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Walden - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 29
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sessionable pale/blonde ale brewed with our good friend John Kimmich from The Alchemist. <4% ABV. Hopped with Motueka, Amarillo, and Simcoe.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: rudzud on 07-21-2012)
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

08-05-2013 21:30:16 | More by ajzy
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -29.2%

10-19-2013 20:58:19 | More by LoveStout
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-12-2013 14:53:48 | More by discharmingly
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-22-2013 23:15:54 | More by nh2032
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-22-2013 06:47:17 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-28-2012 04:48:52 | More by oldp0rt
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Joecaddie

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-07-2014 16:26:35 | More by Joecaddie
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

10-20-2013 23:36:45 | More by ScotNH
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c_patton

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

11-08-2012 18:48:57 | More by c_patton
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ErinnA

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-18-2014 21:49:36 | More by ErinnA
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Kimbo1318

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-11-2013 03:17:47 | More by Kimbo1318
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-06-2013 18:13:34 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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LockeSD

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-13-2013 22:34:10 | More by LockeSD
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-22-2013 05:22:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%

Growler into a tulip, the brew appears a clouded color of golden yellow. A rich white froth more than 2 fingers strong sits atop and holds with fairly decent retaining powers. As the cap fades, it sticks to the glass with patches of webby lace. A light swirl revives a finger of frothy yellowish stained coloration.

The nose on this is grassy with a grainy edge about it that seems like straw. Some earthy and yeasty elements are present that add to the focus of the straw quality. The hop character is somewhat lemony mixed with sulfur. There is a very faint fruity quality that tries to make itself known as it warms up, but it never quite gets there.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based off of the aroma. Some of the straw or hay-like quality is present mixed with a bit of a dry wheat inclusion. Straw and a bit of grass with a mild bitterness towards the back. A mild yeasty inclusion is present that brings out a bit of earthy element. I am let a bit down here by the flavor of this brew. Just like the nose suggested, there is a very faint fruity quality that wants to come out but it never really distinguishes itself.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. At times, it is fairly watery but considering it is 4% I can't complain. This is quite a summertime offering that I could throw a growler full back easily by myself without regret. My only real cause for concern here is that in the past 2 months I have now tried 5 different hoppy beers by Hill Farmstead that are new to me. Each and every one of them despite being an IPA, DIPA, Pale ale or hoppy blonde all have a dominating straw character to them that stands out more than I would expect. I guess that's just HF's house character? I recently got to try 2 other brewer's takes on using the Motueka hop and despite knowing that was in this brew it just doesn't come out to me... nor does the amarillo.

08-09-2012 02:13:51 | More by stakem
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-11-2013 17:54:33 | More by acurtis
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brokentee

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-22-2013 14:49:44 | More by brokentee
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-16-2013 03:21:44 | More by Boston_Steve
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Sean802

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-18-2014 23:24:50 | More by Sean802
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rollom

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-12-2014 11:03:19 | More by rollom
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-28-2013 01:58:15 | More by MattGrimley
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-01-2013 13:46:33 | More by monitorpop
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-04-2014 16:46:07 | More by wiltznucs
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-03-2014 13:32:46 | More by AdamP
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Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.