Excursions #3
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #329
Ranked #4,409
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Next in the series of experimental hop IPAs, this one features HB-366, known as Equinox.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Reservoir. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a thin white little head. Light rings of lace cling to the sides. The smell takes in nice orange juice like character arriving upon grapefruit rind and pulp. The taste is pretty much the same with a nice bittersweet citrus aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. It makes for a nice session. Carbonation runs good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a great interpretation of an AIPA that I would have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly bitter. Piney. Grassy. Grapefruit peel. Soft soapy mouthfeel. Hazy body with a pine needle and citrus peel nose. Bitter greens, pith, and some hints of lime zest.

Jun 27, 2016
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Bluecrow from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-hazy tap pour with a little fuzz and sticky lacing. The flavors are mostly juice and some pine, with some flowery notes. The malt backing matches all well. I like it a lot!

Apr 03, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a dense white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is citrus, mostly grapefruit and oranges. Taste is like a blast of yellow grapefruit juice. Flavors develop to include something tropical and slightly meaty, with a bit of yeasty dough, then a big grapefruit pith finish with moderate lingering bitterness.

Feel is on the lighter side of medium, but satisfying. Overall, not the most complex beer, but beautifully crafted, crushable and delicious.

Mar 17, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Slight haze, beautiful lemon reduction color, loose knit bright white cap.
S - Muted tropical notes, pineapple, papaya, a sweet malt backbone.
T - Very much like the nose, tropical elements lead the way, nice hint of deciduous, and
a wonderfully light touch of malt.
M - Superb, soft on the palate, a delightful linger and semi dry finish.
O - Another wonderful offering from HFB, such a soft feel, excellent use of new hops, Equinox
may not be over the top. That said it is a treat to be exposed to them in such a fine offering.

Mar 09, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma is pretty faint and a bit disappointing. I get subtle notes from the cracker malts as well as some sweet, sugary citrus.

The taste belays the sweetness of the nose and brings a sappy, piney bitterness followed by some notes of grapefruit and just a touch of mango. A solid, doughy malt backbone is there for balance.

The mouth is medium bodies with food carbonation. Very sticky and dry with a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, a good IPA that doesn't quite live up to HF standards. Solid flavor, but slightly underwhelming nose.

Mar 09, 2016
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imonhiatus from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

classic HF ipa looks w lace that looked like a milkshake left it. nose is definitely rich and syrupy piney semi sweet hops. taste to match, good showcase of the hop and extremely drinkable. not my favorite hop and there are better HF brews but a tasty beer none the less.

Nov 16, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.10.15, reviewed from tasting journal.

The beer pours a nice golden copper color, hues of orange as well, hazy and turbid texture, par for the course with Hill Farmstead, and about two fingers of soapy white head that has very good retention and yields plenty of lace. The aroma is nice, bitter citrus peel, melon rind, pine, wildflower and the signature doughy malt and mineral water that is so frequently found in Hill Farmstead's beers. The flavors resonate well, plenty of pine, citrus peel, melon flesh and rind, nice earthy wildflower with a very sharp and bitter bite and assertive malt flavors, doughy as expected. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, zippy, lively medium body with a very dry and crisp finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from Hill Farmstead, not quite in the echelon of some of their other beers, but a well done beer with the Equinox hop. Much like mosaic, this particular hop doesn't really do much for me, but there was still plenty to enjoy about this beer. Perhaps a bit more more malt forward than I was expecting, but loads of hops that anyone who likes a super bitter beer will enjoy.

Nov 12, 2015
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earljones199 from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look on this beer is awesome. Bright amber color with the great typical HF lacing left behind. Smell is very subtle with a nice floral hop smell. Taste follows the nose with very subtle but clean floral and juicy flavors that don't linger long.

Thought this was a great beer that did a lot for a beer that had a very delicate presence.

Sep 05, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a nice head and some hop oil haze.

Smells, I assume, like Equinox hops: grapefruit and lemon with a decent grassy malt backbone. Nothing exceptional, but I suppose it's a good showcase for the hop.

Tastes grassy and leafy up front, tangy and fruity in the back with minimal bitterness and a pleasant haze of vegetables all throughout, finishing crisp with some nice chewy yeast. Definitely different and well-brewed and super drinkable, but not a particularly exceptional beer overall.

Aug 31, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with angrybabboon. Growler filled 6 hours prior.

Appearance: Almost clear hay gold. Head is the expected bright-white but ends up a little loose compared to other HF beer. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Moderate retention. Clumps cap with a loose creamy collar.

Smell: Lemony. Zest and juice without any tart elements. Solid tropical fruit base but it ends up closer to papaya and mango. Malts are super light and clean. A touch of cracker and white bread crumbs. A touch of sweetness coupled with some soft floral elements. Hints of red apple. Some hints of grass and a slightly dank note as well. A touch leafy.

Taste: Leafy and tropical. Mango hits and then gives way to papaya. Grassy and floral in food measure. Throws something that reminds me of green pepper. Light malt base. Pale malts. Slightly bready with a touch of malt sweetness. Apple. Vegetal. Raw hop pellet as well. A soft touch of something almost skunky. Grass and a soft hint of hay. Tropical elements build as it warms and carry a solid but not aggressive bitterness. A touch of grapefruit as well. Malts are super light and barely hold up to the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light bordering on medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly crisp.

Overall: Put it in your Camelbak.

Super light for Hill Farmstead. Equinox almost holds it's own, but it needs a bit more depth to round out. It's highly drinkable.

