stbrewer (2) - - JUL 26, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! This beer is amazing. Crisp and refreshing. The aroma is citrus and very hoppy. The clarity and color an amazing yellow and this beer is just so tasty.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 750mL growler filled 7/24/15 and drunk 8/3/15.
Was worried that, despite having kept this in a very cold fridge for 9 days, since it wasn’t counter-pressure filled, it might not be in prime condition. Wrong. The appearance and mouthfeel/texture were still the same exquisite experience you know and love from Hill Farmstead. Huge, rocky white head tops a lightly hazy blonde beer with ample, fine carbonation. Tight carbonation engages the mouth and proves crisp while at the same time making for a supple, nearly creamy texture.
And the aroma. Dear God. If this isn’t the epitome of what nelson sauvin should be, I don’t know what is. Meyer lemon, dry pineapple, juicy nectarine and even somewhat reminiscent of a rich, mineral laden chardonnay champagne. Beyond clean and flawlessly executed. Let’s see, there’s no: Resin, aspirin, pine, heavy acidity, dirt, dishwater, astringency, blandness, cat piss, cheese, onion. Just a beautifully made APA with a gentle honey-like maltiness backing the hops. Snappy, bright and infinitely aromatic with no alcohol whatsoever.
Unsurprisingly, the flavor is just wonderfully hoppy, clean and perfectly balanced. Bright, clean, apricot-lemon flavors abound, with light tangerine, bits of dry hay and tart nectarine notes on the finish. Malt is soft, supple and provides just enough sweetness/texture to balance the hop bitterness without adding anything more. Honey, light grains and more fruity hop notes with warming. Unbelievably drinkable. Could nearly chug a liter of this without feeling fatigued/full.
This is about as good as it gets and we are definitely in the "If I’m not giving this a 5.0, what are my reasons??" territory. Because this is just so elegantly presented and clean and a statement of balance. I suppose the aroma could be a bit more full and juicy, though it’s easily a 9.5 here. And I guess, objectively, as has been shown, hops build off each other, so I could imagine adding another hop for just a bit more complexity. But these are nitpicks; this is pretty close to perfection. Much like Treehouse Tornado, my previously highest rated APA, I could easily understand a perfect 5.0 score without batting an eyelash. As is, I’m not giving it a 5.0 but certainly will reserve the right to do so as soon as I can get more of this to try again.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at lord hobo. Aggg, this is right up my alley. If this wasis readily available maybe i wouldnt dream of three floyds aeotora so much. Aroma is big potent juicy pineaplle, tangerines, dust with some bright herbal grassiness. Orange peels as well. Taste is dry bitter biting grapefruit hops balanced nicely by a passion fruit sweetness. Awesome, complex, well crafter tasty sessionable beer. A little too good.
jbertsch (10) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful head. Laces well. Citrus hop aroma. Citrus flavors with pine. Minor caramel malt backbone. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.
PhillyCraft (5602) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Tap at Blackback, pours hazy golden yellow with medium white head, tiny bubbles. Notes of bubblegum, cheese hops, cat piss, onion, papaya, grapefruit, zest, and lots of well water. Insanely drinkable and light on the palate. One of the better single hops I have had from HF. Cheers.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A turbid orange pour with a mountainous pillowy head that lasted throughout the session. The olfaction is massive: chardonnay grapes, chardonnay must, tropical fruit (think guava and passion fruit) give way to hints of scallion and very mild herbal dankness. Juicy fruit character and further proliferation of the classic chardonnay character that I love from this hop. Medium body with a super dry finish. Pillowy effervescence with lasting resinous smacking yumminess . One of my favorites.
ctipping (1260) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed 8/1/2013. 750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Hazy bright yellow orange. Nice white head. Laces nicely. Uneven chunky foam on the surface. Tons of nelson hops in the nose. Grapefruit, herbal notes, pine, and some lemon. Very distinctive. Touch of grain but it’s a hop bomb.
Taste is all hops again. Great hop flavor. Herbal notes and lemon are stronger. The grapefruit comes second. Drops off to a clean pale malt and grainy finish. Dry.
Light, medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable.
It seems like it doesn’t matter what hop Hill Farmstead uses, their pale ale is always perfect. I’d take this over so many beers and drink it all day.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lush hugely aromatic lots of vinous notes dank and heavy creamy feel cloudy golden very little bitter. Wow. Mineral water stuff
mcberko (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a cloudy opaque blonde with a medium pillowy white head. Aroma brings out the usual awesome floral and meadowy hops, some slightly tangy herbal notes, and some light biscuity malt. Flavour is super fresh, with loads of floral hops, fresh meadows, slightly tangy notes, and dry crackery malts in the back. Extremely dry, as with all Hill Farmstead hoppy beers, with extremely high drinkability. Finishes highly floral and slightly tangy almost in a vinous way. Awesome stuff.
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HF.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a retentive white head. Nose and flavor of grassy tropical mango and pineapple, light bodied and crisp.