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Walden - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 27
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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Photo of DaveHack


4.58/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a 4 day old growler.

Very light and hazy yellow. White, fluffy head quickly settles to leave a soapy looking film over the beer.

Smell is awesome! Fresh hops mingle nicely with some citrus as well.

Taste follows...fresh tropical hops with a touch of citrus. It's almost sweet, like hop candy should be (I've had hop candy and it sucked). There could be just a touch more bitterness...but I'm only looking for things that aren't perfect.

It feels great in the mouth. Light body without being too light, there is still substance to it. Every sip leaves me wanting another.

This is AWESOME...all this at 4%...YES, PLEASE! I had this with Life w/o Principle 1 and while that is really good, this is just a bit better with the low ABV really hammering it home. THIS is the definition of a sessionable beer.

08-27-2012 00:01:21 | More by DaveHack
Photo of Dipstick783


5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-26-2012 19:10:04 | More by Dipstick783
Photo of DefenCorps


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, Matt!

Hazy yellow with a dense, white head dissipating quickly leaving little lacing, I have seen prettier beers in my lifetime. The nose is citrusy, slightly grassy, with a honey, doughy malt character that complements the hops really well. Oranges and a little peach are present, this beer is pretty bright and excellent.

The palate opens hoppy, mildly grassy but mostly citrusy. A nice, doughy malt character is present mid-palate. Fruity - citrus, peach, fleshy grapefruit - this is an excellent showcase of hops. Not particularly bitter, this is drying on the finish with a fruity bitterness and a mild grapefruit pith-like bitterness. Very nice stuff, this is extremely sessionable.

08-26-2012 12:05:50 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Served alongside Life Without Principle for no particular reason.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a medium white head. Smell is a really nice citrusy hop with bready malt in the background. Not quite as nice of an aroma as LWP, but still rather impressive. I think it might get a 4.5 if I wasn't comparing the two. Flavor, however, is more impressive than LWP. It's a little bigger and maltier than LWP but with a similar hop profile. It almost comes off like a baby version of Heady Topper. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is another great hoppy beer from HF and one I prefer (slightly) to LWP.

08-26-2012 00:39:11 | More by starrdogg
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

The beer is light golden yellow with a soft, white head. The aroma is great, offering some citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor brings a light, biscuit, malty character that gracefully balances the beer. Still a hop forward offering, of course. Lingering hop bitterness and tropical citrus on the palate. Delicious. I could drink a lot of this.

08-26-2012 00:30:57 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Tried right after life without principle thanks to starrdogg, thanks Matt!

This beer also has a nice golden look though this one is notably hazier than the previous beer (life w/o principle), and has tons of lacing ith a small ring of white head. The smell is great and again reminds me of a hoppy citrus pale ale, with a light honey malt backbone to it. The taste has a big malt backbone with some grassy hop notes and a touch of citrus, lemon grass that reminds me of gumball head though not as aggressive. The feel is nice and light, ok carbonation. Another nice beer.

08-26-2012 00:26:37 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of smakawhat


3.9/5  rDev -8%

Poured on tap into a Hill Farmstead taster wine glass at the brewery.

Light pale yellow body, and cloudy. Creamy white and lots of speckled lacing on the glass while consuming. Pretty classic looking Hill Farmstead beer here, seems like a theme.

Nose is very subtle. Mild toasty notes of white bread, nothing much fruit or hop angle. Seems like a toasty bready pale ale.

Palate hits nicely on the toasted angle, with a good hop character and grainy finish in the mid palate. Quite crisp with peppery notes but rather simple.

Overall somewhat interesting, but not driving me that much for what is offered, but certainly plenty to enjoy.

08-23-2012 23:22:44 | More by smakawhat
Photo of orangesol


4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Growler shared by Deuane at the very end of Campground Brewdown.

A - Pours hazy pale yellow with a frothy one and a half finger tall white head leaving sticky lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, dulled tropical fruits, pine resin, touch of sweet pils malt with a light breadiness. The hops work well with the base.

T - Starts off with some bready pils malt quickly giving way to hints of citric zest, resin and a surprisingly low amount of grassy hop bitterness. There is still plenty of hops in it but they are nicely subdued, allowing this one to be incredibly drinkable.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Subtle chewiness with plenty of hop bitterness, nearly balanced to perfection.

O - This one tastes like some of the other HF pale ales, even tho it is a blonde ale. The hops and base blonde work very well together, combining with the low ABV to make this one very easy to consume. This is a really awesome beer.

