Flora - Cherry
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #35
Ranked #488
4.44 | pDev: 7.43%
May 07, 2023
Feb 05, 2014
Notes: Flora is the wine barrel aged version of Florence (1915-1967), our grandfather's sister as well as the name of our wheat farmhouse ale. Only a few barrels were selected and then further aged on a blend of fresh, hand picked Montmorency cherries. The result is a complex, elegant expression of the annual harvest.
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Rated: 4.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 07, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle consumed at the tap room at Hill Farmstead. Pours almost like a rose, a lovely clear pinkish-red. Smell and taste are dominated by bright cherry flavors. As it warms, depths of hay and some funk emerge. Moderately tart. Amazing beer.
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Mar 14, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 19, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.56 by Ajlvt from Washington

Jan 19, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Batch 2, 375ml bottle served in a HF stemmed glass. Bright lighter reddish pink body with a half finger pink head. Nice cherry skin tartness and mild acidity. Not all that funky like the base. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, refreshing on a hot day. Not particularly acidic.
Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 10/12/2018 into he test glass.
A - Beautiful Rose' color, excellent clarity. The steady column of carbonation steadily creates small islands of off white.
S - Flora is in there for sure, with the Sauvignon Blanc signature, add a load of ripe cherry , signature farmhouse elements.
A bit of rime, some funk on the nose as well.
T - Again Sauvignon Blanc, light oak touch, some tannin, white pepper, apple skin, green grape, cherry skin,
M - Starts out tart, then loosens up a bit with nice mineralty, a chalky wave rides through. Also an ashen dry finish compliments the tart cherry. In the middle a delightful sweet spot where the tart and minerals blend in near perfection. Finish is balanced with a bit of yeast to smooth things out.
O - A beautiful offering to view, the aromatics are stone fruit, white wine, oak, the palate is a treat. All in all a very good variant of Flora
Jun 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.61 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 20, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.74/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This one pours a slightly murky, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like very sour cherry, sour berries, juniper, and lemon.

This is definitely on the lower end for Flora variants, and definitely less balanced and more acidic than I'm used to for Hill Farmstead. It's got a bit of bitter spice, like juniper and lemon peel. There's basically no sweetness, and the usual Flora funk doesn't seem really prominent.

This is light bodied, kind of slick, and very tart on the back end. It's certainly a slow sipper, due to the intensity of the finish.

I usually always am head over heels about Hill Farmstead, but this doesn't do it for me a lot.
Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Beerbom from California

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear, vibrant red in color with minimal white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is bursting with tart cherries. Taste is very tart upfront, after my palate adjusts I get cherry, red berries, and a light funk. This is a little sweetness mid way through the taste that helps balance the rather significant sourness. The finish is dry and there is a little puckering in the long finish. Light-ish body with low-moderate carbonation. Overall a great beer, maybe my favorite fruited Flora, the cherries really pop.
Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a nice ruby red with fizzy white foam. smells of rubbery band aids with a faint hint of cherry. really do not care for the smell. taste is surprisingly excellent though. has that cinnamon pie crust flavor mingling with the cherry. you get a tad bit of white wine and oak but the cherry is the real star here. mouthfeel is spot on, with just the right amount of carbonation a touch of acidity making it pretty easy drinking. it’s really not sour at all. the cherries give us some acidity but it’s a very welcoming and smooth beer. i was a bit turned off initially by the rubbery smell but very redeeming qualities in the taste and per usual HF nails the feel for this style of beer. not my favorite fruited Flora but then again, cherries have never been my preferred fruit.
Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
375ml bottle, dated 10.12.2018, poured into a Hill Farmstead etched RONA wine glass.

The beer pours a bright ruby red color, pink and garnet hues, cloudy and opaque with a fizzy pinkish white head that has no retention and yields no lacing. The aroma is pleasant, tart cherry, bright and delicate, lemon peel, fruity funk, a bit of earthiness and pie spice, light pale grain and some oakiness. The flavors are good, lots of fresh cherry, tart and rich, funk and pie spice, nice oak barrel, a touch of grain, lemon peel and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, lively medium body with a crisp carbonated texture that coats well and finishes with a tart and dry snap.

Verdict: A very nice fruited Flora from Hill Farmstead. The cherry is nice, well expressed, rich and tart at the same time that brings out a really nice funk profile and starts to lean into the cherry pie realm. Not quite as complex or dynamic as some of the other fruited Floras but this is a lovely beer.
Jan 11, 2020
Flora - Cherry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 123 ratings