Song Of Joy
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #5
Ranked #5,181
4.11 | pDev: 6.33%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Song Of JoySong Of Joy
Notes: Hoppy India Pale Lager
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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bobv from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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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cosmicevan from New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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

Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon.

Light yellow body with a thin white collar. Aromas of biscuit, sourdough bread, grassy hops. Zesty grapefruit rind with earthy malts. Dry, grassy finish. Nicely done.

Sep 27, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a nice hazy-ish orange color, with a small fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty crisp and fruity, there's some melon and mango, with some grassiness.

This is nice, because it manages to compress some classic Hill Farmstead hop character, but still feel pretty much like a lager throughout drinking it. There's a distinctively fruity lager finish, with a big hop blast layered on top- grapefruit, melon, and mango, mostly, with some light grainy pilsner malt type character.

This is lighter bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel.

This is very good, and nice changeup to the usual feel for HF hoppy beers.

Sep 19, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler. Hazy bright golden body. Tropical hops and some grassiness. Faint pilsner malt. Taste has a much stronger malt flavor. Sharp German malt spiciness. Tropical fruits and a bit of sweetness. Grassy bitter finish. Crisp with a medium light body. Well carbonated. This isn't the freshest growler, but it still tasted great. I don't get the comparisons to Mary that other people have mentioned, though.

Oct 31, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes like Mary with some extra hops in it. The classic pilsner flavor is in the forefront. It's light and delicious but I feel Jack's Abby Hoponius Union is better. Still, it's good.

Sep 24, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 09/19/15 notes. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass at Fool's Gold in NYC at Zwanze Day.

Pours a somewhat clear bright yellow color with moderate carbonation evident and two inches of white head. Lots of wheat, grains, floral notes, bready malts, citrus, dough, lemongrass, and earthy malts. Light body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall a good lager; easy to drink, light and crisp; a good summer beer. Not overly hoppy so I'm sure some people will be disappointed, but I dug it.

Sep 21, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent enough beer but falls well short of the standard that I am used to from HF's pale ales and IPAs. Decent citrus profile with a modest bitterness but missing that clean finish that is standard to HF's IPAs (likely form the house ale yeast used). Worth a try but not worth a growler fill for me.

Sep 17, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Poured a glowing, yellow color with a thick, white head. Aroma is hop forward but also balanced between the other elements of the beer. Smells grassy and somewhat tropical. Lager yeast and Pils maltiness. Hoppy flavor (grass, lemon, tropical fruit) is prevalent throughout but the other essences of the beer are far from hidden. A tasty Lager underneath the hops awaits you. Creamy, fuller feel. Hill Farmstead's beers always have an exceptional feel. This was very cool. Happy to try it.

Sep 17, 2015
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dar482 from New York

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

Expecting a Jack's Abby type beer, this was quite different. The beer is quite obviously a lager with a medium amount of hopping. Grassiness, citrus, and floral qualities are surrounded by a crackery malt and crisp finish.

Sep 13, 2015
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Tired Hands Para tulip.

A~ extremely clear and golden! with an awesome fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

S~ straight hoppy malt! bready/cornbread. honey sweetness on the back end.

T~ pretty much follows the nose a lot of grass/earth up front, more bitter hops here followed by slight citrus lemon/lime.

M~ very refreshing, extremely smooth and a little dry.

O~ real solid IPL! right up there with the Jacks Abbey brews! i could drink this all summer! i love lagers!

Sep 10, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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

Well, this beer delivers true to style; it is a hoppy India Pale Lager.

Take a hoppy IPA, cut it with a good lager, confuse the hell out of your snobby taste buds, and enjoy .

Sep 06, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Another growler thanks to rudzud.

Decent foamy creamy but fizzy head, hits a finger but fades at a med pace with nice foamy lacing, mostly clear lemon yellow pilsner color.

Nose is quite nice, tons of Nelson, grassy slight lemony, citrus fruity tangy, mild tropical, nice grassy floral fruity, little pale malt light pilsner lager like, straw pilsner, mild grassy noble hop touch.

Taste brings mild sweet cereal grain, toasted pilsner malt very cereal grain like. Then into big hops, nice Nelson again, mild tropical notes, grassy noble hops, lemongrass, nice lemon rind and citrus, melon rind pineapple, passion fruit mango like note. Quite bitter, rind citrus, mixed with grassy noble hops. Nice fruity crisp lager, very bitter but dry finish, grassy noble and melon citrus rind.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice soft crisp lager, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, great pilsner malts and lager character, nice Nelson and noble hops, etc.

Sep 05, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden straw hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave nice lacing.

S - Aromas of loads of Nelson, nice light pilsner notes, faint grassy notes. Good nice tropical notes, solid mango, pineapple, maybe a little peach. Very aromatic.

T - Taste is yet again loads of Nelson, tons of tropical notes, nice almost wine like notes, nice melon rind as well, good light grains, soft biscuits, nice light lagers. Nice I'm guessing noble hops too after the Nelson. The malts are nice.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer is way more deserving of bigger numbers. Very well done ipl. Great Nelson notes. Wonder why Shaun did an ipl though...

Serving type: growler

Sep 04, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Clear, almost perfectly clear pale golden straw. Head is super fluffy, bright-white, and creamy. Decent retention leaves some big chunks of cap with a small tight collar. Moderate effervescent carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Pale crackery malt right up front. Pushes of grapefruit rind and a touch of grapefruit oil on the top. Slightly grassy with some solid floral backing. Slight tropical sweetness as well. Incredibly light. Mild toasted profile with some clean earthiness. Some mango, peach, and tangerine. Loaded with pale malt. Pilsner malt as well. Slight biscuity malt as well. Deeply floral to the point of being perfumey.

Taste: Bright citrus and tropical fruit right from the start. Peach and nectarine coupled with ruby red grapefruit. Flesh, oil, and rind. A lingering woody bitterness. Super pale malt base. Crackery snap coupled with undercooked biscuit and white bread. Some resin. Sharp hop oil. Deeply floral. Perfume and fresh flower petals. Warming adds more tangerine to the mix as well. Seriously floral. Sweet and bright.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Dry and crisp. Mildly astringent.

Overall: So fresh and so clean clean.

It's a crisp hoppy lager....obviously. A touch sweet overall but hopped to the point of absurdity. A bit much in the long run, but still better than most in the style.

Aug 30, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 10 hours ago

A: Medium gold, with some deep yellow tones, some straw around the edges - very nice clarity - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Bright hops, with a solid lager base underneath - tangerine, orange, and some grapefruit flesh - floral citrus and some citrus zest - lightly earthy, with some herbal and grassy notes - powdery lager yeast - some lager aromas, with some grassy, lager hops - pale malts with some light grains, light bread, bread dough - clean overall

T: A hoppy lager, as advertised - nicely hoppy, almost as hoppy as one of Hill Farmstead's pale ales - orange and grapefruit juice and flesh - floral citrus - herbal notes and some grassy hops - soft, pale malts - light bread, light grains, some bread dough - very clean, minimal sweetness, with some lingering herbal bitterness

M: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, clean finish, decidedly refreshing

O: Hill Farmstead makes a hoppy lager

If you've had a hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead, and you've had a lager from Hill Farmstead, you can imagine what this beer tastes like. And that is a high complement. It is very smooth, very refreshing, and it has quite a nice blend of hops.

Aug 30, 2015
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 124 ratings