E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 314
Gots: 64 | FT: 9
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flipper2gv on 04-24-2011

E is definitely not a Belgian IPA - it's a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) - fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale - a cross between a saison and an american pale.

2012 Release: Aged in Mimosa barrels.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microfloa for 1.5 years.
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle with silver pressure cap. Vintage 2014.

poured into a pair of HF wine stems.

Appearance: light orange bodied beer with 3 fingers of white head that slowely drops down to thick cap. Great staying power on the head with thick yet spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: This one is modertely funky. Lots of white wine barrel notes that are overpowered by the funk. Fruity hops with low bitter aroma.

Taste: Moderate funkiness. Surprisingly enough the white wine notes are not very strong compared to the nose. Light tannins and white grape. Lite bitterness from the hops. Musty and rotten hay.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. As this beer warms up it seems to get watery, but still pretty solid mouthfeel.

Overall: This is my first wine barrel aged pale ale. It was done in true HF style and its a great beer. Unique and different!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and some nice fruity flavors. Taste is much the same with the spices coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make it very easy to drink.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Not sure if I should rate its appearance well. It's a hazy orange with a huge off white head. It slowly oozes out of the bottle pushing gunky crap with it. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Extremely bretty, but lots of flavor behind it. Still some hops there. Lots of citrus.

Taste - Earthy and very bretty. Mimics the nose almost identically. Citrus more prominent. Lots of earthiness in the finish. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated but not overly so.

Overall - Arguably better than Mimosa. Has more complexity than Mimosa because of the fresh hop character.

Photo of Skrip
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter.

A~ hazy golden copper with crazy huge head and lots of lacing.

S~ peppery, citrus, and lots of bready yeast. just like a great saison should smell!

T~ more hop bitterness up front then i was expecting, definitely a nice treat. followed by a lot of lemon/lime citrus, a tad orange. nice pepper and tartness on the finish. mmm..!

M~ very carbonated but not overly so. you can kind of feel the bitterness from the hops if that makes sense lol

O~ definitely different then most HF saisons i've had but i'm gonna blame that on the hops! in a good way of course =] i love how HF saisons get sour with a little age, this one especially!

Photo of rtepiak
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my grandmother always said that you can't come without something for everyone. a beer for philippe and i on my wild ride to some great beers and a giant trade.

pour is a beauty. about 3 finger on a light orange yellow body of a bit of haze. had it a bit warm and it displayed a wonderful vibrancy. the nose seems to have two dimensions to it. the brett citrus and the hop citrus. this was all sort of underlying in the belgian soft sweetness. this is not a brisk bitter edge of a BIPA. there is an accent to it that is american. but its formally just right. this was somewhere in the realm of fruit and earth and holds a lot of transitional flavors. lemon zest and mineral dryness give it a hint of lemon grass. a mango and white grape fuse with a oak crisp mild sense of mineral that very much give it that lychee quality. from the tough skin to the strange grape, mango, rotten pear note of the fruit inside. there was a nice pollen note even... hints of floral hops play against the perfume sweet of a tulip. i didn't get particularly any overbearing imbalance. as a first bottle it quite interesting and a great culmination of flavors. i have another that i plan on sharing with a friend in august. wondering about the possibilities.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Split with my fiancé.

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color with a thick white head. Seems like a gusher. Yep it is. The bubbles slowly rise above the bottle neck and slowly spill out. (4.0)

Aroma of spice and grainy malt. Delicious malty aroma with some coriander and some nice horse blanket funk. Nice grassy and citrusy hop notes come in strong. Very indicative of the Pale Ale base beer. The aromas of funk and hops play together perfectly. (5.0)

Flavor is amazing. Nice funky notes with some slight malty grain and sweetness underneath, slight fruit juice notes like pear and some apple are noted. Awesome spice notes of coriander and some clove. Funk-a-plenty with nice grassy and herbal hop notes. A nice slightly tart note mingles with the citrus hop notes to finish with a nice dry bitterness. Simple yet deliciously crafted beer. (4.5)(4.0)

My first Hill Farmstead try was a success. Very enjoyable beer with great flavor and mouth feel. Aroma is top notch as well. (4.0)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aapp for retrieving my bottle yesterday! 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date, but released 4/23/11.

Pours with thick (2+ fingers) of fluffy white head atop a warm amber gold body with the signature HF haze.

Nose is very dry smelling with some woody funkiness, a suggestion of apple cider and dried flowers. Somewhat muted or rather understated at first. As it warms and opens up the brett comes out with some stone fruit aromas.

Palate shows the brett right off the bat. That classic woody funk mingles with the citrus notes of the standard Edward. Carbonation is sharp and higher than other HF releases. This with the young acidity (funk) and hop bitterness makes for a sharp, biting mouthfeel. Reminds me a lot of the Spanish Cava effect (hard to hold it in you mouth for very long). The finish is earthy in a dusty dry clay way, some straw and that dried flowers thing comes back.

