Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #125
Ranked #2,569
4.22 | pDev: 7.11%
Sep 19, 2022
Mar 28, 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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Rated: 5 by CreightonSM from New York

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.22/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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
Rated: 4.22 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 04, 2020
Rated: 4.67 by djcira from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by HelloBrewklyn from New York

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Nov 19, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
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
Rated: 4.21 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 29, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by DaMacAndCheese from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by JoeMad from Michigan

Jun 17, 2019
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Reviewed by detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5%
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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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by moltch from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by cmdbrews from New York

Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by rebelrocky from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Sep 11, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by clake from Vermont

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Argento from Rhode Island

May 11, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by IckyT2012 from Florida

May 09, 2018
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Rated by craftaholic from New York

4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Sudsy, and complex. There's a shit ton happening but with this one. Don't tear it apart enjoy it for the complete wonder that it is
May 06, 2018
Dorothy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 795 ratings