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Elaborative #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Elaborative #2Elaborative #2

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 5.87%

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Elaborative Two was brewed September 2012 with our friends Brad Clark and Ryan Burke. We crafted this farmstead ale with pumpkins grown by Ben’s Pumpkins. The beer was aged in a variety of wine barrels — as well as a barrel from Virtue Cider in Michigan — with wild yeast and bacteria. After a year, the unique threads were blended together and conditioned in the bottle.

(Beer added by: scotv on 11-13-2013)
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thqnks to bilco for acquiring the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy burntish orange. Small fluffy white head. Head retention is decent, leaves a small bubbly white collar with some small clumps of head. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Sticky chunky lacing.

Smell: Typical Hill Farmstead funk. A bit damp with some solid floral elements. A touch of pumpkin flesh. Slightly fruity in a vague sort of way. Lightly sweet with some slightly bready pale malts. A touch of grape coupled with some mealy apple and apple skin. A touch lactic with some acidic lemon thrown in. Sweet and sour in balance. A little bit malty on the finish with a vegetal finish.

Taste: A touch of leather, some solid oak, and a mild lactic tartness. Some vague vegetal pumpkin qualities with a smack of floral elements. Lemon rind with some oily fruitiness. A touch of peach and a solid layer of apple skin and flesh. Some white wine and pale malt sweetness. Mildly earthy with a damp grassy hay. A bit juicy. Tannic and lightly vinous with a bunch of crab apple. Some peach and a bit more leather as it warms. Slight herbal hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with minimal carbonation. A touch dry with a slick initial sip.

Overall: No elaboration necessary.


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:48:23 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for both Goblinmunkey7 and me, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this particular bottle

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy orange - pours with a large, fluffy, off-white head - retains an impressive cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Nicely juicy, with some interesting funk - some interesting sour notes, yeasty funk, and maybe some Brett - some very nice white wine barrel notes - perhaps a light hint of squash, but nothing I'd really call pumpkin - some light fruits like pears and white grapes

Taste: Moderately sour with some interesting white wine flavors - mostly lactic sour, with a touch of acidity, and some nice tartness - some Brett funk and general yeast weirdness - pumpkin is more apparent in the taste than in the aroma, some nice pumpkin flesh aromas - some pale malts in the background, with a strong undercurrent of white wine, and some white wine barrels

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nice carbonation, clean finish

Overall: Great, but the pumpkin could use more elaboration

This definitely has some of the charms found in all Hill Farmstead beers (remarkably clean, impressive depth of flavor), but this isn't the best offering I've had from the brewery. It's nicely sour, with some nice tart notes, but the pumpkin could be a bit more interesting. This is certainly worth drinking, but I wouldn't say it's top tier.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:23:02 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Thorpe429


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2013.

Thanks, Jake! Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a mostly-clear medium orange color. Slightly burnt. Fluffy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind thick strings of lacing. The nose hits first with wine notes, and follows up with a bit of earthy spice. Faint cider and oak notes. Bit of yam as it warms. Overall, however, the aroma is a bit weak compared to the flavor.

The flavor carries more of the cider, especially as it warms. Elements of both red and white wine come through. Earthy and very faint pepper notes, with a white wine-like acidity in the background. A very mild oak presence is in the background. Tart, but not at all puckering.

Light-bodied, but there's a bit of heft from the oak. Maybe a bit from the pumpkin as well. Other than the color, this is likely where it's felt most, although some of the earthy and peppery aromatics could be just a touch of fall spicing. Acidity increases a touch as it warms.

Overall, really a nice beer that lives up to its wild description. Elements of oak and wine throughout, and I can see where the pumpkin could play in. Very much worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:39:34 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of dar482

New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark hazy glowing orange.

The aroma has Brett funkiness, some oak.

The flavor hits of spice, lemon and apple tartness. Decently sour and then it moves onto a light bready body and cider. The medium to finish cuts that tartness extremely well. The pumpkin is not noticeable at all, but instead, probably gives the beer its round body.

A very enjoyable and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:07:46 | More by dar482
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.24.14
Bottled 09 2013

A - Pours a cloudy medium-dark orange with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Funky, lot of Brett, oak and eark dark spices.

T - Funky and Bretty - like tons of Brett. Some oak and fall spices come out in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Lots of funk and Brett with a hint of Fall.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:15:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Alieniloquium


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/2013.

