Dorothy (2015 - )
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Dorothy (2015 - )Dorothy (2015 - )
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #86
Ranked #1,588
4.23 | pDev: 7.09%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Dorothy (2015 - )Dorothy (2015 - )
Notes: New iteration. Farmstead ale brewed with wheat, fermented with Brettanomyces, and hopped with Citra. Reminiscent of Wheat is the New Hops.

Dorothy (1921-1994) was our grandfather's sister, Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this hoppy Farmstead® ale is crafted from New Zealand and American hops, our distinctive yeast blend and water from our well. Dry hopped, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Dorothy.
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a hoppy Farmstead Hill Ale w New Zealand and American hops. It is served unfiltered and is naturally carbonated.
Very good taste, solid beer.

Jun 27, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to jrc1093 for this bottle.

2020 Vintage - 750ml bottle - poured into an ale tulip at 45°F.

Pours a ever-so-slightly foggy, ultra pale straw yellow hue, capped by a towering four-finger head of fluffy, rocky eggshell white foam, with excellent retention, leaving a matrix of lacing as it slowly deflates.

Nose: Dorothy shows off a remarkably classic, rustic, old-world Belgian pale ale aroma right from the start. Pale grainy malt with a fair bit of pilsner character lays a hearty foundation for some zesty, spicy hop aromas - with notes of herbal hop resins, peppery spice, and a fruity touch of melon, grapefruit, papaya, navel orange, and pineapple rind. There are some classically Belgian yeast esters - vaguely fruity, and not quite unripe banana, but leaning in that direction.

Palate: While the nose really embodies bunch of that classic Belgian pale ale style, that first sip immediately shows you the Hill Farmstead saison influence. Dorothy greets the palate with some clean grainy pilsner malt, followed by a restrained, but bright lemony tartness and some if that signature Hill minerality. Upfront, there's a bouquet of bright fruity notes - tart gooseberry, tangerine, lemon, lime pulp, melon, and faint threads if kiwi and sweet white grape. Tartness fades, as some faint hay, wet stone, and some sweaty, musty brett show up before a resinous, pithy bitterness lends some grapefruit peel, hop oil, and a bit of peppery bite. The finish is clean, dry, and lightly bitter, with some spicy bite and pithy cling.

Mouthfeel/Body: Dorothy occupies that space between light and medium-bodied. Soft, impressively crisp, clean, and quenching, with a delightful gentle tartness and hoppy edge, finishing dry with a bitter bite. Effervescence is ultra-lively, composed of many very fine bubbles - not far off from a champagne feel - perhaps a touch softer. Dry finish with some oily cling.

Overall: As usual, Hill Farmstead absolutely delivers here, with a fun, refreshing take on this not-quite-saison, not-quite-Belgian-pale-ale. It's incredibly clean, bright, and balanced - absolutely refreshing, and the subtlety bitter, subtly tart combination makes it feel like one part Arthur, one part Orval, and 100% Hill Farmstead. An outstanding hoppy saison.

Feb 23, 2021
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great brew from HF. Very good if not my favorite hop profile. Pale Ale style comes through, but gentle HF crafting does as well In many ways comes cross as hopped up saison.

Jan 18, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 5/6/20.

Pours hazy yellow with an inch of dense white fluff. Fairly persistent retention with dotted sheets of lacing. Hints of clementines, grapefruit, and melon rubbed with cut grass in the nose. As the bottle breathes pineapple skins and earthy barnyard brett step forward. Light bodied with a crisp, zesty mouthfeel. Fairly juicy but dry on the palate with notes of citrus and wet hay.
Finishes with grapefruit, lemon zest, faint funk and a quenching tartness.
Reminds me of Orval but with a Vermont touch of juicy hops.

Oct 21, 2020
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HelloBrewklyn from New York

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labels can be misleading....
My Experience with Dorothy —

I knew nothing of this “Dorothy”. I’m just a regular guy who once traveled cross-country making his way to Santa Rosa, CA on his birthday for a reserve-aged bottle of Russian River’s exceptional dark red sour/wild ‘Consecration’ — perhaps my favorite all-time.

