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Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 519
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Wine barrel aged New Zealand hopped saison.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-20-2012)
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Reviews by koopa:
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koopa

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery and poured / gushed into a gulden drak tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours between russet and a cloudy dirty copper penny with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Mainly band aid and plastic (reduced quite a bit when the beer warmed up more) from the brett that comes off like a milder version of the smell that crushed stink bugs make with some tropical fruit notes (apricot, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit) from the hops. As the beer warms the stink bug juice transforms magically into a light funk level of brett. I'd give this one a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Taste: More enjoyable than the nose in my opinion. The yeast character is much more prominent and is very well integrated with the malt and hops. In addition to a light funk up front, that oh so lovely brett derived lemon note appears in the finish too. The hops definitely play a bit more of a supporting role in this beer than I expected them to. I get some white wine character similar to Nelson Sauvin in the hop profile as well, but I believe that is coming from the mimosa barrel used, since I believe it was a white wine barrel that also housed some citrus (orange rind).

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with medium carbonation comprised of very soft billowy bubbles. Not as dry as I expected and that might actually be a good thing.

Overall: I would drink this beer constantly if I had the opportunity. What a lovely hoppy wild saison. The flavors are so well layered and compliment each other fantastically. Truly gestalt in nature. Kudos to Hill Farmstead for making such a progressive and delicious beer! The hops combined with the brett is what makes this one truly special so consuming it fresh is a big factor in having the experience I've outlined.

11-27-2012 01:03:28 | More by koopa
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joel66

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

03-07-2013 02:03:18 | More by joel66
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bierdabbler

Maryland

5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-15-2013 21:52:18 | More by bierdabbler
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +6%

Bottle poured into my snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a small white head.
S: Smells funky! Lots of pineapple and wine barrel notes as well.
T: Wow, this tastes amazing. Reminds me of Mimosa but with tropical flavors instead of citrus. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple flavors followed by nice tartness.
M: Carbonation is spot on. Very nice. It feels juicy, with nice refreshing tartness. Clean finish.
O: I can't decide which is my number one but this just earned a top spot in my HF list, up there with Mimosa and Damon. Reminds me a lot of Mimosa, which is definitely a good thing.

12-08-2012 03:00:48 | More by standardcherry
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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mkabull!

This one does gush upon opening! Be warned!

Burnt apricot or peach flesh in color with a quickly forming, creamy off-white head of very small bubbles. Nice retention and this leaves messy lacing. Very pretty saison.

Definite citrus in the aroma, along with a concentrated, rotting fruit character (in a good way!), a mild to moderate funk character, and a bit of a champagne or white wine character that's tough to describe but definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and complexity of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit, though the flavor is more balanced than the aroma, as the (rotting, strong) citrus character is tamed down nicely by the complex, earthy funk, and champagne/white wine flavors. Some brick flavor as well, which adds nicely. This is delightful.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A lovely, enjoyable saison from Hill Farmstead. Shocking!

02-14-2013 04:58:15 | More by ehammond1
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-13-2013 20:23:04 | More by doremite
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-10-2013 20:25:26 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Hazy golden with light brown accents to it. Small white head

S - Grapes, light citrus from the mimosa, light oak, blue cheese funk as well for this.

T - You get a lot of Mimosa up front with the citrus coming through. There is also a lot of funk that leaves a strong blue chesse funk. The finish is tart and has some of the oak and funk that linger on

M - Thick body with a light creaminess to it. Finish is slightly dry

O - Call this a poor man's Mimosa. It is a really good sour that gets a ton of flavors from the Mimosa barrels which gives it a lot citrus to go with its tartness and blue cheese funk

07-18-2013 03:08:01 | More by jeonseh
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-19-2013 00:40:55 | More by acurtis
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

07-02-2013 20:52:41 | More by mdaschaf
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-21-2013 18:22:48 | More by MrVonzipper
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

12-29-2012 13:27:19 | More by twowheelssoar
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DJButters

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-26-2013 22:34:46 | More by DJButters
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to Josh for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. 5oz pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light, thin white ring of carbonation. Beer is clear bronze. Spotty lace with decent stick. Not great for the style.

Nose is passion fruit, citrus, pineapple, and other tropical fruit with cane sugar sweetness. Really good!

Opens yeasty. Citrus, passion fruit, light tartness balanced by a mild, yeast and hop bitterness. Big tropical fruit notes throughout make this one almost IIPA like but with a saison-y spicy finish. Interesting.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy in the mouth and crisp and quenching going down. Dry finish with a dry aftertaste. Very good.

Pretty good overall and just like mimosa, very aptly named. However, also like mimosa, I wouldn't rank this among the best saison's HF makes. Flavor profile is interesting but this just doesn't stand out to me. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't go through the trouble of seeking this out myself.

12-09-2012 18:02:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
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dirtylou

Washington

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%

375ml bottle, served in hill farmstead stemware, thanks @blackie

Don't delay - she's a little of a slow and steady gusher. A hazed peach body and a thick creamy white head with sticky retention. Aromas of musty yeast, melon, and distant citrus. The flavor profile improves off the nose - featuring melon, grapefruit, yeast, white pepper, orange, brett. The wine barrel is light - really not much wood but a bit of a tannic finish. Expectations are naturally sky high for Hill Farmstead, so this was a little underwhelming but still a really nice saison.

01-13-2013 21:49:12 | More by dirtylou
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

01-10-2013 03:32:46 | More by leschkie
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-18-2013 21:52:53 | More by Photekut
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huskermike12

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

04-11-2013 21:55:16 | More by huskermike12
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-05-2013 23:59:52 | More by Gonzoillini
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy orange. A little hazy and murky looking. Nice white head. Gushed a little.

Smell - Citrusy. White wine. Bright and acidic. Hoppy orange with some lemony aromas.

Taste - Very bright orange citrus. Acidic white wine. Grainy malts. White wine lingers past the citrus flavors, but the hops come through to provide some bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Dare I say refreshing. Well carbonated.

Overall - Extremely impressive. This review is from the first time I had this beer, which was pretty fresh. I was surprised to find this review after years. It does lose its punch and unique hop flavors after a while, but it remains a good beer.

06-16-2014 20:38:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

01-27-2013 20:12:03 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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mobius387

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

12-23-2012 21:11:42 | More by mobius387
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -8.5%

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a dark hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, fruit, sour, funk, earth, and wood. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, wood, funk, earth, subtle sour, and orange zest. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. I had heard lots of really good things about this one as it has quite a bit of hype going along with it. I am usually fairly skeptical when it comes to hyped beers, so this one wasn’t any different. Granted what I found was actually quite good and had a fairly good balance to it. This kept my palate refreshed and interested throughout the glass. I really wish that this one came in a larger format bottle so a larger pour could be enjoyed, but that is the nature of the beast I suppose. Definitely worth your time trying at least once if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t trade my soul to do so in my honest opinion.

06-16-2013 17:41:27 | More by thagr81us
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OtisCampbell

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

12-03-2012 18:21:49 | More by OtisCampbell
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

06-15-2014 01:39:54 | More by incubuscience
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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.