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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.82%
Wants: 193
Gots: 16 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Motofan12, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml Growler to HF stemmed tulip glass. Bottled 5 days prior.

A - Poured a hazy yellow/peach colour. One finger of bubbly white head formed and quickly receded to a few bubbles scattered across the top of the beer. Very light lacing.

S - A massive fresh tropical fruit, citrus and pine aroma up front with a moderate bitterness evident. Peach, mango, tangerine, apricot and grapefruit. By far the most appealing APA nose I've experienced.

T - A nice pale ale profile - well hopped but not so much that you wonder if you are drinking an IPA. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango and peach flavours take centre stage with a touch of pine present as well. The malt bill is barely noticeable but adds a very light touch of sweetness. The bitterness is quite dry.

M - Medium body with nice hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation. As noted above, very dry throughout.

O - This is a spectacular APA. My first ever 5/5 rating and unquestionably deserving of it.

TheSevenDuffs, May 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

dangelop, Jul 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

ThatsThatDude, Jun 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

nh2032, Jun 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

thezoobrew, May 13, 2013
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

went to waterbury vt, had this on tap at the resevior tap room, this by far has to be the best i have had in a pale ale, had to have two more before i left, pours orange hazy, plenty of citrus pine and hops, well balanced. will search this beer out again.

BERNUTBAG, May 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

deparker, Aug 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

rollom, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

canadianghetto, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

dcolatriano, Jun 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

PorterBoy14, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Abbbp, Jun 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

bellywin, Oct 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

soulkeeper1369, Jul 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Miamilice, Jun 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Rootz, May 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Kroborett, Aug 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

TobiasG, Jun 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Lehighace06, Jun 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

wizmasta, May 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jones153, Jul 28, 2014
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4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Looks sexy as hell. Slightly cloudy bright amber hue, with a lingering single finger head.

Nose has intense citrus accents. I get orange and peach dominating, with a nice piney background. Little bit of grapefruit too.

Taste is very complex. The hops come at you at first, but then recede quickly with the citrus notes dominating the rest of the way. Great orange and peach notes follow the nose perfectly.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is muted for easier drinkability.

This is one of my favorite beers right now. If I could, I would drink this non-stop, forever. What a beer.

iwantsomerocks, Aug 20, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip (note: love that Hill Farmstead fills any growler as long as it's brown glass). Bought 2 days ago from the brewery.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy white head that dissipates steadily. Pours a very hazy yellow (I love these unfiltered, glowing IPAs like Heady Topper), and leaves sparse spots and bars of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine, light tropical fruit highlights and an undercurrent of pale malt. Growing, heavy melon flavor that sort of overlaps with tangerine. The melon and malt are kind of a "light" aroma (like white wine is light) while there are these bold citrus, red fruit (almost cherry like), tropical fruit aromas that sort of blast in from the side and come across as bold and "dark" (like red wine).

That last sentence may sound ridiculous, but there's a lot going on here, and it's really good.

Taste: Melon, tangerine, some trademark Simcoe pungency up front, then a crisp hit of bitterness and perfect carbonation, moving to a ton of really good pale malt and a long, succulent citrusy/fruity hop finish. Bright cereal malt flavor goes so well with the tangerine/melon hop flavor; it's a perfect match.

This is one of those beers where the hop flavor has *all* the elements that I smell in Simcoe and Amarillo hops in the homebrew shop before I boil them into a beer, plus *more*. It's a struggle to keep all the beauty of an ingredient from fleeing when you make a beer--it's genius when you capture all that beauty and somehow add to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate but perfect carbonation. Nice crisp bitterness, with a semidry finish.

Overall: This beer goes down like water, but is packed with more hop and malt flavor than a top tier DIPA. It reminds me of NEBCO's Fuzzy Baby Ducks--a perfected IPA--but just with Amarillo and Simcoe instead of Citra, lower alcohol, a superior malt backbone (big achievement), and slightly inferior mouthfeel (tiny criticism). Also like FBD, the particular flavors that this beer perfects are exactly what I want to find in a beer, so if it's not objectively a masterpiece (I think it is), at the very least it's a perfect fit for me.

You just can't really overstate how good Hill Farmstead is at crafting hoppy pale ales. This is the kind of things fanatics dream "actually exists somewhere" and search for. Beer lovers who live near Greensboro, Vermont are lucky people.

Pahn, Jul 31, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 2 liter growler into a large tulip.
Pours a light honey color, hazy with not a ton of head, tiny tiny bubbles.
Smells wonderful glorious amounts of citrusy hops with some sweet tropical fruit hints.
Taste is fucking ridiculous. Perfection. This literally could not taste any better for an APA.
Grapefruit explosion without the bitter bomb, hints of mango and pineapple.
Mouthfeel is soft and inviting.
Overall, a world class APA. Shaun Hill is a Jedi.

BoldRulerVT, Jun 21, 2014
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What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.