Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #47
Ranked #2,098
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
Jun 26, 2022
Apr 06, 2016
Notes: American Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops.
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Rated: 4 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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
Rated: 4.32 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by cd34 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

May 16, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 16, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.33 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina

Aug 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 5 by pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Rated: 4.19 by hopley from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Rated: 3.55 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Mar 27, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by cp45 from New Jersey

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Mar 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 4.34 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by AMCimpi from New York

Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Sep 28, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Sep 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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
Rated: 4.46 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by BeerBucks from New York

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by LanguedocRocks from Virginia

Aug 16, 2018
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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
Rated: 4.35 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 3.51 by probert from New York

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by Strohm from New York

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by jay25mac from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.68 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 4.73 by Mikecap from Rhode Island

Nov 12, 2017
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