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Elaborative #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 56
Gots: 29 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by Thorpe429:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2014
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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

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Overall: Great, but the pumpkin could use more elaboration

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Elaborative #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.