Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
4.68 | pDev: 6.2%
Sep 22, 2020
May 14, 2015
Notes: Clover (2005-2014) was a grey cat. Simple. Yet, a few moments with her quickly revealed an independent, playful, occasionally subdued and reflective personality, one that held sway where she might roam. Clover was our compatriot, our guardian of grain, our huntress and our muse. We did not own Clover; she graced our presence.

Batch 2 - 2019 is a blend of Ann and Art (batch 1 also had Flora in it) that had been aged for 12 to 22 months—guided by her lingering spirit towards a beer of elegance, grace and patience. As often our Clover would, this beer took its own path and its own time to become what it is now; an effervescent, refined reflection of both our melancholy for her departure, but most importantly, our joy in traveling with her for a while.
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Batch 2 opened from fridge temp on 9/21/20

Pours a golden straw with minimal head that dissipates completely.

Nose starts with honey, giving way to lemon, faint vanilla, hay/barnyard, buttery oak, dust.

Taste follows with subtle honey, green apple, oak, barnyard , floral hop, pepper, and dust, minimal vinegar.

Feel is soft textured, minimal carb, medium body, dry.

Overall, excellent from pour to sip. The nose is complex that leads to a just as complex taste. The feel makes this so easy to drink.
Sep 22, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 30, 2020
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Rated by MTKATL from Georgia

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Funky but not too dry. I get a hint of lemon and other citrus notes. One of the best beers in a long list of "whales" shared with friends.
Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.92 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by SkiBum22 from New York

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.78 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by EB1 from California

Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 4.84 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 5 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Batch 2, drank on 7/14/2019 - thank you goes to jhavs. Light, funky, nice straw and lemon. Tons of barnyard to the nose, a bit salty. This is tremendous - Hill Farmstead has taught me to love funk.
Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 5 by pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 5 by dmb987 from New York

Aug 12, 2019
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Rated by BEER88 from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Christ this is completely complex and amazing in every way!
Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.99 by grachdar from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by sobeleg from New York

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.85 by ThirstyHungryLife from California

Aug 04, 2019
Rated: 5 by FleetwoodMatt from Pennsylvania

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.67 by robertm2152 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by FlintB from Michigan

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by dheldman from Minnesota

Jul 03, 2019
Rated: 4.79 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 4.77 by forum8417 from New Jersey

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by cshafer7 from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 4.87 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 4.86 by Prospero from Colorado

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 5 by lsthwy from Massachusetts

Jun 02, 2019
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Rated by Dadthew from New York

4.84/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

May 30, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by rabbott2 from Illinois

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottled on Oct. 19, 2016

Pours cloudy golden amber orange with a dense creamy lasting white foam head. Smells like honey, oak, sweet grains, apple, pear, lemon, apricot, sweet white grape, wine barrel, sweet spice, mild funk, banana, vanilla, dill, hints of vinegar, dust, with some earthy floral hops. Tastes incredibly balanced and easy drinking with flavors of sweet honey, malty grains, oak, wine barrel, grape, apple, pear, lemon, apricot, banana, sweet spice, mild funk, minimal tartness, vanilla, dill, slight hints of vinegar, dust, with some floral earthy hop notes. Feels soft, smooth, almost juicy, creamy, medium plus bodied, dry with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great beer.
May 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
tasting notes from B1

pours out an essentially clear gold tinged straw color, bright white head is thin with big bubbles and quickly recedes. honestly looks stunning, especially given that it was bottled 4 years ago and originally brewed who the fuck knows when... 6 or 7 years ago?

aromas are originally sort of subdued when its colder, but always wonderfully enticing none the less. as it warms there is an immense bouquet of white wine, floral and grassy, lemon pith and peel, honey comb,toasted oak, vanilla, green apple, slightly musty earth, mellow funky straw quality and hints of nectarines. the beautiful wine, lemon, and honey scents set this one apart in my mind, potentially the best smelling beer ive encountered.

on palate there is this wonderful vinous quality invoking white grape/white wine, mellow tannins, oak, vanilla, more of that crisp and tart green apple, lemon character, bright acidity, slightly lactic, hints of under ripe nectarines and peach skin, peppery spice, grassy and slightly floral, straw and earthy qualities. if i could explain in three words - bright, complex, clean. there is certainly a fair amount of tartness in here, with green apple, lemon, and under ripe white grape leading the way, but its kept well in check by funky complexity, wine flavors, grain character, and oaky notes. having cracked flora B7 two nights ago, I can definitely see the parallel flavors but this one has a ton more depth to it in terms of funky complexity. on mounthfeel is sort of still but somehow manages to retain this very subtle effervescence to it.

this is perfect, prior to drinking this I was immensely hyped, and worried that a beer could not live up to such an expectation ... but what i encountered was a beer so far beyond what i could have imagined. 5++++
Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The beer pours a Clear gold with a thin white head that recedes immediately. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of lemon, orange, pear, and oak. It tastes lightly tart, with lemon, apples, pears, wine, and light funk. The feel is light and dry. An excellent Saison from Hill Farmstead.
Dec 16, 2018
Clover from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 195 ratings