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Edith - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 407
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 26.85%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 15
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 09-03-2010

Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this black saison is crafted from American malted barley, German roasted malts, European hops, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edith.
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Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle
Bottled 280313
Served in a tulip

Big thanks to MrDarcy for bringing this back from a trip to Vermont.

Fantastic appearance. The beer poured a cola-like shade of brown and was topped by a super dense and creamy, four-fingered, khaki colored head. The crown slowly faded to a clumps of froth and left a thick curtain of lacing on the far side of the glass and clingy streaks on the near.

Initially, the aroma was very much like an American wild ale. Super brett forward. Crisp, fruity and tart with strong berry-like notes. Touch of oak and funk. Later, the nose turned much more saison-like. Belgian yeast notes lent a crisp, clean and dry quality. Slightly musty with indications of fresh cut grass and hay. Strong powdery notes also came out as the beer warmed, along with a touch of roast. Overall, really dynamic and unique.

The flavor profile was an equal mix of wild ale and saison. Bready, crackery malts appeared on the front end. Tart, oaky, fruity and funky with strong berry-like notes. Touch of red wine. There was a crisp, Belgian yeastiness in the center. Moderately spicy. Some hay and must were detectible. The "dark" aspects of this beer did not appear until the finish. Roasted and toasted malts were detectible. Crisp, oaky, sour notes also carried into the finish. Fairly acidic with a good dose of brett and funk. With time, the dry, woody, tannic, red wine-like quality intensified.

On the palate, the beer was super creamy with a fine yet zippy effervescence. Smooth, supple and pillowy soft on the palate.

Hill Farmstead's Edith was far and away the best brett-infused saison I have had to date. The brett notes added a ton of complexity and were very well integrated into the flavor profile. This beer definitely kept me on my toes!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one.

Bottled 3/28/13.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour Brett, funk, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty Brett and funk presence.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Dark, dark brown in color with a frothy 3 fingers of mocha head that shows good staying power with lots of foamy lacing.

S - Super bretty barnyard funk, dirty and earthy. Chocolate and cocoa powder, cherries, berries and raspberries.

T - Oaky...woody. Cherries and cocoa, quite bitter, tobacco, smoky and funky.

M - funky, medium body with lowish foamy carbonation.

O - Very good and interesting saison. Fairly unique. Would definitely like to have this one again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was black. big cocoa head filled the glass. dark all around

sweet dark fruit, tart and sweet. slightly one dimensional.

sweet and tart dark fruit. very one dimensional and simple. judging from earlier reviews this had more saison characteristics but that is not the case now. barely any funk, zest, spice, etc. but, it was delicious.

light body, mild to moderate carbonation.

possibly infected, but in a great way. this was adored by everyone.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 280313. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with 2 fingers of light brown head.

S - Funk/tartness dominate the nose. Some lemon, earthy notes and just a hint of roast.

T - Tart up front with some funk that immediately gives way to roast and chocolate notes. A touch of lemon in the background with yeast esters and spice.

M - Medium body. Slight creaminess. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 28, 2013. Poured into a large tulip, very chilled, a perfect end of summer saison. (also, to the people reviewing this as being infected... perhaps you should read up a little more on the beer, or read other reviews, to know that this is not a straight up dark saison, but is actually supposed to be a tad sour...Brett as an ingredient could be a bit of a hint, though I guess, yes, in a way it is infected...).... now that that is out of the way...

A: Just a lovely dark beer with an amazing tan head that just hangs around forever after a 6 month long summer of doing its thing in the bottle...thick and viscous, stays on top, on the glass, on my face... this is hour a beer should look...

S: Straight off, funky, brett, slightly grassy and some earthy yeast...very light fruit there... unfortunately this is the one place this beer loses some points as the sour really overpowers everything else on the nose.... the base of the beer is very subdued and hard to read....

T: Sour, cherries, fruit then changes to earthy yeast funk, the dark barley base follows on the fade out, slightly roasted earth with some burnt bitterness, and the after taste is more tart. I find the tart a nice balance to the dark malts and provides a nice balance between sour fruit and earth bitterness.

M: After nearly 6 months, there is a wonderful carbonation and if I was working out in the fields all day, this is exactly what I'd want to quench my thirst... beer is very balanced...and is nicely dry on the aftertaste.

