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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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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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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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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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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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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 15:44:38 | More by Billolick
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 17:32:31 | More by johnmichaelsen
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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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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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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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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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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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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 21:22:03 | More by BARFLYB
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oline73

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 23:38:44 | More by oline73
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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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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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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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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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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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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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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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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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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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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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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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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