Song Of Joy
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
4.1 | pDev: 6.34%
Jan 02, 2019
Aug 23, 2015
Song Of JoySong Of Joy
Notes: Hoppy India Pale Lager
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4.04 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 25, 2018
4.19 by Kurmaraja from California on Aug 08, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

On tap at brewery 7/28/18.

Nice yeasty and malty nose with grassy and citrus features from the hopping. Taste about the same, nice and clean, easy to drink. Always said the water at HF makes a big difference. Very solid lager, look out Jack's Abby!

Aug 03, 2018
4.38 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2018
4.02 by coz from Illinois on Jul 28, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Sparkling clear pale gold with a moderate, lumpy white froth that settles in bubbly dips leaving some sparse coral lacing.

Smell is spicy, black peppery cracker and slightly dank cannabic grass with hints of lemon.

On the palate this is is tangy and slightly spicy, crisp at first then smoothing to a silky texture before a semi dry finish. Flavors of lemon and grapefruit roll into slightly floral but mostly sweet red apple and pear before bittering grass and heart of romaine sweep in and take over, with the faintest hints of toasty malt on the tail end.

Jul 28, 2018
4.68 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Jul 27, 2018
4.22 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jul 27, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Best lager ever?

Jul 23, 2018
4.09 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Jul 22, 2018
4.13 by Jhfinn from New York on Jul 22, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

Out of the can a week and a half old.
Fantastic gold straw hazy looking pour, but not opaque, more like translucent. A lot of light gets through. Nice white head on top. Smells of bready malt. Taste follows smell with a nice bitter hoppy cloud filling my senses. This is definitely a light beer and a very good one. The body is fine and more substantial than I expected.

Jul 20, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bobv from Vermont

From 12 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a well over one inch white head over a very bright, damn near clear body, with some sticky lacing. Nose of slight tropical fruit, citrus, some grassy notes, and a bit of dankness as well. Taste mirrors nose very nicely with a better than good mouthfeel. Overall, the brightness on this IPL is astounding and will definitely have again. Cheers!

Jul 19, 2018
4.41 by BeantownBrews from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2018
4.28 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Dec 02, 2017
4.61 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 22, 2017
3.87 by Mikecap from Rhode Island on Nov 12, 2017
4 by fosters9 from New York on Oct 30, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Song of joy - best hoppy lager I’ve ever enjoyed. Hands down. Put down multiple pints on tap while in Vermont. Had no idea this was an IPL when I ordered it; I made a remark about the beer’s clarity and that it seemed out of character for a Hill Farmstead ale. Halfway through pint #2 I realized it was a lager. Halfway through #3 I declared it amazing.

Golden hue with a moderate head that shrinks to thin, but refuses to go away. Literally sticks with you the whole beer. Slightly cloudy; closer to clear than anything else.

Aroma is pure joy. Unbridled hoppy joy - super floral with notes of rose hips, hibiscus, green fauna, papaya and toasted grain. Malt backbone is noticeable.

Taste is melon, light strawberry, kiwi, toasted grains, cantaloupe and pine. Leafy green hops abound.

Fruit-forward with a crisp lager body. Clean, smooth and so damn tasty. Light bitterness anchors the experience. Unreal beer.

Oct 28, 2017
3.89 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 24, 2017
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3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by PEBKAC from North Carolina

Pint glass at Upright Brew House.

Hazed, golden, layered, leggy brew.

Straight macerated pine & on the nose. Little bit of peppercorn.

Tastes of bitter arugula and sweet, toasty white bread. Tiny bit of orange.

Thin. Dry. That dusty, slightly numb, itchy sort of dry.

Uneventful. Missing a note.

Oct 23, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by cosmicevan from New York

On tap at tørst...super tasty and refreshing. A phenomenal break from sours. Has lager characteristics but this ain't your pappys lager...this puppy smokes. Hop showcase.

Oct 23, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BoldRulerVT from Vermont

Served on tap at the brewery.
Pours a medium deep honey color with great clarity. One finger of bubbly head.
Aromas are nice levels of hops and some yeast.
Flavor is more lager yeast, some tangy malt, lower levels of hops in background.
Mouthfeel was very good.
Overall, not the biggest fan of the style but this was aromatic and enjoyable.

Oct 20, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by PicoPapa from Connecticut

On tap at Farmhouse. Pours a hazy bright orange with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is juicy and fruity. Tropical and citrus fruits. The taste is mango, papaya and grapefruit. Some lemon zest and dank hops as well. Biscuity malts at the finish with more grapefruit and lemon zest. Medium body with a dry mouthfeel.

Oct 17, 2017
4 by Narthax from Texas on Oct 17, 2017
3.88 by thatche2 from Georgia on Oct 14, 2017
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 13, 2017
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Oct 12, 2017
4 by sachie23 from New York on May 25, 2017
4 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on Jan 30, 2017
4 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2016
4.24 by jhavs from New York on Dec 22, 2016
3.75 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Oct 30, 2016
3.73 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Oct 16, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Armsby Abbey

Oct 16, 2016
4.13 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Oct 14, 2016
3.75 by mflamar from New York on Oct 13, 2016
4.33 by tylerk88 from Massachusetts on Oct 13, 2016
4.41 by MilaMila from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2016
Song Of Joy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 124 ratings