Elaborative #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elaborative Two was brewed September 2012 with our friends Brad Clark and Ryan Burke. We crafted this farmstead™ ale with pumpkins grown by Ben’s Pumpkins. The beer was aged in a variety of wine barrels — as well as a barrel from Virtue Cider in Michigan — with wild yeast and bacteria. After a year, the unique threads were blended together and conditioned in the bottle.

The Elaborative: A brewing collaboration with like-minded friends. A fermentative experiment through thoughtful enquiry and discourse. A desire to further our understanding of the interactive complexities of our process while trying to abandon our preconceptions...

Added by scotv on 11-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 177 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by angrybabboon:
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for both Goblinmunkey7 and me, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this particular bottle

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy orange - pours with a large, fluffy, off-white head - retains an impressive cap, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Nicely juicy, with some interesting funk - some interesting sour notes, yeasty funk, and maybe some Brett - some very nice white wine barrel notes - perhaps a light hint of squash, but nothing I'd really call pumpkin - some light fruits like pears and white grapes

Taste: Moderately sour with some interesting white wine flavors - mostly lactic sour, with a touch of acidity, and some nice tartness - some Brett funk and general yeast weirdness - pumpkin is more apparent in the taste than in the aroma, some nice pumpkin flesh aromas - some pale malts in the background, with a strong undercurrent of white wine, and some white wine barrels

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nice carbonation, clean finish

Overall: Great, but the pumpkin could use more elaboration

This definitely has some of the charms found in all Hill Farmstead beers (remarkably clean, impressive depth of flavor), but this isn't the best offering I've had from the brewery. It's nicely sour, with some nice tart notes, but the pumpkin could be a bit more interesting. This is certainly worth drinking, but I wouldn't say it's top tier.

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Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was going to be my haloween beer but being on call for the next week puts a real damper on the festivities so why not tonight. Celebrating our new dog, Brew (wtf, why not?). A big thank you to franklinn for this!!

Appearance. Pours a really nice gold with a touch of orange. Topped with almost two fingers of thick white froth that has moderate retention.

Smell. Sweet tropical fruits, light funky white wine barrel, sweet melon and light orchard fruits. This is the kind of thing I spend way too much time inhaling.

Taste. Sour melon ...okay maybe that's not really a thing, but that's what came to mind. Lightly tannic oak and some nice white wine barrel funk, a bit of lime. Really nice but I can't find the pumpkin and brother, I'm tryin'. As I drink this I'm reminded a little of Upright mainly due to that light but distinct lime note I'm getting.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Wtf is with these jerks at HF?? Clearly they have no idea how to make a pumpkin beer. Needs way more cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, etc. Fuck these guys.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/2013.

Appearance - Bright orange hazy body. Medium white head. Great retention.

Smell - Bretty and citrusy. Wine barrel is nice. Straightforward but nice.

Taste - Citrus is more prominent. Orange and white wine. Oaky and bretty. Pretty much follows the smell. A little bit of sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated. Mildly sour.

Overall - Not the most exciting or adventurous beer from Hill Farmstead but it's very good regardless.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Elaborative #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 177 ratings