Amarillo Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 34
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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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Capone's. I got this one right after Ephraim.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of citric fruits, grassy hops, and fresh cut pine. There is also some light caramel sweetness hiding behind all the juicy flavors. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with lots of pungent hops slowly giving way to a mix of citric fruits, light sweetness, and sticky pine resin. The finish is even more hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time. The combination of juicy flavors and low ABV. makes this one extremely drinkable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, bitter, feel lingering on the pallet for some time.

O - Yet another great hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. I still prefer a few of the others more but I would never turn down another glass of this one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Sean9689 for sharing this with everyone at Zwanze Day 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a slightly hazy orange. About a finger of light tan head is achieved and leaves some nice looking lacing.

Smell – Citrus and tropical aromas, grassy herbal qualities, and quite obviously Amarillo hops.

Taste – Subdued hoppy bitterness, citrus peel, less tropical flavors than I was expecting/hoping for. Ends with a hint of bread and slight caramel malt.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – Extremely quaffable and tasty. Glad I was able to try this and would have grabbed another glass if there weren’t so many other good beers available.

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Capone's. Pours a light, hazy, straw color. Wonderfully floral, citrus nose. Taste is nice and piny, floral and citrus. So incredible. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and clean..no bitterness whatsoever. Overall, a stellar beer that I can't wait to have again.

Photo of readbaron
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.42/5  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.

Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of beerphan
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at The Farmhouse -> 1/2 pint

Arrives a cloudy pale yellow with a small wispy white head. Faint sheets of lace.

Nose: Hop bomb. The amarillo really shines, with strong citrus tones of pineapple, mango and orange slices along with a fresh grassiness usually reserved for fresh hopped beer.

A delicate hop explosion. The body is light with only a bit of seet pale malts, before the hop flavors emerge and take over. Citrus and herbal.

I loved this beer.

Review from notes.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Bardwashrind
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, 9/6/11.

Pours a hazy gold with a good finger of head that lingers for a bit, and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, bitter hops, maybe some tart lemon too.

Tastes as good as any single hop IPA I've ever had. Lots of citrus but it's balanced with some bitter earthy notes, and the yeast is just right - barely present. Plenty of hop punch but it's not overpowering; the balance of flavors is good.

Overall, another fine hoppy beer from the Greensboro boys. Highly recommended.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New single hop Pale Ale, all Amarillo. On draft at the Farmhouse tap and grill.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with thin bleach-white head. Nose shows the relationship between hops and cannabis straight up. Bitter yellow grapefruit and fresh hay too. Lovely.

Palate is sternly bitter but not aggressive. Yellow grapefruit, pine pollen and sap, and nectarines mingle on a rail-thin body. Excellent, fairly bitter finish.

I usually don't like Amarillo on its own but once again Shaun and his team show me how it can be done right. Beautifully executed.

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Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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