Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #37
Ranked #10,523
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Dec 28, 2020
Jun 25, 2014
Notes: Our interpretation of an oak-aged old ale.

Peleg Hill Jr. (1757-1831) was our great, great, great, great grandfather and one of Greensboro’s original inhabitants. In his honor, we crafted this old ale and reserved it with our resident microflora in third-fill bourbon barrels from some of our favorite distilleries. For over 18 months, it was allowed to leisurely develop its complex, unique flavors and express both the character of its environs and its history.

This inaugural batch of Peleg was brewed with our Danish friends Rune and Per Olaf from Bryggeriet Djævlebryg and Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Brewing.
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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy/brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sour notes with some oak and faint bourbon notes. Taste is also a mix of sour notes with some ok and faint bourbon notes with some acidic notes also perceptible. Body is lighter than I was expecting with some medium carbonation. Sour notes are too strong and cover up some of the bourbon and malt notes.

Dec 28, 2020
4.12 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Dec 31, 2019
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Aug 12, 2019
4.16 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 24, 2019
4.1 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on May 18, 2019
4.08 by Trio2shine from California on May 06, 2019
4 by Samact from Vermont on May 05, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kevanb from Illinois

375ml bottle, January 12, 2018 bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a dark amber and caramel color, nice opacity with a khaki head that is loose and bubbly that has minimal retention and offers no lacing. The aroma is interesting, very tart and funky, strong amber malts, caramel, toffee, plum, red grape, light oak. The flavors are curious as well, tart stone fruits, caramel and toffee, funky oak, rich grain, lemon zest and a bit of vanilla at the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter, very bubbly and lively that coats well and finishes with a tart bite.

Verdict: Not totally sure what to make of this beer. As an Olde Ale it’s very unusual, hardly any barrel character, no richness, it’s tart, just odd. As a Flanders Oud Bruin, I can see the vision, but this is just an odd beer style wise. That being said, it’s really drinkable and expressive flavor wise.

Mar 31, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a dark-ish brown color, kind of murky, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

On the nose, I get funky red berries, caramel, toffee, breadiness, oak, vanilla, red wine, leather, honey, and a bit of mustiness.

This leans more towards old ale than wild ale currently, which works for me. It's got a nice deep and old maltiness to it - dark fruit, caramel, toffee, burnt bread, with a wisp of nice smokiness on the back end. I don't specifically get bourbon, but I do get dry oakiness, and a touch of vanilla. There's a very light citrus aspect, as well as some red wine vinegar, old leather, sour raisins, and old musty funk. It's incredibly complex, and really delicious.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and strangely drinkable, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is possibly one of the most unique beers that Hill Farmstead has released yet. It's weird and funky and really well done.

Mar 14, 2019
4.1 by Argento from Rhode Island on Feb 21, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead bulb.

Pours a muddy, cloudy brown body with very little head or carbonation.

Aromas of tart lactic, leather, sweet molasses, vanilla, vinegar, dark fruits and cherries.

Oh the tongue, Peleg is moderately sweet and sour, sweet malt, lactic acid, dark fruits, grainy, cherries, sour apple, finishing lightly tannic with a lingering tartness. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation.

Tasty and unique, more like a Flanders red than an old ale IMO.

Feb 03, 2019
2.2 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jan 19, 2019
4.12 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a wild old ale with some very cool funk and maturity on it, as well as a remarkable barrel character, a lot of fun to drink with a new friend who so generously shared it with me! not sure i ever would have found my way to this one on my own. deep crimson to brick red, clear at first and a little sedimented towards the bottom of the bottle, old at this point, with a very active soda sort of head, uncommon in the style but it is wild after all, i have not seen many wild fermented old ales before, and this has me intrigued right away. i get the subtle bourbon up front, but a lot more of the wood than the whiskey itself in the nose, with vanilla and earth, wet and sturdy, lumer-like, milled and refined for being kind of heavy, and with what sweetness is left from the malt, its gorgeously complex. i want to say i taste bready english yeast and malt in here too, like they did some serious justice to the base beer before the barrel or the wild yeasts were part of the mix, and i think the quality of the base beer really comes through, almost defining this for me. a little our bruin or flanders red vinegar type bacterial tartness to it in the flavor, some rum character, lemons, piquant cherries and soaked raisins, and lots of booze too, especially when it sits in my glass for a moment. its autumnal to me, almost specifically thanksgiving, i even get a fresh cranberry note to the finish here before the whiskey and booze wash it out. overall a really complex wild beer thats held its own over time, still malty and rigid, but now so nuanced and funky, really a special brew. an honor to drink on this for sure, any older it might be too sour to appreciate the subtle layers, if you have one, now might be the time...