Notes: A delicious, young, funky, hoppy, slightly sour pale ale. I dig this style - progressive, unique and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over time.

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Capone's today...

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is very impressive and complex, showcasing citrus, light clove, considerable funk and slight sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, hoppy, Belgian IPA, and I'm impressed by the melange of flavor I get. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a hoppy, bitter, funk infused finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable in this excellent beer.

Impressive...

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/31/2011

Bottle opened with Carlos (Seaoflament) and a few others.

A: Bright orange with great clarity and an enormous sea foam head that recedes in a cavernous fashion. Excellent retention.

S: Floral notes with a little mineral and wet leather. Fruit is vibrant, with notes of orange, peach, and tangerine. Malt is restrained, reminding me of toasted bread.

T: Leather, mineral, and earth, with orange, grapefruit, pear, and stone fruit. Bitterness is at an upper low level. Sulfur is faint. Malt is light and bready. This is fantastic.

M: Upper light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and crisp.

Overall: An outstanding Saison. Highly recommended.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. A big, rocky, white head forms off the first pour. A slightly hazy, honey-orange body lingers beneath. Good lacing.

Orange citrus, oak and leafy green hops on the nose. Earthy and a bit musty. Saison-like with a good helping of hops and citrus. I could sit and smell this one for awhile.

Oaky, dry orange peel, and juicy citrus-laced hops wash over the tongue. A touch of peppery bitterness mixed with a light, earthy, graininess from the brett. Excellent. I'm not sure if this beer ever saw barrels, but I'm still picking up some dry wood/oak notes. Love the Galaxy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and earthy with light brett throughout. ABV is unnoticeable. Has a great rustic feel to the body. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is another excellent beer from the Hill Farmstead. Dry, earthy, citrus and hops. I could drink this farmhouse ale all day. A great beer that I hope Shaun bottles again in the near future.

Photo of Verecund
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle opened on May 7, 2011.

Sweet passionfruit, fresh orange juice, pineapple (brett), and a [mineral, earthy] bitterness.

Fresh-cut flowers - grassy and floral - grow out of the tropical and stone fruitiness mid-palate. There's a pithy bitterness throughout the palate that is most noticeable on the finish, but it blends seamlessly into the other elements of the beer, and the fruitiness becomes more and more expressive the further I get into the bottle.

As with most good things, E. is, more than anything, ponderable.

NOTE: Drink fresh. I had a second bottle of this 08/2011 and it was far inferior to the first bottle.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't thank you enough, leschkie... I owe you for this one...

A: Pours a hazy golden peach with a massive, foamy, pure white head. It takes forever for the head to dissipate, but it's just building suspense. This beer looks delicious.

S: It also smells super delicious. The nose is packed full of earthy grains, Beglian yeasts, roses, camomile, oranges, lemons, and clove. It's unreal. I don't know if this beer is brett based, but it sure smells like it.

T: Damn. It starts off with huge hits of juicy orange, and other various citrus. The spice picks up in the middle where the clove and floral notes begin to really shine. Once the beer hits the back of the palate it's full-on yeasty funk and bitters. I'm actually a little blown away by how bitter it is in the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's wet and juicy to start, but it ends extremely dry. I don't think I've ever had a beer with such a huge transition in mouthfeel. This is a highly drinkable beer, but it's something you'll be sipping and savoring.

O: Excellent brew. The nose is my favorite part of the beer, and it's damn delicious. I would drink this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Luk13
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Urbancaver. Hazy golden pour with kick-ass lacing. Aroma is definitly hoppy, very funky (lots of bretts). You can also feel the white wine barrel. More bitter than expected crushed by funky bretts and a splash of citrus. On top of it, bready malts for taming purposes. Full bodied with lively carbonation. This is a multilayered masterpiece by Shaun, once again succeeding in incorporating many different flavors harmoniously.

Photo of NoLiberty
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Shaun E. for this bottle.

E. pours a clear light orange color into the HFB tulip with a thick frothy head that builds into a solid 2 finger meringue. Beautiful. The cloudy head settles into a sticky lace the fringes the top of the beer, settling in corners and creeping up the glass.

Aroma is verdant, grassy and straw-like; rich apricot notes, slightly floral and wonderfully rosey. A great enticing nose that is brett forward and fresh.

The taste starts with a balance of the brett, farmhouse character and fruity hop notes. This builds to a modest citrusy twang and settles to a nice aromatic bitterness that's balanced by light bodied malt sweetness.

This beer provides significant flavor and complexity within a delicate body. The carbonation is soft, effervescent and refreshing.

