Excursions #5
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - American
4.22 | pDev: 7.35%
Jun 03, 2018
Dec 07, 2015
Notes: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.
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4.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Jun 03, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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
4.25 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2017
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Feb 13, 2017
4.17 by oline73 from Maryland on Feb 12, 2017
4.06 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 06, 2017
4.22 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2017
4.58 by matts900 from Andorra on Jan 17, 2017
4.55 by msondel from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2017
4.37 by NelCet from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2017
4.37 by MilaMila from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2017
4.49 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Jan 14, 2017
4.27 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jan 13, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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
4.31 by edthehead from New York on Jan 08, 2017
4.84 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Jan 07, 2017
4.43 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2017
4.17 by TBonez477 from Vermont on Jan 03, 2017
4.29 by doremite from Vermont on Jan 03, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Mikecap from Rhode Island

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
3.5 by Desp59 from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2016
4.39 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Apr 19, 2016
4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2016
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
4.48 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2016
4.05 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Feb 14, 2016
4 by Bizon from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2016
4 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2016
3 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2016
3.7 by Mesa512 from Connecticut on Jan 26, 2016
3.83 by BMMillsy from Florida on Jan 26, 2016
4 by Gunch52 from Texas on Jan 15, 2016
4.27 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2016
4.05 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Jan 14, 2016
4.22 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jan 13, 2016
4 by Abbbp from Texas on Jan 12, 2016
4.5 by kdoolin from Connecticut on Jan 10, 2016
4.17 by spw109 from New York on Jan 09, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by corby112 from Pennsylvania

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
4.41 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2016
Excursions #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 79 ratings