Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #35
Ranked #1,388
4.27 | pDev: 6.09%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: American Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 326 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After a week long vacation with the kids on the Cape, you need another vacation, or a Sumner. The hoppy bitterness elevates the palate just long enough to cool off the hot summer days before giving way to the crips citrus flavors, steeped peach, nectarines, hint of pine. It finishes clean and you want another sip and you savor each drink because it is an insane drive to upper VT.

Jul 11, 2021
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz can, dated 05/11/21. Served in a willi becher.

Pours a pale and cloudy milky orange with a finger-plus of bubbly off-white foam. Retention is pretty good, settling out to a thick creamy collar and a persistent curtain of lacing.

Aroma is earthy-fruity. Peach skins, oranges and sandwich bread.

Tastes of rindy citrus, mango skins, earthy underripe pineapple, and toast. Lemon rind, grapefruit peel, orange pith, cherry pits, bread crusts. Moderate but building bitterness.

Feel is clean, crisp and brisk, medium bodied but feeling a bit lighter than that owing to brisk carbonation. Zippy and drying.

Overall, a way better than competent NE-style pale ale. In terms of balance, it may be somewhat biased toward the hop juice side of the spectrum but, still, I could drink these all day long and, in fact, come to think of it, I may have been.

May 15, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale, hazy yellow with a fluffy white head on top. Excellent lacing.

S: Strong notes of grapefruit and pineapple with some mango, apricot, and blueberry as well. Clean malt and yeast presence.

T: Mild bitterness upfront leading into waves of juicy grapefruit and pineapple notes. The malt is very subdued but provides a good bready backbone for the hops.

F: Very dry and crisp although just moderate carbonation.

Overall: A delicious, juicy pale ale that brings a big hop aroma and flavor. I could not recommend this beer enough to anyone looking for a hop-forward pale ale.

Aug 15, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 16 Dec, received in trade with rodman3. Thanks, Rick!

A mildly hazy light yellow with a large, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is a lovely blend of Citra and Simcoe, with a blend of orange, key lime, bright lemon along with a nice stone fruit character - there's peach and nectarine to go with some mango and even a little passionfruit. Beautiful hop expression. The palate opens with plenty of hop flavor with a mild hop bitterness present. Peach and mango are up front followed by a blend of key lime, ripe lemons and sweet clementines. Juicy and fruity with good focus and hop expression. A mild, water cracker like malt character is present, lending a snap to the palate to balance the juiciness. Drying, snappy and crisp with a great juicy flavor on the finish. Light in body, crisply carbonated, this is a joy on the palate.

Dec 27, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Canned 7/22/19
Pours a large pillowy semi-dense white head, great retention and lacing, very hazy cloudy pale orange color

Nose smells a lot like a Hill Farmstead IPA, great floral fruity citrusy hops, super fresh Cascade-like hops, a bit grassy, nice grapefruit pith, a touch of tropical with hint of mango and maybe pineapple, light doughy malt and creamy flaked proteins

Taste starts soft and juicy, more flaked suspended proteins, soft creamy and a bit juicy, lots of grapefruit, a bit of pith and some orange juice, lots of tangerine, some mango and generic tropical, no papery or oily characters, light bitterness turning to a spicy medium hop bitterness on the drier finish, lingering grapefruit pith, citrus, and a little generic tropical

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy juicy soft, medium carb

Overall not bad, enjoyable, hops did their job well, malts are good, good balance, not quite as good as some of the other big NEIPAs out there, but enjoyable

Aug 08, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the brewery yesterday.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin one finger white head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of really bright citrus peel, oranges and grapefruit galore. Flashes of pineapple as well. The mosaic brings a spicy pine note as well with flashes of earthiness on swirls.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with tons of bright juicy orange and grapefruit along with some over ripe pineapple. The mosaic flashes out with big earthy pine. It does right up to the threshold of becoming a little vegative but never quite crosses the line. Nice lightly doughy grains and flashes of sweet malts.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, little fluffy. Quite nice.

