1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
What Is Enlightenment?What Is Enlightenment?

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

664 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 664
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 217
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 664 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dougfur:
Photo of dougfur
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light straw color, hazy and a nice creamy head on top. It looks exactly how a beer should, in my opinion. The smell is modest, but awesome. Straight up grapefruit hoppiness. The taste takes it up a notch, with pretty powerful citrus hop flavors. Very little bitterness, but enough. Typical HF body, even in this pretty light beer. As usual, Hill Farmstead has made a beer that is hard to find fault with. It is masterfully brewed and probably the best APA I've ever had.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super huge thanks to TheLostGringo for a growler of this stuff... and it was only an extra. Shared with some good people. This one pours a golden-yellow; bright, vibrant, and translucent, but still plenty of unfiltered haze. The soapy, foamy white head settles quickly to a collar after building up to only about a half-inch in height. Good looking pale ale, no complaints so far.

What Is Enlightenment is hopped with one of my personal favorites - Amarillo - and Simcoe, which is often hit or miss for me (and is usually only miss when it's the only hop used). Piney, citrusy, bursting full of oranges and some grapefruit with oily resins and a mildly dank character hiding in the background. Success! The pine comes through from the Simcoe and mixes well with the heavy fruit aromas from Amarillo. Malt? Nah, this is a hoppy pale ale, baby!

A crisp little bitterness bites the tongue up front but it's pretty tame and never reaches a level where I'd say "this is more bitter than a pale ale should be". Lots of pines and leaves, followed up quickly with grapefruit peels, juicy orange centers, and a hint of lemon zest. Whatever the proportion of Simcoe to Amarillo is here, I don't know, but it's almost perfect.

Such a crisp pale ale, relatively light bodied, yet robust enough to maintain its presence on your palate. Carbonated well, even for a growler (I guess that's why swing-tops are so good), so it keeps nipping softly at your tongue with each sip and finishes dry to keep you thirsty. A touch of yeast and malt coats the palate and only become noticeable once the hop assault has finally faded.

I wasn't particularly impressed with the first two Hill Farmstead beers I ever had, but What is Enlightenment has essentially blown me away. Such a good pale ale, it's really a crime that this stuff is only available in Vermont. Though it was split six ways, I could easily smash through an entire growler of this on my own. So drinkable, so tasty, such an awesome pale ale.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of codysjb
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: good yellow, amazing like all hf stuff.
S: somewhat bland but lemon and zest.
T: another amazing pale ale from hf. balanced, not too much of any flavor but all around good lemon and citrus tastes.
M:same as taste.
O: had at good beer while beer shopping and still have yet to have a hf beer that isnt amazing.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sgn4779
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ccurrid
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of doremite
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brooklynbrews
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Ed_Bob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Guess2814
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a yellow smokey look to it.. It doesn't have strong smell but the taste sticks out.. Light hoppy taste.. It's a very casual beer to drink.. Has a light taste... again just right on the hops.. I believe it's a good summer beer.. "What-ever" that means...?

Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Greg for this one!

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large white head on top, very foamy with great retention and lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus on the aroma, lemon, lime, orange, and a little bit of tangerine. Slight sugary sweetness and pale malt, but overall lots of juicy citrus.

T: More juicy citrus, lemon, lime, a bit of grapefruit and orange zest. Nice malt backbone, but certainly hop forward for a pale, just as I want it. Very flavorful.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Extremely smooth and easy drinking. Could drink this one all day long.

O: Another great hop forward beer from HF. Hard to put them in any sort of order, because all of them are great.

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.