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Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Amarillo Pale Ale
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 29
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: 315 | Reviews: 50
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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

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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3.72/5  rDev -12.1%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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.

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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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