Mar 10, 2018
4 by InspectorBob from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2017
4.23 by edthehead from New York on Jul 08, 2017
4 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Feb 20, 2017
3.85 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Sep 01, 2016
3.79 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2016
4.22 by pisano from Massachusetts on Jun 05, 2016
4 by xdtfx from Illinois on May 02, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by floridadrift from Florida

L: Brown with golden hues, white head, solid lacing
S: Funky sweet aroma, honey
T: Funk, molasses, butterscotch, honey, english malt, roasted malt
F: Creamy, incredibly smooth
O: Solid offering, very new to my pallet. Sweet and sour all the way.

Feb 08, 2016
4.01 by Kurmaraja from California on Feb 06, 2016
4.08 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2016
4.27 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2016
4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 06, 2015
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Oct 26, 2015
3.75 by IrishColonial from Texas on Oct 10, 2015
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 10, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SportsandJorts from Virginia

Appearance: pours a deep earthy brown, tending towards mahogany. a huge 3 finger, maybe more, tannish head forms and the bottle continues to gush a bit. good retention and leaves behind a strong lacing. Completely opaque and hazy.

Smell: vinegar, tart cherries, earthy and leathery notes. hints of caramel and sweet malts.

Taste: opens with a strong earthy to leathery oxidized character. vinegar and a light lemon juice filter in and slowly transform into a strong and tart cherry flavor. some caramel and sweet malts filter through. more earthiness, this time more in the realm of oak along with light notes of spirits. ends with some acidity

Mouthfeel: acidic and vinegary. not quite sour but definitely some tartness to it. earthy bitterness and warming spirit qualities.

Overall: a very Hill Farmstead approach to the style. its age allows some of the stylistic qualities filter into this beer. the house yeast takes over quite a bit while still being identifiable as an old ale. it be interesting to see where this goes so I hope they brew it again. definitely a worth while old ale to try.

Jun 16, 2015
4.35 by boredalready from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

Pours a medium reddish-brown body, half finger white head that has a short retention time, not much lacing. About what I expected. Smells mildly acidic, sweet plum and cherry aromas, oak, a bit of whiskey. Quite different than I expected from an old ale; it certainly has picked up some of the VT microflora. Flavour is similarly acidic throughout, has a tartness to it but no off flavours. I don't get as much of the rich caramel and vanilla that an old ale would have. More than anything, it is an mild-moderate acidity with a plethora of dark fruits- cherry and plum stand out- and oak. It ended up being a strange wild ale, but I'm OK with it. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, thinner than expected, good carbonation, drying and crisp, actually not difficult to drink. Overall, a strange experience based on my expectations, but given that the brewer was likely going after the old school interpretation of the style, it's quite the tasty beer. I would have liked more of the bourbon barrels, given that it was aged in these for quite a while.

Jun 14, 2015
4.19 by Duff27 from Illinois on Jun 13, 2015
4.1 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont on May 11, 2015
3.89 by Satchboogie from Belgium on May 08, 2015
Photo of mklisz
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by mklisz from New Hampshire

Infected, sour cheesy flavors and aromas

May 03, 2015
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3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by emottram from Massachusetts

Awful, barleywine mixed with sour and Porta potty

May 02, 2015
3.75 by Jpepe08 from Vermont on Apr 28, 2015
4.77 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Apr 23, 2015
4.25 by Mesa512 from Connecticut on Apr 07, 2015
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