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Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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65 Ratings
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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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Dipstick783

Vermont

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-26-2012 19:08:22 | More by Dipstick783
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dunix

Vermont

5/5  rDev +21.7%

10-29-2012 15:10:51 | More by dunix
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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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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

02-01-2013 23:14:31 | More by ScottP
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-11-2012 20:39:04 | More by ferrettman687
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-13-2012 02:04:51 | More by rondufresne
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-23-2012 22:58:48 | More by Massbmx
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

10-28-2012 08:57:44 | More by amnesia85
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler bottle shared thanks to raveskdr, thanks Chris.

The beer has a very nice look, some nice clingy lacing and a great gold look, one can almost see through it. Very clean look.

The smell is amazing, the valencia orange is amazing in this. Other citrus hop notes abound and some straw malt to balance it all out, very nice.

Very tasty, this isn't as hoppy or citrusy as the smell had projected, but has more of the almost lagerlike clean notes and grainy-ness, though the citrus of the orange is still very nice and elegant.

The feel is nice and has a great carbonation level, and medium feel.

Overall this is really nice, a really easy drinker that is really tasty! Would love this on a hot summer day, reminds me of drinking the awesome APAs like zombie dust.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2012 00:12:32 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this.

The beer is transparent and light, golden yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is fantastic. Super hoppy and fresh. The flavor is perhaps a step down, but delicious nonetheless. Tropical fruits and citrus. Minimal malt presence. Light in body and poundable. Hill Farmstead strikes again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:17:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler (3 days old) into a tulip.

Appearance is a very transparent golden color. Huge white, fluffy head.

Very bitter hop aroma dominates the scent.

First taste is sweet and slightly bready. It's followed up by a nice hop bitterness that follows through the rest of the taste.

It's light and refreshing. After each sip I wanted MOAR...

Overall up against other big hoppy beers, this would be merely average...BUT it isn't even in that class and it can still hang! This is why I feel this is a 5...Definately one to try...if you're expecting Epraim or Abner you will be disappointed, but if you go in expecting a low ABV, hopped up beer....WINNER!

Serving type: growler

08-26-2012 00:45:19 | More by DaveHack
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 2L growler of this at the Hill Farmstead Festival of Ales party. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear super light straw hue with a half a finger white head that doesnt really slump down, just kind of hangs around. Not nearly as nice of a head as their other blonde ale, Walden.

S - TONS of valencia orange jest and citra hops. Again, not quite as good as their other blonde, but man alive does this smell nice.

T - Mmmm...oranges. Getting alot of zest notes here along with great citra notes. Wonderful bitter finish. Quit tasty really. Almost doesnt drink like a beer.

M - Mouthfeel is more than exceptional here. Wonderful carbonation, bright, crisp, just jumps off the tongue.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer from Shaun. Love the orange, wish the appearance was better though as it was almost lack luster compared to most of their other beers.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2012 01:46:12 | More by rudzud
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 23:27:32 | More by smakawhat
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heffnate77

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-27-2012 17:52:39 | More by heffnate77
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-11-2012 00:20:10 | More by phingdong
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-29-2012 04:11:50 | More by JRod1969
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-02-2012 02:14:10 | More by jlogan7
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-19-2012 14:21:01 | More by InspectorBob
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-18-2012 23:56:19 | More by claytong
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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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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.