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Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Amarillo Pale Ale
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%


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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:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Amarillo.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 09-07-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to aapp for sending out a 750mL growler of this, and as well to imagineiii for sending one for us to share down here. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice yellow-golden with a two-finger white head with pretty good retention and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose explodes with super-fresh Amarillo hops. Loads of floral character and a bit of citrus. A bit catty as well. Great amount of hops. The flavor doesn't explode quite as well and it's not the pure Amarillo that the nose was, but still quite tasty. Light-medium body with crisp carbonation and an exceptionally-smooth bitterness. Phenomenal.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2011 09:55:56 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

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?

Serving type: growler

11-18-2011 01:37:57 | More by drabmuh
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lovindahops

New York

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!

Serving type: growler

09-21-2013 02:13:49 | More by lovindahops
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New single hop Pale Ale, all Amarillo. On draft at the Farmhouse tap and grill.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thin bleach-white head. Nose shows the relationship between hops and cannabis straight up. Bitter yellow grapefruit and fresh hay too. Lovely.

Palate is sternly bitter but not aggressive. Yellow grapefruit, pine pollen and sap, and nectarines mingle on a rail-thin body. Excellent, fairly bitter finish.

I usually don't like Amarillo on its own but once again Shaun and his team show me how it can be done right. Beautifully executed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 19:58:39 | More by SFLpunk
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, 9/6/11.

Pours a hazy gold with a good finger of head that lingers for a bit, and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, bitter hops, maybe some tart lemon too.

Tastes as good as any single hop IPA I've ever had. Lots of citrus but it's balanced with some bitter earthy notes, and the yeast is just right - barely present. Plenty of hop punch but it's not overpowering; the balance of flavors is good.

Overall, another fine hoppy beer from the Greensboro boys. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 03:02:46 | More by ElGallo
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of frothy white head. It settles with some nice sticky lace.

The aroma has grapefruit and orange zest. Fruity and bitter all the way through. Slightly floral in the background. Grainy flavors with grapefruit hops and a bit of a grassy bitter flavor in the finish.

Light and refreshing on the feel with good carbonation. Overall this one rocks my swag just like every other Hill Farmstead beer. I will continue to love their hop work.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 23:42:51 | More by Bendurgin
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Capone's. Pours a light, hazy, straw color. Wonderfully floral, citrus nose. Taste is nice and piny, floral and citrus. So incredible. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and clean..no bitterness whatsoever. Overall, a stellar beer that I can't wait to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 15:46:58 | More by Retail1LO
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2011 19:26:07 | More by mdfb79
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wedge

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-03-2013 17:36:19 | More by wedge
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2014 15:18:12 | More by Kendo
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amarillo Single Hop IPA pours a nice orange tint with a thin head into my glass.

The aroma is grassy with a great amount of citrus. There's just a bit of mint too.

It's highly bitter with a good amount of sweet malt. Very good. A hopheads delight.

Lingering grassy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel here. Since when has that ever been a bad thing?

Check it out!

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 02:26:49 | More by Brad007
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared at Zwanze Day 2011 at West Lakeivew Liquors. Poured into Narke tulip. Thanks, Patrick!

A - Golden yellow color, white head, thin ring, wisps on top.

S - Nice herbal notes, citrus, slight tropical notes. This is full-on Amarillo bomb...hence the name? Uh, yeah.

T - Nice mellow hoppy bitterness, herbal notes, slight citrus. Simply easy to enjoy and straight-forward. You know what you're getting with this one...it's very good.

M - Light, good carbonation, super-easy to drink, oily finish.

O - Once again, excellence from Hill Farmstead. Really enjoyed how easy this IPA was to drink. The bitterness is smooth and overdone and was just enjoyable all around. Excellent IPA.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2011 01:08:36 | More by Sean9689
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to RSchaeffer.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a one finger light tan head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Pine, grass, earthy, leafy.

T - Again very earthy, grass and leaves.

D - Average carbonation and body, slight bitterness.

O - HFS is amazing, good earthiness all-around.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 04:59:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

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!

Serving type: growler

08-30-2013 15:31:06 | More by JMScowcroft
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at The Farmhouse -> 1/2 pint

Arrives a cloudy pale yellow with a small wispy white head. Faint sheets of lace.

