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Table Dorothy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A low alcohol reinterpretation of our dry-hopped farmstead ale Dorothy. Brewed with wheat and fermented with Brettanomyces.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,857
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
183
pDev:
7.16%
 
 
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5
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30
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by stevec32:
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/5/16

A: Golden straw with some yellow tones - hazy - pours with a very large, fluffy white head that does not fade - leaves streaks, webs, and blobs of fluffy lacing

S: Farmhouse funk and some hops - Hill Farmstead saison yeast, sharp and pungent - dry, powdery Brett - hay and barnyard - hoppy, but not as potent as (some iterations of) the bigger Dorothy - floral citrus and straight-up flowers - grapefruit, passion fruit, and lemon - herbal, lightly grassy - some lightly sweet, pale malts at the base

T: Funky and fruity - the farmhouse funk is really center stage here, potent but definitely not overly so - yeasty, with Hill Farmstead's well-rounded saison yeast, light spice, light pepper - plenty of Brett, dry, powdery, tart cherry skins - straight-up farmhouse weirdness and tartness - some light fruits and some citrus from the hops - orange, grapefruit, lemon - very floral, lightly herbal - bright and lively overall - soft, light, pale malts at the base to hold everything together

M: On the light side of medium, super clean, dry, refreshing, highly drinkable

O: I am the table

This is great. As I have nothing negative to say about this beer, I need to complain about the name. Drinking this is a markedly different experience than Dorothy (7ish% ABV). They are both dry-hopped saisons, but I think this iteration deserves its own name. It's bright, refreshing, and thoroughly interesting.

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Photo of cbutova
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from September 2015.

A- 750ml into a chalice and a snifter with a murky, cloudy pale yellow body. The foamy head races toward the top of the glass with deep thickness and great retention. Lacing ends up covering the entirety of the glass with a half centimeter pillow rests in the center of the brew.

S- Bretty and funky with that dry tropical fruit style Brett with hints of straw, barnyard, passionfruit, pineapple and musty pale fruits. Grassy, earthy and floral.

T- Rustic and instantly brings me back to the fields of Northern Vermont, the association between my palate tasting HF's brews and the imagery of visiting the brewery is stronger than any other brewing company. Brett is the key catalyst bringing together flavors produced from the yeast like pineapple, stone fruit, musty barnyard and dry straw with those of the hops like citrus, grassiness and floral tones.

MF- Perhaps one of the softest and lightest offerings I have had from HF with a very light body riding on a foamy and creamy texture. Carbonation is very much on the high side but there is plenty of cushioning by the texture. Slightly bitter finish.

This brew doesn't have the fantastic hop punch of Sean's IPAs, the classic roastiness of Everett or the sourness of countless HF brews but it honestly displays an intense passion and mastery in brewing. Production of Brett beers this consistent is yet another reason why Hill Farmstead continues to put out the best craft beer in the world. Farmhouse ale splendor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Hazy pale yellow. Big fluffy white head. Never settles. Brett aroma. Some hops. Earthy and lightly acidic. Taste is strong brett, some hops and grain. Dry and bitter. High carbonation. Too high. It's a flavorful beer, but a little abrasive.

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Photo of bobv
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bootdown21
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9-3-2015. Have had the regular version twice, cool to see a table version come from this already great saison.

A - 750ml split two ways. Great straw-yellow with some haze and lots of rising bubbles. Thick white head is huge to start but falls quickly. Good retention and great lace.

S - Nice orange+lemon citrus kick, grains, farmy yeasts, pear.

T - Big on the grains and yeast with lots of great pear and orange flavors. Good mix of Citra hops and kinda light-end brett. Definitely on the hoppy side for the style. Bit o lemon. Big fresh wheaty finish. White grapefruit, some spiciness. Some general farmy hay tones and light tartness going on but really not much in the way of funk.

M - Good body with high-end carbonation and a decent bitter kick. Ample feel and flavor for the low ABV.

O - Not sure what's up with the APA categorization. This is maybe a tad hoppier than I remember the original Dorothy being but this is still very much a saison, and overall this is really quite similar all-around to the original. Good balance of farmy+hoppy flavors in a low-ABV package, nice foamy feel, brett is definitely on the lighter side but it works well here.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of masterofsparks
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled September 3rd 2015, thanks row mark for the snag (I think you got me this?) enjoyed from a HF bulb....and I DO mean enjoyed! classic saison, but that flavor! super subtle lemony melon. not crisp, but VERY refreshing. literally sing in a bottle.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a bright yellow color with a white head that is fizzly and lingering. Strings of lacing. Aroma is very Bretty. Hoppy, too. Smells of pineapples. Some funkiness. Quite fruity. Flavor is light and somewhat refreshing. Brett isn't too strong or intense but it is definitely the most important flavor. A pale-fleshed fruit medley. A bit of hay. Drier malt. Not very sweet. Brett is more fruity than funky. Light bodied. Very drinkable. Is definitely similar to the normal Dorothy. Always a treat to drink some Hill Farmstead. Pretty neat beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/05/15 notes. 14 oz.. pour in a tulip at The Jeffrey in NYC.

Pours a murky pale yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of Brett; really amazing. Citrus, oranges, funk, lightly tart, tropical notes, resin, floral notes, and grapefruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Dorothy is good but this is great. If you like brett a must try. Loved it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This delivers perfectly as a lower ABV version of Dorothy that still maintains the basic flavor profile of Dorothy. Nice brett character, dry, effervescent and nice fresh hop character from the dry hopping.

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Photo of duceswild
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mdaschaf
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros bottled 9//03!15.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy straw hue with a fat almost the finger white head that leaves nice lacing and a sudsy blanket.

S - Aromas of glorious brett, tropical brett c notes as well, nice farmhouse yeast and aromatic grassy hops. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice brett characteristics. The brett c notes are awesome. Great tropical notes, pineapple and such, very nice saison notes with a pleasant bitter hop finish too. Well crafted.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was really well done. The brett notes I feel comes out better oh this than regular Dorothy. Might be my favourite non barrel aged saison from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ncaudle
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Table Dorothy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 183 ratings