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Riwaka Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with one of our favorite hop varieties: New Zealand's rare and difficult to obtain Riwaka!

Added by Brad007 on 12-31-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
166
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
22.55%
 
 
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51
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 166
Photo of lic217
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very hazy, small head that disappears fast
Smell: Pear and another smell that I cannot identify, but it's very interesting
Taste: Tropical fruit and that smell in the taste that I cannot identify, some citrus. A little tea and herbal as it warms too. Starts slightly sweet and ends with a very light lingering bitterness
Feel: Very light and drinkable, extremely refreshing, soft bitterness at the end
Overall A very enjoyable beer, without a lot of complexity

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a hazy pale straw color with a small cap of white head.

The aroma has a nice grassy aroma with hints of citrus and lemon in the background. A bit earthy in the background. The pallet has a dank hop flavor with some grassy pine and citrus. Earthy root vegetables seem to have a bit of a presence in the background.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Nice showcase of this hop.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2L growler chilled and poured into a pint glass. Filled from the brewery on Saturday.

Appearance: Pours a really nice, two finger white and creamy head with really good retention. Sticks incredibly well to the glass. Color is the typical light yellow to orange in color.

Aroma: Really interesting and unique tropical profile. Mango, pineapple and lots of orange zest. Very citrusy. Some bittering hops and a light biscuit tones.

Taste: Big, bright citrus and hop notes with lots of bittering notes. Very tropical and drinkable. A really nice balance of hop sweetness and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink as evidenced by me drinking the entire 2L myself.

Overall, a really single hop beer that does a great job of showcasing this hop variety. I am not to famaliar with this hop, but the tropical and citrus notes are really tasty. Very nice balance throughout. Definitely a good single hop beer and another great HF beer. Not sure if it is my favorite IPA from them but it definitely is good.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for making the Trek and picking up this growler. Poured into a goblet. The color is hazy melon-orange. There is a nice fluffy head.

The aroma has a lot of dank citrus.

The taste has a lot of earthiness in the flavor from the hops. There is a great grassy hop flavor here as well. The finish is nice a crisp.

This is light bodied and refreshing. This is delicious as always.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this onsite at Hill Farmstead - one of the standout delicious pale ales I had while there. I'm pretty sure this was my first experience with the Riwaka hop, and I hope it shows up in many of my future beers!

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Photo of phingdong
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap from a friend's kegerator. Picked up at HF last week (thanks Shaun and Phil!). Multiple glasses. Looks similar to all HF pale ales, which is a nice, vibrant orange with a fluffy white head. The aroma is fantastic. Combines the grassy, dank, earthy hops traits with the citrus and tropical. The taste follows the nose. Piney, earthy, tropical and just delicious. The flavor profile is one of the best I've had (and a single hop at that!). At 5.2%, this packs a mountain of flavor. I could drink this forever.

Too bad these hops are so scarce. I hope the next crop of Riwaka is more abundant and this is made again in the future. Perhaps even an imperial Riwaka...

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Photo of Luk13
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF Harvest Fest and growler. Hazy gold pour with white head. Super powerful nose, spicy hops, very very citrusy - quite unique hop aroma, definitely new to me, a kind of mix of spice, lemon and grapefruit. Pretty exotic. Taste is sharp and hoppy, very fresh, citrus zest and grapefruity finish. Super tasty APA. My favourite with What is Enlightenment.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I actually had the Riwaka Single hop while I was at Hill but that isn't listed as an option so I will just post here. The Riwaka was my favorite I had while on my venture to Hill. Every beer I got there was phenominal. I left with several 64 oz growlers but I really regret not getting 2 of the Riwaka!

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun for the fresh growler. Beer poured a 4 days after filling so changes are expected...

Pours into glass a medium amber-orange color, slightly hazy appearance which is no surprise considering the lack of filtration. A clean low white head quickly builds and relaxes into a spotty cap with nice dripping lace.

