Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 316
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 34
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SFLpunk on 09-07-2011

An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Amarillo.
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Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for the pour.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with decent white foam and sticky lacing.

Smell is dank. There's a bit of citrus in the beginning and pine at the end, but the dankness is prominent.

Taste is good but not as hoppy as I'd like. Starts out hoppy and light, then gets a tad grainy before finishing crisp and slightly bitter from hops.

Feel is a bit light - it's nicely carbonated, but light bodied, almost lager like.

Overall, I'm surprised by the light body of this one. It does have a lot of hops, but isn't as well balanced as I'd expect an east coast IPA to be. Overall a solid and tasty beer. (638 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of Bardwashrind
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another well packaged 750ml growler sent by way of the o-so generous RSchaeffer.

This was the first experience I had with any hop forward beers from Hill Farmstead. Excited non the less.

Good bubbles from the growler and out pours a light olive colored liquid. Grass and some pine needles emerge with a bit of lemon rind and some pepper. Hops for sure and not the juicy fruit type, this was all about the bitterness. Maybe not as expressive a nose that I was expecting but still distinctly about the hops.

The first taste was very close to what was apparent on the nose. Big bitterness from the hops. Grass, spices and some vegetal flavors among the bitterness. The pine comes out in spades giving a high amount of residual flavor to be tasted long after each sip is swallowed. The malt took a back seat which in hindsight, was understandable as to let the Amarillo give it's full intensity.

Only the second strictly Amarillo hop based ipa I have had (after Mikkeller's Amarillo) and one which I really felt expressed what this hop can contribute when balanced and blended with other varietals. Long bitterness well into the night. (1,135 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for sending me a sweet box of Hill Farmstead.

Appearance: The pour is a light hazy straw yellow color with a nice creamy froth. The head retains well for a growler fill and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: A pale malt base, with tons of amarillo, which is no shock. Some grapefruit focused citrus, a good dank presence, and some pine hop aroma.

Taste: The flavor is very pleasantly bitter. There is not much sweet malt, mostly just an unadulterated bitterness. Grapefruit, orange zest, spicy pine, and some herbal hops contribute to a predictably amarillo hop bill. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: I am surprised by how light of a body this has, to the point that it kind of detracts from the overall experience. Otherwise, the beer is smooth, creamy, and properly carbonated. Slightly grainy, with a good amount of hop residue.

Overall: I like amarillo hops, and there is a nice foundation to this beer. It does not reach quite the level that I was anticipating going in, but it was pretty good. (1,074 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable citrus, a hint of dank earth and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I'm impressed by how dry it is, as well as the level of flavor and bitterness I'm getting in this 5.2% IPA. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a long, fairly bitter finish. This beer is actually quite well balancedd, with nothing out of proportion. Drinkability is exceptional, and but for the price tag ($6.50 for a 7 ounce pour as I recall), this would be a great session IPA. Regardless, this is another fine beer from the folks at Hill Farmstead. (720 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne. Pint glass x2.

Amarillo sports a light golden/bronze haze with some orange tint with a perty white sudsy head up above. Leaves minimal stick but a cap lasts till the bottom.

Smell is wahy on the floral side with some backing citrus rinds. Amarillo hops 100% with some earth, grass, orange and other tropics. Only the slightest sweet smell from the malt bill.

Taste jumps out earthy and floral with some orange and the aove mentioned tropic flavors. Armarillo shines as it's one str8 floral forward flavor with no pine addition ala the west side. Semi biscuit malt in the middle faded out to more Amarillo.

Feel is pretty light bodied. A small step up with a light and smooth, not bitey carb. No lasting bitterness. Easy on the mouth. It's all in the well water.

I had a second pint, I enjoyed this one and hope to see some more single hop variety in the future. (905 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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... (436 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #21
From 2L growler into a pint glass.

A - Pours hazy, golden in color with a thin soapy head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Not as potent in the nose as others that I've had from Hill Farmstead, but this one is still quite nice. Dominated by grapefruit, hints of lemon, tad dank.

T - Bitter grapefruit, again hints of lemon. The bitterness however is not overwhelming and is balanced nicely by just enough malt.

M - Thin body with good carbonation. Bitter finish.

O - Another solid single hop IPA from Hill Farmstead. Try this one if you can. (565 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is light yellow and mostly clear, exhibiting only a mild haziness. The aroma brings a blast of fresh hops, citrus, tropical fruits. Very nice. Good flavor as well, though not quite as delectable as the aroma. Hop forward with minimal malt presence. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink. Carbonation is moderately low. Overall, another solid beer from Hill Farmstead. I would definitely have this again. (452 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Teresa's next door.

Appearance: Really cloudy, reminds me of a wit. Pours yellow with an orange tint. There is a finger of fluffy white head that goes away.

Smell: Mild citrus peel hops are the star, smells very fresh.

Taste: It may look like a wit, but it tastes like a great IPA. One of the better tasting single IPA's I've had in a long time. Citrus peel hops with some herbal notes and a bitter but malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this IPA. The finish was pleasantly bitter. The appearance was my only complaint. Would definitely have this again. (648 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AshleyMiller for this growler. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and a few stray, wispy bubbles, but minimal lacework. Largely transparent pale straw yellow body, with some flaxen highlights to it.

S - Lemon, pine, grapefruit, zesty herbs, a bit of cattiness. Negligible malt character - tastes like Amarillo hop juice.

T - Taste is again largely Amarillo hops, with minimal malt character. Grapefruit, lemons, pine, a bit of earthy herbal flavor. Bitterness is moderate and never grows out of hand.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant active carbonation, dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

D - You could drink a 750ml growler of this in minutes. One of the few times where I've found a hoppy beer to have too little malt character - you could have persuaded me this was amarillo hops soaked in sparkling water. Highly enjoyable all the same. (906 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with moderate cap of white froth, lots of lacing at the top of the glass and not so much towards the bottom. Scent is of orange and grapefruit zest with notes of fragrant wildflowers and a splash of mustiness. Taste leads with big bitter, but not too punishing zest of orange and grapefruit, light malt profile with ever so slight splash of mustiness. Medium bodied, good carbonation, dry and lightly lingering bitterness. Showcases a very versatile hop in Amarillo that adds solid bitterness and citrus scent and flavor. (555 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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! (271 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (679 characters)

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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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