Elaborative #4
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #190
Ranked #3,973
4.14 | pDev: 6.04%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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Notes: Originally brewed in August of 2015 with our friends Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Ales and Cory King of Side Project Brewing, we once again brew this beer—inspired by the German radler—with ample amounts of grapefruit zest and juice, wheat, and oats. In perfect time for our Festival of Farmhouse Ales, where we'll be joined by these same friends again... this bright, aromatic Farmstead ale is a refreshing 3.2% abv and now in a larger format from the original release—for better sharing! Best enjoyed chilled between 40-45F.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, hazy pear color

Nose tart fruity note, little funk, big Brett B funk and little sour Brett, bacteria notes and acidity, faint barrel

Taste big chardonnay like buttery oak and vinous funk, dry gritty funk, Brett, farmhouse funk, gritty dry Brett and little bacteria sourness, little sour lemon and fruity dry gritty flemmy funky finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, tart flemmy sour, nicer fluffy carb

Overall petty interesting

Apr 28, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a gathering of the titans on this one. i had heard others talk this one down a little bit, saying things like the citrus is way too much, or it fades out too fast in the cellar, or its not very interesting, but i just totally disagree with all of that. i thought this beer was incredible, and have to thank my man for sending this one out! a few things about this beer are striking. the first is the appearance. this might be the most pale beer ive ever had, barely a shade darker than white whine, glowing a soft yellow, with a bubbly and lasting active white head, big airy bubbles. its crystal clear until the bottom of the bottle, but i like the little haze the sediment casts in it, just gorgeous and delicate looking. another cool feature here is the oats in here, this is anything but boring for how light it is, and the oats give a neat cereal bottom to this that the grapefruit really loves. ive had the bottle a few months now and the citrus still seems as lively as ever, fresh and pungent and a little bitter. similarly, the hop in the beer, which are floral and juicy, are also tasting very fresh. a cool yeasty funk, maybe a little brett along with a saison type, it cant be all wild, but its really interesting too for how mild it is. what amazes me is how low alcohol this is, how its so flavorful, and how each aspect, grain, yeast, hops, and adjuncts all contribute so loudly to such a relaxed and easy going light beer. its the essence of refined craftsmanship, and it makes me love hill farmstead even more. crafting a beer like this is not easy to do, and they have nailed it! i want to drink this beer all day every day forever, its dessert island status for me. wonderful beer, everything i could have hoped for and more. genius really!

Aug 21, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle dated Sep. '16. Hope it's still good. Can't even remember where I got it, some trade. Poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: Big foamy white head with good retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear light straw gold.

S: Grapefruit and yeast.

T: Lots of grapefruit up front. Flaked wheat and oats. Yeast. Slightly bitter, sour finish.

F: Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Very crisp and dry. Great construction and good balance.

O: Well, age didn't seem to hurt it much. Packs an awful lot of flavor into a 3.2% ABV ale. And like I always say when it comes to Hill Farmstead, I strongly suspect their well water improves the taste.

Jul 22, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light clear yellow, with a big billowing head, and lots of lacing.

This smells really nice- damp funky grapefruit, lemon, hay, grassiness, and lime.

I've never liked a radler as much as I like this beer. It's impossible how much flavor is in this one, given the miniscule 3.2% ABV. Most of Hill Farmstead's saison have a "house feel" to them. It kind of reminds you of a Vermont hillside, and this beer is no different. It's bucolic, light and airy, with a killer grapefruit character- juicy, slightly tart and sour, with lemon/lime as well, as well as a dry crisp grassiness on the finish.

This has a mouthfeel that's so airy it almost feels like nothing- it's honestly unbelievably nice. The carbonation level is high-ish.

This is a really unique and cool beer- and a testament to the talents of the brewers involved.

May 03, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - I like the somewhat holographic HF logo. Pours a light, yellow, straw color. Crystal clear glass snow globe looking thing with a flurry of tiny bubbles. Fluffy head that don't quit.

S - farmyard funk and lemongrass. Straw and a more robust, danker, sweeter lemon. Might be a touch of orange peel in there to give it some backbone. Hint of white wine.

T - lemon lime. Much heavier flavor than I was expecting. Tart lime juice, and sweet grape candy. Kinda reminds me of those lime Tostitos. Honey and ruby red grapefruit juice. Granny Smith apples tie together the tang and candy flavors.

F - light in body and oily. Good amount of foam, but feels slick in the mouth. Dries out on the finish.

O - simple ale with simple flavors. It's light, refreshing, and has just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the tartness.

Apr 22, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow brew, transparent and lively, topped by a lightly frothy snow white head. Decent head production and retention.

