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Life Without Principle #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Life Without Principle #2
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90
outstanding

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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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2013 01:45:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-22-2013 18:59:03 | More by AgentZero
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2013 02:10:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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SupremePie

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-22-2013 01:04:27 | More by SupremePie
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2013 04:13:08 | More by spycow
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askham

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-20-2013 16:33:50 | More by askham
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FrancisT

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-19-2013 05:28:21 | More by FrancisT
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 01:24:47 | More by MDDMD
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benoit917

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2013 00:41:18 | More by benoit917
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2013 22:47:29 | More by dcguitar
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Lunch

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-17-2013 06:15:41 | More by Lunch
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-17-2013 00:17:38 | More by nmann08
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-16-2013 17:05:12 | More by claytong
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2013 01:30:15 | More by Thorpe429
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-14-2013 14:26:21 | More by CB_Crowe
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 01:35:39 | More by yourefragile
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kdmcguire10

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2013 13:46:44 | More by kdmcguire10
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2013 22:23:06 | More by DaveHack
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2013 23:02:40 | More by Knapp85
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-09-2013 14:49:04 | More by dunix
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bpk59

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-08-2013 17:32:18 | More by bpk59
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-08-2013 16:36:29 | More by phingdong
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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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cfrances33

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 16:14:08 | More by cfrances33
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NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-07-2013 15:20:18 | More by NHbeerfishing
Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.