and more grapefruit notes shimmering upon the palate. Quality and very tasty IPA...More please...

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Hill Farmstead from Michael. Thanks! I love their IPAs. Beer is served in a Fantome glass from a growler.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice white head, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, mildly sulfur, nice fruitiness, strong, I love the aroma.

Beer is light to medium in body, chewy hops on the midpalate, moderate bitterness at the end, strong flavors throughout, hops win the race here with the sulfur earthiness dominating the midpalate with the fruits following. A great little IPA, how could you go wrong with amarillo?

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/05/11 notes. 750ml swing top growler shared by yourefragile; thanks Michael. Poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, and light alcohol. Very hoppy, and I really love this nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, tropcial fruits, fruity malts, with some moderate bitterness in the taste. Again, very nice and very fresh and hoppy; a great tasting IPA.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with moderate bitterness biting in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was another oustanding IPA from Hill Farmstead; I continue to be impressed with their hoppy beers. Tons of fresh hops and fruits in the nose and taste, I felt like I could have drank the whole growler. Would like to have again.

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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.