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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%


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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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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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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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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: growler

10-01-2013 19:08:43 | More by Luk13
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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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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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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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Skrip

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

09-13-2013 22:52:52 | More by Skrip
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2013 01:02:13 | More by fdig23
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2013 19:46:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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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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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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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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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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2011 20:52:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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readbaron

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -12%
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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2011 20:48:52 | More by rfgetz
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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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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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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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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2011 16:30:15 | More by MasterSki
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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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