Appearance - Bright orange hazy body. Medium white head. Great retention.

Smell - Bretty and citrusy. Wine barrel is nice. Straightforward but nice.

Taste - Citrus is more prominent. Orange and white wine. Oaky and bretty. Pretty much follows the smell. A little bit of sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated. Mildly sour.

Overall - Not the most exciting or adventurous beer from Hill Farmstead but it's very good regardless.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 02:08:25 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Nugganooch


3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml - NYC bottle share with mdfb79. Thanks to Ross for bringing this one out!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass

A: Hazed over golden blonde body with some peachy tones. Quarter finger of dense paper white suds with some decent longevity. Light slippery streaks and dots of stick cling to the glass after each sip.

S: Smell seems more Brett forward with sour lemon rinds and an earthy musk like decaying wood. Has a nice sour graininess to it with some tart green apple and a mild cider like acidity. Only some faint vegetal pumpkin coming through and perhaps even a few Autumn spices with it. White table wine and minerals. Loads of lemony Brett in the aroma but not particularly barnyard or funky.

T: Tastes of lemon zest, sour mash, Chardonnay oak, Brett, earthy spice, and apple cider. Fairly sour on the palate with a nice tart lacto bite. Dry and peppery at the finish with no alcohol flavor present. Not a ton of pumpkin or squash character developed here but it is slightly present. Has a tinny metallic note and finishes with a flourish of more lemon yogurt and that light lacto funk. Plenty sour while only mildly acidic. Nice and refreshing with a slight twist of the pumpkin in there.

M: Light and thinner in body by nature with a nice upper level of spritzy carbonation. Light creaminess with a high amount of tart pucker across the palate. Dry with a light crisp at the finish.

D: A very nice offering but not completely stand out for me. The pumpkin is not very influential. Lots of lemony citrus and white wine with a good lacto sour punch however. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 18:42:47 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Stevedore


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/24/2013.

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy straw-orange body, with a very effervescent white head, probably 3 fingers' worth, that retains very well leaving lots of lacing all over the place, especially as the beer goes down.

Smells funky like a nice saison, with a slight bit of fruit acidity, like apple. No sign of pumpkin, though I might be convinced there is a bit as it warms up- pumpkin is already a fairly subtle adjunct in any case. A nice vinous quality is there throughout. Smells very good, but certainly not the strongest suit.

Lots of chardonnay, a little bit of apple cider, along with a ton of musty funk making me think of zest and citrus peels. Not a ton of acidity, but quite vinous and refreshing. Back-end reminds me a bit of cider, with a sweet and acidic finish.

Medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, no indication of booze.

Very enjoyable wild ale. The pumpkins don't come out that much, but its a very interesting combination of vinous white wine, cider and funk. Very refreshing and a nice one to open up on Christmas Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 19:57:00 | More by Stevedore
Photo of KingdomBobcat


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-hazy, dark gold pour with a thin white head with some lacing
S-spice, sour grape, funk, not much pumpkin,
T-first you get that wonderful wild ale sour taste, the wine and cider barrels are apparent and a very nice touch, then some warming spices with a slight pumpkin aftertaste
M-semi-dry, like the happy medium of a low ABV cider and a white wine
O-some slight buyers remorse that I didn't get more bottles

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:47:58 | More by KingdomBobcat
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12/12/13 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks a lot Ross! Always happy to try a new HF beer. 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, cider, oranges, citrus hops, sour white wine, sour fuuity malts, oak, and earthy malts. Nice nose lots of citrus and oranges. I like it but not getting any pumpkins.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, brett, oak, fruity malts, sour grapes and wine, eathy malts, yeast, and light spice. Light pumpkin and vegetables as well. Taste isn't as bretty, but lots of citrus. Nice, light funk.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and not acidic, easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice wild ale. Not the most sour or funky beer, but loads of citrus and oranges. Didn't see anything saying this was brewed with brett but sure seemed like it to me. Well worth checking out if you like brett, would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 21:33:26 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jaasen64


4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a HF fest glass, bottle split 5 ways after tasting Elaborative #1.

A- Pours a bright translucent yellowish orange color with a slight bit of haze and a white foamy head that leaves layered lacing. Well carbonated and looks great for a pumpkin saison.

