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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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%

spycow, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jan 09, 2013
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.

MasterSki, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jlindros, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
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.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul tonight. Thanks a lot man!

The beer is indeed blonde. Moderately hazy with an inch of soft, white head. The aroma offers lemons, floral notes, lemon zest, followed by a light dose of bready malts. Good flavor. Pretty straightforward. Pronounced lemon character throughout. Light in body with a tangy, crisp finish. A solid example of the style.

Huhzubendah, Jan 22, 2013
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 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ncaudle, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rlee1390, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
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
Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice frothy white head and good lacing

S-grain, lemon, herbal and earthy notes

T-grain, bread, lemon, slightly herbal, some bitterness in the finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-interesting, but the lemon seems a little too strong for the backbone of this beer

MDDMD, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
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
Photo of jaasen64
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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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
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.

DaveHack, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

sirsteve42, Oct 27, 2013
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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.