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What Is Enlightenment? - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 201
Gots: 17 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +8%

theGlasstronaut, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Sean802, Jul 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Cyclone8, Jul 18, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Liam

Hazy orange colour, one finger of white head with some lace here as well. Smell is quite hoppy, lots of orange and tangerine, grapefruit and a bit of cracker like malt sweetness as well. Taste is dry and hoppy up front with lots of orange and grapefruit flavour, lightly sweet malts mid palate and finishes dry with a medium bitterness throughout. Light-medium carbonation, medium full body with a drying feel throughout. Just awesome, this is probably the best example of the style around.

peensteen, Jul 17, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

tectactoe, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

LambicKing, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Retail1LO, Jul 14, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml HF swing-top growler has been in my fridge for a few days. The beer is poured into a white wine glass.

The liquid is golden colored and appears hazy through the condensation on my glass. A small pure white head does last too long but leaves good lacing. Clinging and rising bubbles can be seen within. For a growler that is a few days old and made the long car ride from Vermont to Maine, the carbonation levels appear to have held up nicely.

The beer has an amazing aroma. Lots of citrus and floral hops. It leads me to believe this will be an exception American pale ale.

The beer has a strong hop flavor.Citrus is the most noticeable flavor, although at the finish, it is more of an oily hoppiness. For the first few sips the hops were so dominant that the malts were noticeable absent. It was as if there was a large hole in the flavor profile. After a few sips, the beer tastes more balanced, but the hops are still strong.

Medium body with strong carbonation. There is a tangible coating on my lips and the roof of my mouth that is a touch sticky and fairly bitter.

This is a fairly impressive APA. I wouldn't say it is worth the long pilgrimage to HF if this is the only beer you seek, but if you make the trip and it is still available for growler fills, you should think about buying some. If you find it on tap, then by all means order a glass.

ToasterChef, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Lambocalrisien, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

badboy7113, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

mrebeka, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

claaark13, Jul 12, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by....wait for it...cbutova.

Pale hazy orange pour, white head, good retention. That Hill Farmstead look.

For smell I wrote "Uh, tangerine." More or less, true. Just fresh orange/citrus hops all up in there with danky pine, herbal and tropical notes for good measure.

Taste delivers what I can only describe as super fruity dankness. Just great orange, mango, grapefruit, dank earthy hops. Baked bread malts at just the right level. Hard to believe this a pale ale, just huge flavor and huge hops, but balanced.

Medium-high carbonation and a well-bodied beer. Feels a bit bigger than the ABV would hint towards.

Very good, hard not to enjoy this one. I think this is the new generation of American pale ales. Enlightening.

Chico1985, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

NickBeery, Jul 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

EnticeMySpice, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

pendabev, Jul 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

baybum, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

twenty5, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Resuin, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

RichD, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Jballn, Jul 05, 2013
What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.