Important to note because I’m not a huge fan of Pale Ales; a classification Farmstead has put on their label for Dorothy, making me a skeptic, at first.

I soon realized, however, that the phrase “Dry-Hopped” can apparently play a part in the feel and/or taste of an ale.

I had no idea what to expect of this “Pale Ale”, except that maybe it would have a prosecco feel to it. And, as expected, it poured like so — VERY BUBBLY. Yet, being heavier than a light bubbly, the head was VERY susceptible to sticking around so a slow pour on the edge of the glass was mandatory for good head.

Upon tasting, I immediately got that pleasant and recognizable feel. Anything fermented with “the Brett“ has that feel to it. Dorothy has that feel. It’s the feel that makes traditionalists of true sour ales scoff at the Russian River Brewery for using the Brett in their sour ales — funky and satisfying all the same.

however! the citrus taste lends itself to a Gose naturally, until the heavier funky after taste suggests its Pale Ale title on Farmstead’s label.

Dorothy’s label would not lead me to believe this were a saison or a gose or anything in the vein of a sour — save for the phrase “dry-hopped”, which could very well be why my roommates left it in our fridge when they moved out (they were not fans of sours —being fans of stouts and Pale Ales) hence why I feel the label is misleading.

But if you do like a gose with a heavier feel and smoother bite, Dorothy plays nicely on the citrus and gives a decent buzz.

Jan 21, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like funky grapefruit, heavy barnyardy Bretty funk, orange, wet hay, stone fruit, and white pepper.

Dorothy has always been one of my absolute favorite of HF's "shelf saisons" - that dry hopping, now from Citra in the newest iteration. It's very citrusy, dry, and clean, with a ton of earthy, barnyard, and wet hay-like funk, along with a crisp bitter finish.

This is light bodied, with that classic Hill Farmstead softness, and a really high level of drinkability.

Price doesn't factor into the scoring of my reviews, but it has to be noted how amazing it is that you can buy world-class saisons for $10-$11 from Hill Farmstead. This is basically as good as it gets, and it's super affordable.

Nov 18, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smooth, easy drinking, really great, mildly tart, refreshing, slightly funky, hoppy, citrusy, pickled citrus, lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, some white grape, kiwi, tropical pineapple, passionfruit notes, clean, earthy pine, yeasty, slight banana, apple esters, peppercorn, hints of clove, dusty barnyard, straw, hay, touch of vanilla, with bready crackery malts

Nov 16, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really unique, beautiful, easy drinking funky pale ale. Pale yellow, lemony. Belgian yeastiness, tart funky, bready, white wine, citrus, apple, lemon curd, really nice light carbonation and soft feel.

Jun 16, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours s hazy golden yellow with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention

S- plenty of barnyard funk, as well as dried hay, lemon peel, ripe pear, green apple skin, slightly grassy, peppery yeast

T- slightly tart and funky with some barnyard notes that follow the nose, dried hay and lemon notes follow, as well as pear and green melon. The finish gives more funk, as well as more lemon and yeast

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- earthy with just enough funk, it too tart, good stuff

Jun 07, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Overflowed the bottle during the pour.

S: Tart and yeasty... some funk and spice.

T.F: Some sweet grains up front... strong yeast presence. Tart grapefruit, citrus, lemongrass, pepper and spice, barnyard/funk, peach and pear, grape must... loads of flavors going on here. Super well balanced. Creamy carbonation... champagne-like.

O: An outstanding Hill Farmstead brew. An annoying pour (overflowing bottle and head that wouldn't quit) but just a delicious brew. These guys are the best.

Jun 06, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle dated 03/12/2019 into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with 2 fingers of super effervescent white head. The head leaves a plethora of sticky cobweb lacing as it settles into a literal brick of foam.

