Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +4.7%
Huge, huge thanks to Evan for this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Slow gusher as I pop the cap. Nothing big, but have a glass at the ready. Pour yields a deep peach-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout.
The initial nose provides a good dose of honeydew alongside tropical fruit. Mild funk and white-wine character in the background. Touch of citrus rind and very light straw.
Flavor is incredible. Absolutely fantastic. Notes of melon and white wine overlay a very light acidity. Just a touch of oak in the background as well as some mild underlying Brett.
Body is light with a mild underlying bitterness. Acidity is quite light and is more along the lines of a mild citrus character rather than straight lactic acid. There's a touch of creaminess in the background. Perhaps not creamy, but just a bit of wheat character.
Overall, on the level with the best Hill Farmstead beers. Phenomenal, to say the least. Can we officially name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world?
01-25-2013 00:36:14 | More by Thorpe429
4.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.
Memories of The PJs doesn't help my initial perception of this bottle... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light mango, light leek, light-ish fruity Brett, light banana peel, and a twinge of buttery caramel. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit zest, sour white grapes (a white wine varietal I can't pin down), light earthy greens, mandarin orange, and lemon zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice beer, one that sees a keen marriage of base, extra hops, and barrel. Good times.
01-07-2013 21:50:00 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle shared by Ryan. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Murky, peach flesh-colored body.
S - An intriguing mixture of white wine, zesty ctirus hops, mildly tropical funkiness, light grass and herbs, sweet malts, and a hint of oak.
T - The taste loses some of the hop complexity, and fills out the palate with more vinous and sweet malty flavors, along with mild tropical brett flavors. Some of the earthy and herbal qualities persist, and there's again a light oak presence. Closer to a 4.25 here, do I dinged the drinkability a bit.
M - Medium body, appropriately juicy texture, and a soft but sufficient moderate carbonation level. No alcohol presence, and a lightly tannic and dry finish.
D - Another well-executed beer from Hill Farmstead. It didn't blow my mind, but the marriage of hops and yeast is finely wrought and the beer is eminently drinkable at 7.4%. I kind of liked things better when I didn't have to fight for 2oz of Shaun's beers at a tasting. Better than CD #3, and roughly on par with CD #1.
12-30-2012 04:27:07 | More by MasterSki
4.56/5 rDev +1.6%
Bottle from Hill Farmstead.
Poured into a HF white-logo fest glass (rarwale). Cloudy orange-amber color, with a small, puffy, white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Delectable aroma, oaky, white wine, grassy, light citrus and mild funk. Lots of citrusy tang in the taste, assertive but delicate hop bitterness, white grapes and a nicely defined barrel character, with a slight sour twinge, crisp tropical fruit notes, mild grassy funk, pulpy and juicy (harhar) orange and lemon lingering into the aftertaste. Very light and toasty malts. Medium body, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Complexity through the roof. I would have called this "juicy" even if it wasn't the actual name of the beer. I may never have this beer again, but I definitely want to...
03-12-2014 00:36:24 | More by Rifugium
4.93/5 rDev +9.8%
My favorite of Shaun's saisons/wilds yet. A fantastic mix of Belgian saison and an American wild - It certainly crosses stylistic lines with ease.
Warning!! This is a gusher! I lost about a half an ounce of this liquid gold and after tasting it I was in mourning for the rest of the evening;)
A bright orange glowing liquid when my snifter is held up to the light. Bubbles are supercharged to begin with before quickly taming down. A thin white head is left on the glass with a slight sticky lace from the preponderance of New Zealand hops used balanced perfectly with lightly roasted malt.
Wow! Holy shit!!! I can't believe that this beer doesn't contain fruit!!! Nose of tangerine, lemon, apricot, peach. Damn!
The taste follows through on the nose with the best aspects of so many great beers present. The best use of Brett since Orval. Fou' Foune juiciness (I swear there must be apricots or peaches in this, the mustiness of Fantome Saison and Consecration's currents and sombiosis all at once! And then the hops just scream citrus!!
Mouthfeel is spritzy with a high level of carbonation,but it dries out nicely and is very more-ish.
Overall this is another masterpiece from Mr. Hill.
11-22-2012 00:09:04 | More by Rochefort10nh
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
375 mL bottle, thanks Starr!
