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Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 524
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by starrdogg:
Photo of starrdogg
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jfmamj for sending this one my way.

Beer pours a very hazy golden-orange with a big white head. Gusher alert - this started pouring out of the bottle immediately. Smell is a fantastic blend of wine barrel, brett and hops. It reminds me a lot of E. in a good way. Flavor follows the nose as all the same elements are present in wonderful balance. The wine barrel and brett hit you first, but it's got a great citrus character that emerges halfway through followed by a fairly bitter, orange-rindy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mouth-coating, really quite nice. Overall this is a really well-done, complex saison that's one of Hill Farmstead's best. I'd say it's right up there with CD1 and E. It kinda comes off like a junior version of Mimosa that incorporates all of its elements even better. Well done Shaun!

starrdogg, Nov 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of bierdabbler
5/5  rDev +11.1%

bierdabbler, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

standardcherry, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

ehammond1, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of doremite
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

jeonseh, Jul 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

acurtis, May 19, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

mdaschaf, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

MrVonzipper, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

twowheelssoar, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of DJButters
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

DJButters, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

dirtylou, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

leschkie, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

huskermike12, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Gonzoillini, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

GuisseppeFranco, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

mobius387, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

OtisCampbell, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.