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Walden - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Walden
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370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 30
Gots: 8 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

c_patton, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Holland, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Cloudy opaque blond. The head is lasting and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Smell: A ton of bright citrus. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, soft doughy malt. This smells fantastic. Very bright and crisp.

Palate: Light bodied without ever approaching thin. Creamy, biscuity, with huge citrus flavors. Primarily orange flesh and rind, with lemon and a touch of grapefruit. Clean floral finish with mild bitterness. This is beautifully crafted and highly quaffable. Outstanding.

largadeer, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ScottP, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pinknuggets, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Urbancaver, Oct 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

xenjoiii, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SupremePie, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

lakersfan16, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

heffnate77, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Growler shared by largadeer. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy, bright yellow that reveals the unfiltered nature of this beer. Standard disclaimer applies: I like clarity but for what are turning out to be excellent IPAs despite (or because of?) the unfiltered nature, I'll give it a pass. Billowing off-white head, great retention, some lace.

S: Bright, clean citrus pith -- a combination of grapefruit, orange, peaches. It borders on grassy in some sniffs. I would imagine very little was used to keep the gravity low, so I'm not surprised to find just a general doughy note.

T: The whiffs of grass in the nose are more prominent, though not overpowering, in the flavor. This is still dominated by grapefruit and peaches; the grassy flavors lend more of a small perceived bitterness. Not much to find in the way of malt character. A drying finish.

M: Light-bodied; bitterness is very mild, allowing the hops to deliver more flavor than anything.

O: This is fantastic; it is easy to appreciate in small bursts (makes for great sipping) and can also be consumed in mass quantities. I wish there were local options like this -- it would be an ideal kegerator beer.

Arbitrator, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BeerBucks, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

surlytheduff, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

rpstevens, Sep 04, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

“I am glad to have drunk water so long, for the same reason that I prefer the natural sky to an opium-eater’s heaven. I would fain keep sober always; and there are infinite degrees of drunkenness. I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor; and think of dashing the hopes of a morning with a cup of warm coffee, or of an evening with a dish of tea! Ah, how low I fall when I am tempted by them! . . . Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?”
- Thoreau, Walden.

And yet. September 1, 2012.

Pours a cloudy canary yellow with one finger of white head. The bubbles accumulate in the middle of the glass, forming something like a small hill of elevated head.

Clean citrus sweetness, citrus pith, tropical fruit sweetness, faintly grassy, with some light biscuit malt character. Very aromatic, highlighting the lemony citrus.

Soft maltiness—biscuity, wheaty—with some of the same clean citrus found on the nose. Just a hint of earthy bitterness on the finish, but without any real bitter bite, thankfully. Juicy melon.

Medium, medium light in body, fantastically balanced APA. I’d trade some green beans for it.

Verecund, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Gatordaddy, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

bostonryan, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

JRod1969, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Yabev15, Aug 28, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Presentation: 64 oz. growler fliptop filled yesterday at the brewery. This has been chilled since it was filled. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed by myself over the course of a couple hours.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. Pours a two to three finger white and cloudy head with really good retention. The carbonation has held up really well.

Aroma: Big citrus and tropical fruit notes are strong and definitely are the main component. The hops are definitely the star of this beer. Seems more an IPA than a blonde.

Taste: This is definitely more of a sessionable IPA than a blonde if there was any doubt before. Citrus, tropical fruit, and some bitter pine notes. What's really interesting is that all the huge flavors of a double IPA are there with none of the alcohol. The booze and malt sweetness that comes along with it is gone. Feels a bit watery at the end, but I think that's just a function of the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and plenty crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall: A really flavorful and interesting sessionable version of an IPA. I'm almost done the growler and I can barely feel any effects. It really succeeds in that regard. It is a bit watery in the finish, but I feel that is a byproduct of the powerful hop flavors upfront that just cannot be sustained throughout. Really good and interesting, but I would not say it is my favorite from HF. Perfect for a sessionable hoppy beer though.

Gosox8787, Aug 27, 2012
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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.

DaveHack, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Dipstick783, Aug 26, 2012
Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.