Pours a hazy and dull golden amber with a thin off white head. Acidic aroma of lemon and wine with some leafy tropical hops and grass. Medium thick body with soft carbonation and a long lasting orange pulp/resin and leafy hop finish. Bright flavor of orange peel, lemon, grass, white wine and bready malt. Notes of Mimosa's citrus flavor are present but tempered in a welcomed way. Reminds me a lot of my favorite batches of Vautour, with the balance of grassy and lemon saison notes with the wine and orange of the barrel aging.
11-30-2012 01:29:08 | More by yourefragile
4.2/5 rDev -6.5%
A: Poured a nice light orange with good carbonation, light white cap with some good lacing, moderate head retention leaves white rings clinging to the glass
S: Light and funky, Brett is noticed, light whiffs of baby diaper and barf with subtle hints of light citrus and passion fruits
T: The nose is somewhat misleading. Not as funky or "Bretty" as I had hoped for from a Farmhouse. With that being said, this beer was tasty as heck. Lots of pineapple, light citrus; dash of orange peel, hints of lemons and some hay, light funk is buried beneath the subtle fruit notes.
M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, very nice feel, crisp.
O: Very good. While this beer was extremely tasteful and killer on the tastebuds I was looking for a little more brett on the palate.
12-01-2012 20:53:30 | More by barleywinefiend
4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemware glass. Gushes a bit on opening
Milky white top, classic HF milky and tight bubbles make the pour and cap. Always leaves a nice 2-3mm puck. Body color is a dull peach orange, and opaque quite hazy.
Bouquet hits hot and sharp. Big brett funk, mixing with large aromatic peaches and fruit. Mellows out with a nice to aptly described heat and tropical juicy fruit action. Lots of pineapple, and yellow tropic sensations. More of a punch tropic than an actual beer, just that hint of classic big funk brings you back. Smells amazing. A few drops spill on my hands, and my fingers smell like liquid bread, just incredible.
What an impressive palate. Fruit punch action, and tropical pineapple abounds. Huge juice finish with large peppery sensing spice. Bread and toasty sourdough explode in the aftertaste all over. A good controlled burst of heat, but nothing boozy. Incredibly.. truly.. juicy palate, mouth coating and full, but light and not thick. Lemon, pineapples, peaches oh my.. throw in some farmhouse big bold goodness and it's mouthwatering.
I am not one for tropical notes, I am even less one of a fan for pineapple flavors, but this is just unreal. Borderline blurring drink. Great saison, great Hill Farmstead stuff. Stupidly drinkable... MORE!
12-18-2012 02:13:38 | More by smakawhat
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Thanks! Look out, this is a slow gusher.
A: Dark golden orange and hazy with a finger of mousse-like foam that rapidly recedes, leaving scattered lacing.
S: The aroma brings to mind mineral, wet leather, grass, and musty barnyard characteristics. The hops impart lemon, orange, white grape, and melon. A peppery spiciness pervades the olfactory, blending nicely with citrus zest. Tangerine is pronounced. There's a light woody quality.
T: Up front tartness segues into a pleasant midpalate pixie stix sweetness. This tantalizing sweet-tart sensation persists. Fruit abounds, reminiscent of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Lightly peppery with leather, grass, earth, oak, and brackish notes. There's a low level of bitterness throughout. The finish is mildly tannic with lingering notes of leather, lemongrass, and tangerine.
M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation. The carbonation is interesting in that it was high initially but it seemed to quickly disappear. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and tannic.
Overall: The combination of New Zealand hops and Saison makes for a unique and refreshing beer. I wish this 375ml bottle would double in size.
12-27-2012 04:43:57 | More by HopHead84
4.46/5 rDev -0.7%
375ml bottle opened on 3.1.13
A - Pours a dark copper, almost red with an active light tan head that fizzes away pretty quickly to a clump that sits in the middle.
S - Lots of barrel characteristics, almost Bretty. Hoppy leaf with some white wine.
T -Tart white wine, hoppy leaves and grass, buttery wood.
D - Lower carbonation with a light body. A dry tart finish.
O - Lots of barrel, hops and white wine. Winner.
03-23-2013 16:43:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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