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Judge's Review: 84 Rating - Hills Pils by Hanging Hills Brewing Co.

November, 2018

Hills Pils

Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
4 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Hills Pils by Hanging Hills Brewing Co. is a pilsner that best fits under the BJCP category 5D German Pils. It pours a deep straw color approaching yellow, darkened by a slight level of haze, which is a bit more than one would expect for style, as well as a bright white head with mild retention. The aroma is a blend of hops and malt. There is a moderate level of noble-like hops (grass, tarragon like spice, floral), but with a bit of a citrus flair (lemon, orange) and an equal level of crackery, biscuity malt and grainy cereal. The flavor is much the same, however the hops come off as more floral and citrusy, like fresh cut lavender and daises with lemongrass and orange zest. The bitterness from these hops is moderate, although it doesn't linger a bit into the dry finish. There are also some mild fruity esters (red apple, pear) that keep it from being too crisp/clean. This was a nice easy drinker, not quite as clean or bitter as a normal German Pils with a little Americana to it.