Excursions #5
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #154
Ranked #3,296
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Vermont Tap House, Williston, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a cloudy/hazy burnt orange color with a bar pour’s kind of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Super slim film of white foamy lace. The aroma starts off with bitter citrus rind flowing sweetly into a pith-like fluffy juiciness. Grapefruit bitter to sweet pulpiness flows to blend nicely. The flavor blends nicely between the bitter rind and pith to the sweet pulp, somewhat fluffy but not distracting. Some mango. Free flowing blend into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with fair enough balance between sipping to sessionable sort of bittersweet juicy contour flowing over my tongue. Nice carbonation. Overall, extremely nice AIPA exacting the New England style juicy standards coming in nicely. One of these days, West Coast and New England will probably split, but for now, this was superb and of course I’d have again.

Jun 14, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright golden straw color with a 2-finger creamy all-white head. The head sticks around for days before settling into a halo around the top of the beer. Leaves a ton of lacing as the head dissipates. One of the best looking beers I've ever had.

The aroma brings lots of grapefruit and papaya, followed by some pine and grass. The back end is dank and oniony.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of grapefruit, some pine, finished off by onions and garlic.

The feel is medium bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy and smooth, but lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a solid and interesting IPA, but not one I'd be interested in trying again. It's a bit too oniony and bitter for my tastes, and the lingering bitterness makes me crave a tic-tac.

Jan 11, 2017
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange and a nice two finger fluffy white head which fades to a nice lace.

Nose is orange, pineapple, grass, earth and pine. Balanced aroma with the juicy notes countered by the earthy tones.

Taste follows the nose, up front tropical fruit - orange, grapefruit and pineapple with a bitter piney finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-full, crisp carbonation and a balanced bitterness that keeps the fruity hops in check. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall, another fabulous IPA from Hill Farmstead. The simplicity and joy of drinking Shaun's beers cannot be overstated.

Jan 02, 2017
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy and opaque dark golden straw color with ripe banana edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, lasting the duration and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing in it's path. Color is a bit dark and hazy but otherwise looks pretty good.

Dank juicy hop aroma with sticky resins, fresh cut grass and pine countered by citrus/tropical sweetness and pale malts. Sticky kind buds dominate up front with spruce tip and grassy pine needle. The earthy notes are nicely countered by sweeter hops with white peach, pineapple, guava, orange peel and ruby red grapefruit. Pale biscuit malt with bread and grainy cracker. Really dank.

Full body and slightly chewy with sharp carbonation and a blast of dank, earthy bitterness lingering over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. Really dry and bitter with grassy nuggets, sticky pine sap and spruce tip. Bitterness well balanced mid-palate by citrus/tropical sweetness with hints of melon, pineapple, tart grapefruit and fleshy orange, guava and white peach. Surprisingly tart and juicy yet still earthy, dank and pretty damn bitter. Well balanced with nice pale malt backbone. Biscuit, bread, grainy cereals and cracker. Extremely crushable considering complexity, fullness of the body and intense flavor profile.

Jan 09, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bitter, malty, sort of a metallic-taste. Bready malt aftertaste and earthy, dirt and bitter. Not getting any citrus. Not horrible, but definitely fell short of expectations. Maybe biased in regard to two hops I'm not familiar with and maybe unimpressed by. A "good enough" IPA for most, but not so great for Hill Farmstead.

Jan 06, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer definitely uses some interesting hops. It has a citrus and tropical flavor, but it differs from other IPAs with similar flavors in a way I can not quite pin down. It regained my faith in the Excursions series.

Jan 06, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml growler, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow body, two finger white head with solid retention, webs upon rings of lacing. The cloudiness is typical for VT pale ales, which is great. Smells of slightly grainy pale malt sweetness, a fair amount of earth, some orange and a little bit of honeydew. Nothing too complicated, but it's nice and a bit different in terms of the hop aromas. Flavour is mildly grainy pale malt without much caramel or toffee, along with a bit of orange, honeydew melon, even maybe a bit of guava. Moderate, melon-like bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perfectly carbonated and a bit creamy, fairly bitter finish as stated previously. Not a guzzler, but a nice one to drink on a weekday night. Overall, a very different IPA from the typical juicy citrus-caramel combination. This brings more bitterness than the typical Hill Farmstead IPA along with melon and a bit of earth, which is a nice change of pace.

Dec 31, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL growler. Hazy orange. Smells tropical. Melon. A little bit of candy sweetness. Tastes like a candy sweetness also. Orange and tropical fruits. Pale malt sweetness. Light bitterness. Medium body. A little creamy. Nice.

Dec 27, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hill Farmstead. I was very excited to see the German hops in the ingredients. Hazy caution light yellow body with a quarter inch of white head. Juicy, citrus, hop aroma with lovely toasted bread character. A unique marriage of flavors. It's Hill Farmstead, so of course this was executed beautifully.

Dec 25, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is pale yellowish amber, cloudier than many hill ipa's, with plenty of dense white head that lingers. Nose is strong citrus hop, husky melon, melon rind, with a moderate earthy presence. Flavor follows suit, its uniquely earthy from the Australian hop with an assertive citrus punch. It has a good bit of melon, moderate white grapefruit, and a very bitter finish. The high acidity and bitterness detract from the finish a bit. Well carbonated, super dry, a touch thin in the feel. Decent, quite a bright hop presence.

Dec 22, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super hazy milkshake golden hue with a fat two finger head that fades to leave nice sticky lacing and a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of light herbal tea, dank grass, light guava maybe. Tangerine zest, decent lemons, light malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more of the herbal tea notes. Nice light guava notes, good tangerine zest. The dank grassy notes are really the predominant galore here.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nice soft bitterness.

O - Overall this beer was a bit underwhelming. Definitely tasty, I'm just personally not a huge fan of dank grassy notes.

Serving type: growler

Dec 20, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled a couple days ago thanks to rudzud.

Pours a big creamy foamy thick head hits a finger head that fades semi slowly, tons of sticky lacing, murky pale orange color.

Nose is quite nice, touch of creamy malt base, typical hill Farmstead base, then hops, plenty of tangerine, citrus, with grassy hops, little herbal character, a strange tea or herbal character I can't put my finger on, earthy herbal gassy dankness. Little guava, citrus zest little dank.

Taste brings mild sweet malts, creamy malt base again typical Hill Farmstead base, then hops, nice citrus zest, tangerine, juicy orange thing, into grassy herbal hop notes, back to a mild herbal tea, fair to a bit bigger bitterness, touch of grapefruit late. Finish semi dry, little bitter rind, lingering tangerine, grassy herbal fair bitter.

Mouth is med bod, creamy notes, nice carb.

Overall ok, typical hill base, but hops are ok, nothing special, Shaun still made a decent beer from iffy hops.

Dec 20, 2015
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ glowing light yellow with a big fluffy head and a ton of lacing.

S~ dank grass up front followed by tons of lemon and guava. a little orange zest on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose. melon like brine here and lots of tea, maybe green? or something more herbal? a little white wine like funk on the back end as well. really dank!

M~ smooth, a little dry, nice carb and very refreshing.

O~ definitely the best of the series! i love all these hop experiments but some of them just don't work out. this on the other hand worked perfectly! crushable, herbal and dank! what more could you ask for!?

Dec 16, 2015
Excursions #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 79 ratings