Walden - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 347 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Kinsman:
4.58/5 rDev +8%
Picked up a 2L growler of this at the brewery 3 days ago. Pours a hazy blonde color with a beautiful fluffy white head. Exactly what you would expect a 'blonde' ale to look like.
Pungently hoppy on the nose with a powerful combination of tropical/citrus fruits showing some grapefruit, mango, and orange. Floralness of the hops gives a lightly dank undertone. Malts have little opportunity to show themselves here.
A lot going on in a small package with this one. Amarillo and Motueka give you a healthy dose of citrusy goodness with nice notes of grapefruit and even a bit of a lemon/lime character. Slight pine resin and grassy character in the background. While only 40 IBUs, the bitterness does come across nicely with such a light malt load.
Mouthfeel is light and plenty refreshing making this one incredibly drinkable. Overall, as expected, HF and the Alchemist worked their magic with an incredibly tasty session blonde. With so many hit or miss collaborations out there, this one was certainly a hit.
07-31-2012 19:45:00 | More by Kinsman
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -13.9%
750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Hazy with a white head. Yellow/orange body. Very wispy.
Smell - Grapefruit hops, just like Life without Principle #1, but more of an earthy pine hop presence. Pale malt is also more prevalent, which is strange considering this should be less malty.
Taste - Grapefruit hops and that same touch of earthy pine. More pale malts again than its other blonde cohort. Even a touch of bitterness to this one.
Mouthfeel - Light, more body and bitterness than Life without Principle #1, which I don't get. Not quite as easy to drink, though.
Overall - Good. Very nice or a blonde ale. Light in body but still has a good hop bite to it. Impressive as always.
12-23-2012 12:59:40 | More by Alieniloquium
Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.