Excursions #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA features a experimental hop from the Pacific Northwest, Hop 01210, as well as Citra and Amarillo, for a citrusy, lemony and slightly resinous flavor.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Parker Pie.

Hazy, yellowish orange body with a small white cap. Aromas of citrus, breads, grain, resinous hops, pine. Similar flavor. Light to medium bodied. A solid beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three Penny Taproom draft. Full notes taken to phone on May 22, 2015.

A- Slightly hazed up copper golden body from the tap to a tulip. Frothy white head to a finger with decent retention. A few large sheets of lace.

S- Mango, apricot, melon and stone fruit off the top with hops dropping tangerine, floral and citrus beyond that. Pale cracked grains behind the hops.

T- Somewhat juicy hops but not as pungent or palate ruining as many modern IPAs in a good way. Tasteful notes of mango, apricot, melon, mint and peach lead to tangerine, orange, yeast bread, pine resin, light grains and dank herbs.

MF- Fairly creamy overall texture arises from the medium high carbonation. Medium bodied and the finish is somewhat bitter.

Juicy but still feels balanced on the palate with notes of fruits from the flavorful hops oscillating on the palate. Delivers enough hop flavor without having to be a bomb or palate wrecker.

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Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BoldRulerVT HF run on 5/7/15 - $8 750ml growler. Poured into a tall Omegang tulip glass on 5/12.

A beautiful almost perfectly clear golden beer with about a finger of tight white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a ton of lace.

The aroma doesn't feature much in the way of hops. More of a pilsner malt smell with just a hint of citrus.

Taste is bright and clean with a bit of yeast and pilsner character, followed by piney and resiny hops with just a hint of tart citrus, and finishing with a slightly sharp bitterness that slowly fades. Delicious.

Mouth is very nice, medium body, ample carbonation, clean and refreshing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Perhaps more than Excursions #3. A finely crafted IPA that reminds me a little of Pliney the Elder.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the growler into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours a beautiful and bright, slightly hazey deep golden hue with one finger of foamy head.
Aromas are light and refined. Floral and a touch sticky with citrus as the beer warms.
Taste is sophisticated and polished. Clean notes of slightly sticky citrus fruit, some floral notes.
Mouthfeel is perfect balance of dry finish and slightly sticky citrus bitterness.
Overall, this beer is perfectly crafted. Not going to destroy your palate. You need to pay attention to the subtle notes Shaun put here and enjoy the sophistication that is here.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/15 notes. Thanks to BeerLayer85 for sharing a growler of this; thanks Ross! 32 oz. growler filled about 5 days ago into HF stemware.

Pours a hazy, murky orange color with one inch white head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Tons of oranges, citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pineapples, mangos, and floral notes. Light pine in the taste but not a lot. Not much Amarillo which is fine with me. Medium body and lower carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a great beer. Not quite at the level of some of the S&S's, but damn near close. Loads of citra and tropical fruits, would love to have it again. Top notch.

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Photo of NateF90
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 growler purchased at the source on 2/6/2015 poured into HF stemware. Appetizingly hazy, golden sunset in color, with a decent amount of wavy tie-dye lacing. Typical super-dank aroma, also with notes of vanilla and some herbaciousness - maybe lavender or thyme? Taste retains many of these floral notes, reminiscent of wildflower honey. Also included is a nice amount of astringent citrus, finishing slightly spicy. Carbonation bursts along the tongue, progressing the sequence of different flavors. Very good IPA that shows some restraint and balance, which I greatly appreciate.

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Photo of rudzud
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the brewery today. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a brilliant hazy yellow sun hue with a nice one finger creamy head that fades to leave nice lacing and a creamy, sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of light citrus, slight flash of pine, light lemon, some bready malts. Rather subtle across the board. Actually incredibly subtle.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, though no longer subtle. Nice citrus (more lemon than the lighter orange notes), really soft pine, little bit of grapefruit, nice biscuity malts. Finish is lightly bitter, or rather not an assertive bitterness. Quite straightforward.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, like every other offering Shaun and company create. Great bright crispness.

O - Overall, a very tasty solid IPA offering from Hill Farmstead, nice lemon and citrus going on here with a nice malt backbone. Only big knock would be the various subtleties going on. It's a change of pace from the typical aggressive IPAs/APAs I'm used to from Hill, but, not my favourite.

