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Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.13 | pDev: 6.05%
Jun 20, 2019
Oct 13, 2015
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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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4.04 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jun 20, 2019
4.22 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 24, 2018
4.5 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Oct 14, 2018
4.1 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Jul 30, 2018
4.51 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jul 04, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4.01 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 22, 2018
4.54 by raspy22 from Arizona on Mar 15, 2018
4.28 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2017
4.5 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Nov 19, 2017
3.75 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 30, 2017
4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2017
4.13 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Oct 02, 2017
3.99 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Sep 24, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

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
4.25 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Jul 15, 2017
4.08 by hopley from Massachusetts on Jul 15, 2017
4.19 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 07, 2017
3.76 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2017
4.14 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jun 10, 2017
4 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Jun 09, 2017
4.4 by jhavs from New York on Jun 09, 2017
4 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on May 18, 2017
3.98 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 16, 2017
3.82 by vfgccp from New York on May 06, 2017
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on May 05, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on May 03, 2017
4.27 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2017
3.78 by rab53 from Washington on Apr 29, 2017
4 by GRG1313 from California on Apr 29, 2017
4.31 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Apr 25, 2017
4 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Apr 23, 2017
3.79 by SFC21 from Florida on Apr 22, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

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
4.04 by pisano from Massachusetts on Apr 21, 2017
3.94 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2017
4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Apr 17, 2017
Elaborative #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 155 ratings