Amarillo Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #64
Ranked #2,656
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Jan 10, 2021
Sep 07, 2011
Notes: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Amarillo.
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4.34 by MJSFS from Florida on Jan 10, 2021
3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 25, 2020
4.06 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Nov 06, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a can (2/24) in a Teku

L: light yellow/gold, small white head. Some lacing but not significant

S: citrus forward (orange, lemon) with some piney/floral notes in the back. Get some hay/grass as well

T: nose following through, orange to start with that hay note really coming through on the finish. Balanced bite, medium finish

F: well carbonated, very easy to drink

O: delicious pale ale that really highlights Amarillo's orange characteristics

Mar 27, 2020
4.27 by cp45 from New Jersey on Mar 20, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml bottle, freshly filled, poured into a 12oz Hill Farmstead black and red willibecher glass.

The beer pours a cloudy and foggy pale golden color, lemon hues with a soapy white head, about a finger and half high that has good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is pleasant, grassy, dank, floral, earthy pine with a bit of lemon peel and soft pale dough. The flavors are right in line with the nose. Dank and earthy bitterness leaps out, lots of lemon citrus, a bit of berry fruit, bright and crisp floral and grassy green raw hop leaf with a soft bed of pale cereal grains and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, coating and crisp with a medium body that is light and delicate and finishes with a soft creaminess and a lingering dry bite.

Verdict: A nice pale ale from Hill Farmstead. The amarillo hop is excellently expressed, I'm just not sure it's my favorite candidate for a single hop beer. A good experiment and a worthy brew, but perhaps amarillo needs a friendly hop to act as a compliment.

Dec 31, 2019
4.03 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Nov 13, 2019
3.75 by MGibbons from Maryland on Oct 05, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Tried this at the brewery just before it kicked and couldn’t get a growler fill. A bit subdued, as most HF drafts seem to be compared to their canned versions. Base beer is obviously top notch, so the hop truly stands out. And Amarillo has a unique flavor with tasty citrus qualities, but seems to be underutilized these days in the industry, at least as the sole hop.

Aug 28, 2019
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Aug 21, 2019
4.06 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 13, 2019
4.19 by TheGent from New Jersey on Apr 11, 2019
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 08, 2019
3.95 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Apr 05, 2019
4.29 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2019
4.04 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2019
4.03 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2019
4.53 by edthehead from New York on Mar 22, 2019
4 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
3.95 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Oct 13, 2018
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 09, 2018
4.44 by hwy395 from California on Feb 16, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wolffad from New Hampshire

Consumed in the can- nice bitterness that lingers on the tip of the tongue. Highlights Amarillo nicely with that being the only hop that is in there :) Enjoyable.

Feb 02, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

On tap at the Reservoir, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt orange color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated evenly and at a nice pace. Light semi-foamy lacing ran around the sides of the glass nicely. The smell took on some sweet onion and then rolled into the dank sweet to juicy danky grassiness. Slight floral qualities slide in underneath. The taste was pretty much the same as the smell with a nice danky sweet onion aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly nice sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Danky juiciness smooths out over my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty nice APA that I would have again.

Jun 06, 2017
3.94 by happyreefer from Connecticut on Jun 22, 2016
4.13 by Nuggetz from Texas on May 12, 2016
4.15 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania on Apr 16, 2016
3.75 by stakem from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2016
4 by largadeer from California on Mar 08, 2016
3.94 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Mar 07, 2016
4.23 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Mar 06, 2016
3.58 by kiki3drt292 from California on Mar 06, 2016
3.96 by Travitten from Iowa on Mar 01, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

honeyed grains and bready malt throughout, orange candies, grapefruit, peach, earthy, floral, slight spice, piney bitterness on the finish.

Feb 28, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a growler filled on 2/13/16 into a Hill Farmstead stem glass.

A: Orange hue that is just slightly translucent. White foamy head that dissipates. Nice lace left on the glass.
S: Slight hints of citrus. Not overpowering.
T: Some citrus and grassiness initially that leads to a bitterness that sits on the tongue.
F: Carbonated and somewhat bubbly. Leaves a bit to be desired.
O: Pretty standard pale ale. Very well made, but not one of Hill Farmstead's best.

Feb 25, 2016
4.46 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Feb 23, 2016
4.15 by Abbbp from Texas on Feb 23, 2016
3.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Feb 22, 2016
4.3 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 22, 2016
Amarillo Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 372 ratings