What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 569 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
4.98/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-20-2012 14:08:10 | More by iwantsomerocks
4.9/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
07-31-2012 01:24:22 | More by Pahn
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
Serving type: growler
06-21-2014 16:46:12 | More by BoldRulerVT
District of Columbia
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750 mL growler. Thanks to Michael for the acquisition. Shared with Adam and Mike.
The beer is mildly hazy and appears a golden yellow color. The white head is about a half inch thick and leaves ample lacing on the tulip.
The nose is excellent. Dank hops and a variety of tropical fruits and citrus. Oh yeah...
The flavor is earthy with notes of well water (in a most positive way). Lots of citrus and hop notes. Simply fantastic. Chuggable. Another winner from Hill Farmstead. I think this is the best pale ale I have ever had. I am dumbfounded. I could drink this indefinitely.
What is Enlightenment? Well, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and apparently, Shaun Hill.
Serving type: growler
05-30-2012 02:36:14 | More by Huhzubendah
What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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