The aroma is very citrusy and faintly tart up front. Nicely floral. Lots of oranges and grapefruit, some lemon zest. Then comes a wave of bananas and slight funk. The back end is bready, yeasty, and subtly grassy.

The flavor brings loads of grapefruit and orange, as well as some cracked pepper spice. There's some banana and yeast before a floral wave of hops.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a dry finish. Lacks the vibrant, crisp carbonation of other HF saisons.

Overall, another great farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead. This one is not nearly as tart or "funky" as its counterparts, but it's still wonderfully unique and complex.

May 15, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share

Decent fizzy head, blond color

Nose mild funk, little wheat lemony funk, fruity

Taste more of the same, mild funk, lemony acidic, tart, wheat, mild tart

Mouth med to lighter bod, nice fizzy carb, good acidity

Nov 24, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/8/17. Pouring from a 750 into a tulip glass. Looks like a lemonhead in color. Had to pour very slowly after noticing the crown that was forming. Then I just stopped the pour about 4 oz.s in. Smelled it, took two drinks and looked at the bottle and it's oozing out. It won't stop, and I don't have any alka seltzer. This is frustrating. What I did taste was great, tart and flavorful with a bubbly mouthfeel. But this sucks, and I'm going on ten minutes now with it flowing out of the bottle. After the about 10 minutes, it stopped and I didn't even try a repour. Just drinking from the bottle. Beautiful earthy straw notes and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, wish it wasn't an oozer but it was still very good.

Jul 18, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Bright Clear yellow with big frothy white head. Has high carbonation.
Smell: White pepper, banana, hay, and barnyard Funk.
Taste: White pepper, banana, hay, barnyard funk, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium light with a dry finish.

Feb 17, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle two months ago, stored appropriately since. Minor/ manageable gushing upon opening.

Cloudy (which eventually turned to turbid by the last pour) lemony yellow hue with a outsized puffy white head.

Aroma is lemon, tart green apple, grapefruit and a light kiss of brett- funk.

Citrus forward taste with lots of lemon, pink grapefruit and persimmon.

Tart, light funk, balanced, dry. Nice sipper. In hindsight I should have rolled the bottle a bit before opening to spread the sediment - that last pour was
NE IPA-like.

Dec 29, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright lemon color. Big funky citrus aroma. Tangy and semi sweet, very funky ale, grassy, lemon, grapefruit. Extremely carbonated. I opend the bottle and it overflowed immediately. I poured a glass and it still overflowed. Overall this is not my favorite style but I enjoyed it very much.

Bottle from brewery, bottling date 8/8/17, purchased 9/20/17
4 rating

Nov 15, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy pale yellow to orange color with a thick two finger rocky foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. The smell started off with a sharp sweet lemon rind and pulp combining over sweet freshly cut grassy tones. Lemongrass makes a subtle presence to blend nicely. The taste was mainly sweet with blends of the lemon, lemongrass, grass, and a light floral tones to balance. There’s a quick sweet lemon to floral aftertaste leading to a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth and allows sweet floral to honey rich tones to run over my tongue. Overall, hot damn, what a wonderful saison that is everything I expected and more. Absolutely stellar!

Jun 08, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a tasting a ways back, from notes…
Clear bright yellow, big tropical nose, pineapple, passion fruit, grapes, mineral water, faint funky yeast, light bodied and smashable

Apr 17, 2017
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dd43 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I sat on this beer way longer than I thought I was going to. As a citra dry hopped pale ale, much of what I'm sure was pungent and up front hop aroma has largely faded over the past year and a half. Replacing it however is a full expression of brettanomyces that I have to say is one of the more captivating examples I can recall of what brett is capable of.

Massive craggy and densely packed head. Laces exquisitely. Aromas of field grass, earth and rose water. Some lemon as well. Maybe a little rubbery, kind of hard to nail that down. There is some oxidized character in the middle of each sip, comes off a little papery. Malt flavor similar to Czech Pilsner though I don't believe any pilsner malt was used. It's definitely wheaty. Bitterness on the finish is mild, just enough to encourage continued drinking. Very well carbonated, tiny bubbles but they present nicely and lend a crispness that makes it hugely drinkable.

