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What Is Enlightenment? | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.37/5
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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#346
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
912
pDev:
7.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
276
Gots:
53
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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of Montanabeerz
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Probins13
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daver32nh
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KidDoc
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very delicious if understated example of a New England IPA. Nice light honey color with decent head. Minimal retention but nice creamy sticky lacing. Aroma is subtle tropical fruit and the flavor follows not a huge juice bomb but very drinkable with a soft fluffy mouthfeel. Not exceptional in any way but worth a pour whenever it is available

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY for $8 a pint (16 FL oz).

Currently on the top 250 list.

HEAD: Frothy and soft as can be, enticing the drinker with an impossibly long-lived head (~10+ minutes) that coats the glass' sides with thick lacing as it slowly recedes. ~3cm in height after the bartender pours off excess. In short, a near perfectly executed head for the pale ale style.

BODY: Seemingly unfiltered judging by its haziness. Body colour is a yellow-copper of average vibrance. Lively but not clean. Not as eye-catching as the head.

Appears well-carbonated. Appealing.

AROMA: Fruit-forward but subtly so. Lemon, delicate grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango, papaya, guava, lime). No onion from the Simcoe. No resins from the Amarillo (my favourite hop). Floral and fresh, with a hint of citrusy rind.

Any bitterness is softened by it's apt pale malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no off-notes. Suggests a balanced enjoyable pale ale, but not a world class vividly hopped beer. Definitely promising, but not on par with what I'd expect from one of the best 250 beers in the world.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Lemony, with a coating soft mouthfeel. Tropical notes of mango, melon rind, yogurty tang (a flavour Hill Farmstead seems almost uniquely able to coax out of the usually oniony Simcoe), floral and grassy hops, cream, some lime. Drifts increasingly rindy and bitter throughout its structure, culminating in a subtle grapefruit climax.

Depth of flavour is nice but not stellar; I've had far more expressive and vividly flavoured pale ales (Alpine's pre-Green Flash Alpine Ale comes to mind). Flavour duration and intensity are quite good for a pale ale.

The soft coating mouthfeel delivers on the promises of the frothy head; it feels like it looks. A little dry and a little coarse, but a creamy cushion on the palate takes that almost dragging edge off.

There's no doubt this is well built for a pale ale, and the yogurty tang Hill Farmstead gets out of Simcoe is enough to make this worth trying...but unique flavour aside, it's not a world class pale ale for me. A cleaner more refreshing mouthfeel and more vivid pungent hop flavours would help elevate this to the next level. Amarillo isn't anywhere near as well showcased as Simcoe, well chosen though both hops were for this fine ale.

Not as intricate as the Zombie Dusts of the world, but pleasingly delicate. Most (American) brewers are going big and bold with their hop profiles, but Hill Farmstead exhibits remarkable restraint.

OVERALL: Not a top 250 beer for me, and I do think the yogurty Simcoe flavour is better explored in other Hill Farmstead ales. If you associate Simcoe with an oniony/garlicky taste, this will blow your mind and show you Simcoe's heretofore untapped potential, but drinkable as this pale ale is, it isn't truly incredible. Well worth trying.

High B- (3.49) / WORTHY

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Photo of NelCet
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwbbq
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregaroo
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1-18-17 - On tap at the 10th Ave. Pony Bar in NYC. Served in a pint glass with very hazy straw color and just a bit of head, but not much. A quick swirl brought back just a bit of head, but again, not much. First taste was crisp and refreshing, as was the second. Fruity/citrusy flavors with a nice zing. So so good. I'll get this one again and again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler filled today into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful bright yellow, super hazy body with a huge, frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave huge chunks of lacing and big retention. Perfect.

Aromas are juicy, citrusy, grassy, oranges and clementines. On the tongue is a great balance of light malt and citrusy, zesty hops, tropical fruit and pine on the finish. Extremely easy drinker, medium carb with light body.

A great session pale ale. Might be my favorite HF pale. Awesome balance, lots of flavor for low ABV.

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Photo of M_chav
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rabbott2
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler drank on 1/14/2016

Really nice floral, grassy, citrusy pale ale. Hill Farmstead does a great job packing tons of flavor into low ABV ales. This is certainly in that category. Really enjoyable and refreshing

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dctriman
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a hazy, super bright golden color with a finger of pure white head. The head settles nicely into a film that rests atop the beer, leaving pretty good lacing along the way.

The aroma is extremely floral and citrusy. Has some hints of pine and grass, with a sweet, bready malt backbone.

Lots and lots of citrus on the flavor. Has a faint potpourri-like floral hop character, with plenty of sweet malts and a piney finish.

The body is medium-light, with moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp and fairly dry. Leaves a subtle, resinous coating around the mouth.

Overall, a very good pale ale. It's not quite up to par with Edward or Sumner, but definitely a worthy addition to the HF pale ale catalog.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaun_S
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What Is Enlightenment? from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 912 ratings
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