Elaborative #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

Elaborative #2Elaborative #2
176 Ratings
Elaborative #2Elaborative #2

Brewed by:
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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Reviews by joe1510:
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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A huge thanks goes out to Ryan for this beer! Cheers, guy! Elaborative #2 sports a rusty orange body with haze throughout. When backlit it glows like a northern sunset. The head is fizzy white and manages to keep sustained thanks to active carbonation rushing to the surface. Patchy lacework is left behind with each drink.

The pumpkin is first from the glass but in a very subtle, balanced addition. Soft, semi sweet gourd adds some earthiness while there seems to be subtle spicing as well, nutmeg and possibly cardamom, but they're tough to pick out. Graham cracker maltiness floats along the periphery while minerality and metallic notes are present in low amounts from the bacteria used. Spring wildflowers and light grassy funk emerge with warmth. Overall the nose is subtle but complex and very unique.

The flavor profile leans more toward Saison than the nose led on. Orchard fruits hit the palate upfront with a sweetness in the middle that's light and reminiscent of candi sugar. Earthiness from the pumpkin joins the mild sweetness but it's more subdued than in the nose. Sugar cookie and graham cracker pick up toward the finish. There's a metallic, mineral driven wildness to this beer I enjoy. The finish is a little grassy with soft lingering sweetness.

The body is light and while there's active, effervescent carbonation it tends to be soft along the tongue. The barrels bring some tannins that dry out the mouth along with a dry finish on the beer. Mild hoppy bitterness lingers after each drink. The drinkability is high with this one.

Elaborative #2 is a really well crafted beer. The flavor profile is subtle but with staggering depth and expert even handedness. The pumpkin and spices are very well done adding complexity, mostly to the nose, of this beer. Glad I had the chance to try this one. Very good. Thanks again for being so generous, Ryan!

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More User Reviews:
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Elaborative #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 176 ratings
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