Song Of Joy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.1/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy India Pale Lager

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,890
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
122
pDev:
6.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
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Reviews by BoldRulerVT:
Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boredalready
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of edthehead
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
4.02/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of SveNss0N
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Song Of Joy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 122 ratings