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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 185
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%

Brought back a few growlers over the weekend. July 7th notes, 2nd or 3rd time having the beer over the holiday weekend.

A- Light golden body in a pint glass with a creamy white head. The cap has nice retention. Lots of lacing webs.

S- A good orange citrus forward hop aroma with some tropical fruit from a bunch of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Peach and zest in a hop forward smell.

T- More yeast bread and light grain/biscuit/caramel coming into play as a Pale Ale should have but the hop flavors are the main show here. Peach, orange zest, lemon, citrus and some floral hop characters. Reminds me of Sculpin in a way.

MF- Lighter end body with a nice creamy texture. Moderately carbonated with a light clean bitterness rounding it all out on the palate.

Compared to Walden this has more malt/yeast character but still packs a great citrus/fruity hop character, as it should for a Pale Ale. Hops just feel so clean and fresh in HF's beers.

07-10-2013 18:37:59 | More by cbutova
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EnticeMySpice

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-10-2013 02:05:37 | More by EnticeMySpice
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pendabev

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-08-2013 21:09:37 | More by pendabev
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-08-2013 14:47:43 | More by baybum
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-07-2013 23:56:21 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-07-2013 15:55:52 | More by twenty5
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-05-2013 18:32:35 | More by Resuin
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-05-2013 18:10:19 | More by RichD
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-05-2013 14:39:31 | More by Atomicskis5
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Jballn

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-05-2013 07:09:50 | More by Jballn
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-05-2013 01:19:30 | More by patm1986
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lovindahops

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-04-2013 23:56:04 | More by lovindahops
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-02-2013 01:45:01 | More by LarryAppleton
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Jeremy6566

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-01-2013 19:16:03 | More by Jeremy6566
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

06-30-2013 18:37:15 | More by LoveStout
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2013 03:39:15 | More by thegerm87
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-29-2013 00:51:19 | More by s1ckboy
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-28-2013 20:43:38 | More by starrdogg
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-28-2013 13:39:35 | More by mendvicdog
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-28-2013 04:13:17 | More by oline73
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-27-2013 22:49:16 | More by Zach136
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Franch

New York

4/5  rDev -8.9%

06-27-2013 04:58:43 | More by Franch
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

This brew was poured from a growler into Hill Farmstead stemware, showing a dusky sunset yellow coloring. It put forth a one and a half finger head of creamy, mashed potato colored bubbles, showing great retention. Cloudy outlines of lacing were left around the glass as the foam bubbled and slowly dissipated. A haze was certain throughout, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose gave musk and muddied straw, clean pales, heavily earthen and bitterly citric hops, strawberry fruitiness, black pepper and salt, ale yeastiness, distant wheaty bite, lemon rind bitterness, chalked white flour, and granite. With warmth came a deepening of the hops, with more earthy, mineral, and soapy tones. Our first impression was that the flavoring was deeply earthy and biting, but refreshing, as in the nose. As we sipped, the taste opened up with a brightly pale and toasty malt base, blackboard chalkiness, juicy yeastiness to match, dripping wet citric, herbal, soapy, and bitterly herbal hops, hard mineral water, and distant wheat bread chewiness. The middle came to a peak with more of a refreshed, sweeter sip, offering pales and soft ambers, white sugar flashes, nectarine and passion fruit juiciness, white flour, and freshly churned earthen dirtiness. The ending wash came with more of the same, with plastic phenols, green grassiness and herbal bite of hops, mineral, gravel, yeast, musk and dust, freshly citric lemony hops, barnyard grassy funk, molded straw and raw barley, and final metallic twang. The aftertaste breathed of earthen, nectary, and herbal hoppiness, citric flesh fruitiness, apricot, strawberry, aluminum metallics, damp denim, grassy bite, lactic creaminess, pale malty base, chalked yeast, and gravel. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, froth, cream, sip, and smack, with soft finishing pop and light sticky coolness to the corners of the lips. The mouth was left coated and cooled, with satiation and quick puckered astringency from the hops and chalks. The abv was appropriate, and the beer swigged easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its taste. Here we found a unique down-to-earthiness and freshness that many pales avoid. The push in this style lately is to the big, juicy, Three Floyds type of sweet and drinkable beverage, but with this beer, you get a more “real” ale. The hops are gritty, bittered, earthy, and in your face to stay, while the malts skirt the border of Funktown. You get the same sense through the nose, and the body helps to keep things happy and flowing all day long. This guy marks our introduction to Hill Farmstead, and seems to promise a relationship that will be long-lasting and bountiful.

06-27-2013 03:17:35 | More by TheBrewo
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mre0683

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-26-2013 21:50:25 | More by mre0683
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-26-2013 20:21:18 | More by prdstmnky
What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.