Nose: Hop bomb. The amarillo really shines, with strong citrus tones of pineapple, mango and orange slices along with a fresh grassiness usually reserved for fresh hopped beer.

A delicate hop explosion. The body is light with only a bit of seet pale malts, before the hop flavors emerge and take over. Citrus and herbal.

I loved this beer.

Review from notes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 19:19:08 | More by beerphan
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler shared watching football, thanks Conor!

Pale golden straw color with a finger of white foam; fades to a thin film with streaks of slick lacing.

Strong hoppy aroma, floral and herbal with a strong, mildly sweet orange citrus finish.

Smooth medium thick body with average carbonation and a long, dry resiny finish. Flavor is a little less citrus-y than the aroma, but still straight Amarillo with a similar base as the other delicious single hop HF beers.

More of an APA than IPA, but Amarillo does very well on its own here and has a pleasant balance of bitterness and smoothness.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2011 21:42:02 | More by yourefragile
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mynie

Indiana

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.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2013 16:56:31 | More by mynie
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 20:36:50 | More by spdyfire83
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2013 11:26:53 | More by jaasen64
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a HIll Farmstead event.

This beer was the 3rd of 4 to run out at the event.

A - Hazy straw with a 1/2-finger white head with light lacing in a 9 oz snifter.

S - Very floral, mild orange citrus and some tropical fruit. Light on the pine.

T - Grass, citrus, some spice, tart grapefruit flesh and orange rind. Aftertaste is bright/clean citrus and some bitterness. Dries very quickly.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - About the same ABV as the Edward. The malt played second fiddle to the floral-citrus elements of this brew, which suits me well for a Pale Ale style. Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:02:45 | More by Tucquan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a clouded golden yellow with some orange hues. Fluffly white head slowly dissolves with cloudy film resting on top and plenty of patchy lacing on the glass.

Bitter dry hoppiness in the nose with grapefruit and pith. Some citrus and straw malt with some faint sweetness.

Bite of bitter hops up front with pine and grapefruit. Decent amount of citrus peel with a raw sort of dry bitterness. Thinner malt backbone with some straw and biscuit tones. Light sweetness from the backbone. Finishes bitter, dry, and long on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, dry and prickly on the tongue. Incredibly drinkable and nice pine hop bitterness - I feel like I could drink 3 or 4 of these in a row, Hill Farmstead continues to amaze me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 15:09:22 | More by xnicknj
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine goblet. There is a hazy orange color with sticky white lacing and a one inch head or so. Very good from a growler.

The aroma is full of sweet citrus and some dank hop.

The taste is light in the malt department but full of flavorful bitter hop deliciousness, particularly in the finish. The taste has some nice dank hop character, not much in the way of pine, maybe a little bit of citrus candy.

The body is very light making this very drinkable. The carbonation is very good for a pale ale, nice and spritzy.

I love these single hop pale ales from Hill Farmstead, and Amarillo is an amazing variety for aroma and flavor, so this is of course a home run.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 23:44:49 | More by andrewinski1
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this with everyone at Zwanze Day 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a slightly hazy orange. About a finger of light tan head is achieved and leaves some nice looking lacing.

Smell – Citrus and tropical aromas, grassy herbal qualities, and quite obviously Amarillo hops.

Taste – Subdued hoppy bitterness, citrus peel, less tropical flavors than I was expecting/hoping for. Ends with a hint of bread and slight caramel malt.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – Extremely quaffable and tasty. Glad I was able to try this and would have grabbed another glass if there weren’t so many other good beers available.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:57:21 | More by SpdKilz
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Capone's. I got this one right after Ephraim.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of citric fruits, grassy hops, and fresh cut pine. There is also some light caramel sweetness hiding behind all the juicy flavors. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with lots of pungent hops slowly giving way to a mix of citric fruits, light sweetness, and sticky pine resin. The finish is even more hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time. The combination of juicy flavors and low ABV. makes this one extremely drinkable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter, feel lingering on the pallet for some time.

O - Yet another great hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. I still prefer a few of the others more but I would never turn down another glass of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 18:06:35 | More by orangesol
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 19:08:51 | More by papat444
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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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