Of First And Last Things
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #414
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,485
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 6.05%
Ratings:
207
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 26, 2022
Added:
Jan 17, 2016
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  16
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: A new IPA inspired by years of accumulated experience and an expression of both past, present and future, harmonizing some of our favorite hop varieties into a bright, balanced beer that showcases the beauty of a well-orchestrated chorus.
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4.46 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Apr 26, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Fresh can courtesy of M-Fox24

Apr 16, 2022
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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Beers-es from Virginia

On tap at Hill Farmstead, beer was released yesterday I believe, so super fresh. Pours a hazy light yellowish-orange. Dense white head of foam leaves intricate lacing. Beer features complex layers of fruity hops and a little dank in the background. Insanely well-crafted beer, first rate.

Apr 07, 2022
 
4.38 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Sep 19, 2021
 
4.33 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 15, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Canned 7.7, drink by 8.4, opened 8.12

Can given to me in. Trade with my dentist

Can poured into a teku , dense creamy , solid one finger off white foam cap , settles to a thin layer , spotty lacings ,over a solid orange liquid

Aroma is citrus orange, tangerine, candied orange, white grape , whiff of pine

Taste is dank, pine , earthy

Smooth , almost creamy , hop bite

Good beer

Aug 14, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

an excellent ipa here, hazy and soft and fully saturated with modern hop goodness despite not having any burn or over the top intensity to it, really well refined for a hazy, but i have to wonder if people just give all hill beers high scores because they are rare and sought after, like this is darn good, but its not leagues better than a million others, awesome to have it on tap, always a treat to drink there beer, but this to me overall is just another solid ipa. i like the grain base a lot, its wheaty, it has to be, fuller feeling, ever so slightly nutty, and seemingly capable of supporting all the hops they give it, even more than what is here, and its dry the whole time without being too minimal, nice. the yeast also contributes a little flavor, very pleasant, lightly english or something, and has cooked this down pretty good. the hops of course stand out the most, fresh and herbaceous with soft citrus, tangerine and meyer lemon, a little orange blossom thing, springy and alive with tempered bitterness, nothing radical though, not new or overly exciting, just fresh and good. drinkable for the style too which is nice, great carbonation, and on the whole really good beer, not something i would stand in line for or even go out of my way to drink again, but the clean beers continue to be excellent from these guys!

Aug 06, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw with a two finger head; excellent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Papaya, white wine grape and melon with a dank piney tone

Taste: Papaya and white wine grape forward with a hint of melon developing; moderately dank and piney, through the middle with moderate bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoying the impact of the Nelson here

Jul 30, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 07/07/2021. Enjoyed on 07/27/2021.

Jul 27, 2021
 
3.77 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Jul 25, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Candied orange peel, light citrus pith and fresh cut grass. Some grapefruit. Classic Hill feel. Drier, dank finish. Solid.

Jul 23, 2021
 
4.02 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jul 09, 2021
 
4.17 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2020
 
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
 
4.11 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
 
4.58 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Mar 03, 2020
 
4.62 by rpjterp from Virginia on Feb 23, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Mule Bar

Jan 10, 2020
 
4.24 by SirBentham from California on Jan 01, 2020
 
4.33 by alexsergio from New York on Dec 26, 2019
 
4.5 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2019
 
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Dec 15, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by scotorum from Massachusetts

Acquired at the brewery about two months ago, but neglected to review earlier consumption. Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Lawson's Willi.

a: Translucent dark orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight citrus.

t; Fairly strong pine resin on a bready malt base. Mainly dry finish with slight lingering bitterness.

m; Oily medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasant hoppy pale, flavorful and quite easy drinking.

Nov 13, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by brutalfarce from Connecticut

Thin bitter but bright and clean as well smooth drinker

Oct 25, 2019
 
4.53 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Oct 18, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 12oz can into a perennial willi becher glass. pours a hazy gold with a tiny bit of white head that leaves ample lacing. smell is a wonderful mix of ripe melon, white wine, grass and a touch of cantaloupe. really excellent nose on this one. taste has more grass, dirt, earthy notes with a hint of white wine. not much of the fruit aspects that the nose has. mouthfeel is excellent. on the thicker/fuller side with nice amount of carbonation. stellar IPA with quite an interesting hop combination.

Oct 12, 2019
 
4.09 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 11, 2019
 
4.34 by Beerbom from California on Oct 10, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz canned 9-16-19, opened 10-7-19.
Golden, orange and not quite opaque. 3/4" head falls to 1/4" and then a cap over 3-4 minutes. Nice fresh lacing patterns.
Grapes, weeds, lemon, melon, pine. A very unique nose.
This is a unique and tasty hop flavor combination, grapes, melons, oranges, weeds late in the flavor. Malt isn't prominent or at least to my palate it's all about the hop bill here.
Light to medium body, medium carbonation...soft mouthfeel, light but lingering bitterness.
Very good, and to me for the 3rd time very unique.

Oct 08, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. I had a feeling about this one and glad I stopped by to try it....two of my favorite NZ hops, Nelson Sauvin & Motueka (plus Simcoe), which put this beer over the top. Like all HF beers, so smooth, so creamy, so perfectly balanced. The hop bill is just so damn delicious! But there’s even a bit of tasty malt in the finish. Wow. Huge fan of this beer.

Sep 30, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 9/16/19 into the test glass.
A - Very much in keeping with HFB IPA's Dark straw color, translucence adds cover for the carbonation. Strong white froth cap lacing with every draw.
S - Ripe melon, fresh pineapple, some notes of orange peel, spring pine. green grape
T - Orange creamsicle, again wine grape, some papaya sherbet,
M - Hear the offering shines, pillowy soft on the palate, gentle carbonation is steady and relentless adding to the experience. Semi sweet start then a wave of just enough bitterness parades through cleaning up. The linger is tropical with that melon element is the background
O - A very good IPA from one of the very best at this style.

Sep 29, 2019
 
4.37 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Sep 27, 2019
 
4.35 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Sep 27, 2019
 
4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Sep 21, 2019
 
4.44 by nmann08 from Virginia on Sep 20, 2019
 
4.25 by mflamar from New York on Sep 19, 2019
 
4.44 by Soloveitchik from New York on Jul 09, 2019
 
4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey on May 25, 2019
 
4.58 by atrocity from Virginia on May 24, 2019
 
4.08 by smb71481 from Vermont on May 24, 2019
Of First And Last Things from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 207 ratings