Self Reliance: German-Grown Amarillo
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,610
Ranked #51,656
4.24 | pDev: 2.59%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay "Self-Reliance" inspires and compels our persistent reflection, examination, and refinement. To that end, we present you with our Self-Reliance series of Farmstead® single-hop India pale ales. This release was brewed in August of 2019, generously hopped with Amarillo® sourced from Germany, and aged in oak puncheons for 3 months prior to bottling.
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kevanb from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2018 Hop Harvest, bottled November 15, 2019, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright golden orange color, amber hues, cloudy and hazy with a foamy white head which rises about two fingers tall and has excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is nice, very earthy and green, pine, grass clippings, light spice, lightly floral with a nice citrus peel bitterness, oak, funk and mineral water come out well with a base of pale dough. The flavors are good, bright citrus, lightly tart, pine, raw hop, light spice, grassy and more floral with a nice funk and oak barrel character while the familiar mineral water and pale dough foundation emerges. The mouthfeel is good, coating and crisp with a lively medium body, mild tartness and a dry bite at the finish.

Verdict: A very nice entry in this series. The hop profile offers quite a bit of earthiness but as it warms it becomes more bright and citrus forward. Well balanced and with a great brett expression.

Oct 18, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like orange-y hops, grassy bitterness and grassy funk, herbal hops, and some citrus.

This is yet another solid entry in this series, but it's middle of the pack when compared to the other ones. The hop character doesn't pop quite as boldly as some of the others, and feels drier, with a less pronounced funk character.

This is light bodied, clean, dry, and with a smooth but bitter finish. It's quite drinkable.

I've taken it upon myself to try all of the new beers in this series, and I'm actually getting fairly close to accomplishing that.

Sep 04, 2020
Self Reliance: German-Grown Amarillo from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings