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Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 430
Gots: 240 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 10-03-2010

Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.
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Thanks, Arne. 32 oz growler into a tulip.

The brilliantly clear golden body is topped by two fingers of white suds. Head retention isn't great for the style, but I'll cut it some slack for coming from a growler.

Grainy and fruity on the nose, the yeast contributes a lot of bubblegum, green apple and white pepper. A whiff of citrusy, grassy hops are noticeable beneath the strong yeast profile.

The palate opens with a rough grainy character, along with bubblegum, unripe pear and citrus. The body is thin, and the beer feels too refined for a saison. Hop flavors show up mid-palate, lemony and herbal, leading into a grainy and dry finish that ends with notes of banana and fresh herbs.

There's plenty of complexity here, but the flavors don't seem entirely harmonious to me. I'm also not crazy about the yeast, which brings too much cloying bubblegum flavor.

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750ml into a Russian River tulip. This is the latest batch with the new yeast.

Pale yellow with a dense head that dissipates after a few minutes. A decent amount of spritzy bubbles dance to the top of the beer.

Soft pilsner like grains and a touch of breadyness make up the initial aroma. As the beer warms, more lemon like and farmhouse yeast qualities become apparent but still remain subtle.

Crisp lemon and soft sour dough bread like flavors, and a touch of earthy hops. Crisp and clean, with no frills to it.

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750 ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed goblet. Purchased at the brewery on 11/1. Consumed on 11/16.

A - Golden orange in color with a full finger of bright white small bubble foam. Distinct lines of carbonation. Head mostly dissipates, leaves a thin white layer on the surface of the beer, supported by distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Slightly offensive. Tart lemon, pineapple, grassy notes and something funky.

T - Tart lemon and straw.

M - Crisp and well balanced as usual with HF.

O - Take this review with a grain of salt... this is my first of this style, so I may be off. The overwhelming tart lemon was unpleasant to me. I opened a second bottle to confirm that the first bottle was not a bad sample, but the same flavors and smell was presented. Loved several other HF offerings. but this one I did not like.

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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