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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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90
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

canadianghetto, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ncaudle, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

POTABLE83, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sirsteve42, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

VTBeerTrade, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

yottachem, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ThrewRedButter, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

AdamL73, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LinzBrit, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Shilt, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

wildcats10, Feb 10, 2013
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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.

WanderingFool, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TheRuss9585, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CypherEnigma, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2013
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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.

MasterSki, Jan 30, 2013
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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.

jaasen64, Jan 28, 2013
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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.

inlimbo77, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bahnfire, Jan 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

MEW, Jan 26, 2013
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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.