Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #28
Ranked #10,280
4.02 | pDev: 10.7%
May 28, 2022
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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Rated: 4.39 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.12 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Trio2shine from California

May 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by Samact from Vermont

May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.1 by Argento from Rhode Island

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 2.2 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by edthehead from Maryland

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Feb 20, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania

Aug 31, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by pisano from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by xdtfx from Illinois

May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by floridadrift from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.01 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Jan 10, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by IrishColonial from Texas

Oct 10, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Oct 10, 2015
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Reviewed by SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.35 by boredalready from Massachusetts

Jun 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.19 by Duff27 from Illinois

Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by Satchboogie from Belgium

May 08, 2015
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Rated by mklisz from New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Infected, sour cheesy flavors and aromas
May 03, 2015
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Rated by emottram from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Awful, barleywine mixed with sour and Porta potty
May 02, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Jpepe08 from Vermont

Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 4.77 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Apr 23, 2015
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