What Is Enlightenment?
Hill Farmstead Brewery

What Is Enlightenment?What Is Enlightenment?
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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #14
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #683
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
827
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 05, 2022
Added:
Apr 26, 2012
Wants:
  270
Gots:
  58
SCORE
97
World-Class
What Is Enlightenment?What Is Enlightenment?
Notes: American Pale Ale brewed in honor of our Second Anniversary. Simcoe and Amarillo hops.
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Rated: 4.19 by swierczt from Connecticut

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Jul 02, 2022
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Rated by npolachek from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good APA. High rated amongst this class
Jun 29, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap. White head with lace. Cloudy golden sunset.

Mango, melon, papaya. Very tropical. Earthy, floral hops show nicely. Honeydew. Spicy/zesty hops. Nice blend of bitterness and softness.

Crazy amount of flavor for only 5%
Jun 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by cd34 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by jdow117 from Ohio

May 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into hf mug.
L: glowing orange, medium haze big fluffy white 3 fingers

S: no malt, grapefruit and citrus lead the way,

T: nice firm bitternss and man taste is grapefruit.

F: touch slick thin lacks body for level of bitterness

O: a great pale ale but seems mix of old / new
May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Sep 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.32 by paresis from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a 12oz can, dated 07/07/20. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a heavily hazed mango-gold with two fingers of lush, creamy head. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick bubbly cap and a heavy tattered curtain of lacing.

Nose is earthy-sharp, orange rind and spice cake.

First taste impression is of grapefruit juice, clean, sharp juicy bitterness. A flowery spiciness follows, finishing with oily orange peel bitterness clinging to the tongue.

Feel is smooth and slick, medium bodied with bright, zesty carbonation.

A very enjoyable small pale ale with vanishingly low sweetness contrasted with moderately-high bitterness of the citric sort.
Jul 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.4 by Shy5 from Oregon

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Jul 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Jun 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 12oz can into a stemmed wine glass. pours a semi-hazy bright orange. plenty of fluffy white head. smell is lemon, fresh squeezed orange juice, grass, a little hint of pine. very complex nose for such a small beer. packs a lot of flavor for a low ABV pale ale. has flavors similar to the smell with more pronounced pine from the hops along with a decent amount of bitterness. very easy drinking though. almost refreshing. feel is well suited for the style. not overly thick but just the right amount of carbonation. not a highlight of the pour but certainly nothing to complain about either. overall, fantastic APA from these guys. has a kind of east coast haze & juiciness to it that collides with a little bit of west coast bitterness, although it’s a pretty tame bitterness. nice early summer drinker. enjoyed thoroughly.
Jun 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Great mouthfeel. A bit thinner than other Midwest made hazy IPAs I drink more often. I like the mild bitterness and dry finish I'm getting. It's nice to have less sweetness than I often find on IPAs lately. It's not West Coast style at all for bitterness though. The color is less bright than I've been seeing too. I'd definitely recommend and will look for again.
May 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

May 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by VeganUndead from Virginia

May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by atrocity from Virginia

May 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

May 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.58 by smi69 from New York

Jun 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by hockeypuck from Maine

May 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Laurasera from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Blackback Pub. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow/orange color with an ever so slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen to fill a one finger white foamy head. Speckled lacing ran here and there around the glass. The smell started started off with some full bittersweet citrus, sweet grass, "iced" pulp and rind, malts underneath. The taste was basically the same with a subtle sweet citrus malt aftertaste and finish. The finish is semi-dry but nice. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation rides good - fairly low, enough bitterness still nothing overbearing. Overall, very nice American pale ale that I would love to have again.
Jul 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by msumike89 from Colorado

Jun 26, 2017
What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 948 ratings