Double Riwaka™
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #134
Ranked #1,358
4.42 | pDev: 6.11%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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emincems from Turkey

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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kevanb from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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lovindahops from New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- bright and hazy
S- pungent star fruit and muddy citrus
T- blast of dirty tropical hops. Refreshing and coating
M- patented Shaun Hill coating spicy hops
O- chasing this for the last 7 years loved it

Sep 23, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, Hill Farmstead willi becher glass. Pours a cloudy golden orange body, one and half finger thick white head, good retention. Nice lacing. Smell is delicious spicy tropical fruit, guava, a bit of grapefruit; a touch of passion fruit sweetness also but not the tartness. Really, really damn beautiful smell. Flavour follows, a bit more sugary sweetness. Big spicy tropical fruit, like Nelson but has a bit more fruity sweetness to it. Nice yeasty NE IPA esters also. Delicious. Medium bodied, soft and creamy, deliciously drinkable as all of the Double series has been.

Sep 21, 2019
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours that orangey color, though it is more golden in the light. Lots of tropical aroma. It is bubblegum upfront with a minty clean dry bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel on this is soft and fruit flesh-like. Another excellent Imperial IPA from the best brewery in the world.

Sep 21, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy golden bright orange color, with a big fluffy white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells exotic, fruity, and dank, with zesty hops, mango, juicy grapefruit, pine, and melon.

Any of the HF single hop IPAs are going to be a winner, and this is no exception. It's got an exotic, zesty and slightly spicy hop character, along with huge juiciness in the form of guava, mango, grapefruit, and ripe melon.

This is soft and creamy, with a great drinkability, and no booziness at all. It's got that classic soft feel from that well water.

This is really quite wonderful - I wish I had more of it.

Sep 17, 2019
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jhavs from New York

4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can on day of purchase 1 week after initial can release.

Hazy yellow straw with off white head. Small bubbled foam, settles slowly into a thin collar with floating islands.

Aroma is full of bright exotic fruits. Melon and some earthy grass.

Very unique and bright hop flavors. Had a zesty and herbal side that is layered with some exotic fruits and ripe melon. The fruit comes in the form of flavor, not sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Soft and smooth. No oily or syrupy sensations.

Truly unique hop flavors. Subtle layers of fruit with nice balancing bitterness and earthy/herbal characteristics.

Sep 12, 2019
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Hendry from Vermont

3.79/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

If you enjoy grapefruit pith, lemon zest and burning rubber, this is the beer for you. Not sure why Sean Hill is so excited about having a steady connection to this oily, somewhat objectionable hop, but it's a one and done for me. Let's see something with Cashmere hops from HF.

Sep 12, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

lemon and grapefruit in abundance, sugary doughy malts throughout, getting a hint of creamy mango and some floral and spicy pine character. well balanced, beautiful appearance, perfect combination. not sure the hop is my favorite but tbh it doesnt really matter because this beer is just dialed.

Sep 08, 2019
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