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Life Without Principle #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Life Without Principle #1
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91
outstanding

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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3/5  rDev -27%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

bsuedekum, Aug 31, 2012
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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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jh1982, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

huskermike12, Aug 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

HopsHopenstein, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MarkIntihar, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DonFrap, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

SupremePie, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Urbancaver, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

bobv, Oct 02, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

wesley14, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bostonryan, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

rpstevens, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

polishkaz, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

surlytheduff, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

CypherEnigma, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

juliusseizure, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Yabev15, Aug 28, 2012
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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.