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Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Life Without Principle #1 (we are big fans of Thoreau!) is the first in a series of Citrus inspired American Style Blonde Ales. #1 is brewed with 200 ICUS of Valencia Orange and complemented by several American hop varieties. The inaugural release was brewed with the help of our good friend Luc "Bim" Lafontaine, formerly of Dieu Du Ciel! in Montreal and now en route to Japan to open his new brewery.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012)
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Reviews by Gushue3:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

750 Growler filled this weekend at the Farmhouse Fest.

A. Large White head forms and doesn't hang around too long. Beer is absolutely clear and looks like ginger ale and lots of carbonation jetting toward the top

S. big time sweet citrus, orange really dominates along with clementine.

T. Really light and easy to drink. Not as much citrus as the nose and quite a lot of pale malt. Slight bitterness toward the end and the finish is very clean and crisp. extremely easy to drink.

M. Very light and dry. Lots of carbonation on the tongue and a clean finish.

O. Tasty stuff bit not my first choice for a beer. This stuff would be great at a cookout or a hot setting.

08-14-2012 00:31:06 | More by Gushue3
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-13-2013 20:23:21 | More by doremite
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-11-2013 17:10:35 | More by SPRichard
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10%

Enjoyed on tap at Black Back Pub. Light yellow and lacey. A new blonde,hoppy blond, yes with valencia orange.Medium mouthfeel, suitably carbonated.Well executed for what it is. Good though not exceptional creation.Refreshing, drinkable, but not something I want daily.

08-17-2012 22:58:08 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

12-29-2012 02:53:47 | More by jh1982
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a pale hazy gold, looks almost like a wit.

Exciting citrus aroma, though not sure I can really pick out the orange that I'm looking for.

Really fresh up front with crisp citrus. Clean grain through the middle and a quenching finish. Bitterness is restrained.

Huh. I was really looking out for a big hit of orange, but am not sure whether I picked up anything other than the citra. A really nice summer beer, not sure if a heavier orange punch would help or hinder.

08-11-2012 02:59:55 | More by CanuckRover
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-16-2012 21:23:18 | More by huskermike12
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nearly transparent yellow with a very brief head. Some wisps, but dull.

Smell - Light grapefruit hop and other citrus aromas. Almost nothing else. If I struggle I can almost imagine a touch of pale malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hop and bright citrus flavors. Pale malt more of a player here, but still light. Crisp and not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel - Very light, well carbonated. Very dry.

Overall - Yeah, it's a blonde ale. Not a lot to it, but as usual from Hill Farmstead it's beautifully crafted and technically perfect. This one's just a little less exciting than their other beers.

12-23-2012 12:54:23 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Kinsman


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

750 growler picked up at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color with just a touch of thin white head. Overheard conversation at the brewery that this was not filtered but finings were used to clear the beer for it's blonde appearance.

Aroma is like a freshly peeled orange and at this point thats about it. Little room is left for a hint of the malts underneath to come through.

The orange flavor isn't quite as overpowering on the palate as it was one the aroma. Orange is certainly most notable flavor but touch of hops adds a little depth to it with a nice bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, L w/o P packs more orange/citrus punch then just about anything else out there. Serve this alongside you're breakfast stout with some eggs and bacon and you're in heaven.

08-10-2012 23:13:57 | More by Kinsman
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-25-2012 00:01:36 | More by wesley14
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-23-2012 22:38:58 | More by Psychmusic
Photo of smakawhat


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Very clear looking beer, looks more like wine with that classic creamy white cap on a Farmstead beer. A real nice golden butter brass color body.

Nose is cough drop like lemon and herbal. Fruity citrus zest with a sense of candy store lemon drops and spice. Wonderful smelling.

Palate hits with lots of crisp sharpness and playful character. Lemon mixing in the mid palate, spritzy wine finish, fruity and citrus wine vinous character with lots of citrus like oil. Coating on the aftertaste.

Overall real impressive for a style I usually don't care for, never had a blonde ale that tasted anything close to this ever. Exceptionally well done.

08-23-2012 23:27:32 | More by smakawhat
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-13-2012 02:04:51 | More by rondufresne
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-24-2012 21:59:04 | More by HopsHopenstein
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-27-2012 17:52:39 | More by heffnate77
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-23-2012 22:58:48 | More by Massbmx
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-24-2012 17:39:35 | More by bostonryan
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-11-2012 00:20:10 | More by phingdong
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-04-2012 01:37:43 | More by rpstevens
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-09-2013 03:30:12 | More by Luk13
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into my Hill Farmstead stem, with a pasty white fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, with just a bit of lacing, a clear pilsner blond colored beer.

Nose brings a wallop of tropical fruit, mango, papaya, and a light musty passion fruit jump out at first, with some grapefruit, a light fluffy airy peach and tangerine, a hint of floral hops as well, a slight orange rind comes out as it warms. Just a touch of malt under.

Taste starts with lighter hops, fresh tasting hops, with a light floral flavor, and again citrus and tropical fruits, with tangerine being the strongest, with touches of grapefruit, peach, mango, and just a touch of musty passion fruit and resin. A light clean malt base washes it through quickly, with a bit more grapefruit coming out the more I swish it around my mouth. There is a light grassy noble hop flavor in the background as well that follows the fluffy malt base. Finish is drier and quite clean, just a touch of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, and a bit more of the grassy noble hop lingering. Bitterness ramps slightly on the finish as it dries quite a bit.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good. More blond like than Walden, but less on the overall hops, and slightly lower on the totem pole, but still very tasty and amazing nose. A nice long bitter finsh as well.

08-18-2012 16:42:49 | More by jlindros
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

10-28-2012 08:57:44 | More by amnesia85
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-29-2012 04:11:50 | More by JRod1969
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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%

750 ml growler poured into a Bruery tulip. Thanks Urbancaver for the bottle.

Life Without Principle pours a pale golden straw color with a one finger fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is light bready malt with a nice slice of orange. The orange comes through as the beer warms.

The taste is exactly as the smell. Light, crisp, clean malts with a big bite of orange. The finish is slightly bitter and lingers on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation.

Overall, this beer is very nice. An easy drinking, low abv beer that is very refreshing and easy to drink. Another very solid beer from Hill Farmstead.

09-09-2012 23:23:30 | More by rmalinowski4
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-02-2012 02:14:10 | More by jlogan7
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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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