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Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
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 cosmicevan:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for the share! Notes from 8/29.

a - clear straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone quick. not much lacing to speak of.

s - there's that citra. smells fantastic. a blonde ale...really?

t - not really a better way to say it than...a hopped up blonde. big bitter finish.

m - soft and easy drinker but bitter finish. watery, but it is a blonde. very light.

o - wow, a hopped up blonde. what will they think of next? blone is a style i don't love, but the extreme hoppiness on this one helps make the style more digestible and enjoyable. blondes are usually boring to me, but this one had something unique about it.

cosmicevan, Aug 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev -2.7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SPRichard, May 11, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jh1982
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jh1982, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CanuckRover, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

huskermike12, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
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.

Kinsman, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -2.7%

wesley14, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Psychmusic
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Psychmusic, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

smakawhat, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

rondufresne, Aug 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of heffnate77
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

heffnate77, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Massbmx, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

bostonryan, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

phingdong, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

rpstevens, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Luk13
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Luk13, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Aug 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

amnesia85, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JRod1969, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of rmalinowski4
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rmalinowski4, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jlogan7, Sep 02, 2012
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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.