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Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 523
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Photo of incubuscience
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of vonnegut21
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

vonnegut21, May 27, 2014
Photo of stevec32
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

stevec32, May 26, 2014
Photo of Kirk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Kirk, May 14, 2014
Photo of patrick802
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
Photo of krl2112
5/5  rDev +11.4%

krl2112, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

It slowly gurgles out of the bottle after opening, needs to settle for a second before we open it. It's alive!

Pours a dark peach color, with a one inch head, and small little dots of lacing.

Just an incredible fresh fruit touch in the aroma- melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, some white wine.

The taste is similar, but the funk has clearly taken over the proceedings at this age. Fruity, slightly chalky Brett flavors abound, some barnyard funk, light acidity, melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, white wine acidity. A little bit of hop presence is tasted near the end, of the zesty, citrusy variety. Lingering acidity.

Medium bodied, juicy but crisp mouthfeel. For all the flavors, this is quite drinkable.

One of the most interesting and well-crafted beers I've ever had. Shaun Hill is a genius.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Dirtinabottle, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of HoldenDurden
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HoldenDurden, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont. This dry hopped saison is aged in the barrels that were used to age Mimosa.

Score: 95

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 03/19/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a nice murky orange color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and splotchy, wispy coating. Amazing lacing and retention; crazy cling. 4.75/5

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit, grapes, a touch of barnyard funk and sweet malt. Really nice tropical juiciness, wine character and young-ish saison aroma mix. Warms up to a little bit of lacto and PDO comes out of the woodwork into the mix. 4.5/5

Taste: Bready malt and white wine, following by grapefruit/stone fruit and a little tannic acidity. Straw-like flavor and tropical juiciness in the finish, lingering with just a kiss of funk. Really nice flavors here, blending gracefully. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Nice earthiness with a good light tartness. 4.5/5

Overall: Many have said this beer aged is a shell of its former fresh self, but I found it to be delicious aged nearly a year and a half regardless of how much better it may or may not have been fresh. Relative to Dry Hopped L'Brett D'Or, as aged, my palate prefers Juicy. With ample tropical juiciness, a nice wine character and a dry finish, this beer offers lots of complexity. Drink 'em now fellas.

Cost: $8 for a 375 ml bottle.

jegross2, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Rifugium, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -10.9%

emerge077, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bikesnbeerFtc, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Atomicskis5
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Atomicskis5, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle generously provided by Tom and shared by Kyle. Thank you both so very much!

Pours a clouded orange with a thin white skim. Looks very enticing when backlit.

Smells is predominantly saison-y....green pear, loads of pepper, funky, and yeast with only a faint hint of tart. It's nice but subtle, if not a tad muted.

Tastes much different than it smells. The front end is a wonderful tangerine-grapefruit blast that coats the tongue and lingers on the lips for a good long while. When the beer hits the back of the tongue it transitions into a very dry and sandpaper finish with a light sulfur fade.

Such an interesting beer with a very noticeable transition from front to back. The juiciness sticks to your lips and front of the tongue while the dry finish just hangs on the back of the palate. Like no beer I've ever tasted.

Another beer I feel very fortunate to have tried and am appreciative of the opportunity.

BarrytheBear, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky redish/brown with a small head. Not any hint of a gusher like some mention

S: Actually reminds me a little of a slightly soured Saison, but in a good way. Very peppery, funky and a slight touch of tangerine/grapefruit.

T: It has a some OJ/grapefuit flavors. Very dry on the back with a very good citrus quality. Barnyard, hay and straw.

M: Light on your tongue but coating at the same time.

O: I could probably drink this all day long everyday. Drink em if you got it!

madtowndmb1, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is copper orange with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is fruity, light hints of brett and some peppery yeasty notes with some malt lingering in. Lots of mango and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fairly bright. Brett is underneath but a hint disorganized. Lots of mango and pineapple. Tropical fruits with the Brett and notes of muddled malt trough the finish. Body is light with very strong carbonation as semi dry finish.

cpetrone84, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Crookdrain
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml Bottle split between some great BA friends. Been waiting to open this one for a while.

A: Lighter than expected - a tinge of cloudy orange. A gusher but was to be expected from a HF wild ale.

S: Amazing, I think only Flora has a better nose. Wine and fruit and hops. Lemon/tangerine/dry white wine. Can smell a bit of funk seeping through the citrus. Some nice hop aroma at the end.

T: Brett on the tongue. Citrus and a moderate bitterness through the middle. Wine-soaked tangerines and a slight hint of grapefruit through the finish. Complex and delicious. Hard not to gulp the entire bottle down.

M: Moderate. Not as thin as the color suggested. Nicely carbed (could have been the year in the bottle that did it)

O: Cliche to say - I didn't think this could live up to the hype - but it did. The tasting group was blown away by this one, and I can't wait to snag another now that it's been rebrewed.

If you have the ammo, definitely trade for this one. My 2nd favorite HF beer of all time, behind the mighty Flora.

Crookdrain, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Zimm
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Zimm, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

thegerm87, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of HitchSlap
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

HitchSlap, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml split with Morningthief. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Gushed when served slightly cold, but didn't lose much. Decent lacing.

Smell: I hate to sound like an asshole, but the aroma transported me to some sort of ocean of citrus. So full that it's not like a "note" or "smells like grapefruit," but "bustling citrus market located on a boat in some sort of verdant pond in the rainforest." Brett funk underneath the grapefruit and lime. Just amazing.

Taste: Almost as good as the aroma. Harsh bitterness that usually ruins pale beers like this, but balances with the firm brett and big hits of citrus. Lives up to its name; like magic fruit and wild yeast juice.

No confusing this with Russian River or Cantillon. Not minerally. Sour but smoothed over completely by big hop and yeast flavor--it's the picture of balance (like most Hill Farmstead beers) save for overreaching in a good way with the citrus flavors.

Definite winner. Worth seeking out if you chase interesting beers.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not world class, but doesn't get in the way, and it is indeed nice and juicy.

Overall: Another fine, fine beer from Hill Farmstead. Especially interesting for the way it balances high bitterness; this exact bitterness has ruined other sours and BSPAs for me (as stated in several reviews, actually), but here it's a perfect element. Great stuff.

Pahn, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of morningthief
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

morningthief, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of HeadieBrews
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

HeadieBrews, Dec 09, 2013
Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.