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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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
872
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
19.77%
 
 
Wants:
279
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45
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 872
Photo of fireazzi
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pale ale. This beer had a lot of piny notes to me and I loved every bit of it. Such an original tasting pale ale to me. Loved the color on this and when the citrus notes hit my mouth it was amazing.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's beautiful to look at, but overall it wasn't one of my favorite Hill Farmsteads. A solid pale, with some decent hops, but give me Edward over this all day long.

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Photo of edthehead
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underated among HF's Pales. Nice pale orange color and a beautiful soapy dense head that sticks around and sticks to the glass persistently. Citrusy pineapple orange nose and taste. Incredibly refreshing, creamy, and drinkable!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Soft orange and tangerine. The mouthfeel is pillowy with a slightly dry finish. Some bitterness on the end the balance the juicy citrus front end. Soapy white head on a light orange body.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at a local brew house. Nice golden color. Very light, easy drinking brew but flavorful as well. Another fine brew from HF. Very happy to see some HF brews making it down this way. Cheers

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At double Windsor Brooklyn of all places. Hazy goldenrod color with a dense crescent of retention. Smells like citrus. Citrus hope with a big, expansive bitter bite. Dry finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/2015 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some fruity citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Muddled yellow.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste - Muted pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer, worth a try.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another masterpiece by this powerhouse of a brewery. Never disappointmented with any of hill farmsteads IPAs. Fruity, hoppy and fantastic beers every time.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the Hill Farmstead brewery on Saturday, 9/26, poured into a wine glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a smallish head. Nice floral aroma of hops of sweet malts. Overall this is a very well done Pale Ale by HF here, there is a nice malt backbone and the hops aren't crazy. Nice citrus and tropical fruit notes, definitely some grass, too. Not overly bitter. I would say this offers a little different hop profile than Edward, but I would still put Edward just a touch above this. Still great, though!

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Photo of scotorum
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HILL FARMSTEAD WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? 9/24/15

Acquired a 750 ml growlerful at the brewery last Saturday.

Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Translucent orange with a finger and a half of white head which receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Follows the nose, leaning to a combination of orange and grapefruit. Biscuit malt is nicely balanced by a fairly strong hop bite which lingers somewhat. Dry finish. Later slight dankness along with light fruit notes bordering on Belgian yeast esters emerge.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine refresher, good for thirst quenching or sipping. Goes down easy, highly sessionable. Sorry I only got one bottle.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden with orange highlights and coating levels of lacing. Notes of orange rind, grapefruit pith, light pine, light confection sugar, underripe melon and mango. Crisp, lighter side of medium body and dry on the finish. All around an amazing pale ale, right up there with the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap from Guild Tavern in Burlington VT. Looks pretty in the glass with a two finger head and good lacing. Scent is pleasant but not too strong - floral with hints of pine and citrus. The taste/ mouthfeel is what really sealed the deal for me. I was originally hoping to order a glass of Edward - so when I found out Edward had been replaced by 'what is enlightenment', my expectations were high. This beer is unbelievably refreshing and easy drinking, while still delivering a really interesting aroma and taste. Everything I have had the pleasure of trying from HF has been really good, but this beer is quite exceptional. As good as or better than Edward in my book. I would highly recommend this beer - if you have the opportunity to try it, definitely do so!!

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Photo of jjdc
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A really superior pale ale. Hoppy, balanced and nuanced as expected from HF. This may fall a bit short of Edward, but still one to seek out. Definitely one to seek out.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bold hazy orange with 2 finger head. Very foamy then leaves a dollop once dissipated. Very good lacing. Smell is just a bit subdued. I wish it were more vibrant. Orange and grapefruit. Taste is very bold citrus. Some grapefruit and orange peel bitter towards the back. Although some pine, didn't strike me as piney as the other reviews. Does pick up on the back end though. Very smooth and juicy. Another great beer from HF.

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Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer jumps out of the glass of huge citrus, hints of tropical, along with a signature soft and creamy mouthfeel. The beer offers dank aromas and hints of it on the flavor. A really well done hoppy pale.

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Photo of jhavs
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.

A= Hazy a bit, yellow to golden, thick white head, foamy, settles to thin layer, lots of clingy lacing.

S= Clean citrus hits first followed by a herbal or spicy mix.

T= Balanced pine and citrus rind/zest flavors, malt flavor is noticeable, clean, and matches perfectly with the hop level.

M= Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Great pale ale, leaves nothing to be desired, great balance of hop and malt. Clean and easy to drink, desirable on a summer day.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig.

A 'light' refreshing, easy drinking APA. Lots of citrus, pine and some tropical fruits in the nose and on the palate. One of those well balanced beers you could drink all night.

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Photo of JC333
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was my 5th HF beer from a recent trip and the only one I will review since they were all stellar and I couldn't add anything that hasn't been said.

But I felt compelled to write about "What is..." Because it uses my two least favorite hops, Amarillo and Simcoe. I usually have to power through a beer with those hops as the center piece.

Not here, the mouth feel on HF beers is a thing of beauty and even the bitterest and piniest of hops finish smooth.

This is a pale ale way ahead of anything else out there using these hops.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC today for $7.

Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with two inches of off white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Lots of pine hops, tropical fruits, citrus good, oranges, fruity malts, resin, oats, and bready malts. Very light bitterness is taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall very good. One of the better Amarillo hopped beers I've had as I'm usually not a huge fan of that strain. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Evmo31
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a amazing pale ale. I am suprised by some of the lower ratings (for HF) on this beer. I tried to keep in mind that this is a pale ale, and to me shouldn't be compared to hills big IIPAs. Silky smooth mouthfeel, the hops are nicely showcased and not overpowering. This is sessionable and beautiful, one of the best pale ales i have tried.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tough to be objective when comparing to other great HF beers. This one just didn't do it as well as others. Bit too piney--didn't get the juicy bite that others mentioned.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can't go wrong with a Hill Farmstead Ale. This has everything you could hope for in a pale ale. Easy to drink, crisp and just the right amount of citrus and pine to go together.

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Photo of DaveR514
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed a 2 liter growler with some friends the same day it was filled.

Very hazy golden orange with a finger of creamy head...

Beautiful and complex aromas (think citrus, stone and tropical fruit mixed with with barnyard herbs).

On first sip, it feels like the bitterness is about to hit very hard, but it quickly wisps away leaving behind a mouth full of expertly choreographed and juicy hops flavours layered on top of a foundation of sweaty malt.

An outstanding APA that goes on and on for what seems like forever...

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