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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.82%
Wants: 190
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

750 ml. growler from the brewery. Very floral hoppy, complex and fresh and welcoming. CLoudy grapefruit with fluffy head. Tremendous drinkability. Orange citrus, Simcoe? Seems to be a blend of American and British hops.Smooth drinker. An excellent pale, with perhaps the IBU of what used to be called an IPA.Thanks John.

Sammy, May 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.1%

djrn2, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +3%

Big thanks to a great trader for the 750mL growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead long stem tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy pale apricot with a really nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose has some light pineapple along with great citrus character and a bit of rind. Extraordinarily flavorful. Hoppy and great bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is unmatched. Classic Hill Farmstead. Love it.

Thorpe429, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

acurtis, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Knapp85, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks, Jason.

Cloudy, almost milky straw-colored body capped by two fingers of frothy head. The nose is simcoe-heavy, very citrusy with grapefruit the dominant scent. A bit spicy and resinous. There are light yeast esters. Tropical fruit comes out as the beer opens up. Tastes great, very light bodied and mildly bitter, with a really pleasant and mellow hop profile. Tropical fruits and grapefruit up front, with some spiciness beneath. A dry, bready malt backbone supports the hops without lending much sweetness. Body is a tad thin and there's a lot of sediment, but this is otherwise excellent.

largadeer, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to some wispy patches, a thin collar, and splotches of lace. Murky peach flesh body.

S - The hop intensity is crazy - I was shocked to discover this only contained Amarillo and Simcoe. The Amarillo is nostril-shredding, with lemon zest, herbs, and a hint of dankness, while the Simcoe provides a tropical undercurrent. I initially thought there might be Nelson in in here, but apparently I'm imagining things. Pleasant vanilla malt sweetness way in the background.

T - Delicious mix of citrus, herbs, stone and tropical fruits, hint of sweet malts, and moderate finishing bitterness. No loss of intensity from the aroma.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, lightly chewy, dry finish, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - Crushable stuff. I think I like Hoppy Birthday a bit more but this is similarly excellent. I could easily polish off 2L on my own. Hope Shaun Hill makes this a regular offering instead of just an anniversary beer, as it's too goo to only be made once.

MasterSki, May 14, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

I want to get more of this to write a more thoughtful review but this was at a tasting recently and it stole the show for me.

Beer is amber / orange and clear with a white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet with a nice hop palate and a good lightly bitter hoppy finish. I'd have this again, a lot of this again. I want more, seriously where can I get some more?

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%

Wish I could get up to the brewery more. Such amazing beers, and pretty cheap overall too. Love the fresh APAs, IPAs, and saisons.

Pours a nice fizzy fluffy 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with light foamy lacing, fairly hazy golden orange yellow wheat colored beer.

Nose explodes with awesome hops, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, light musty resin and passion fruit, juicy fruit, light malts to base it.

Taste starts with more hops, a light creamy pale malt base. Hops again bring tropical fruit, quite juicy, light passion fruit, little musty resin, tangerine, clementine, grapefruit, but not super bitter. Washes down easy and clean, dry, with a nice finish of musty resinous hop that isn't strong, more citrus fruits, crisp and long hop lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, crisp, good carb for growler.

Overall awesome, great hops, tropical fruit, passion fruit, nice clean finish and perfect bitterness with a touch of a fluffy malt base.

jlindros, May 08, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy peach colored liquid with a small cap of white head, and intense bubbly carbonation visible along the sides of the glass. Hop-forward aroma, citrus and tropical fruits, sugar sweet malts. Taste of fresh, juicy hops, grapefruit, peach, orange are most noticeable, with light bready caramel in the background; leafy finish with mild bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, light-medium body, excellent overall. One of my favs from Hill.

Rifugium, Jun 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

oline73, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

mendvicdog, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Rochefort10nh, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, May 02, 2012
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What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.