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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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What Is Enlightenment?
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BA SCORE
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628 Ratings
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 14 | 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)
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

02-14-2013 21:15:55 | More by stonermouse
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

07-15-2013 11:37:17 | More by tectactoe
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SkiBum22

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

05-29-2013 02:22:25 | More by SkiBum22
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

04-27-2013 15:29:16 | More by warnerry
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bierdabbler

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-15-2012 17:14:07 | More by bierdabbler
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codysjb

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-21-2012 03:55:53 | More by codysjb
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-02-2014 21:08:13 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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sgn4779

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-08-2014 14:34:01 | More by sgn4779
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-06-2014 01:04:30 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-26-2014 17:00:11 | More by ccurrid
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-04-2012 18:44:12 | More by bpfrush
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-29-2013 11:10:58 | More by Cynic-ale
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-13-2013 20:26:40 | More by doremite
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-11-2013 16:55:25 | More by SPRichard
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-23-2013 01:46:02 | More by stereosforgeeks
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-13-2014 00:09:32 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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CLCardinal84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-23-2013 20:35:46 | More by CLCardinal84
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brooklynbrews

Uzbekistan

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-08-2012 01:06:14 | More by brooklynbrews
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Ed_Bob

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-28-2014 12:55:09 | More by Ed_Bob
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-09-2012 01:08:16 | More by acurtis
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%

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...?

08-06-2014 20:11:11 | More by Guess2814
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-26-2013 21:33:02 | More by mdaschaf
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Tuckersmth

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-24-2014 04:48:50 | More by Tuckersmth
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2013 20:21:18 | More by prdstmnky
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-20-2014 15:32:29 | More by Griffith
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What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.