Song Of Joy
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #2
Ranked #6,356
4.11 | pDev: 6.33%
Apr 12, 2023
Aug 23, 2015
Song Of JoySong Of Joy
Notes: Hoppy India Pale Lager
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 2/21/23; consumed on 4/12/23

Pours a crystal-clear, deep honey-gold body capped with three fingers of pillowy, eggshell-white foam; excellent head retention leaves a chunky mounds of cap, massive, sudsy collar, and generous array of soapy, webby lacing clinging across the walls of the glass.

Aromas of hay welcome a grapefruit spritz and lavender accents, with supportive biscuit dough backing elements of key lime as white toast bolsters the back end of the bouquet.

Taste opens to a tinge of grapefruit and mandarin, showing lighter, grassy subtext counter key lime essence through the mid-palate as a bready prickle proceeds into floral overtone past the back end and a white pepper lingering through the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a light body and a taut, moderate-high carbonation phasing to a drying snap, crisp over the mid-palate with a quiet juicy quality and subtle bittering progressing toward the finish.

Invigorating and bright, the tempered hoppy quality engages a pointed lager yeast to an enhanced florality and elevated, fruity subtext; an inherently satisfying 'snap' fusing the better part of a lagered base with a deft amd delicate dry-hopping.
Apr 12, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by timmy2b from New York

Apr 04, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by npolachek from New York

Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From a 750ml swing-top growler, filled at the brewery 03/01/23. Served in an imperial pint nonic.

Pours an utterly clear honey-gold with a finger or so of soft, soapy white suds. Retention is very good, leaving a bubbly cap and a sticky blanket of foamy lacing.

Nose is mildly sweet and floral, more piney as it warms.

Taste is sharp, herbal and resinous. Tasting astringent herbs, rosemary, toast and honey, pine resin. Grassy with a grapefruit and pine resin finish.

Feel is smooth with a medium slick body, oily with bright, tingly carbonation.

The taste is a little reminiscent to me of Ricola herbal cough drops but of course bitter and less sweet. @Holderness wrote that it reminded them of Jacks Abby’s IPL’s and I guess that comparison is inevitable. One of my first hoppy beers was Hoponius Union and Song of Joy took me right back to that. But Morton Street never had Hill’s well water.
Mar 03, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury. Reminds me a lot of the Jacks Abby hoppy lagers -- clean, crisp, citrus-dominant hop notes with a decently bitter backbone. Very drinkable

Feb 27, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.38 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by coz from Illinois

Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.68 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jul 27, 2018
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Rated by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best lager ever?
Jul 23, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Jhfinn from New York

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.41 by BeantownBrews from Massachusetts

Jul 17, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.61 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by Mikecap from Massachusetts

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Oct 30, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.89 by atrocity from Virginia

Oct 24, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4 by Narthax from Texas

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by thatche2 from Georgia

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by sachie23 from New York

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by jhavs from New York

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Oct 30, 2016
Song Of Joy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 130 ratings