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Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Life Without Principle #1
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
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 Kinsman:
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Kinsman

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2012 23:13:57 | More by Kinsman
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SupremePie

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-14-2014 04:33:22 | More by SupremePie
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Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-15-2013 18:32:17 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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doremite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-11-2013 17:10:35 | More by SPRichard
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Takeanotherswing

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-06-2013 03:24:27 | More by Takeanotherswing
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -27%

03-03-2013 16:40:45 | More by chippo33
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-01-2013 23:14:31 | More by ScottP
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jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-22-2013 21:31:07 | More by jbuddle
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 22:43:41 | More by Quackus
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 21:45:07 | More by spycow
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Harvest Festival.

Pours a clear, pale golden straw color with a fluffy thin white head. Nose of fruity orange zest, slightly bitter and grassy, but not much malt or anything else of note. Flavor is slightly grainy, grassy and filled with sweet malt and a strong citrus zest presence. Bitter and grassy finish. An impressive blonde ale, though I think Walden had a little more depth and the citrus added to this was almost too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 01:35:53 | More by yourefragile
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-10-2013 21:42:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-09-2013 03:30:12 | More by Luk13
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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-05-2013 04:54:14 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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jh1982

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

12-29-2012 02:53:47 | More by jh1982
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2012 12:54:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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heffnate77

New York

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09-27-2012 17:52:39 | More by heffnate77
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-25-2012 20:36:34 | More by juliusseizure
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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.