O: Haven't had a lot of black saisions, so I can't say how far off a true one this is, but what it is, is a well made saison as with so many HF brews, but one with a slightly accentuated character with the Brett, but a welcomed one that does help to balance a dark beer that might not be so welcomed on a really hot day.... that perfect cool down beer after a hard day of sweating out in the late summer sun... wasn't a beer on the top of my HF list to try, but happy I got 'stuck' getting to try it....

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Photo of thebigredone
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this.

Pours a deep brown with one finger tan head.

Smells of roast and tartness, almost an odd Swedish Fish note coming through as well.

Taste is now quite what I hoped for. Earthy, somewhat herbal roast collides with a mild tartness. Doesn't quite work together as well as it could.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick.

Overall, a this would be a solid beer from most brewers. For Hill Farmstead's standards, this leaves a little something to be desired.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.41/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From the bottle courtesy of Sam. Thanks!

A: Dull, dark brown. Head is a dark cream and has good retention. Decent legs.

N: Cacao, lavender, rose, flower beds grass, and a scattering of crushed tylenol.

T: Tart, earthy, bitter, then sweet. This clashes at every single point, and it is absolutely awful to me. I want to dump my glass.

M: Somewhat oily and medium bodied.

O: This doesn't work for me at all. I don't mind the dark saison style, but I shouldn't want to spit it out immediately, either. If this wasn't at a bottle share, I'd be very unhappy at having bought this.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep brown when pouring, two finger cream off-white/tan head with nice lacing.

S-Good deal of funk, grass, lemon, wheat, dark fruits and roasted malt.

T-Great balance, good deal of funk, lemon, grass, wheat, roasted malt, sour cherry. As it warms the roasted malt takes over.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated.

O-When it warms the balance is thrown off slightly, best cold. And when cold absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of jlindros
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled at the end of March, so only a few months old, shouldn't be too bad. Shared with rudzud.

Pop the bottle and a slow rise of foam up the neck. Pours a decent off white creamy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, spotty lacing, pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose had a definite sour fruit, tart cherry like, thinking infection. A bit of a grainy dark malt, hint caramel cocoa almost, very faint roast almost acrid like but not quite that. Some saison spices, almost earthy root like, light choc covered cherry, almost definite sour fruit wild yeast. Not much for saison malts or yeast like.

Taste starts with a light sour infection again, wild like bready yeasty taste, I'm almost positive infection now. The sour wild yeast infection destroys pretty much all the saison flavours. There is a hint of cocoa and very light acrid like roast, touch of bitterness, choc covered cherry, etc. an earthy dirty flavor too maybe saison yeast. Finish is sticky sweet flemmy grainy with plenty of sour cherry infected yeast like.

Mouth is sticky syrupy and med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh. Obvious infection and with the lower carb and sweetness I wonder how long it's been infected, there's no real saison left. If I could get another bottle of this I wouldn't even review it, but people need to know to drink it now in case their's is also infected. If I somehow find one I'll re-review it.

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Photo of rudzud
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a nice trip finger sudsy head that fades to leave a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sour infection perhaps, cherries, light chocolate, roast malts, and some weird off note deep in the background...Hmm

T - Taste is quite sour cherry, light chocolate, faint roast, not very saison like at all, comes off as infected as this wasn't barrel aged at all. Bah...very sad by this..

M - Mouthfeel is not too bad, carbonation is spot on.

O - Overall I was massively disappointed by this beer, clearly something went wrong somewhere in this process add this is simply not a saison anymore. Gah!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead sampler. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger brown-gray frothy head with good retention. Beer is pitch black but thin. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. As always, a great looking brew from Hill Farmstead.

Nose is lightly tart. Saison yeast, coriander and floral notes. A mellow funkiness too. Very light roast notes linger in the background. Nice. Subtle.

Opens lightly tart. Smoke, roast, Saison yeast and other spices. More burnt malt tartness in the middle and end. Finishes roasty bitterness with the same yeasty, peppercorn bitter aftertaste. Ok but the flavor combination just doesn't really work for me here.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and light in the mouth. Goes down aggressive and frothy. Messy finish with a moderately dry, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good.

I've never been a fan of light beers made dark (Black IPAs, Dark Saisons). That being said, I can't imagine a more well-made Dark Saison than Edith. The dark, roast notes don't quite work with the refreshing spice flavors. However, this is nicely tart and well integrated. Worth trying but if you don't like this style, this won't change your mind.

