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Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 520
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 +0.7%
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
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 drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev 0%

drummermattie02, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev 0%

chippo33, Nov 30, 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
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev 0%

eawolff99, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -11.1%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

aasher, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev 0%

illidurit, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -11.1%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
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 AlexFields
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a tasting 2/16/2013.

Nose is a lot of wine barrel and brett, some tart citrus character (mandarin oranges?) too. More wine and brett than hops though.

Taste is also big on wine, lots of dry grape skin, tart and a bit of bretty funk but this is more dry than acidic. Pretty bitter, some grapefruit and orange from the hops.

This is a great beer for sure, but maybe not quite what it's hyped up to be. This was the rarest of the HF saisons/sours we opened last night but IMO not the best one.

8.7/10

AlexFields, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev 0%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -11.1%

tom10101, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

thegerm87, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Sean9689, Jan 08, 2013
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 millerbuffoon
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

millerbuffoon, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 koopa
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

koopa, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

oldp0rt, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -11.1%

ncaudle, May 28, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big big big thank you to Franklinn for sending me this treat. Cheers man!!

Appearance. Pours a rich, hazy, peachy orange with a finger of off white head that leaves some clouds and pretty lace behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell. Just awesome. Mangoes and papaya, sweet citrus flesh and melon, a bit of peaches and pineapple with a sweet and lightly peppery saison yeast and woody white wine. Oh man...

Taste. Fresh squeezed yellow grapefruit juice, dry woody white wine, orange zest and grassy hops, and some tropical fruits with a slight trace of savory herbs. There's some bitterness in the form of grass and yellow grapefruit rinds in the fairly dry finish. Something reminiscent of brett as well, in a lighter, more earthy way.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium fine and fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. These guys really know their shit. Just an amazing brew with a very fitting name. Here's hoping that many many brewers try to follow suit with the type of saisons being put out by this place. I would buy this by the case on a weekly basis if I could ...which makes me ask why the hell can't I??? Thanks again Franklinn, awesome of you to hook me up!

Rutager, Mar 06, 2013
Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.