Reynolds314 (2989) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely LOVE this pale ale. A single hop pale ale doesnt sound overly exciting but this beer is perfect. Reminds me of Heady Toppers more refined little brother. Really dank resinous flavors with a light citrus kick. Very drinkable and so much hop flavor packed into a session beer. Amazing.
craftycarl21 (2307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to oteyj for trading for this one! Pours a cloudy dark copper with a gorgeous frothy white head that lingers and laces beautifully. Nose is rife with goat cheese, scallion, leek, white grapefruit, rosemary, sage, lemongrass, marijuana, and dark, deep, loamy earth. The flavor brings more of that stunning cheese, earth, herb, and onion family combination, but itís so much less bitter than anticipated. Shaun and company definitely dry-hopped the ever-loving s*** out of this beer, because it is SO clean and easy on the tongue when compared to the aggressive hit to the nostrils. The complex flavor stays, but the bitter finish slides away quickly, willingly, and lovingly. The usual perfect carbonation from Hill that somehow combines thorough effervescence with stunning smoothness and drinkability. Another marvel.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh Danky resiny piney ipa. Flavors are so incredibly concretrated. How is this possible???
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Several 12oz pours at The Gingerman in NYC. Pours a hazy gold with a lacing, fluffy white head. Nose is in your face hops, scallions, a little onion, tropical fruit, pine, lemons, grapefruit. Flavor is similar, just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness, flavors of sticky pine resin, garlic scapes, lime zest, grass. Just a very dank, resinous Pale Ale. Medium bodied, zesty finish. Can uber-hoppy, fresh, sticky session IPAs be the new rage? Loved every bit of this.
Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml... poured a rich burnt orange color with big aromas of earthy tea and spice. I find the Columbus hop much less astringent than other varieties and was excited to see HFS brewing this one hop wonder. The flavors are hoppy with a nice bitterness but there is this heavy black tea earthy quality the mingles nicely with the round malty notes of the base pale ale. Very enjoyable especially for a spring hopper !
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An highly aromatic fantastic blonde IPA. Wicked.
How: Growler consumed fresh a few hours after purchase
The look: Cloudy blonde Topped by a small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The highly aromatic nose is an explosion of leafy resinous hops, wet grass. Body has a solid neutral malt backbone that tastes like a fresh baguette, leaving all the room for the hops. Lots and lots of juicy grassy hops, notes of lemongrass, fresh pine tree. Bitterness level is pretty high but hop profile makes for a very refreshing bitterness, very tasty but not too aggressive. Hops resin in the after taste that makes for a very long finish with feeling sticky. Iím starting to think that I may prefer HF single IPAs over their Double IPAs. You realize how good a beer is when you drink a full growler and with a cellar the size of mine, all you can think is wishing you had another growler of the same beer. Another kickass IPA from HF. Iíve come to realize that my life is just not the same anymore since the opening of Hill Farmstead 2 years ago, most notable difference is how often Iím now late for work.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange amber with a big frothy white head. Huge dank herbal cheesy hop character with hints of scallion and sweet onion, which I really love. Resinous pine and orange peel in the flavor with sweet onion hints and ever present herbal hoppiness. Excellent citrus character, excellent evergreen character, and excellent fresh hop character. An all around winner. The palate is oily and resinous with fluffy carbonation and a finish bursting with citrus peel. Really nice, this one.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This American Pale Aleís puffy natural carbonation propels earthy hop resins and marijuana variations in a seemingly three-dimensional bouquet which also shares juicy oranges and endless rejoicing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sizeable head of foam settles atop the cloudy pale amber.
-Natural carbonation, as in all Hill Farmstead brews, does wonders to the otherwise slender mouthfeel.
-Malts offer support, but this is an otherwise hop-driven vehicle.
-This may not be as complex as their Edward, but itís pretty much the same highly engaging brew otherwise.
-This was a gorgeous pairing with a masala curry with shrimp and mango.
On tap at the brewery, and a growler back home.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of yourefragile, and thanks to starrdogg for the assist. Sved in a mini snifter because all my Hill Farmstead glasses are packed. Moving sucks.
Pours a fairly-clear moderate golden color with a nice white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose is super dank with a bit of resin. Columbus all the way. The flavor is about the same. Loads of dank Columbus hops with a touch of resin. Light body with crisp carbonation and loads of bitterness. ‹ber solid; another big hit.
fbm115 (185) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
from a 750ml filled a few days ago. into a HFS globe. pours a golden, burnt orange color with a small dense head that holds for a minute. the first sniff is DANK. bright delicate maltiness along with dank dank dank floral herby notes. taste is a blast of dank hops on a delicate malt base. herbal floral dank hop flavors with a touch of vegetalness. perfectly dry. tingling bitterness, light body slightly prickly carbonation. lingering bitterness.