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Excursions #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 279
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 5.18%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

This IPA features a experimental hop from the Pacific Northwest, Hop 01210, as well as Citra and Amarillo, for a citrusy, lemony and slightly resinous flavor.
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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 279
Reviews by Ljudsignal:
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Lost Nation pint glass. Growler filled 4/16.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a dense two-finger off-white head. Average head retention--although worth noting that it never quite fades completely--plentiful curtains of sticky lacing.

In the nose, lemon zest, light grapefruit, orange, and sweet bready malt. Pine and a grassy, almost minty note play supporting roles. Fairly delicate, albeit enticing enough.

In the mouth, lemon zest, passionfruit, grapefruit and orange. Pine needles on the finish. Biscuity-sweet malt undercurrent runs beneath all. Lemon notes are prominent.

Mouthfeel is, as with every Hill Farmstead pale ale I've had thus far, a joy. Medium-bodied, lush and creamy enough to be palate-coating, but just crisp enough and with just the right amount of carbonation to still feel refreshing and lively.

On the whole, a very good beer that suffers a bit from its relative lack of complexity. I applaud Shaun for his willingness to experiment with new and creative hop strains--but this particular offering was just missing that extra bit of magic that seems to touch Edward, Abner, and the other Ancestral offerings that I've had thus far. Quite good nonetheless. (1,219 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugs318
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose wafts mandarins, lemons, some melon, whereas taste is less hope forward, with no bitterness of note. Super crush able. (126 characters)

Photo of CraigMack61
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and yellow orange body. Nice white head. Nice white collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Lemony hops. Musty grapefruit. Some herbal earthy tones.

Taste - Mirrors the smell. Grapefruit and lemon hops. Musty. Grainy cracker malt. Minimal sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate bitterness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not up to the standards of other HF IPAs, but still an excellent beer. (464 characters)

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Excursions #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.