Aug 29, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled a few hours ago

Consumed 8/29/15

A: Pours mostly clear, definitely much clearer than the more typical, hazy, cloudy Hill Farmstead IPA - medium sized, white head - fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and webs of lacing

S: An interesting hop aroma, hello Equinox - citrus, with some orange and grapefruit - floral citrus - herbal and grassy - lightly vegetal, with some spice and something that smells like a green or red pepper - somewhat dry - pale malts and light bread at the base

T: Lightly fruity, not particularly complex - somewhat of an unusual hop profile, with some citrus, some grass, and some vegetable-like flavors - ripe orange and grapefruit flesh, rind, and some pith - herbal hops, with some grass - pine - a weird, vegetal flavor that seriously tastes like green pepper - medium level of bitterness - more hop oil - pale malts and some light bread - finishes less clean than the typical Hill Farmstead ale, with some lingering oil

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, lightly herbal, resinous finish

O: Deus Ex Cursiona

I had this on-tap a month or so ago, and I did not fall in love. Now that I am drinking a pour from a fresh growler, I can confirm that this is far from my favorite. Apparently I just have an issue with Equinox hops, especially if they are the focus. It's too herbal with an odd spice and a flavor that my nose and taste buds equate to vegetables.

Aug 29, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

Yellow body with a thin white head. Hop forward aroma. Lemon drop, tangy hops, herbal notes. Tasty, though not on the level of the best hoppy Hill Farmstead offerings.

Aug 29, 2015
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CayseyW from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold topped with a white airy head; speckled lacing gets left behind.
S: Faint floral notes are met with white grapes and lemon grass.
T: Much juicer than it smells. Fresh citrus flavors dominate, but there are hints of crisp white wine.
F: Insanely drinkable. The body is rich but still very light and crisp.
O: This beer is reinforcing my love for Equinox hops. This is an amazing representation of the hop. Love this beer.

Aug 27, 2015
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groutenberg from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled a few weeks ago at the farm and enjoyed from a tulip glass,

L: Wonderful pale golden color, with a nice 1" head that subsides slowly.
S: Not overpowering but hints of malty citrus
T: Long lasting taste in my mouth with tiny small foam
F: Mouth coating flavors linger, very easy to drink, just a really great beer

Aug 26, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at TRIA in Philadelphia. Awesome and refreshing! Served in an imperial pint, which went down WAY to easily. "So crushable". I must love the Equinox hop. Get some soon.

Aug 25, 2015
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hardysf from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light yellow, almost like a pilsner. Cloudy in appearance. Smells floral and piney, maybe a hint of lemon too. Taste is complex to me. A little bit everywhere, piney, a little juicy notes, and some bitterness.

Feel is good. Well balanced and tasty. Good beer, but not the best hill farmstead I've had.

Aug 25, 2015
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shaemmerle from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this fresh on tap at TJ's. Has a huge hoppy aroma that one would expect with HF IPA's. Cloudy and yellow color to it. Perfectly balanced and complex. Easy drinker and one I would definitely come back to.

Aug 24, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hits of spicy, huge green pine, crackery malt, a touch of sweet grapefruit.

The flavor offers sweet fruity, lemon lime candy, green herbs and pine, with a biscuity malt dry and herbaceous drying finish.

Aug 17, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip, the beer is a magnificently bright, slightly hazed, corn yellow coloring with a low profile, fluffy, bright white head. Aromas of green grass, lemon pepper, subtle pine pitch and resinous hops, and a solid citrus blend of grapefruit and lemon. Flavors are bold and resinous forward, with a solid lemon backbone. Very balanced, with lemon pepper and grassy spices highlighting. Tart grapefruit notes start to build at the end of the palate, enhancing this robust bodied beer into a slightly puckering, dry end feel. The aftertaste is resinous hops and citrus tartness, again, perfectly balanced. Smooth, slightly dry finish, with a resinous linger. Tremendous beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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doremite from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2015 update: I believe this is their 3rd iteration of this beer. Batch #1 was inferior to their subsequent efforts. I believe this Oct 2015 batch = third times a charm. Not head over heals with Equinox as it is slightly bitter but nonetheless a very typical soft and endlessly approachable HF hop forward brew. I could drink this daily. Cheers!

Aug 14, 2015
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All hail the Equinox hop.

More of an up-front malt profile and restrained citrus/floral than you might expect.

Superior balance, medium-bodied, fairly well-carbonated.

Aug 09, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Big white head. Chunky collar.

Smell - Floral hops. Smells kinda malty, which I didn't expect. Kind of an earthy and toasty aroma.

Taste - Toasty malt is prominent, which is surprising for an HF IPA. Kinda citrusy. A little tropical.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer, but nothing that exciting or even that hoppy.

Jun 09, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

classic look, big frothy head. nose is crisp pale ale. trade fyi match. tasted like a hoppy pale (or a nice single ipa) easy drinking, quality brew, dig it

May 30, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Acquired at the Hill Farmstead brewery on May 16th. Poured from the 25.4 oz. bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy gold with a finger thick white head which receded to thin patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: A moderate citrus with appealing floral notes.

t: A slightly harsh burning-tirelike bitterness up front over a medium bready malt base. Dry to bitter finish. Later the flavor is more grassy, but still a bit harshly so.

m: Medium, very good body and quite good carbonation tingle.

o: Somewhat off-putting flavor at first, but mellows out to be fairly tasty.

May 28, 2015
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