Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #361
4.43 | pDev: 7.9%
Saturday at 03:07 AM
Apr 27, 2010
Notes: Edward (1917-2002) is our grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his five children. In his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.

85 IBU

Pale and Caramel malt; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; House Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Rated: 3.98 by QuintusHorace from California

Saturday at 03:07 AM
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on draft 5/28/23 @ the Hopleaf.

Opaque bright orange appearance.

Nice bubbly white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Bright orange citrus, cane sugar & spring water notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus, dry grass & dry pine flavors.

Smelled & looked great, but this was too biting on the tongue for me to truly love.

Glad to try it, though!
May 30, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

May 13, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Mar 30, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Drkstr24 from Maine

Mar 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Monks in Philly. A nice west coast APA. Good herbal bitterness. Similar herbal aromas on the nose. Medium body . . . But not a beer so much better than others. BA’s overeating this beer because it’s from Hill Farmstead.
Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by BeerWasp from Germany

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.68 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.93 by Larryken from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Draft at the Mad Taco. Hazy golden pour, thin creamy white head. Aroma is very light, soft citrus. Taste is subdued and mellow, pillowy, oranges, citrus, with a bit of dryness at the finish. Superb palate.
Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.94 by dkawalski from Massachusetts

Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by SpdKilz from Illinois

Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
It arrived in a clear pint glass after being drawn from a tap. The color is dark apricot-amber, with a slightly off-white modest head. The aroma is of soft hops and some malt in good balance. It may look like it's from New England, but it tastes more West Coast. The hops are sharp from the onset, in something like a grapefruit way, then dryly biting at the finish. The balance found by the nose isn't really there, but it's not a bad thing. The mouthfeel is obviously malt driven, as it's rich and smooth enough to carry the hops. An interesting aspect of it is how refreshingly wet it feels going down, despite the dry bite. Wet in the finish, yet very clean. The level of carbonation is just perfect. Pretty glass lacing, too. Another example of what gives this brewery its well-deserved high regard.
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by dmk82 from California

Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by swierczt from Connecticut

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured into a 16 oz glass from tap at Positive Pies in Plainfield, VT. Pours hazy yellow with two fingers of head; good retention and excellent lacing. Full body taste with slight citrus and hoppy bitterness. Very well done. Superb APA.
Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
No canning date. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Some floaters visible in the bottom third.

S: Citrusy (fresh orange and lemon), piney and hoppy.

T: The citrusy and piney notes can also be tasted. Not that fruity, rather floral and a bit grassy. Medium sweetness and a slightly dry finish.

F: Crisp and crushable. A bit creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Quite complex Pale Ale, but rather on the light side. Everything’s rather subtle here, but thanks to its complexity and its high drinkability it makes for a wonderful everyday beer. Great stuff.
Jun 23, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is one of the best Pale Ales I ever had!!!! Had a pint at the Bench restaurant in Stowe VT. Served in a snifter type pint glass, this beer is a hazy apricot/ amber color. I couldn't rate the head or the lacing because the glass was frosted. The aroma and taste were bold and prominent. Plenty of citrus (grapefruit) and a strong piney presence also. As robust a flavor profile an most IPA's!! Mouthfeel was rich, crisp and bitter. A hophead's delight!!! I just wish this beer was available home in Virginia.
Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a straw color with a tinge of copper and almost a finger of head. The nose has some light citrus hoppiness. The flavor is plenty bitter but other than that it's pretty mild and dry.

Really nice bitterness but lacking in pretty much anything else. A one note chorus.
May 16, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa early this evening. Excited to try my first HF beer.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Hazy pale amber body. Bright white head shrinks to a ring and covering, rings of lacing.

Really nice hoppy mixed tropical fruit aroma.

On tasting, really aggressive for a pale ale. Huge grapefruit & pine bitterness. Malt is probably there, but hard to detect.

Mouth between full and medium. Finish a dry grapefruit bitterness.

Overall, I certainly enjoyed the drink, but was expecting an easy end of shift pale ale. This punched me in the taste buds and woke me up.
May 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

May 09, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Noteworthy for its look and light and balanced taste (for an IPA). Pours a light golden yellow with billowing white foam. Light hoppy aroma is unique. Taste is bitter pine but yeasty bread, with a light malt aftertaste. Light but creamy and pillowy mouthfeel. Strikes me as almost European in its restraint and balance. Probably a 5 out of 5 of an IPA for a certain kind of consumer who is looking for something less aggressive and more elegant.
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(shaker pint at Monk's Cafe around 2:30p)

Hazy, orangey-hued liquid; solid pad of dense, pillowy foam... on the nose and palate: orange creamsicle, grapefruit gummies, minty pine... as fluffy on the tongue as it looks; just enough suds and stunning, pithy bitterness to refresh the palate after bites of extra-spicy wings... not too shabby, but also not too memorable (1878)
Apr 27, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by mvogt from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Look: hazy medium orange, head retreats quickly, some lacing.

Smell: lots of pine and tropical fruit

Taste: flawless. The pine and sweet tropical fruit work perfectly together, with a bit of sharp bitterness at the end. Easy to imagine the cool pure well water playing a big part too.

Feel: flawless again, with a good proportion of a hazy's smooth satisfaction. Carbonation isn't a big deal here but it helps to keep things lively.

Overall: This is incredibly flavorful, well-balanced, and even refreshing. Can't think of any way it could be a better example of the style.
Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by petewheeler from Maryland

Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a Tree House teku glass. Canned on 11/30/21, making this just over a month old.

A: Pours way hazier than I remember. Had this on tap at the taproom in 2013 and it was much paler and clearer. Looks real nice now, good hazy, not murky though.

S: A lot of fruit and fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, lots of tropical fruit. Guava. Little bit of pine and earthiness at the back, but not too much.

T: Very nice beer. Real juicy up front, nice burst of papaya and tangerine. Middle and finish are a bit hoppier than I expected, good amount of bitterness on the finish. Not overwhelming though.

M: Nice and clean, full. Very balanced. Super drinkable. Decent amount of oily hop resin on the finish.

O: Quick shout out again to SadMachine for hooking me up with this! So, I haven't had this beer since a small sampler at the tap room while in line waiting for bottles and growler fills ca. Christmas 2013. HF was relatively new back then, and along with Lawson's and Alchemist, they were starting the NE-style IPA craze before we really knew they were. Much like Heady, this feels like progenitor to NE IPA. It's hazy and drinkable, but still retains some of that hop bitterness that we'd see replaced with more of a juicy/sweet profile down the road. I still prefer the more modern style, but it's such a treat to go back and experience the classics. Hill Farmstead is such a special place, and this is truly one of their most special beers.

Recommendation: A great representation of what an HF pale ale can do, this is a must try if you've never had.
Jan 07, 2022
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