A unique style-blended beer for Hill Farmstead, and one that is a much appreciated nod to both the Belgian and American inspiration of this brewery.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge soapy eggshell head. Recedes fairly fast-ish with some splotchy lacing. Nice glowing honey blossom orange color, really nice color. The aroma is simply insane. Citrus, pithy orange, bright grapefruit. The ability to marry the fruityness of hops, fruit from the mimosa barrel and tropical aromas of brett is so impressive. The brett here really takes on its tropical quality. Below this is hay and well yeah a little manure. Flavor pops with citrusy hops, and earthy, earthy yeast flavor. Some more of that pithy orange / grapefruit pops in here. Scouring, scrubby mouthfeel. Terrific. This is the 2nd hill farmstead beer I've had. The 1st was a little bit of a let down, this beer made up for it in spades. Top shelf.

Photo of cfrances33
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with bstyle, poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip (10/2012)

Pour: Hazy golden orange, with a massive three finger white, soapy head. Head is super thick, and hangs around to a long time. This heavy lacing.

Smell: Starts with an earthy funk, followed by some bready yeast, pepper, and citrus. Some lemon zest and clove in there.

Taste: E. has really started to brett out. Earthy funk right off the bat, followed by some citrus zests. Biscuity sweetness mingles with peppers and spices. Clean and bitter on the finish, with a substantial amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, yet dry. The funk own the mouthfeel as well. Really quite refreshing, and the best part of this beer.

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Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem (4/5/13) - score based on this review!

Pour: Hazy, bright pale orange with a giant three plus finger white, foamy head. This bottle was an excessive gusher right away. Some sticky lacing, and the head hangs around the entire glass.

Smell: Big, bright, tropical brett. Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and papaya. A touch of earthiness, and a very light funk. Some saison like qualities.

Taste: Really tropical fruits up front, with more pineapple and mango, and some grapefruit. A nice bready sweetness. Not much in the way of funk, but a definite mild earthiness. Finishes juicy with the tropical fruits from the start.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart, but only just. Really crisp, and despite the excessive gushing, not overly carbonated.

Overall: This beer really evolved in the 6 month span between the times I had it. I definitely enjoyed it with more age.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared tonight with Robert (rtepiak) that came all the way from New York, stopped today at Hill Farmstead and to my place in Montreal for a massive trade and to try a couple of beers. Amazing BA.

Easter special release. This is a Belgian IPA with Brett. 750 ml.

A: Light honey color beer, hazy. The head is just massive, creamy looking and pure white. Retention is really good as well as lacing. Head is pure white.

S: At first, both of us were thinking mango and passion fruit. But then, Robert said lychee and it was most definitely lychee in the beer. Some trace of musk from the brett. It has an earthy character in the smell as well as real subtle honey and pepper. Strong strong smell overall.

T: Most like the smell, mango, passion fruit but most of all lychee are the main players. This beer is so fruity (it is also extremely fresh). Much dryer than expected too (maybe the brett?). Also, good amount of pine resin, orange zest and herbal hops. The hay, the muskiness and the earth characteristics just blend perfectly with the beer. Light honey and pepper at the very end. Very dry, thanks to brett. I really would have a hard time imagining a better Belgian IPA that has the west coast at heart (aka very hop forward).

M: Light to medium body with medium to strong carbonation. Lighter than expected, but I doubt the Brett had something to do with this.

O: A wonderful beer from a wonderful brewery. It is very fruity, dry, hop forward, earthy, musky, dry. It was weird but wonderfully easy to approach. Most definitely the most taste you can get out of a 6.2 ABV beer. Sharing it with an amazing BA just made the whole experience better.

Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorite things I have ever put in my mouth.
Pours a pale straw color with a thick fluffy head.
Perfect weight. Somewhere between Saison, Sour, and IPA.
Smells very funky and inviting. Tons of barnyard. Horse Blanket.
Flavors of stone fruits and citrus with brett. Dry, juicy, refreshing. But that funk is to die for.

Photo of Thorpe429
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a bright yellow-golden color that is mostly clear with a really nice white head. Loads of foam and lacing. Early pour from the keg that was mostly foam to start, but really nice retention. The nose carries a good dosing of funk along with some light floral hops and a good dosing of stone fruits. Some citrus as well. Nice funk throughout. Really really nice nose. The flavor has a moderate amount of funk and good hop flavor, but doesn't quite hit the level of the nose. Body is dry and funky with a good background bitterness. Dry finish. Light body. Delicious.

Update. Bottle batch two on May 14, 2012. Citrus, funk, and all around near perfection. Similar to batch one but taken up a notch. Brett mixes so incredibly well with the underlying beer and the hops add another layer. As close to perfection as a beer can get. Absolutely stunning.

Original scores (on tap): 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

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