O - Overall this was a solid pale ale. I like how balanced this is, however, I'm not a super huge fan of the earthiness that the mosaic brings to the table. Still though, it is enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

Jul 28, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/11/19

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw color. Enormous, enormous frothy white head. Great head retention and miles of lacing.

S: Very juicy tropical fruits and citrus. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit for sure.

T: Clean crisp hops here. Again, very tropical and citrusy. Mango really stands out along with the grapefruit. Grapefruit is dry and bitter and lingers for a long time. Just a touch of doughy malt. Spicy pine on the back end; nearly dank. A little bit of dry grapefruit sticks around and lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied, clean and crisp.

O: Really nice APA. It is super crisp and dry, perfect for this style of beer. Great hoppiness without delving into IPA territory.

Feb 27, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque pale yellow, nearing tan, with a convex fluffy soft dome settling to a thick persistent blanket slightly ridged at the edge leaving a tall curtain of coral lace.

Smell is delicately cannabic, resiny and minty with citrus, biscuit dough and lemon meringue pie.

Taste is spicily dank and citrusy with toasted cracker and a softly bitter pine.

The light body is fortified with a perfectly substantial, soft carbonation, finishing just chewy dry, and infinitely crushable.

Aug 26, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

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

On tap, 12oz tulip glass.

Washed orange color, cloudy. 2F of froth, retains well with heavy lacing.

Citrus hop aroma with light malts and a note of pine.

Citrus hop flavor, grapefruit with a few granules of sugar. Slightly piney.

Juicy light body with crisp feel and hop tang.

Hoppy and flavorful with manageable Abv generally appeals to me and this fits.

Feb 10, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a slim finger’s worth of a bar pour’s kind of head. Adequate lacing sticks and then slides after quick dissipation of the head. The smell had a sweet orange juice bitterness with subtle zest, extra citrus, light grassy, somewhat grapefruit pulp and rind blending for full effect. The taste was a balanced bitter to sweet citrus / grapefruit bitter rind. Citrus full in effect in the aftertaste and bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth and somewhat light. Overall, I liked this one. Would definitely have again.

Jun 12, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Emmy Squared, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—passion fruit seems to stand out in particular.
T; The taste follows smell, but has additional notes of citrus in the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on palate with a little crispness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

Feb 19, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pale straw yellow. Like lemon rinds. Has a real nice glow about it.

S - light citrus, mostly lemon and tangerine. Orange and the slightest of coriander sweetness.

T - this beer boasts Simcoe and Mosaic, and it sure as hell delivers. Piney, rindy bite from the Simcoe and a bready dryness from the Mosaic. Earthy and grassy bitterness and flavors. Lots of orange rind and lemon pith. Quite a bit of bitterness for a pale.

F - light and mild, but at the same time robustly smooth with a creamy backbone. A pleasure to drink.

O - unique hops make for unique flavor profiles. Bitey and piney. Prickly and twangy. Good stuff.

Feb 19, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml flip top HF growler, served in a teal Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a beautiful hazy grapefruit yellow body with a slight orange hue, thick one finger frothy white head, sheets of lacing. Kind of ridiculous, to be honest. It makes me think of Trillium/Tree House haze, and perhaps this one was put together in response to that craze. Smell is a ridiculous bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, minimal caramel, minerals. Juicy fruit without a ton of sweetness. Flavour is a nice combination of grapefruit, mango, touch of papaya, slight pith, minimal grain and caramel sweetness, more of that standard Hill Farmstead minerality. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and creamy, not a ton of bitterness on the backend- just that perfect mineral flavour. That water... anyway, it's been a while since I've had a new Hill Farmstead beer but this one impressed me quite a bit, and given how many IPAs I've been drinking (including HF) over the last 5 years, that's a nice endorsement of the timelessness of Hill pale ales.

Feb 16, 2017
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mp12 from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer before only recently started rating. On draft. I am not sure if my palate has changed or this beer has because this was fantastic. Light yellow color with medium haze and medium to small white head. Incredible aroma of clementine and tangerine zest mixed with mild dry tropical fruit character. The taste is similar and quite pleasant with mild dry bready malt character. Awesome beer.

