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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Life Without Principle #2 is the second in our series of citrus inspired American blond ales. This one has been brewed with 280 ICUs (International Citrus Units) of fresh, amazingly aromatic Meyer lemons. Weighing in at 4.9% abv, this is extremely sessionable, refreshing.

(Beer added by: rlee1390 on 12-31-2012)
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Reviews by dickieb:
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy pale straw in color with a 1/2 inch of white head and some nice lacing. The smell is rather faint with subtle hopping up front and a grainy lemon sent afterwards. The flavor is crisp and dry with lemon being the main theme and a light lingering hop profile. Very light on the mouth feel and would be an excellent summer seasonal if it was more assessable, however this is probably a one and done for me. Defiantly a different style then the other HF beers I have tasted but with some noticeable similarities in the hopping.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2013 00:17:19 | More by dickieb
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2014 12:51:03 | More by ncaudle
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light yellow body. Slight haze and a small white head. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Very lemony. Orange citrus hop, too. Fine line between lemon and hops.

Taste - Hoppy up front with a more distinct orange citrus hop flavor. After that it's incredibly lemony. Just a touch of grainy malt before a lightly bitter lemony finish.

Mouthfeel - Extremely light. Well carbonated. I could gulp this down, but I guess that's the idea.

Overall - As always, technical perfection from Hill Farmstead. It's very light in both body and flavor, but very drinkable as a result.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 23:37:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-04-2014 03:34:11 | More by POTABLE83
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-27-2013 00:16:57 | More by sirsteve42
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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-15-2013 18:21:03 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-03-2013 18:29:32 | More by VTBeerTrade
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yottachem

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-27-2013 01:23:44 | More by yottachem
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-03-2013 16:40:29 | More by chippo33
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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-17-2013 19:02:53 | More by ThrewRedButter
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AdamL73

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-16-2013 18:58:55 | More by AdamL73
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LinzBrit

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2013 15:28:35 | More by LinzBrit
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Shilt

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-11-2013 16:21:12 | More by Shilt
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-10-2013 19:15:31 | More by wildcats10
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Life Without Principle 2 pours a hazy light yellow with a big, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace.

The aroma has a lot of lemon citrus. Very herbal with perhaps a touch of chamomile and pale malt mixed in.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with light carbonation. The flavor is loaded with tart lemon, tea like herbs and some pale malt. It finishes dry and tart. Once gone the lemon and herbs linger on the palate.

LWP #2 reminds me of a lemon drop or a cup of lemon tea. It's very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2013 00:46:51 | More by WanderingFool
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-03-2013 22:08:16 | More by TheRuss9585
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-03-2013 15:20:02 | More by CypherEnigma
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 05:11:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-01-2013 03:54:08 | More by drabmuh
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler from Sean - thanks man! Served in a tulip while watching January's Plan 9 Burlesque show.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacing. Lightly hazed lemon-straw body. Pretty much spot on for the style.

S - There be lemons alright. Lemon zest, lemon tarts, a bit of pine and grassy hop in the periphery , and a pale malt backdrop with a touch of icing sugar to it.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a heavy dose of lemon zest and pale malt sweetness. Bitterness is fairly low, and the combination of flavors is quite refreshing. Simple, but effective, and highly flavorful for 4.9%.

M - Dry, crisp, medium-light body, with no alcohol presence. Good heft for the low ABV, and the typical soft, active, Hill Farmstead carbonation.

D - A very nice session ale, and certainly better than 99.9% of Blonde Ales out there. Eminently drinkable - I drank nearly all 750ml on my own, and I easily could have tackled the 2L format. I hope Shaun revisits these in the summer, as that seems like the more appropriate season for citrus-infused session beers.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2013 07:54:45 | More by MasterSki
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler filled at the brewery on Saturday (2 days ago). Served in HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a pale cloudy yellow lemon color, nice consistent rising carbonation, about a finger of frothy head that recedes at an average pace leaving some light spotty lacing.

S- Lemon peels, lemon zest, lemon juice,... basically a ton of lemon, some pale malts. Very aromatic and definitely one of the most lemon forward beers I've encountered.

T- Refreshing light lemon juice, finishes with light lemon zest and lemon peels (although nowhere near as zesty as the aroma), fairly light bitterness, and some pale malts. Not as flavorful as a lot of HF beers but amazingly refreshing.

M- Light, smooth, extremely easy drinking, nice carbonation, extremely sessionable.

O- This was definitely a nice sessionable blonde from HF. The aroma was intense lemon and the taste was extremely refreshing but not quite as flavorful as I was hoping. Overall it was extremely sessionable and I could easily drink about 5 of these. Definitely would be a nice beer for the summer. If you like zesty lemon forward beers then I definitely recommend trying this out.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2013 22:55:34 | More by jaasen64
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler, filled 1/19/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Very hazy bright yellow color. Good full finger of bright white head. Sticks around a while. Still carbonated after a week, so that is a good sign. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Smells very light and lemony. Light malt bill for sure. Little bit of grassy/grainy hops.

T: Get that crisp lemon on tip of the tongue. It's very light and refreshing. Then on the malt bill. Dry finish. It's not like a Rattler or Shandy, much better than that and less sweet. Very tasty and refreshing. Would be a great summer brew.

M: Light bodied. Crisp finish.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2013 18:23:14 | More by inlimbo77
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-28-2013 02:24:45 | More by oldp0rt
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bahnfire

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-26-2013 21:13:25 | More by bahnfire
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.