Works Of Love: Earl Grey Tea
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Works Of Love: Earl Grey TeaWorks Of Love: Earl Grey Tea
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,909
4.12 | pDev: 6.31%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Works Of Love: Earl Grey TeaWorks Of Love: Earl Grey Tea
Notes: A new series showcasing collaborations at Hill Farmstead with friends, this one brewed with Ryan Witter-Merithew of Siren Brewing. Low abv, hoppy blonde ale (3.7%) with Earl Grey tea; dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into stemmed glassware. pours a hazy blonde with white head. smell is hoppy with slight tea and a little grass. taste is similar; light & refreshing yet plenty of flavor for a low ABV beer. very subtle on the tea with a slight lactose sweetness. mouthfeel is spectacular, quite possibly from the lactose addition. very good blonde ale. was worried the tea aroma and flavor was going to dominate but this is incredibly well balanced.

Aug 01, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

impossibly delicate yet flavorful beer, the world needs more beer like this. i love the texture as much as anything else, which is becoming a redundancy for me with hill beers, but its true. i wish it didnt take me 25 minutes to get noticed at the bar, but i was rewarded for my aggravated patience with a nice hazy cloudy glass of something frothy headed and lively, looks like a wit to me. the nose is awesome, really relaxed dry hop profile is amazingly fresh but reserved enough to be in the background behind this herbal tea. notes of clementine and lemongrass and even watermelon for a second but without the sweetness, truly astounding, and its all there in the flavor too, fresh lemon zest, wet grass, bitter green tea, bergamot, so fresh! the low alcohol is a treat, i could drink this forever, carbonated like dropping a mento in a coke, insane. bitter but more from tea than hops, and full of flavor and body too for how low the alcohol is. its summery to me, absolutely unique and delicious, one of the best beers from these guys i have had in a long time, and we all know they are always great! wonderful stuff, glad i waited around for it! i am lusting for more!

edit: just a bit less striking the second time around, there must be some batch variability here or else its not as stable as i thought it might be over time. either way, this is till elite level, unique, and infinitely drinkable!

Aug 27, 2018
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Worcester90 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super light and refreshing. Could absolutely drink these all day long on a hot day. It’s basically unsweetened, slightly alcoholic tea. Very enjoyable for what it is

Aug 17, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light, crisp and tilting herbal, brewers at Hill Farmstead take their foot a little lighter on the hop pedal in favor of the light earthiness of earl grey tea and creamy lactose for another way to look at American blonde ale.

However, Works of Love captivates the nose with a bright and hoppy bouquet that circulates around citrus, herbal and a light tropical medley to start the session. Its bright and golden color casts a faint haze across steaming and sparkling effervescences. Its creamy and arid froth precedes a taste of cracker, honeysuckle and a mild cereal softness.

As the ale quickly dries on the middle palate, its malt influence is tame. Hop flavors roll onto the tongue with pink grapefruit, under ripened orange, light lemon and a kiss of lime. Under ripened tropical fruits of pineapple and papaya continue a faint impression while the earthen, ashy, herbal and soilish taste of earl grey tea bring a dark berry, lemongrass, sassafras and verbena spice to the finish.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's fast dissolving malt and militant carbonation ensures a dry palate early and often. Crisp, clean and highly refreshing, the beer's lactose adds a gentle sweetness that gives the tea a creamy roundness while supporting the hops in the absence of malt.

Jan 02, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can.

A fizzy, yellow and white hued gold color. A light white and short foam cap spreads out fast.

Zesty lemmongrass, citrus and dry-earthy hop tones in the nose. Very light and jazzy malt that comes across as sweet and light.

The zesty lemmongrass thing is found in The flavor as well, light and sweet citrus, light malt, sweet with a touch of grains, smooth in the middle with a fresh, lively feel all around. The Earl Grey tea and lactose additions really make it something special.lightly sweet, with a round, feel and flavor...a bit like black tea and milk. The dry hop combo gives some decent depth, mostly a light effect but layered well.

Overall, a very interesting brew. Super light and very easy to drink. Uniqie with a certain charm that will make you want more.

