j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Pours a big hazed mango colored amber with a medium sized white head. Dusty hops, citrus, faint musk on the nose. Medium bodied, spicy hops, dusty and earthy. Gritty, lots of depth, cement, long earthy pungent citrus. Lengthy subtle grapefruit, lingering bitterness. Lovely.
tom10101 (3082) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Hazy yellow with a medium slowly fading white head and good lacing. Aroma is a blast of citrus and flowers. Taste is more resinous, vegetable and herbal with citrus and flower notes. Palate is sticky. Very good APA but I’m not sure Riwaka is one of my favorite hops.
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Claire’s - Hardwick, VT. Fragrant and peppery aroma. I think this is my first exposure to an all-Riwaka Pale Ale. It’s an interesting variety and perhaps not my favorite, nor the best for a single-hop beer. Riwaka seems to give off a strong peppery flavor, somewhere in between white peppercorns and Anaheim chilis. It never gets as rough as green bell pepper, but there’s a certain and piquant green chili note throughout. The construction is, of course, fantastic and probably gives the best ability to taste this varietal in its most pure form, it just happens to maybe not be my favorite.
Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at the hill farmstead event, insanely flowery. Tastes like biting into a bouquet of flavors.
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at hill farmstead harvest fest and again at claire’s during dinner. big juicy bitter grapefruit, wet grass, spruce. real nice. definitely hop forward, and relatively abrasive as far as HF hoppy pale ales go. touch of dry cracker malts. why can’t more brewers make a decent hoppy pale ale for crying out loud.
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glass at HFS Harvest Fest... Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a finger or two fo foam... aromas are big earthy floral with sweet citrus undertones and a touch of gaminess that screams fresh hops. On the palate it has a lot to offer with bright notes of pine and citrus mingling with the floral earthy funk spicing up the background and lingering int the finish.
czar (4679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at hill farmstead festival. hazy golden with a nice white head, some retention. crisp and breadied malts, very flowery, citrusy and spicy. average carbonation - some fizz, light body - oily, very nice flowery with a grapefruit bite. very nice apa.
Huhzubendah (2656) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very excited about this one. The beer is similar in appearance to most other HF IPAs. Orange with a white head. The aroma is fabulous, with a huge hop presence. Light in body, with a nice bouquet of citrus. A tad sweet, but not too. So drinkable. Fluffy and soft on the palate. Elegant bitterness in the finish. Overall, this was simply terrific.
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JulienHuxley (3460) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at HF Harvest Fest. Hazy gold pour with white head. Super powerful nose, spicy hops, very very citrusy - quite unique hop aroma, definitely new to me, a kind of mix of spice, lemon and grapefruit. Pretty exotic. Taste is sharp and hoppy, very fresh, citrus zest and grapefruity finish. Super tasty APA.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml growler, thanks Adam. Pour peach golden, hazy, with a small white head that fades into a light sudsy lace throughout. Nose is killer hill farm stylie--super citrusy, light grassy and herbal character. Malt takes a back seat as always but it’s there and doing its job well, which is to balance the bitterness of the hops while still allowing them to run the show. Pretty much of all of Shaun’s pale ales accomplish this every time. Found the flavor on this bad boy to be a little less vibrant than the nose and highlighting more flowery, herbal hop profiles. Palate is spot on. Interesting hop for sure.