The smell is decidedly tropical fruit, not overwhelming so, but definite pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. This hop seems like a slightly lighter version of Citra or Nelson Sauvin, but great aroma and the beer holds this character well.

Taste is surprisingly less fruity than anticipated, but still retains the juicy drinkability that the nose suggests. Definite grapefruit, wet pine cones and light resinous qualities are matched by a fine but staunch bitterness. The beer is exceptionally well balanced and finishes quite clean.

Again, the day old growler is suspect but I did try the beer at the brewery. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft but assertive carbonation. Great round, smooth, and soft overall feel with clean tastebuds after.

Drinkability is very high on this beer.

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Photo of Skrip
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead Willi Becher.

A~ light glowing yellow/orange with a nice head and a little lacing.

S~ spicy up front! hmm... earthy grass, schezwan, black pepper, and peppercorns all followed by a little tropical fruit mango, pineapple and a little grapefruit.

T~ follows the nose but more subtle here. a little less on the spice and more on the tropical fruit! love it!

M~ super smooth and refreshing, i could drink this all day long! nice carb. as well!

O~ this has to be my favorite pale offering from HF! i'm a sucker for spice and this hop really hits home! i don't know how i missed this the last time it was around but its been years! i wonder if the last batch tasted like this as well?? (if anyone has any info, shoot me a message) otherwise just find a way to try this! totally worth it!

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Photo of Solomon420
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I am being constantly surprised with Vermont's IPAs. And this one doesnt dissappoint. This one pours a yellow/orangish hue, normal white two finger head. Aroma is of nice citrus and hops, clean smell. I like it a lot. The taste is awesome and follows the nose to a T. Mouthfeel is balanced and silky, dances off of the tongue. Its a lower ABV, which makes this thing so damn drinkable and enjoyable. Its a true champion of an IPA.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden, orange color. A crisp white head with nice lacing.

Bright aroma of mixed citrus... mostly lemon and grapefruit.

Taste is well balanced with robust hops, bitterness, malts and a clean finish.

Medium body with soft carbonation and exception drinkability.

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Photo of Vineyard
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall: This IPA manages to be very drinkable while still having a complex profile that will make your palate work.

Appearance: Darke golden color, with many orange hues.

Aroma: Lots of fruit, mainly citrus but I pick up some tropical notes as well.

Taste: Outstanding, I picked up many different fruit flavors, similar to the aromas, with a heavy tropical note on the end. The malt profile does not stick out but rather supports the showcasing of this type of hop very well.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nicely balanced, fairly light but still very satisfing.

Drinkability: Extreamly high, I managed to finish off a growler in one night, the balance of the beer is tremendous and the flavors make you keep on wanting to pour one more pint.

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Photo of scottcarpenter
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from DiCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Poured from growler into pint glass.

A: Richly cloudy amber-orange; nice glow. Soapy white head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of lacing.

S: I expected the grapefruit greeting of the IPA, but my nose was met with citrus combined with tropical fruit, almost a pineapple or mango and hint of floral.

T: Same blast of citrus and tropicals; finishes a little bit quickly, without a lot of bitterness or drying, which I missed. But this is such a showcase for the sweet fruitiness of the variety of hop that this is a quibble.

M: A bit low in carbonation (and I drank the whole growler the night I bought it, so it did not have time to sit around). It acquired an almost slickness in the body that I did not love. The feel verged on syrupy which could have made the taste oversweet. More carbonation would have helped this.

D: It goes down so very smoothly and the juicy taste just keeps inviting you to sip and quaff; and then repeat. It's nice to have a relatively low abv for a change. My kids could almost drink this one.

A really fantastic beer and a lucky find since I understand Hill Farmstead is not found much outside of Vermont. I love this idea of showcasing one particular hop variety. I'm inspired to se what this brewery does when it decides to use this flavor as a building block in their concoctions.

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Riwaka Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.39 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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