Works Of Love: Anchorage 2015
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Wild Ale
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Works Of Love: Anchorage 2015Works Of Love: Anchorage 2015
Notes: A farmstead ale fermented in oak tanks, this beer was brewed in collaboration with our friend Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Co. using barley, organic Vermont wheat, organic Vermont oats, fresh apples from Fletcher Orchard, hops, yeast and our well water.
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A - Beautiful lemon drop yellow, aggressive carbonation feeds a quick to dissipate cap. Gorgeous lacing clings to the chalice.
S - Pear skin, tart lemon rine, green grape, lightly toasted oak. Funk rises to the top, wet warm and wild.
T - Complex, lemongrass, chalkiness, tropical fruit reduction, sweet tart, and lemoncello.
M - Light in body, effervescent, tart, then sweet, then tart, Ashen finish.
O - A delight on every level. Compelling and complex. A very refreshing offering, with perfect carbonation.

Apr 14, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/18/17

Split with Goblinmunkey

A: Medium gold with some orange highlights - chill haze - pours with a medium size, fluffy, bright white head

S: Definitely smells like a Hill Farmstead saison - some nice yeasty funk, pepper, hay - nice amount of oak - some white wine - some citrus, floral citrus - wheat, pale malts at the base

T: Nicely funky with some great fruit - Hill Farmstead saison yeast strain, yeasty funk - tart - light spice, pepper, barnyard - lots of oak, fresh wood and musty barrel - really nice white wine flavor - some pear and green apple - pale malts, wheat - clean finish, lingering tart

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth

O: Love indeed

I'd call this more of a saison than a wild, but either way it's great. Well-rounded and clean with loads of oak, wine, and green apple.

Mar 18, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After gushing out of the bottle like a lazy, slowly awakening volcano, the pour is slightly cloudy gold with a large white head that settles to an uneven lumpy blanket with some minimal cling. Body clouds up towards the second half of the bottle.

The smell of the brew that spilled onto the glass is bready, but the actual aroma over the head is quite bright and striking. I'm getting lemon-lime, pear, apple and banana, kiwi and carrot, grass and hay, a slight bit of cheesy, woody funk, with a sharpness that seems like it might be quite tart or even very sour.

Taste confirms, and is quite tart, surprisingly so, but delicious. Ultra tangy, tickling the salivary glands and the back of the throat with tartness, I get lemon zest and rind up front. Really, this is so enjoyable it's hard to spend the energy trying to identify all that's going on. I also get lime zest and orange zest--this is just citrusy all over, but of a slightly funky, sour variety. A little light, bright oak, and almond are present, but this is just super bright!!!!

Moderate body with a nice, frothy fizz, tart, tangy and sour, finishing semi-dry.

Looking at other reviews, I think age has done this "2015" bottle quite a huge favor as I'm not getting any of the relatively negative attributes others have noted closer to the release date. This beer was phenomenal and not a let down in any way.

Mar 03, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle that I picked up at the brewery about a year ago and just never got around to. Hazy yellow, good head. Aroma is slightly wild, rustic, smells like a farmhouse ale. Flavor is mildly tart, I wouldn't say sour, tasty farmhouse beer. I didn't really pick up the apple flavor but this was a well done beer.

Jan 14, 2017
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a flute.

Golden straw, bit of haze, thin white foamy head.

Aroma is a bit citrusy, slight grassy earth scent, and tart green apples.

Bright and crisp tartness, minimal funk comes through more as earthy. Fresh citrus zest and crisp tart apple fruit.

Moderate, effervescent carbonation and lighter side of medium body.

Very pleasant at this point in its life span. Great crisp flavors, beautiful tartness.

Sep 11, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, shared with friends. Pours a mostly clear pale straw yellow golden color with white head. Funk, tartness, ripe citrus, and ripe light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry with some funk.

Jul 06, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pale golden with a small white head. Saison funk smell, sour and refreshing taste, with notes of lemons and a bit of honey.

Jun 19, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with no head. Aroma has rotten fruits and farmhouse funk. Taste has tart, overripe, mushy fruits and other funky flavors. Light body with medium carbonation. Not really what I was expecting, too much fermented fruit.

May 17, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy straw hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice apples, light funk, really fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice apples, good almost saison funk. Quite floral and fragrant.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty. Great apple qualities. Super clean and fragrant.

Serving type: bottle

Feb 26, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle
Light fizzy head fades semi quickly, murky lemony yellow color.

Nose interesting, big fruity sweet lemony apple pie, vanilla cream notes, tart funk and creamy.

Taste brings a little sweet creamy malt, tart funk and fair acidity, little vanilla with lemony apple pie again, creamy lactic acid and funk. Finish dry flemmy funk acidity, little green apple and lemony.

Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb.

Feb 26, 2016
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ light glowing yellow, nice bubbly head and no lacing.

S~ straight apple pie... with brett! apples up front followed by barnyard funk and peppery saison yeast on the finish.

T~ amazing fresh tart green apples rush your pallet followed by lemon/lime tartness, wine barrel funk and what seems like that distinct Anchorage Brett. little black pepper on the back end but those apples stay present the whole time, lingering afterwards as well. mmm...!

M~ not too thick, not too thin. very smooth and champaign like carb that dies down quickly.

O~ holy apples! this is incredible! kind of like Arthur with a bunch of apples. both HF and Anchorage shine in this collab.! you can really tell what they both contributed.

Feb 10, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one really feels like a collaboration beer that took the input from both brewers equally and produced a solid beer. Elements across the board remind you of characteristics of both Hill Farmstead and Anchorage beers.

Feb 08, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Hazy yellow body. Smell is minerally and wheaty. Lemony. Taste is strong grain. White wine? Probably my imagination. Mineral and wheat. Lightly acidic. I get no apples, though. Light. Crisp. Nice and bright. I kinda expected more from this. Tastes like a lot of HF's shelf saisons with a bit of Anchorage mineral flavor.

Feb 02, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of funk are present in the nose along with hints of citrus and apples. The aromas in the smell are prominent than the flavors in the taste.
T: The taste follows the smell, having fruity flavors of apples along with a bit of funk.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because it isn't that heavy on the palate and the funkiness isn't that strong.

Serving type: on-tap

Dec 05, 2015
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 80 ratings