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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

58 Ratings
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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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is from notes as there was no BA listing yet. Here is what I wrote the other night....

Poured from a 750ml growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. The head dissipates but leaves a strong lacing.

Aroma. There's a distinct grassy hay scent with hints of lemony citrus. The aroma of pear is also in the background.

Taste. This is a well balanced blonde ale. It has a crisp taste with a dry start with a hint of lemony citrus. It rounds out with a mild grapefruit bitterness. This has very well balanced and crisp taste.

Mouthfeel. This beer has a light and effervescent mouthfeel.

Overall this beer is great. It is very well balanced and delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Three Penny and HF.

Pours a hazy lemon straw with a dense creamy off white head. Nose of lemon zest, grass, grain, and citrus rind. Clean, grain-y body with a grassy hop flavor blending with a strong lemon rind and mildly sweet citrus finish. Medium thick, well carbonated; very soft on the palate and refreshing.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to DaveHack for sharing this one.

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a really nice white hea on top. The retention holds up nicely. The lacing is sticky leaving streaks on the glass. The smell of the beer is lively, citrus and a bit earthy. The taste is orangy with an interesting wheat flavor in the finsh. The finish also has a hoppy lime flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is well carbonated very light bodied and dry. Overall this is a good brew, one of the best Blondes I've had.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a beerventure with BPK59. Poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice super, super light hazy straw hue with a wonderful three finger fluffy white head that leaves good sticky side lacing . Head only slumps down to leave a fat finger. Outstanding retention.

S - Light grains along with light grassy hops. There is some very nice lemon presence here that lends an almost peppery/spice note. Super, super faint sour/tart.

T - Similar to the nose. Good grains, very light hops balanced nicely with some sweet and faintly sour lemon. Very balanced and straight forward.

M - Nice carbonation here. Slightly crisp, super sessionable. Goes down nice and easy and bright.

O - A well balanced blonde here, but, is that a good thing? Almost don't expect this from Hill Farmstead. Balanced, grains, grassy hops, light lemons. I expected something really hoppy, or really lemony but this was not it. I guess...I wish there was more bright lemons here.

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

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.

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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.

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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.