08-23-2012 03:24:16 | More by orangesol
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-19-2012 14:25:29 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of claytong


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-19-2012 00:07:59 | More by claytong
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-17-2012 04:42:58 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of nathanjohnson


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-16-2012 12:59:58 | More by nathanjohnson
Photo of brooklynbrews


4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-15-2012 16:21:30 | More by brooklynbrews
Photo of DonFrap


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-15-2012 02:13:57 | More by DonFrap
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-14-2012 21:41:53 | More by SPRichard
Photo of Sean9689


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Several growlers destroyed in a matter of days.

Golden yellow, white frothy head, sticky lace, and thin cap. Smell is grassy, floral, and light sweetness. This beer is basically an ultra-light Pale Ale, which is simply awesomeness in liquid form. Tastes grassy, light citrus, some malts. There's no really hop bite on the end, which makes this beer overly chuggable.

Another winner from HF, obv. One of the tastiest, lightest, and wonderful "Blonde's" I've had. I would drink this beer so often if it was around me, hard to get tired of it even though it's so light.

08-14-2012 06:58:44 | More by Sean9689
Photo of TheRuss9585


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-14-2012 02:31:04 | More by TheRuss9585
Photo of jaasen64


4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml growler filled at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales on Saturday (two days ago). Poured into a HF tulip. Also had on tap at the Festival.

A- Pours a very hazy yellowish blonde, with about a quarter finger of white fluffy bubbly head with great retention. About average carbonation. Leaves very nice layered lacing.

S- Lots of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, pine, blonde malts, smells like a really good IPA more then anything else. Definitely above average aroma strength- could smell while pouring into the glass.

T- Citrus lemon hops, a tiny bit of grapefruit and pine, some very light blonde malts and wheat on the finish, finishes a little bit tangy with lemons and oranges, nice citrusy aftertaste. Again tastes more like a citrusy IPA then anything. Everything is perfectly balanced.

M- Light, very refreshing (great summer beer), perfect carbonation, very smooth, very sessionable.

O- This was definitely the best blonde ale I've ever had, if you can call it that. Almost more like a citrusy IPA then anything, still finishes with a blonde ale feel. Extremely sessionable and lots of flavor for such a low abv beer. I definitely recommend trying this out if you can, I would drink this every day if I could.

08-13-2012 22:26:59 | More by jaasen64
Photo of rondufresne


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-13-2012 02:05:17 | More by rondufresne
Photo of ferrettman687


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-11-2012 20:37:30 | More by ferrettman687
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

2L Growler. Pale hazy yellow, decent head that recedes quickly. Aroma of oranges, citrus peel, resinous hops and white flowers. Very aromatic. High lemon tartness blends wonderfully with leafy hops and citruz zest bitterness. Light bodied and dry finish makes it highly drinkable. I really like the actual summer beer trend. It reminds me of DDC Wallonade or TDD Traction ale with Hill Farmstead quality standards. This is a great preamble to the very promising low abv, high citrus series.

08-09-2012 20:54:22 | More by Luk13
Photo of danedelman


4.45/5  rDev +5%

Picked this one up yesterday from the brewery and have been drinking it all week while up there.

A-straw/pale yellow with haze and nice 1 finger head. In the bars it had a bit more.

S-grassy citrus hops with a hint of mustiness.

T-very citrusy hops with a nice malt balance.

M-medium body with low carbonation, probably from getting the growler yesterday.

O-Great session beer!!

08-09-2012 18:21:18 | More by danedelman
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-08-2012 22:20:13 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8%

Growler shared by Sean. Served in a Hopleaf tulip.

A - White foam settles a thin cap and splotchy lace. Hazy pale white peach flesh body.

S - Super hoppy aroma, with great citrus and tropical flavors, as well as some pine, and perhaps a touch of dankness. I definitely guessed the Amarillo, and got a touch of the Simcoe but the Motueka was a surprise.

T - Again, great hop flavor, with citrus zest, tropical fruits, and a clean pale malt backdrop. Pleasantly low bitterness makes this really easy to drink.

M - Pleasant carbonation, lightly grainy medium-light body. Clean, refreshing finish.

D - Absolutely crushable stuff. Could have drank all 750ml easily on my own, or perhaps even an entire 2L growler. Shaun has certainly redefined the blonde ale with this beer.

08-05-2012 23:27:45 | More by MasterSki
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