Feb 14, 2017
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Rattle'N'Hum West on draft. Honestly, on first taste I thought this was a Belgian IPA, as opposed to APA.

Color is very straw like, aroma underwhelming. Taste is good, but certainly nothing to write home about, and the body is fairly thin.

My first "disappointment" with Hill Farmstead, but still a decent beer, so if recommend folks to try it for sure.

Jan 18, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color. Modest head with sporadic spots.

The smell is a blend of pale malts and prickly grapefruit hop nose.

Straight up hop bitterness with a black pepper spice. The pale malt is dry and mild in the taste profile. Thinner body than other versions from Hill Farmstead with a higher carbonation level.

Dec 10, 2016
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap out of a wine glass. Color is hazy light golden color with a finger and a half of pillowy head. Aroma is definitely more pale ale than IPA but some juiciness definitely comes through. Clementines and mangos. Flavor has a zen like balance with light juiciness up front balanced with bready yeasty flavors. Think unbaked bread. Mouthfeel is very good for a 5.2% beer. I expect a lot when I drink Hill Farmstead and for just a pale ale this really delivers. 94.5 points!

Nov 26, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

drier, a good pale's aroma. orange colour. good mouthfeel. on tap at the prohibition pig. Better than average HF in my book, and the best HF i had in VT today.

Nov 03, 2016
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Three of my favorite different hops, exceptionally dry, yet flavorful and easy drinking. So much juice. This surpasses Edward for me as one of my favorite pale ales.

Oct 22, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blackback, Waterbury, VT.

A- Draft to snifter pour with a hazy yellow body and a thick creamy white head. Great retention and each sip leaves a thick blanket of lace behind.

S- Moderately strong hops in the aroma with a good balance of tropical fruits, dank, citrus and floral notes. A bit of fresh pale grains in the backdrop.

T- Juicy hops with the classic Hill Farmstead pale ale base. Tangerine, mango, pineapple, dank herbs, melon, peach, orange and grapefruit. Slight bit of pale barley and bread.

MF- Creamy medium body with smooth high end puffy carbonation. Finishes with a clean medium bitterness.

Each sip gets better and better. Smooth and quaffable pale ale with juicy hops off the top.

Oct 12, 2016
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of the typical New England character you expect from HF. Unfiltered to all hell and full of Citra, Simcoe, etc. Citrus to the balls, juicy, and drinkable. A great APA.

Sep 27, 2016
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LooK: Light orange, very hazy, thin quick fading head, with lots of lacing 3.5
Smell: Tropical hops and pineapple are the strongest aroma at the start, but also mild resin in the aroma as well, there is also a mild aroma similiar to grape, a little orange once it warms a bit 4.25
Taste: Citrus, tropical, piney, Spicey with a nice pleasant, but assertive bitterness at the end. As it warms up it becomes more orange/tangerine like in flavor 4.5
Feel: Light mouthfeel, nice prickly carbonation 4.25
Overall: Another really good beer from Hill Farmstead. Probably would not buy again due to the high price, but very glad to have a chance to review it. 4.5

Calculated score: 4.36

Sep 04, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery on August 20, 2016.

The pour is a slightly foggy yellow color with a modest white head.

The aroma is toasted bread and biscuit along with grass, floral, ans spicy herb characters.

Light to medium body. Refreshing.

The same toasted and sweet character begins the flavor experience with a mild to moderate herbal bitterness to finish.

Aug 20, 2016
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to get Sumner on my Maiden Voyage to Hill about two weeks ago. I bought a growler without sampling and was not disappointed! Much like all Hill brews, this beer was very flavorful and went down easy!

Aug 17, 2016
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hue, off white head. Terrific tropical melon aroma for a 5.2% beer. Great melon flavor, some gumminess in feel, a little abrasive bitterness on the finish, but not anywhere near as abrasive as a Focal Banger. A very nice addition to Hill's regular rotation of pale ales.

Aug 14, 2016
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