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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: 525
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 TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%

A: slightly hazy very light pale yellow. Forms a minimal off white head. No lacing.

S: very interesting aroma. Minty, wine wine, grapey, lemon-lime citrus. The dry and grassy.

T: light pale malt sweetness. Citrus, white wine. A little bit grainy. Light green apple tartness.

M: light bodied, tart, moderate carbonation.

O: a very nice beer. Tart, complex, interesting.

Florida9, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance is is somewhat cloudy gold with minimal head. Nose is interesting, tons of herbal hop character with notes of oak, white wine, and grapes. Taste is mildly tart with notes of grapefruit, lemon, herbs, and sour finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium level of carbonation. Very nice, very hoppy for for a wild.

homebrew311, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Gonzoillini, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of brystmar
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

brystmar, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
5/5  rDev +11.4%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dactrius, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of dickieb
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

dickieb, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Anonymous1, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

twowheelssoar, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
5/5  rDev +11.4%

TheRuss9585, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
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.

HopHead84, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +11.4%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Out of my Ommegang glass.

A- A beautiful warm orangey amber color. Pours with a nice foamy white head and plenty of lacing. Pretty crisp and clean.

S- A strong smell of funky bret, tangerine, and peachy fruity smells. Wow!

T- the initial flavor is very funky and bretty , it quickly transitions to more of a peppery saison flavor. The aftertaste is nice fruity hops with touches of orange and lemon rind. Definitely a baby mimosa of sorts.

M- as always from Hill Farmstead it is spot on.

O- the diversity in flavor is just incredible. If you love funky bretty beers, this should be a must have. The citrus and hops just compliment each other extremely well.

Gfunk720, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Hophead717, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of greg4579
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

greg4579, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of mobius387
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

mobius387, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of chase2634
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

chase2634, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nathanjohnson, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of MrFootstones
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

MrFootstones, Dec 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HevvyMetalHippie, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
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!

smakawhat, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TotallyHosed
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

TotallyHosed, Dec 18, 2012
Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.