If I ever land another bottle of Dorothy I will not hesitate to drink it right away, regardless of bottle conditioning or the yeast used during fermentation. A super hoppy version of this beer, while it wouldn't have nearly the funk of what the brett did here, would be right up my alley.

Feb 06, 2017
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professorchow from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a glass from a bottle dated 9/16 and purchased at HF late in 10/16. Pours an appealing pale yellow with enduring 2 finger head. Wonderful aroma of lemons, hay, spices, Brett. Taste is citrusy, mildly tart and Bretty, with a subtle hoppy finish. Well carbonated, medium body, complements the flavor profile perfectly. Wish I'd bought more: it's a great saison.

Jan 23, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; pale gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: slightly tart and funky; citrus - mostly lemon; a hint of herbal;

T: the yeast is noticeable throughout, but more so at the outset; from the middle through the finish, it's orange and lemon; mild to moderate citrus rind bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish;

O: complex; refreshing; really easy to drink;

Dec 16, 2016
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: opaque golden straw with light white head
Smell: grainy, yeasty and phenolic like straw and sawdust, some zest
Taste: like the smell, with some spicy yeasty notes
Feel: dense and oily, smooth going down, slightly creamy
Overall: would get again for a refreshing beer

Nov 27, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle
Bottled 2016 09 08
Served in a tulip
Thanks to my friend Bill for grabbing me this bottle.

Outstanding appearance. The slightly hazy, straw yellow body was topped by a billowing, bright white, four-finger tall plume of rocky sea foam. Fantastic retention. The head dropped ever so slowly to a thick, fluffy mass. Copious amounts of craggily lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was incredibly bright and complex. Fruity hop notes came through big time. Somewhat tropical initially. Bit of mango and peach. Lots of zesty citrus too. Crisp and lemony. Bretty and tart. Somewhat wheaty and hay-like. There was a dry, farmhouse yeastiness. Fresh and clean with big grassy notes. As the beer sat, the sweet fruitiness subsided and the crisp, dry, lemon and hay notes intensified. All in all, very rustic and authentic.

The flavor profile was crisper and dryer than the aroma and nearly as stellar. Loads of bright lemony notes up front. Somewhat bretty and tart. Hay-like. There was a dry, Belgian yeasty note as well. The sourness intensified as the beer moved along the palate. The beer finished remarkably dry with more tart lemon notes and a fair amount of rind-like bitterness.

As incredible as the nose and the flavor profile were, the mouthfeel was even better. The liquid contained a super fine, lively effervescence that turned the beer frothy and silky smooth on the palate. Uber creamy and plush.

There are are number of breweries around the country that do one or two styles exceptionally well, but Hill Farmstead are true masters at nearly every type of beer they produce. As terrific as their hoppy beers are, their saisons are perhaps even more impressive. Dorothy can truly hold its own against anything from the motherland.

Nov 09, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours murky yellowish color huge fluffy white head I am not sure will ever go away. Excellent lacing all around the glass.

Smell - Earthy hay/straw, lemons, wheat, little bit of spiciness. Tart and funky

Taste - Wheat, lemon, pine, yeast. Pretty strong spices, tart citrus

Feel - Light bodied, tart puckering of the mouth slightly dry finish

Overall - A really great beer, very nice balance between the tartness and funky flavors yet pretty light and refreshing.

Nov 06, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
750 ml bottle, dated 9/8/16, poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a massive white head.

S- Wheat, lemons, some citrusy hops, nice earthy funk, some peppercorns.

T- Wheat, pale malts, has a slightly sweet biscuit thing going on, hints of lemons, slightly tart, citrus hops, peppercorns, a musty funk, good balance

M- Smooth, light, great carbonation.

O- Wish the taste was as vibrant and tart as the nose, but still another great Saison from HF.

Oct 29, 2016
Dorothy (2015 - ) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 792 ratings