1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
ArthurArthur

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,355 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 424
Gots: 242 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,355 | Reviews: 176 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of vissai
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BeRanger
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Brad. Thanks! Split. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours out as a yellow-lemon sun with an energetic and expanding white head. Great head retention.

N: Lemon zest and pine/cedar. Forest floors, dried leaves, and log cabins. Lavender and coriander seeds. Green apple. Have to give this one high marks; I really enjoy it.

T: Slightly soured with some bitterness and very little malt. Clean taste for the most part, but then I get a hint of sharp, stomach acid which I really can't stand.

M: dry and pleasing. The beer fills the palate, and then it disappears.

O: This is really nice, but I really wish it didn't have that stomach acid effect because it's a huge turnoff for me. If not for that one flaw, this might be my perfect beer.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of KWMiles
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cacostaj
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to kmurray8621 for the bottle. Been meaning to drink this one for a little while. Tasted 17 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear, medium-pale straw yellow. Three fingers of big, fluffy head that looks like closed-cell foam. Great retention and fantastic lacing, leaving etchings on the glass and a thick cap on the surface of the beer.

Smell is a really nice mix of earthy, musty smells and a little bit of spice. Earthy and deep, yet airy and light at the same time.

Taste is earthy and musty, again with a bit of spice. But here there's a citric acid bitterness that I really like. Just a shade of citrus combined with that little acidic almost-sour burst. Goes through three distinct stages: earthy, then spice, then citrusy bitter.

Feel is medium-bodied, watery-light, with a prickly carbonation that lightens the earthy sense and works well with the spice.

In the lower end of the upper tier of saisons. Musty and earthy. Not stunning, but very good.

Photo of KMcG
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of bird22
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of wyatt13
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Envelopes
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Curt1
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BobbysLiquors
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Bottling date is listed as April 27, 2013 so it is less than 2 months old.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/amber and leaves a beautiful white head of a couple fingers which lingers around a bit before fading, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon, a floral grassyness, honey, a hint of funk, perhaps some green apple. Very nice and light aromas.

Taste: Matches the smell nicely, very refreshing. Plenty of lemon, wheat-grass, black pepper, a little funk, finishes nicely with some hops.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Very smooth and refreshing. No alcohol presence.

Overall: Definitely a quality refreshing saison. Just a tad of barnyard which mixes nicely with the flavors. The hop presence adds an interesting element to the flavor, especially the finish. On a hot summer day, this beer is a savior.

Photo of Kinsman
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden yellow fills the glass with a frothy bright white head resting nicely on top. An effervescent body makes for quite the welcoming site.

Lemony citrus notes greet the nose. Peppery yeast and slight honey sweetness round it all out.

Tart and fruity upfront but nicely balanced by the peppery spice notes. Grassy hop notes make a brief appearance as well. All of these flavors a carried well by a nice medium-body bubbly and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, this may be my favorite of the HF saisons I've had so far, but I'd like to revisit Anna. About as simple and straightforward as a saison can be yet so damn tasty.

Photo of TobiasG
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ALifeWellWasted
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of pk18
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like the best of the Belgians, with the liquid being a cloudy honey color and the head billows with marshmallow meringue; incredible stickage and copious lacing qualities

Smell: Delicate toffee malt aromatics merge with some barnyard yeasty funk and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: The toffee malt flavor establishes itself first and then underpins the other flavors through the finish; fruit flavors that are cantaloup and pear forward emerge next with peppery yeast arriving in the middle; everything merges, after the swallow, with some grassiness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really clean, well crafted Saison

Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.