What Is Enlightenment? | 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): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Pale Ale brewed in honor of our Second Anniversary. Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Added by CliffBrake on 04-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
911
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.06%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

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

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Looks sexy as hell. Slightly cloudy bright amber hue, with a lingering single finger head.

Nose has intense citrus accents. I get orange and peach dominating, with a nice piney background. Little bit of grapefruit too.

Taste is very complex. The hops come at you at first, but then recede quickly with the citrus notes dominating the rest of the way. Great orange and peach notes follow the nose perfectly.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is muted for easier drinkability.

This is one of my favorite beers right now. If I could, I would drink this non-stop, forever. What a beer.

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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip (note: love that Hill Farmstead fills any growler as long as it's brown glass). Bought 2 days ago from the brewery.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch frothy white head that dissipates steadily. Pours a very hazy yellow (I love these unfiltered, glowing IPAs like Heady Topper), and leaves sparse spots and bars of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine, light tropical fruit highlights and an undercurrent of pale malt. Growing, heavy melon flavor that sort of overlaps with tangerine. The melon and malt are kind of a "light" aroma (like white wine is light) while there are these bold citrus, red fruit (almost cherry like), tropical fruit aromas that sort of blast in from the side and come across as bold and "dark" (like red wine).

That last sentence may sound ridiculous, but there's a lot going on here, and it's really good.

Taste: Melon, tangerine, some trademark Simcoe pungency up front, then a crisp hit of bitterness and perfect carbonation, moving to a ton of really good pale malt and a long, succulent citrusy/fruity hop finish. Bright cereal malt flavor goes so well with the tangerine/melon hop flavor; it's a perfect match.

This is one of those beers where the hop flavor has *all* the elements that I smell in Simcoe and Amarillo hops in the homebrew shop before I boil them into a beer, plus *more*. It's a struggle to keep all the beauty of an ingredient from fleeing when you make a beer--it's genius when you capture all that beauty and somehow add to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate but perfect carbonation. Nice crisp bitterness, with a semidry finish.

Overall: This beer goes down like water, but is packed with more hop and malt flavor than a top tier DIPA. It reminds me of NEBCO's Fuzzy Baby Ducks--a perfected IPA--but just with Amarillo and Simcoe instead of Citra, lower alcohol, a superior malt backbone (big achievement), and slightly inferior mouthfeel (tiny criticism). Also like FBD, the particular flavors that this beer perfects are exactly what I want to find in a beer, so if it's not objectively a masterpiece (I think it is), at the very least it's a perfect fit for me.

You just can't really overstate how good Hill Farmstead is at crafting hoppy pale ales. This is the kind of things fanatics dream "actually exists somewhere" and search for. Beer lovers who live near Greensboro, Vermont are lucky people.

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4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from the source, thanks Curran.

This one pours a super bright and wonderful bright orange, with a fluffy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells just so dope, with a big floral aroma, some pine, orange flesh and orange peel, grapefruit, and passionfruit.

I literally can't even. This is so good. It tastes so soft and pillowy, with soft and juicy tropical fruits- all the fruits mentioned above in the aroma are in the taste. There's very little malt here, just enough to keep the beer from being watery.

This has a super nice mouthfeel, soft, like drinking a hoppy cloud, with a good level of carbonation.

Best pale ale I've ever had. I can barely contain myself.

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4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.39 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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