Dec 20, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal notes with light residual notes with dry floral hops notes. Taste is a mix of clean cereal notes with light residual sugar notes with light dry notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Nice clean drinking golden ale with limited complexity.

Oct 21, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Albany Ale and Oyster in Albany, NY.

This one pours a very hazy light yellow, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells very floral, with lots of tea, orange rind, tangerine and grapefruit.

This has a really unique and great flavor to it- the tea gives a nice fruity and very floral flavor, and the hops meld incredibly well and complement these flavors.

This is crisp and clean, with a light body, and a good level of carbonation.

This is a nice light banger. The tea infusion was genius.

Oct 15, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey

Poured into a snifter, hazy pale yellow liquid. Creamy one finger white foam cap

Aroma is floral, herbal , earl grey tea

Tastes like a blonde ale...with earl grey tea

Good beer

Oct 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Pig. This was poured into one of their half glasses. The appearance was a pale hazy yellow color with a nice little concave white head that dissipated instantly. There was no lacing. The smell started off with the sweet to semi-bitter citrus leading softly into a light floral setting and then the Earl gray tea shows just a bit of presence to soften further and show a wonderful balance altogether. The taste was mildly refreshingly sweet with a pure light spice (guessing from the Centennial). The tea is there but settles in the back seat and allows a nice balance altogether. There’s no aftertaste but it had a wonderful quick semi-tea to sweet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a super nice sessionability about it.. Carbonation is mostly displaced by what I’m guessing the Centennial and Amarillo hops to lead the charge on my tongue through the bitterness. Overall, way to knock a blonde out of the park, Hill Farmstead. Definitely one of the best blondes on the market to try.

Jun 14, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

holy shit this was insane. hops absolutely blasting out of the glasss - spicy and dank plastic note, grapefruit, orange, peach ... insanely fruity for the abv. hop notes are not matched by the malt, but a nice earthy/herbal tea note coming through. mouth feel is light but has impressive texture for the abv. would love to have this in cans as a summer easy drinker. sort of reminded me of baby genius in terms of flavor - abv ratio ... freaking insane!! but the tea here ads a next level bit of complexity. this beer would be a top choice summer beer if it were more available, cheers!

May 14, 2017
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ghostwalker from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light Gold body.
Crisp citrus nose with spices.
Flavor is crisp and clean, Earl Grey spices noticeable on the finish.
Light and bubbly on the palate.
Overall, crisp and refreshing. Earl Grey flavor is unique, and I enjoy it having it in a PA.

Nov 14, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot going on with this beer. It pours a hazy yellow color with a small head and minimal lacing.

The aroma is subtle and sweet, with lots of bright citrus notes. Not picking up much tea here though.

The taste is pretty underwhelming, though not really bad. Light orange and mango, a touch of malt, but once again almost no tea flavor to be detected.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and incredibly drinkable.

Overall, a decent yet underwhelming beer. Not much else to say.

Mar 09, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Parker Pie.

Hazy yellow body with a small whit cap. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, grass. Earthy, herbal. Light and refreshing. Tea character emerges as the beer opens up and warms. An interesting beer.

Dec 18, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer is a pale, opaque, hazy, lemon yellow coloring with a foamy, white head. Nose of lemon, green tea bitterness and vegetal notes, grassy highlights, and a subtle grapefruit character. Flavors are tart and sweet citrus forward, with a subtle honey highlight, and a solid grassy and tea leaves bitterness. Light bodied, with an herbal and citrus aftertaste. The finish is frothy and light. Good beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler filled during FoFA weekend. Beautiful golden color; incredible hop aroma; flavor is more subtle than expected given the aroma, but still very nice. Excellent mouthfeel.

Aug 14, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill into a tulip glass.

Lemon like body with a solid body slightly turbid looking but with a nice creamy head , bleach white with thin bubbles and fine pill like lacing.

Aroma hits much tropical hop. Pineapple a bit of citrus, slightly juicy and Italian spritzy soda like. Some sweet malt and cream not much tea that I can notice.

