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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 181
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American Pale Ale brewed in honor of our Second Anniversary. Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

(Beer added by: CliffBrake on 04-26-2012)
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml HF swing-top growler has been in my fridge for a few days. The beer is poured into a white wine glass.

The liquid is golden colored and appears hazy through the condensation on my glass. A small pure white head does last too long but leaves good lacing. Clinging and rising bubbles can be seen within. For a growler that is a few days old and made the long car ride from Vermont to Maine, the carbonation levels appear to have held up nicely.

The beer has an amazing aroma. Lots of citrus and floral hops. It leads me to believe this will be an exception American pale ale.

The beer has a strong hop flavor.Citrus is the most noticeable flavor, although at the finish, it is more of an oily hoppiness. For the first few sips the hops were so dominant that the malts were noticeable absent. It was as if there was a large hole in the flavor profile. After a few sips, the beer tastes more balanced, but the hops are still strong.

Medium body with strong carbonation. There is a tangible coating on my lips and the roof of my mouth that is a touch sticky and fairly bitter.

This is a fairly impressive APA. I wouldn't say it is worth the long pilgrimage to HF if this is the only beer you seek, but if you make the trip and it is still available for growler fills, you should think about buying some. If you find it on tap, then by all means order a glass.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2013 00:28:18 | More by ToasterChef
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64oz growler courtesy of Matt Six.

A: Translucent golden straw. Healthy foam-white head dissipates as it warms closer to room temperature

S: All Simcoe - pine, some Wheatgrass, fresh mown lawn, honey malt

T: Classic HF pale ale - piney West Coast hop bitterness delicately balanced by a solid malt foundation. This is all pine and grass, with a bit of fruitiness lingering around in the aftermath - I get some lemon and maybe strawberry.

O: Great representation of a hoppy American Pale Ale with eyes toward the West Coast. I still prefer Edward, but this is better than 99% of anything else out there.

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A - Pours a light golden yellow. About a finger width of head that dissipates after a minute or so. When held to the light it is hazy as expected. It's calls your name.

S - Sweet delicious Simcoe and Amarillo. Pine, some malt.

T - A bit of malt up front with hop bitterness on the tail end. Slight citrus.

M - Great mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on where it should be.

O - Overall a great representation of the style. Definitely another excellent offering from HF. Worth the drive and wait in line.

Serving type: growler

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What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.