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Photo of zoober911
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 2015-12-04
Consumed on: 2016-01-28

L - Pours a dark brown with a bit of an amber hue. Without knowing it is a dark saison it looks almost like a shade of porter. Slightly tan head. Lacing is beautiful. This beer looks damn good.

S - Definitely some roasted/robust notes. Some funk snuck in behind the roasy/robust notes.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate. Coffee? Some funk, sour/tart notes on the back end.

F - Initially softer feel, with a slight prickle on the tongue from the carbonation. Amazed that even their Saisons have a noticeably softer feel than most.

O - I had this beer a few years ago and this is totally different than I remember. Maybe a more developed palate. The last bottle I drank had a year of age on it and had definitely more funk, and had more sour to it from what I recall. So letting it sit could bring out the more pronounced flavors some are looking for. Definitely a delicious beer and very happy to be revisiting it!

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Photo of harrymel
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013

It's dark, etched surface of light tan foam. Smells of funk, some cola, lots of grass (dried) some dark malts, a little light in the nose. The flavor is fucking outstanding. Really sexy. Dark prunes, raisin, leather, sour cherries, a little bit of bicarb, some really nice fungal flavors. Nearly thin with higher carb and a dry, but salivating finish. Man, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, muddy brown with a huge, fluffy, pillowy, light brown head that settles into dense mounds and craters of foam.

S: Roasty funk with plenty of yeast and farm but also a sweet, malty component.

T: I've been sitting with this for a long time. Very warm. Delicious sour notes come from this along with dark fruits and a slight roasted character. The balance between all the qualities about this beer make a farmhouse ale with dark, roasted malt and a slightly different yeast strain come together for a unique experience. So damn delicious.

M: Seriously awesome body with the right carbonation. HF doesn't ever miss here. Super smooth with massive flavor.

O: Haven't had too many Dark/Black Saisons and I must say, an interesting and unique style. I'm sure they'll become more common as Black IPA's did. HF brewed an amazingly tasty beer with the character you would expect from this twist on a style Shaun knows so well.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

A- Dark black, looks like a thin stout. 1.5 finger head that leaves a nice cap all the way down.

S-Lightly roasted malts with a tart brett and mild funk aroma.

T-Follows the nose with mildly roasted chocolate malts, a slight barnyard/earthy funk, and then a nice brett tartness to politely cuts off the other flavors. Also picking up very light coffee notes.

M-light to medium body with higher levels of carbonation.

O-An excellent beer. I have not had too many dark saisons, but this is hands down the best one I have had. Flavors blend together beautifully.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/19/13

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected for a black saison.

s - Smells quite hoppy...smells of pine hops, some brett, roasted malts, lemon, citrus hops, light funk, spices, yeast, and some light earthy notes. Nice nose with a lot going on, and a nice mix of hops and malts.

t - Tastes of pine hops, fruity malts, roasted malts, citrus hopsm and some brett. Nice taste, though I like the nose a little bit better. Taste is more dominated by roasted malts in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice black saison, though not my favorite HF beer or style. Nice mix of hops and roasted malts, and easy to drink. Would personally look to get some of their other bottles first, but wouldn't turn this down if I saw it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.18.13
Bottled 280313

A - Pours a nice dark brown with an active, bubbly darker tan head and bubbles all along the glass surface.

S - Roasted malt, peppery, Belgian yeast, lemony.

T - Bitter citrus hops, lemony and peppery Belgian finish. More tart.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body, a touch bitter.

O - A ton of citrus puckering with a dark Belgian base.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nearly black. Slight transparency. Huge khaki head. Great collar and nice surface foam.

Smell - Chocolate malt. Sharp acidic character. Bretty. Not a ton else going on.

Taste - Even more brett. Lots of acidic flavors, without being that sour until the finish. Chocolate malt blends in and is almost completely disguised. Again, not a lot else going on.

Mouthfeel - It's light and well carbonated. Nice sharp acidity.

Overall - It's definitely not Hill Farmstead's best saison. It's pretty tasty, but overpowered by brett.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery. Bottled 28.03.13.

