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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #31
Ranked #1,148
4.27 | pDev: 6.56%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: An American Pale Ale featuring Citra and Amarillo.
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 504 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of bubseymour
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4/30 so drinking 5 weeks old. Really hoppy both in aroma and taste with super light in body. A 5% session IPA that I could really get behind regularly if available in my local market and reasonably priced. Another near= miracle beer from HF. Only complaint is that its a touch bitter in finish. Sweeten it up just a touch and it would soar.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4/30/18

Nice pungent, floral and citrus aroma. Slightly medicinal. Crisp and bitting yeast and hops up front with pithy, earthy grapefruit and melon. Soft, and fluffy in the middle with mineral water/limestone, and a nice smooth mango-orange finish with a touch of sweet berry. Resinous finish with a bit of green flavor.

A beer that is light, easy drinking, yet has body and is packed with flavor. One of the better Citra featured beers I have had.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a half-finger of fluffy white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves a nice ring of lacing before settling into a sheet.

The aroma is all Citra with just a hint of Amarillo. Loads of grapefruit, melon and guava followed by some citrus rind and peach.

The taste brings notes of grapefruit, honeydew melon, green tea, peach, and cracker malt.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry and easy drinking, yet a tad watery.

Overall, a good and highly drinkable pale ale that is respectable by other brewery's standards but highly disappointing for Hill Farmstead. It's light and refreshing but lacks that zesty hop punch of other HF pale ales.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz can into a perennial willi becher glass. pours a semi murky gold with a finger of white head. smells of orange, peach and pine. taste is dominated by bitter pine. the fruitier aspects of the nose definitely take a back seat. mouthfeel is soft, almost creamy with a near perfect level of carbonation. overall, it’s an interesting offering from HF. definitely light and easy drinking but with some piney bitterness to not make it too drinkable. pretty damn good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mohawk Taproom in Scotia, NY.

This one pours a fairly hazy light orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like peach, grassy hops, light tea, and grapefruit.

This is quite excellent. There's a nice herbal tea thing, with orange, peach and grapefruit, and a hint of crackery malt.

This is light bodied, crisp and very clean, and a good level of carbonation.

This is so drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a bronzed orange color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated immediately. There was barely any lacing. The smell took into juicy orange pulp to lay over top of a nice bitter orange rind-like quality. Aromas just absolutely combine superbly. The taste was pretty much the same with a fully bittersweet combined juicy flavor just absolutely stinging my taste buds appropriately. Nice juicy aftertaste riding on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a stellar sipping quality about it. Carbonation rides fairly low allowing the juicy aspects to just hit the palate just right. Sliding motion across the tongue - like pure juice. Overall, hot damn, wow, what an absolutely awesome APA!

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-31-16 - On tap at Rattle n Hum West in NYC. 12 oz pour with hazy straw color and thin white head. Great aroma and citrusy punch with the first taste. Pretty tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, providing white hue to the orange gold color. Moderate head which provides chunky spots on the glass.

This smells like a a freshly opened hop pellet bag..

Like a grapefruit cocktail, this starts with a bitter, very lightly sour, wet hop flavor. This lasts throughout the tasting. Full bodied with a muted carbonation. The pale malted grain provide a base but little in the way of the taste. A hop lovers beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Torst in Brooklyn. Cost was $12 for 14oz.

Has that yogurty taste I'm increasingly coming to associate with new world hop varietals. Pale malts even her out. Floral notes. Some vague fruitiness (with a slight citrusy bend). No resins as one might expect from Amarillo (my favourite hop).

TEXTURE could be called standard. Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, tangy.

Overall, it's a competent balanced pale ale and I'd be thrilled to order a second if not for its pricing. Worth trying, but not dazzlingly delish.


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Photo of PicoPapa
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Prohibition Pig. Pours a hazy light yellow with an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is tons of juicy tropical and citrus fruits. Tangerine, orange, lime and pineapple. The taste is just like the smell. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and lime. Pretty heavy mouthfeel for the style. Overall, outstanding.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great sipping pale ale, but I would argue that it leaves a bit to be desired.

Straw yellow in color, with enough carbonation to added some loveliness to the beer

Taste is slightly bitter, with a hint of citrus and biscuit, but I would argue that it needs more aroma and flavor. Easily overpowered by other smells just generally in the air at the bar

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was super excited to try this beer. Hill Farmstead and 2 of my favorite hops - Citra and Amarillo. What's not to love? The appearance was great. A nice, golden hazy look with a decent fluffy white head. The aroma was very nice and the citra hops shined through. However, the taste just did not work for me. For whatever reason, I was getting a strange, Belgian yeast flavor. I wanted to love this beer, but I just couldn't get by the yeast flavor. Not sure if I had a bad batch from the restaurant that I was in or not. Maybe my palate was lacking. Not sure. In any case, probably the only HF beer I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great pale ale. Ton of flavor packed into this beer, yet things are restrained in a healthy way and in incredible balance. Hop bitterness from the amarillo is assertive without being overpowering. Hops provide predominantly a citrus fruit character while providing touches of tropical mango and papaya. Mouthfeel is full and fluffy.
Super enjoyable beer, typically not an amarillo fan but this beer was great.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale delivers on the two name hops and the low ABV. Such an impressive use of these hops in the style. The aroma is grapefruit and tangerine. The body is quite juicy but finishes crisp. Sweetness and bitterness in balance.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold color, hazy with delicate hop notes of citrus. Very soft and delicate palette, it's a simple beer done exactingly, I appreciate the balance of hop and malt flavor, great drink on a summer day

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. It's not a juice bomb, but it's classic HF.

