Double Riwaka™
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #94
Ranked #929
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
May 10, 2021
Aug 11, 2019
Double Riwakaâ„¢Double Riwakaâ„¢
Notes: IPA brewed exclusively with Riwaka™ hops selected by Shaun Hill from the most recent harvest season in New Zealand.
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4.06 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.75 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2020
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Jun 10, 2020
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on May 14, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by matts2896 from Connecticut

Ripe melon up front followed by grape must, light garlic and mushroom (not like catty Citra, more like a noble hop), roasted pine nuts, a punch of sweetness mid-palette, and a return of melon with a tinge of pithy bitterness on the finish. Throughout the sip, I get an atmospheric citrus presence.

White wine character reminds me of Nelson, garlic reminds me of tettnang, nuttiness is unique among hops I've had, and the melony sweetness reminds me of Galaxy/Mosaic. I understand why they chose to do a single hop with Riwaka; its profile brings a lot to the table.

As usual with HF, the body is never too thick nor saccharine, the carb is perfect, and the liquid is vibrant mix of light orange and straw gold and leaves intense white lacing.


May 09, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Poured from a 12 oz can into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours an opaque golden orange color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head hangs around for a while, leaving a beautiful crown of lacing before settling into a thin layer of foam.

The aroma brings some very sweet tropical notes up front; namely overripe mango, pineapple, guava, and honeydew melon. Then comes a very subtle wave of citrus before an absolute onslaught of dank: Weedy, earthy, and oniony.

The flavor is quite odd. Lots of tropical fruits up front but then you get absolutely assaulted by earthy, herbaceous green onions, broccoli, basil, garlic, and cracked pepper. Not terrible, but definitely not for everyone.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. The alcohol is present but only just.

Overall, this is a decent and interesting DIPA. It's a bit sweet right up front but it's just incredibly herbaceous and dank overall. If you don't like onion or garlic or vegetal notes in your beer you'd do well to stay far away from this one.

May 06, 2020
3.59 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Apr 26, 2020
4.25 by Strohm from New York on Jan 24, 2020
4.52 by CreightonSM from New York on Jan 23, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Mule Bar

Jan 10, 2020
4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Dec 28, 2019
4.46 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2019
4.48 by eddiefl from New York on Dec 26, 2019
4.4 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 26, 2019
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2019
4.59 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2019
4.29 by SkiBum22 from New York on Dec 21, 2019
4.41 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 20, 2019
4.46 by zotzot from Vermont on Dec 18, 2019
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Dec 15, 2019
4.44 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Dec 12, 2019
4.44 by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by emincems from Turkey

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Double Riwaka
Style: Double Ipa  Abv: 8,0%

Single hop DIPA with Riwaka hops? It's quite rare!
It pours very hazy deep yellow color. Strong and long-lasting head retention leaves some laces. Very intense tropical and tangerine-like citrusy aroma. In addition to this aroma, I've felt basil-like herbal notes which is only unpleasant thing about this perfect beer. Taste is highly fruity, orange-like citrus and melon-like sweet fruits are dominant. Very smooth, moderate bitterness and sweet tropical fruity taste are in balance. Creamy mouthfeel, it's very drinkable and amazingly smooth in spite of high Ibu and high Abv. Very impressive DIPA from famous Hill Farmstead.

Oct 22, 2019
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Oct 18, 2019
4.32 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Oct 18, 2019
4.53 by doremite from Vermont on Oct 11, 2019
4.25 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Oct 08, 2019
4.44 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 03, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at the Farm House restaurant in downtown Burlington, VT. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left some lace. The scent had a melon like peel spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle fruit peel spice. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 02, 2019
4.86 by notchucknorris from California on Oct 01, 2019
4.42 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Oct 01, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 12oz can into a perennial willi becher glass. pours a hazy orange with a pinky finger of white head. smells earthy green onions, grass, pepper, ripe cantaloupe. incredible nose on this one. taste follows with an explosion of dank, citrusy hops. mouthfeel is on par with all the HF “Double” series - soft, approachable and perfectly carbonated. overall, this is an excellent DIPA. Riwaka seems like it contains certain aspects of citra, nelson & galaxy. you get citrusy fruits, earthy tones and super dank notes. would definitely drink again.

Oct 01, 2019
4.46 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Sep 29, 2019
4.5 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Sep 29, 2019
4.25 by gelasin from California on Sep 29, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

In line at Zwanze. Thanks Matthew!

Sep 28, 2019
4.56 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina on Sep 27, 2019
4.53 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Sep 27, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a very hazy golden orange color, pale and opaque with a nice foamy white head that rises about two fingers high and has good retention with nice spotted and soapy lacing. The aroma is very nice, tons of dank grassy and weedy character, slightly peppery, earthy pine and raw green hop, light spice with some juicy orange and tropical fruits and a light dough finish. The flavors are solid, earthy and piney, super dank and green, weedy, resinous, peppery and spicy with a nice oily quality that brings out some floral and bright fruity flavors, orange, peach, pineapple with soft pale dough and mineral water at the finish. The mouthfeel is great, coating, creamy, heavier medium body that is lively but smooth with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A very good IPA from Hill Farmstead. The Riwaka hop offers quite a bit of variety from bright and tropical to soft and floral to dank and raw with a pleasant earthiness to a spicy pepperiness and this beer really lets the hop shine.

Sep 27, 2019
4.93 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Sep 26, 2019
Double Riwaka™ from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 67 ratings