Sweet honey and lemon notes on the nose, along with a slight mustiness and oak. A nice tartness develops the longer it sits in the glass.

On the palate, the light touch and almost watery feel really hint strongly at the Radler inspiration, although the flavor profile is still very much that of a HF farmhouse ale: honey, wheat, straw, lemon, grapefruit, a touch of peel, and light tannins.

Lively carbonation; very light feel, with a slightly sticky finish. A little too much like seltzer water (like a session IPA, but nowhere near as hoppy).

While I prefer saisons a touch thicker, the amount of flavor packed into such a tiny package (in terms of ABV) is really incredible.

Apr 16, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 09/29/16 poured into two glasses. The smell look is pleasant like a session IPA color and haze look, yellow with a white fluffy head spotted lacing when consumed. The smell is very barnyard funk, earthy, hay, light citrus, pepper and spice notes! The taste is very brett forward then citrus followed by hay and from funk with a tad bitterness. Feel is light and effervescent. Overall this beer is good but not my preferred style. Cheers.

Apr 16, 2017
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a_andersen from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Noise is is hay, chilled lemon (thanks rob) and sea air in fall. Harborside fog in November (eat it up ladies). Taste is largely lemon rind, with a little bit of cereal. This beer is super duper.

Apr 15, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy yellow-straw color with a delicate and foamy snow-white head. Bright carbonation produced a thick foamy top that slowly settled, leaving splotchy lacing in the glass. Complex aroma: hay, grass, grapefruit, lemon, and white bread. Mild tartness on the first sip, with fresh grapefruit and lemons. The farmhouse qualities were there, with grass, hay and peppery notes. The funk was there, a bit subdued like the bready malt presence. This felt and drank a bit bigger than the 3.2% ABV, but still finished somewhat dry and clean. Overall, tart and totally refreshing.

Apr 09, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 9/29/2016. Pours hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, grapefruit juice/zest, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness; light tangy wheat and grapefruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, hay, straw, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, grapefruit juice/zest, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/grainy, and slightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.2%. Overall this is a very nice fruited session saison. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, grapefruit juice/zest, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. This doesn’t really do proper justice to the radler style, as there isn’t enough grapefruit tartness/acidity; but it was still very enjoyable as a saison.

Apr 01, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, of the second batch made of this one. Bottled 09/2016. Served in a Hill Farmstead willi becher glass. Pours a hazy lighter straw yellow body, much like the colour of the brewery logo on the bottle. One and half finger thick white head, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is brett-forward lemon, crisp grainy sweetness, a bit of mild tart citrus, a bit of zest and mustiness as well. Smells great, and I see the inspiration from the radler, whereas the lemon is coming from the brett. Flavour follows, good amount of bretty leather, a bit of mustiness, light citrus juice, a fair bit of grainy sweetness followed by a mild zesty and leathery bitterness on the finish. It's totally different from a radler as it isn't particularly sweet, but is more leathery and brett lemon-forward. Think of this as a take on the radler, except instead of adding lemonade, you added brett. That's exactly what this is. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, crisp and mildly dry, very refreshing and I think this accomplished what they were going for in spades.

Mar 24, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

big thanks to rob for the share. delicate straw pale yellow, almost mineral look to it. nose is classic hill saison but extremely soft, light, and delicate. taste is also subtle. kinda watery. nice beer, good not great.

Jan 16, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Pale yellow and hazy. Smells of citrus, a little bit of funky yeast, light acidity. Soft oak, maybe? Taste is pretty simple. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus. Light tartness. Faint grain and a little oak. Very light body. Pleasant and drinkable. Very simple but very nice.

Jan 10, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, poured into a white Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.27.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy bright golden color, lemon hues with a white, foamy head, two fingers tall that has good retention and yield plenty of lace. The aroma is nice, lots of citrus, very bright and juicy, quite floral as well with a bit of funkiness and yeastiness cushioned by plenty of sweet pale grain, rustic and bready with signature Hill Farmstead mineral water. The flavors are nice, citrusy with a touch of tartness, grapefruit and a bit of lemon peel which lends some earthy character, very floral, wildflower bouquet with some grassiness, mineral water and doughy, soft, pale grain, and a touch of white oak earthiness lingers. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, very delicate, active carbonation that coats fairly well and has a lightly tart, lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A nice radler-esque beer from Hill Farmstead and friends. Very bright, very delicate, but still rewardingly flavorful. It's one of the more simple and easy beers I've had from Hill Farmstead, but the refreshing nature of the style is well executed.

Jan 08, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in my HF tulip. Bottled 2016 07 08 printed on the back label. Pours a lovely, translucent, straw-gold with a fluffy, half inch, bright white head embedded with pinpricks and ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a bullseye swirl in the center. A thin, textured band of lacing encircles half the bowl. Nose is subtle - grassy notes, citrus zest and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose with a slight, grapefruit rind tang at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Not much complexity, but wonderfully drinkable at 3.2%.

