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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 7
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 jaasen64:
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

01-28-2013 22:55:34 | More by jaasen64
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 05:11:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to Kyle for picking this one up for me. 64oz. growler into a Duvel artist tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow. Lacing is stringy and spotty with average stick. Decent.

Nose is refreshingly crisp. Lemon, citrus, a touch of soap and some coriander. Pretty mellow but very fresh. Exactly as advertised.

Citrus, lemon rind hop bitterness, coriander, and some floral notes. More spiciness at the middle and end. Finishes with a touch of floral and lemon hop character. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Very solid and refreshing. Could be a touch sweeter for my taste.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp and clean in the mouth and goes down abrasive and quenching. Accented finish with a dry, slightly lingering aftertaste. So drinkable! HF is always spot on with the feel of their brews.

Overall, a very solid beer though not my one of my preferred Hill Farmstead offerings. For what it is though, a sessionable, crisp, refreshing, and quaffable beer, this is hard to beat.

01-24-2013 01:45:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

06-19-2014 23:37:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2013 17:32:07 | More by rondufresne
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger fluffy head with some lacing.

S-Spice, thyme? (some sort of grassy spice), lemon and a tad bit of wheat.

T-Good balance of grassy spices, with the lemons and a tad bit of wheat

M-Dry, light and nicely carbonated

O-The best blonde ale I've ever had. Full in flavor with nice balance. Almost like a much much better Saison Du BUFF.

12-31-2012 17:39:09 | More by rlee1390
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-02-2013 01:52:55 | More by cameron_chapman
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-08-2013 16:36:29 | More by phingdong
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-08-2013 00:17:19 | More by dickieb
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2013 15:28:35 | More by LinzBrit
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to Michael for this growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a hazy bright yellow-straw color with a big, fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose carries a pretty hefty dose of lemon and not too much else.

The flavor is mostly lemon with light herbal earthiness in the background. A slight touch of straw and hay, but this one is really all about the Meyer Lemons, perhaps too much so. Really light and drinkable, but I could have used a bit more bitterness in addition to an increased hop or malt presence.

01-16-2013 01:30:15 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Growler pours a huge 3 finger fluffy head into my large tulip, that fades at a med pace with ridiculous lacing, super hazy lemon yellow color.

Nose brings light lemon rind, little grassy hop profile, floral and effervescent, hint of sweet pilsner straw malt, blond ale malt aroma that's slightly toasty and straw, bit of a ctirusy aroma.

Taste starts with lemon rind, bitter rind mostly at first, that moves to a flowery tea flavor like a chamomile tea, with light earthy flavors and nice citrus. There's a light blond ale malt flavor, little toasty straw and grassy, no sweetness though, and a bit of a fluffy malt character. Citrusy again, with light grassy and lemony hop flavors and overall profile. Semi bitter at first, but finishes quite bitter for the overall beer, long bitter lemon rind profile lingering, with more of the earthy flowery chamomile and grassy flavors, and just a touch of toasty malt.

Mouth is lighter to med bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation.

Overall not bad, a unique beer that brings interesting characters between the lemon and chamomile like flavors, nice grassy lemony hops, decent malt profile still there somewhere. Drinkable mostly but not as good as most Hill beers.

01-06-2013 05:13:32 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-22-2013 18:59:03 | More by AgentZero
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2013 00:41:18 | More by benoit917
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2013 22:47:29 | More by dcguitar
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3.98/5  rDev -2%

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.

02-09-2013 00:46:51 | More by WanderingFool
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-17-2013 00:17:38 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-08-2013 17:32:18 | More by bpk59
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Big hazy yellow body with three fingers of foamy bright white head. Leaves some really excellent lacing.

Smell: Really huge lemon juice up front, follows by some more citrus hoppiness. A very distinct bready sweetness comes through.

Taste: Again, lemon juice off the bat, and is balance by more of that bready sweetness. Pretty two dimensional. Finishes with an almost lager like quality

Mouthfeel: Needless to say, this beer is absurdly drinkable. It begs for summer weather.

Overall: A really interesting and delicious experimental blonde from Hill Farmstead. Better suited for the summer, but great nonetheless.

01-07-2013 16:14:08 | More by cfrances33
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

From notes...drank 1/9/13

Pored a cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Settles down leaving some thick lacing behind.

Lemon! There is also other citrusy aromas with a little bready sweetness.

Big lemon citrus flavors with a touch of the sweetness.

Wonderful coating in the mouth, it explodes across your tastebuds.

Awesome beer with massive flavor packed into a low ABV.

01-11-2013 22:23:06 | More by DaveHack
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-10-2013 19:15:31 | More by wildcats10
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

03-03-2013 16:40:29 | More by chippo33
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-28-2013 02:24:45 | More by oldp0rt
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-03-2013 18:29:32 | More by VTBeerTrade
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-28-2014 20:14:26 | More by canadianghetto
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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.