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Walden - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AgentZero, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a very pale straw color with a really nice white head and plenty of lacing. Nose has nice lemon and a touch of citrus. Intense. Flavor more subdued. Light grain. Fairly bitter and quite dry. Really drinkable.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Romulux, Nov 11, 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 24, 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
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

“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%

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Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.