Dec 11, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/27/16

A: Pale gold to straw - some chill haze - pours with a medium-large, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, medium collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Citrusy with some light farmhouse - some really nice citrus, with some grapefruit flesh and zest - orange zest and lime - light farmhouse funk, probably from Hill Farmstead's saison yeast - light malt base, with some pale malts, touches of wheat and oats

T: Light and exceptionally lively - really nice citrus, with some grapefruit flesh, grapefruit zest - some orange peel, light touches of lemon and lime - lightly tart - some saison yeast, with some touches of funk, spice, and straight-up yeast - some fruity esters - malts are light but they have some depth, a touch of pale grain, wheat, and oats - low sweetness, very clean finish

M: Light body, medium carbonation, super crisp, refreshing

O: Insanely flavorful for a 3% ABV beer

Elaborative #4 is supremely refreshing and flavorful. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as Hill Farmstead does everything right, even a radler.

Nov 27, 2016
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was never a huge fan of Farnhouse Ales until my summer trip to Hill this past summer. All the bottles they have available were Farmhouse Ales and I loved them all. This one was light and easy to drink, great on a hot day!

Oct 19, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle.
Appearance: Cloudy light yellow body.
Medium+ carbonation with a light body.
Excellent soft but lively feel.
Overall: Too much Brett for my taste.

Sep 04, 2016
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow pour, larger sized head. Citrus up front in both the aroma and taste, grapefruit, lighter lemon notes, yeast, oak, grassy, lighter lactose sourness. Crisp finish. Like a low ABV Arthur or Anna with a healthy dose of grapefruit.

Aug 30, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow. It looks like lemon pulp as in the juicy part, not like pulp in juice. Doesn't appear to be sediment. There is minimal white head. The aroma is much like most Hill farmhouse saisons, bright lemony citrus. May be some actual grapefruit on the nose. It definitely has the base of a Hill saison, like an Arthur or something. There is definitely a nice underpining of citrus juice that isn't overwhelming to the extent that it mutes the other components. On this late summer day, this beer is a nice, refreshing treat.

Aug 22, 2016
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a HF FOFA fest. glass.

A~ glowing yellow/green with a huge head that dissipates rather quickly and a little lacing.

S~ oaky brett, tons of grapefruit, lemon/lime and other crazy citrus fruits! zesty wheat on the back end but soft and subtle.

T~ follows the nose with a lot more zesty wheat and oaky barrel characteristics including a little vanilla. other than that tons of grapefruit juice and zest along with peppery saison like yeast on the finish.

M~ like juice but delicate. crazy refreshing and surprisingly not over carbed!

O~ really glad i got to try this! it gushed a little but it wasn't bad all. definitely the best radler i've ever had the pleasure of trying. i really enjoyed the oak presence, it kind of reminded me of the deep oak of an Armand Season... i am serious! not as intense of course... but still! this was awesome... that is all!

Mar 09, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lactose heavy, which adds an interesting taste to say the least, especially for a sour. There is some lemon flavor along with a little oak. The beer is more tart than sour.

Jan 04, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Hill Farmstead. Yellow body with a half inch of white head. Citrus, light funk, grapefruit rind. Light and tasty. Refreshing and easy drinking.

Dec 18, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery with Kyle. On site consumption only.

A - Poured into a hill farmstead tulip a hazy golden straw hue with a fat three finger white head that fades to leave sticky side lacing and a wispy head.

S Aromas of light wheat, nice almost sharp citrus. Lots of lemons and cracker wheat here. Nice lacto on the nose too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of cracked wheat, good lemon and citrus notes. Almost lemon head like flavour with good sharp acidic bite. The lacto lends to the creaminess as well.

M - Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, almost aggressively so. Nice and tart, though a bit heavier than I expected.

O - Overall this was a very tasty beer with nice acidic sharpness. Not exactly what I want to drink in the winter time, but a solid beer nevertheless.

Serving Type: Bottle

Dec 17, 2015
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks soft pale, expect 10x more head then beer. Definitely comes across over-carbed. Smells fruity and light but with some body. I don't know if that is the oats but it has an excellent creamy mouth-feel for a 3% beer. Thought this was really enjoyable. Not really the season, but another tasty beer with a ton of citrus flavor. Too bad some of the hard to get beers can't be ready available like to have on a boat. Anways, super carbonated, great taste and mouthfeel for 3% beer; think super-complex high end creamy shandy

Dec 15, 2015
Elaborative #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 155 ratings