S- Wine, cider, subtle pumpkin, slight funk balancing with the wine, very very light spices. Aromas fairly subtle but fit perfectly with one another. Decent aroma strength, nice complexity, unique, and very well balanced.

T- Light pumpkin, slight cider, very subtle spices, a little bit of sauvignon blanc, some light funk balancing nicely with the wine barrel presence. Again all the flavors are very complex and play nicely off one another. Overall everything could be brought out a little bit more and the flavors be more vibrant, but I'm definitely digging it.

M- Nice carbonation, light, easy drinking, crisp, clean, refreshing, and fits the style/flavors nicely.

O- HF works wonders with their wine barrels, they could literally but in anything and it would come out fantastic. This beer is no exception, I wasn't overly a huge fan of the base beer (Grassroots Autumn Saison) but this beer is fantastic with a nice uniqueness and subtle complexities. I'm very glad they decided bottling this in 750ml bottles with a generous limit.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 21:04:26 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Skrip

South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Jester King Zwanze Day tulip.

A~ glowing, cloudy neon yellow with a nice head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ reminds me of some of the greatest HF saisons. pineapple/citrus of Mimosa and Juicy, white/black pepper of Arthur, Wheat like presence of Clara and Florence, sweetness of Anna and Vera Mae and amazing oak characteristics of Flora and Norma (yeah... yeah... i know haha) lots of citrus up front followed by tons of bready white pepper all trapped in a chardonnay barrel, conditioned on apples.

T~ yup! pretty much follows the nose, way more oak and wine presence here. starts out with peppery saison yeast followed by apples, citrus, and a roasted pumpkin/gourd thing going on. definitely not your traditional "pumpkin" brew. oaky wine barrel funkness on the finish that sticks with you!

M~ perfect feel and carbonation for a saison (wild?) really smooth and surprisingly perfect on this cold night.

O~ the oak/wine tartness definitely takes away from the pumpkin which seems to be this brews only downfall but like i said this definitely isn't your traditional pumpkin beer. even in the Timmermans Pumpkin Lambic there are a ton of spices added which totally isn't the case here. its there but i would like a little more. other than that, this is fantastic. theres so much going on but you can easily pick out whats what, something Shaun seems to be too good at. finally a "new" 750 from HF which i'm guessing means they have quite a bit. heres to hoping it sticks around for a little while! cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:46:56 | More by Skrip
Photo of jlindros


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for splitting his bottle.

Pours a huge fluffy foamy 2+ finger head fades semi slowly, nice soapy layered lacing, very hazy slight golden honey orange color.

Nose has a fruity note to it, nice but light funk, lots of tart fruit and sour notes, nice tart vegetable gourd but hard to really call it pumpkin, tartness almost of a rhubarb, nice barrel, some nice buttery oak and little toasty vanilla, some wine barrel too.

Taste starts quite sour, sour fruit and lacto funk, little Brett perhaps a fruit sour Brett. Flash of pumpkin pie gourd like, little tart vegetable somehow. In the middle is mild barrel, little buttery oak and touch of vanilla, little vinous wine barrel like, mild dank musty funk. Finish brings more creamy tart sour lacto like, sticky and little flemmy, mild acid bite, more tart gourd like possibly pumpkin.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of popping carbonation, little flemmy mild acid.

Overall pretty good, nice sour fruit, nice tart gourd like pumpkin, nice vinous wine and great buttery oak barrel, overall lots of good characters for a good sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:21:03 | More by jlindros
Photo of rudzud


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear pumpkin hue with a two finger white head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin blanket. The norm for a wild ale.

S - Aromas of a very faint vegetative gourd aroma. Lots of wine barrel notes, good sour and tart notes, light vinous notes, rather bright. Very light on the pumpkin but strong barrel notes. Definitely get the wild yeast here.

T - Taste is very sour with loads of lacto on the finish that lens to the sour tart creamyness . Flashes of pumpkin scattered throughout, very fleeting. There is nice white wine notes. The lacto on the finish rally rounds things out, super creamy tasting. Fairly straight forward, mostly just wine barrels, lacto, and flashes of pumpkin. Light brett too.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, super bright and crisp. Nice and easy drinking, the lacto does not take away from the mouthfeel.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer. Good wine notes, awesome lacto, just wish there was more pumpkin flesh. It's very hard to translate that into beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:28:33 | More by rudzud
Elaborative #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.