Serving Type: Growler

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Photo of SABERG
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified pint glass.
A - A touch of orange/lemon haze, a fine carbonation feeds a loose froth, leaving a clothes line
of super white lacing.
S - Tropical fruits, mango, orange, papaya, hints of warm bread, and a fabulous honey note.
T - A delicate use of the malts, and hops keeps this in wonderful balance. Some nice notes of English cracker, mated with orange, pineapple and honey. All lead compelling palate.
F - So very soft, delicate and rich. The body is full and round, has the feel of Matisse, very rich but elegantly
simple. The mouth feel is without edge, and complete.
O - I have enjoyed what this brewer produces for some time now. This offering has many of his hallmarks, each in its finest form. Possibly my favorite of this style.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

S-citrus, little orange and tropical fruit, pine, grass

T-citrus, bready malt, pine, orange, little tropical fruit, grassy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp yet smooth

O-another great IPA from HF, love this hop combo

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excursions #1 pours a cloudy straw yellow, with a small, creamy head on tap. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is light with notes of lemon rind, pine and bread. Hints of grass also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth and watery with mild carbonation. The flavor is well balanced. It begins with lemon rind and a touch of orange citrus and a hint of pine. A bit of bready funk appears in the middle. It finishes with mild bitterness and grassy hops.

This is an easy drinking beer with mellow flavors. Well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Lost Nation pint glass. Growler filled 4/16.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a dense two-finger off-white head. Average head retention--although worth noting that it never quite fades completely--plentiful curtains of sticky lacing.

In the nose, lemon zest, light grapefruit, orange, and sweet bready malt. Pine and a grassy, almost minty note play supporting roles. Fairly delicate, albeit enticing enough.

In the mouth, lemon zest, passionfruit, grapefruit and orange. Pine needles on the finish. Biscuity-sweet malt undercurrent runs beneath all. Lemon notes are prominent.

Mouthfeel is, as with every Hill Farmstead pale ale I've had thus far, a joy. Medium-bodied, lush and creamy enough to be palate-coating, but just crisp enough and with just the right amount of carbonation to still feel refreshing and lively.

On the whole, a very good beer that suffers a bit from its relative lack of complexity. I applaud Shaun for his willingness to experiment with new and creative hop strains--but this particular offering was just missing that extra bit of magic that seems to touch Edward, Abner, and the other Ancestral offerings that I've had thus far. Quite good nonetheless.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a HF stemmed tulip. 6 days old. Short review.

Apearance- Hazy yellow with white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell- Super citrus. Grassy, pine.

Taste- Lemon, orange, pine, earthy hops. No booze.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and medium-light body. Easy to drink and well balanced. Crisp. Clean.

Overall- Very nice IPA with citrus and pine abound. Easy to drink and a pleasure as always.

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Photo of scotorum
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh draft from the brewery April 19th.

Poured from the 750ml growler into a Tree House snifter

a: Cloudy orange with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Citrus and pine leaning to the latter, quite bold upo front over a solid, even "chewy" yet light malt base. Bitterness lingers in the back of the throat.

m; Light but not watery.

o: Yet another HF hit, a truly outstanding IPA for summer refreshment or sipping, yet low enough ABV to session. Hops seem a bit more piney and strong than Edward, Excursions seems to travel a path between highly sessionable Edward and high ABV Ephraim. Will be looking to see if this makes an appearance on the BA top 250 list, seems to me once it collects enough ratings it ought to. If its current 4.28 rating is maintained, it would land in the 180s.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2 days old from a growler into a HF tulip. Bright gold/yellow. Decent fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smell is juicy, some tropical fruits and orange, though they are faint. Taste is very citra forward. Citrus flavors with a tiny garlic aftertaste. It tastes good but I seems very fizzy. A very strange carbonation I can't describe. It does goes down pretty fast though. It's a good ipa and I'm warming up to the mouthfeel. Easy drinker. Halfway though the glass and the small garlic flavor that was there initially has disappeared. It's been replaced with a somewhat honey dew melon aftertaste. I'm getting a lot of different things from this beer on almost ever sip. I like it.

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Photo of jonathanturf
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy straw like golden color. Thin white head that doesn't linger too long.

Aroma is crisp can pick up the citra really well.

Taste is grapefruit and other citrus notes with grassy and earthy mouthfeel and a mild lemon tart finish.

Enjoying this beer the further i get into it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose is heavily citrus with light grapefruit and a fair balance of malt. Grassy notes with a moderate grain profile. Taste is more grapefruit, fair amount of hop bitterness and touch of lemon zest. Finish is fairly well carbonated, quite dry, fuller body. Gets a hint bitter with the very dry finish and malt and grain flavors are less than in the nose.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy and yellow orange body. Nice white head. Nice white collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Lemony hops. Musty grapefruit. Some herbal earthy tones.

