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:
902
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.06%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. growler from the brewery. Very floral hoppy, complex and fresh and welcoming. CLoudy grapefruit with fluffy head. Tremendous drinkability. Orange citrus, Simcoe? Seems to be a blend of American and British hops.Smooth drinker. An excellent pale, with perhaps the IBU of what used to be called an IPA.Thanks John.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -20.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jason.

Cloudy, almost milky straw-colored body capped by two fingers of frothy head. The nose is simcoe-heavy, very citrusy with grapefruit the dominant scent. A bit spicy and resinous. There are light yeast esters. Tropical fruit comes out as the beer opens up. Tastes great, very light bodied and mildly bitter, with a really pleasant and mellow hop profile. Tropical fruits and grapefruit up front, with some spiciness beneath. A dry, bready malt backbone supports the hops without lending much sweetness. Body is a tad thin and there's a lot of sediment, but this is otherwise excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to a great trader for the 750mL growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead long stem tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy pale apricot with a really nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose has some light pineapple along with great citrus character and a bit of rind. Extraordinarily flavorful. Hoppy and great bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is unmatched. Classic Hill Farmstead. Love it.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wish I could get up to the brewery more. Such amazing beers, and pretty cheap overall too. Love the fresh APAs, IPAs, and saisons.

Pours a nice fizzy fluffy 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with light foamy lacing, fairly hazy golden orange yellow wheat colored beer.

Nose explodes with awesome hops, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, light musty resin and passion fruit, juicy fruit, light malts to base it.

Taste starts with more hops, a light creamy pale malt base. Hops again bring tropical fruit, quite juicy, light passion fruit, little musty resin, tangerine, clementine, grapefruit, but not super bitter. Washes down easy and clean, dry, with a nice finish of musty resinous hop that isn't strong, more citrus fruits, crisp and long hop lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, crisp, good carb for growler.

Overall awesome, great hops, tropical fruit, passion fruit, nice clean finish and perfect bitterness with a touch of a fluffy malt base.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a hazy peach colored liquid with a small cap of white head, and intense bubbly carbonation visible along the sides of the glass. Hop-forward aroma, citrus and tropical fruits, sugar sweet malts. Taste of fresh, juicy hops, grapefruit, peach, orange are most noticeable, with light bready caramel in the background; leafy finish with mild bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel, light-medium body, excellent overall. One of my favs from Hill.

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