Clean palate on first taste, mid palate fills with fruit, a bit mineral like also. Light and expected wet feel but still good chewy malt feel and flavors. Some more herbal tea quality is noticeable in the finish.

Not always a fan of this style but I have always been impressed by the ones made at Hill Farmstead if that is the case, since this is a collaboration brew with Siren. Very nice.

Aug 11, 2015
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 750mL growler purchased at Hill Farmstead on 8/6/15. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

Pale appearance, light foamy head, strong retention and lacing.

Smell is mostly light citrus.

Taste is very light cracker malts, some citrus...maybe just a hint of the Earl Gray. It's not strong.

Well-balanced, highly-carbonated, light bodied. Tasty and refreshing.

Aug 08, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL growler poured into a wine glass. Very pale golden body. Hazy. Miniscule white head. Settles to almost nothing. Interesting nose. I expected a lot of tea, but it just adds a bit of earthiness to a light citrus. Lemon and light orange citrus. Just a touch of that tea flavor that again only really adds an earthy depth. Cracker malt. Very light body with medium light carbonation. It’s really light and arguably a bit bland, but what flavor it has is very nice.

Jun 23, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The Earl Gray tea may be off-putting to some, but it is exceptionally delicately incorporated, really showing up in the second half, and announcing itself firmly but gently. The hop profile complements the tea exceptionally well, and the body is smooth and inviting, despite the very low ABV.

Jun 21, 2015
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founddrama from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy enough to be In IPA territory. The tea adds an interesting dimension, and it's not over-played like in that other Earl Grey beer can't remember the name of it, but there was an "Earl Grey IPA" I had a couple weeks ago that was a bit weirdo.

LOOK: pale, straw color. Not much in the way of head.

SMELL: Floral hop notes, primarily.

TASTE: Mostly hops, but an interesting savory note from tea.

Mar 21, 2015
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

S-citrus, tropical fruit, earthy, little pine, grassy

T-light breadlines, grapefruit, pineapple, little grassy, light pine, little tea, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very flavorful and easy drinking blond ale

Jan 23, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a recent growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - A bit of deep yellow haze, hides gentle carbonation, the cap is white froth, leaves lacing dangling throughout the experience.
S - Floral hops jump out of the glass, sweet malts mingle with pineapple, and mango.
T - The tea is the lead, surprisingly the Earl Grey sets the tone.
M - A bit slick on the palate, delightful body and a semi sweet finish.
O - What an interesting ale, starts out big hoppy nose, gentle palate and fabulous mouth feel.
A delight.

Jan 04, 2015
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Jsmick from New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried to find the earl gray..... I just couldn't. I found it overly bitter with very little hop pungency, with not enough malt to back up the bitterness. This is one of the only Hill Farmstead beers I wasn't a fan of.

Dec 21, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to threelions for sharing this growler.

Pours a light fizzy white head, great lacing, murky pear straw color.

Great fresh hops, earthy resin fresh tropical fruit rind and some citrus pith, little earthy terrior like kiwi hop, some herbal tea, nice orange pith and tangerine, golden straw malt, pineapple tropical notes.

Taste is good too, nice fresh hops, more tropical kiwi like hops, little pineapple and more citrus pith, orange rind hits then disappears, nice tangerine pith, great grassy hop profile, little rind pith and little resin. Nice herbal tea and perhaps earl grey, little gritty hop feel. Finish is pretty bitter, light rind and pith, more citrus and tropical notes, grassy earthy hops, faint tea, all lingering.

Mouth is light bod, decent carb, little gritty hop.

Overall great, just light body otherwise delicious and so crushable.

Dec 20, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Threelions for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a hazy light straw with a thin head that leaves thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Big aromas of tea, nice hops, kiwi hops, nice brightness. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is bright hops, good kiwi notes, solid tea notes but not really earl grey. Really tasty hop flavours, good tea notes, Nice bright citrus, good malt backbone.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, pleasant.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice tea notes very pleasant.

Serving type: Growler

Dec 19, 2014
Works Of Love: Earl Grey Tea from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 286 ratings