Very clean and bright, light and effervescent. Some tropical flavors, but well balanced with pine and some crackery malt.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Turbid orange-gray color with a thin, but lasting white head. Smells like orange juice and a little mango. Less pronounced citrus in the flavor, with nice moderate hop bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Conduct of Life #1

Served in an 8 ounce nonic glass at Pony Bar.

Arrives cloudy and golden with a light frothy head, sticky head and lace and a film settles over the body. 4.25

Aroma is a cross of tangy grapefruit and sharp orange juice. Light hints of sweet malt. 4.25

Flavor surprises. Floral and bitter but still citrusy notes that tease Belgian-ness. There's a mineral quality to this that I find in all the HF beers and it's nice. The flavor overall seems to dance between saison and pale ale. 4

Light-bodied and prickly with carbonation. Extremely easy-drinking. Bitterness is felt but low-key and there's a grapefruit rind sort of fuzzy dryness. 4.25

Tasty but peculiar. Hard to place but I like.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap from the prohibition pig in Waterbury VT (highly recommend this place). looks pretty in the glass, plus its HF so the anticipation is high. nose isnt overwhelming, its got a nice citrus scent with hints of pine notes. taste is similar, but even more subdued. feels pretty light, slightly too light for my preference (although this judgement might be due to the previous beer I drank). overall its a great beer - very subtle flavors, but it still has a lot going on. its very clean, as well as highly drinkable and refreshing. if you get a chance to try this, do it!!!!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy light yellow in the glass, nicely carbonated.

S-The citra hop smell is there

T-Starts earthy then the finish is much more citrus heavy. Once again citrus hops come through wonderfully.

M-Light to medium nice carbonation.

O-A great showcase for citra hops, did not pick up much of the amarillo hops, but who cares?!

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Photo of Mr_Moe
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, white head and tons of lacing.

Smell: Very tropical(mango, apricot and peach), floral, some pine, citrus.

Taste: Same as the nose, slightly less flavorful than it smells.

Mouth Fell: Light to Medium body and not much carbonation. Very frothy.Easily drinkable, and pretty refreshing.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer very Juicy and some bitterness at the end to balance this bad boy out. One of the better Pale ales I have tried since I have become a craft beer enthusiast(mostly a stout hunter). Tons of flavors brought together really nicely.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Rez Waterbury.

A- Snifter pour from the draft with a cloudy pale golden body. Pinky high creamy white head falls to a foamy medium ring while lacing forms sheets.

S- Somewhat faint but what is there contains some signature HF characteristics with a clean ferment, light cracked grains, bright hops and generally smooth aromas. Passionfruit mango type stone fruits with citrus below. No pungency but more reserved.

T- As in the aroma you find a reserved and balanced pale ale with plenty of hops but by no means a hop bomb or IPA in disguise. Apricot and peach lead to mango, orange, tangerine and floral hop tones balanced by mineral water, yeast bread, pale raw cereal grain and a touch of sweetness.

MF- Light bodied with plenty of texture building on the palate. Creamy, silky and frothy. Slightly bitter ending.

A reserved APA that is beyond easy to quaff as the hops are flavorful but not taste bud strangling. Smooth citrus with a touch of stone fruit and pale cereal grains.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015

Appearance - Cloudy and straw yellow in color with a pillowy, white finger width head. Excellent retention, eventually breaking down to a firm layer of surface suds. Lacing coats the glass with reckless abandon, covering large portions of the glass in thick sheets.

Smell - Aroma hits on equal amounts of grainy, wheaty malts and grassy, slightly citrusy hops.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malts are strong in raw, grainy character while lesser hop flavor hits on grass and mild lemon. The finish finds itself more malty than hoppy, with a lingering grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth, drinkable quality with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - There's no doubt this is well made, but the flavor profile simply doesn't jive with my personal preferences. It exhibits way too much grain character than what I like in my pales.

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Photo of DIM
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a hazy, murky golden color; it was served up with a small white cap.

I smelled pithy citrus, pine resin, hay, and something mineral-y that I associate with saisons. On the tongue this was bone dry, which I love, but the hops didn't come across as fresh and vibrant. I tasted some bitter citrus, something grassy, and lingering aspirin. The malts were reminiscent of a drier Belgian offering, kind of hard to describe.

This wasn't bad but definitely not worth $6.50 for a short pour.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/22/15 notes. 14 oz pour in a snifter.

Pours a murky orange-yellow color with one finger of slightly off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of citrus hop, grapefruit, oranges, bitter lemon, light pine hops and resin, and fruity malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation, lightly bitter bite.

Overall pretty good. I liked the nose better than the taste, but a good beer.

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