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Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Amarillo Pale Ale
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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 26
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Beersalesman802

Vermont

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-13-2013 22:58:08 | More by Beersalesman802
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

05-27-2014 19:15:22 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

11-30-2012 03:18:32 | More by chippo33
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 23:02:19 | More by rudzud
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2014 03:10:54 | More by NuclearRich
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readbaron

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2011 01:04:43 | More by readbaron
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-22-2013 14:48:03 | More by brokentee
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Kinsman

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-29-2013 20:27:41 | More by Kinsman
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RAKeeler

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-16-2014 14:32:30 | More by RAKeeler
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-21-2014 00:48:55 | More by curlybird
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Viperman1316

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

05-15-2014 16:22:38 | More by Viperman1316
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slim2043

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-08-2014 17:30:25 | More by slim2043
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JoninVT

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-13-2013 21:28:29 | More by JoninVT
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-17-2013 18:56:07 | More by jbuddle
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-17-2013 12:59:56 | More by thegerm87
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belleisa_losteo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-03-2013 17:28:52 | More by belleisa_losteo
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laxer8811

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-04-2013 19:03:22 | More by laxer8811
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:26:26 | More by craytonic
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 01:14:58 | More by jlindros
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Bardwashrind

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2011 15:33:00 | More by Bardwashrind
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2011 01:03:29 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 19:21:08 | More by jrenihan
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2014 12:19:44 | More by tectactoe
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thetommo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-14-2013 18:09:01 | More by thetommo
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-13-2014 00:02:10 | More by warnerry
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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.