Taste - Mirrors the smell. Grapefruit and lemon hops. Musty. Grainy cracker malt. Minimal sweetness. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate bitterness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not up to the standards of other HF IPAs, but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler.

Pours a pretty, bright clouded straw yellow with a frothy white head. Good retention fading to a thick collar and film with splotchy lace. Nose of lemon, pine, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, and grass; fruity and herbal. Medium full body, well carbonated and soft of the palate. Flavor starts fruity and sweet and finishes with an earthy herbal and peppery bite. Citrus rind, pine, grapefruit, lemon throughout with a drier, grainy, earthy finish.

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Photo of Luk13
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at PArkie Pie. Beautiful slightly hazy pale blond pour with creamy white head. Aroma is citrus rind, tropical fruits, pine, resin and some bready malts. Taste is pure lemonade with citrusy hops, some light resin and bitterness that makes it so drinkable . Cushiony mouthfeel. Awesome, my favourite type of IPA from HF.

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Photo of Skrip
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Side Project oversized wine glass.

A~ beautiful, glowing light yellow with a nice bubbly head and a ton of lacing.

S~ extremely fruity! grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and citra! oh wait... thats a hop haha. followed by dank grass and even more earthyness.

T~ pretty much follows the nose but opens up a bit more here. the citrus actually over powers the hop bitterness, super surprising!

M~ light bodied, very refreshing, super crisp and nice carbonation.

O~ i could drink this all year long, really fantastic IPA! definitely on the fruity side for HF as well. which is completely fine with me! if HF was to can, i would love to this done. i look forward to more to come in this series. what a great start!

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy golden orange that glows from within, with a whitish head that foams nicely but fades into small rafts and laces with big chunks of large bubbles. Very similar to other HF IPAs in appearance.

S. Mild, but lovely. Orange, peach, grapefruit: very juicy. It does have the support of a light malt aroma, biscuity.

T. Similar to the aroma but more bombastic, and includes resin/pine qualities as well. A light sweetness holds up the back end.

M. The whole palate is very pleased. Sharp crispness up front, nice medium/light body through the middle, and finishes just a little slick - all the while carrying and manipulating the flavors. Very enjoyable feel.

O. Very tasty, lives up to the HF name, but isnt as exciting as some of their other offerings. Dont let that sway you, its still quite a fine beverage.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Prohibition Pig. 12oz poured into a ProPig snifter today, 2/10/2014.

App- Hazy straw-orange body, one finger white head, good retention, good lacing. Very similar to all the other Hill Farmstead pales.

Smell- Rather faint juiciness- some pineapple, passion fruit, citrus. A bit of pine; all cut by bready biscuit malts. The nose is very faint and not particularly explosive.

Flavour- Better than the smell. Some juicy passion fruit and citrus, back-end of pine. Biscuits and honey sweetness acts as the backbone. Fairly flavourful.

Mouthfeel- Typical Hill Farmstead pale ale mouthfeel. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, nearly creamy and very easy to drink.

Overall- I had just drank a pint of Edward before this one and I have to say that Edward far outshadows this beer in terms of aroma and flavour despite being an APA. This is still worth trying as the experimental hop seems to bring a fairly decent combination of citrus and pine, but it's probably not going to be an Ancestral series beer in this current form. Nice to see Shaun trying out different hops; it won't be long before he blows up a new one..

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Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at HF. This is a review from the growler.

Decanted into a HF taster glass, golden-yellow in color with a quarter inch or so of fluffy white head that struggled to stay alive, eventually dwindling to a thin frothy layer, leaving doily lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, lemon pith, pine, crisp and moderately bitter. The taste reflected the nose, some pithy bitterness, grassy, piney, herbal, slightly grainy in the finish, with a moderate oniony sensation. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, light-medium body, easily drinkable. Not sure which "experimental" hops were used for this--could it be #05256?--but as with the ones I have tried, none of them really stack up to my favorites like Simcoe. Nice to see brewers trying new things though, obviously.

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Photo of Mikeypaul
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Hill Farmstead snifter.
Beautiful orange color, small thin head.
Fruity and maybe a bit tart, but not overwhelming.
A little less complex than some of his others, but still an excellent beer.
Always grateful to be so close to this place.

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Excursions #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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