A - Pours black, but dark red/amber up to the glass. Gorgeous tan head of 2 fingers. Lovely thick, creamy head. Good carbonation coming up. Insanely thick wall of lace and a finger of retention. Metal.

S - Great funky yeast character. Dark malts. Really cool and unexpected yeast character.

T - Nice funky barnyard yeast. Tart. Starts tart up front with the yeast, some mild dark fruit or chocolate sweetness, and then tart again in the finish. Their yeast really dominates. Dark fruit in the middle comes out when it warms.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body and a lingering tartness.

O/D - Farily one dimensional. The yeast dominates this a whole bunch, and while it's not at all bad, it's hard to get past the simplicity of it. Yet, the simplicity is delicious.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really dark near black, couple inches of rich creamy brown head.

Smells of brett, chocolate roast, grass. A little odd but mostly good.

Taste is fairly sour, hint of chocolate and molasses, some grassiness and funk. Weird, good!

Carbonation is a bit light, mouthfeel is pretty nice and creamy though.

Odd beer, like it but definitely not the best HF beer.

7.4/10

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Spring 2013
Pinocchio's mini snifter

A: Pours out a dark brownish color with reddish hues. It's actually not that dark once you get down into it. Some light gets through it. Initially about a half finger of light tan head. Forms a collar around the edges quickly. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing, but some bits on the glass. Nice carbonation.

S: Smells nice. Get that HF yeast strain right away. Nice hints of powdered cocoa. Funky barnyard. Some dark cherry hints.

T: Up front you get a nice tartness. it's not a Flanders like dark cherry, but some sort of dark fruity tartness. Then it sort of just dies off, and you get this funky yeast. And some cocoa. And some chalk-like dryness. It's actually pretty dry on the finish and it does have a chalk like finish, but still very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up 11 days ago at the brewery. Poured into a Duvel tulip (RIP HF stemware).

Damn near looks like a stout in the glass. Opaque dark brown through the body with just a tiny bit light making it through on the edges. Fluffy dark tan head rest atop nicely.

First whiff gives a lot of yeasty character, with a sweet bubblegum note that is more reminiscent of a hefeweizen but certainly not out of place here. Lemony citrus however soon takes hold and almost overpowers you for a moment. Spice notes like clove add a bit of a warming note to round it all out. Despite the appearance, this aroma is all saison and I'm finding it hard to pick up much from the roasted malts.

Tasting this reveals another layer or two of complexity from what the nose picked up, with a tartness that plays well the sweeter chocolately malt notes. Lemon and green apple flavors give this one more sourness than what I remember from other HF saisons but it's within reason.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamier and full bodied than your typical 'light' saison. Obviously, the dark malt bill plays a role here but I do find myself wanting that typical dry/crisp texture you get in regular saison. Overall, and excellent beer as expected and certainly a nice change up from the normal light saison.

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Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. This was bottled 3 weeks ago today.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves a beautiful two-fingered tan head.

Smell: Funk comes out first but is subtle, not dominating, also green apple, lemon, citrus. The brett comes through with a nice balance. This one almost smells like a lite version of a wheaty gueuze - very interesting and definitely pleasant and balanced.

Taste: Starts with a little bit of tartness and brett, which is followed by some citrus and apples and finishes off with light roasted malts and some grassy flavors. Very complex and layered - this one is interesting! There is no doubt about it that this one is delicious and worth pondering and enjoying all of its complexities.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation (both fit this brew wonderfully). Supremely smooth, alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall: This is a great version of a dark saison (my first dark saison). This is absolutely delicious fresh, and I admit I have no idea what age would do to it. To me, it is a compilation of several different styles into one including lambic, brown ale, pale ale, wild ale among others. It all comes together with surprising balance to taste amazing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Skrip
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ very dark brown, with a tanish head and some nice lacing.

S~ whoa! peppery, citrus, really tart, and a little hay funk as well.

T~ a nice amount of tartness up front followed by some lemony citrus notes and pepper on the finish. dark roasty malts flow throughout. a little bitter chocolate too!

M~ perfectly carbonated, very smooth, just a little thin. if it was thicker this would be some what similar to Funk Metal without the coffee notes.

O~ amazing! to say the least... one of the most sour HF's i've had fresh, i can only imagine how this will turn out in a year or two. it might thicken up as well, oh you know i'll be waiting! get your hands on a bottle if you have the chance!

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Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.