Farmer Wave
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #59
ABV:
6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,330
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
180
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Saison brewed with oats, lime zest, lime juice and salt. Brewed and bottled at Hill Farmstead for Good Life Provisions LLC.

Hugs feel great. But when you find yourself behind the wheel of a 4,000lb truck rumbling over the gravel, hugging each person you pass just isn't in the cards. So you raise your finger off the wheel just enough to acknowledge your neighbor. The Farm Wave is a completely legitmate and wholly appreciated acknowledgement. It really is the least you can do to recognize that fleeting moment you share with another person. It is simple, but meaningful.

Farmer Wave exists as its own sort of acknowledgement. The brewing brought together friends separated by the evolution of life. The process was a reason to reunite and the product is a gesture from one friend to another. There are simple ways we can share our worlds with each other.
Farmer Wave is one of those ways.
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, tart, refreshing. Great summer beer from the masters of farmhouse ale. Straw gold hue with minimal clarity, lively bubbles and soapy two-finger head that lingers. Aroma kick starts the taste buds with notes of green apple, must, grape skins and light lime. Lively bubbles speak to the effervescent quality of the brew. The lime combines with the salinity and tartness of the beer to add a welcomed note of refreshment that, in a way, makes this beer more approachable.

Along this line, to me, it's made to be enjoyed from a hearty pour as opposed to fussed over in a taster. Sure - it could certainly stand up to a thorough beer geek-assessment but that's not the point. The drinkability steps to the front of the line ahead of the usual desire to marvel in the beer's terroir-driven complexity.

Not sure what the ABV is but I'm thinking it's in the 6-7% range. Enough to lighten the mood and set up the cooler evening ahead. Wonderful beer.

Jul 31, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

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

750ml bottle poured into a Tired Hands Teku.

A~ soft glowing yellow with a bubbly head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ smells like Brother Soigne with more barnyard brett and lots of lime zest.

T~ really opens up here and is nothing like Brother Soigne haha! crazy amount of lime up front which the salt quickly takes away leading into amazing brett and black pepper with some lingering lime on the back end.

M~ soft with nice carb and super refreshing!

O~ really amazing brew! i'm not a huge fan of salt in general but it really worked well in this aspect. pretty incredible the way this changes on your pallet. i can't wait to drink this pool side! perfect summer beer!

Apr 29, 2016
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PerHops from California

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Tons of head in the beginning but settles down nicely and has a beautiful hazy orange glow.

S- Has the signature HF funk with accents of citrus. Citrus smells natural, not at all artificial.

T- Great level of funk and citrus here. Funky, tart, yeasty, salty, supremely balanced.

F- Nice drinkability if a touch over carbonated.

O- This was a really pleasant surprise. Fantastic beer.

May 17, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Zwanze Day. Served in a stemmed glass. Light mildly cloudy yellow body, one finger white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of lime, spice, wheat, light acidity, minerality, touch of citrus. Reminds me a lot of Brother Soigne, maybe a bit less citrusy. Flavour is similar; hefty on the lime, minerals, grainy wheat and malt, mild lactic acidity. It seems more of a margarita-type gose than anything else, but in a good way. Still, part of it is probably branding per Hill Farmstead. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Oct 02, 2016
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ZaxGhost from Nebraska

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy yellow body, good head retention.
S: Traditional hay and funk on the nose, citrus notes coming through as well.
T: Lots of Lime and salt mixed in w/ that traditional HF farmhouse funk. Really nice.
F: Has good body, I'm assuming the oats assisted in this.
O: This beer is worth seeking out for HF aficionados. As other reviewers have noted the salt and lime hint at margarita, but the funk pulls it back. Will be interested to see how this evolves after a year or two.

Nov 23, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful glowing hazed golden yellow color with bright white head atop, some nice lacing. there is an abundance of lime flavor on display here, lime pith, key lime pie yoghurt, perfectly quenching and tart, mineral water some nice bready sweetness in there to balance it out. very fluffy texture overall but a zippy flavor and pleasant carbonation. this is a perfect beer!!

Apr 25, 2020
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a cloudy yellow color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of Brett notes with some lime and light salty notes is original and enticing. Taste of Brett notes with some lime and salty undertone sis well balanced and refreshing. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super refreshing with perfect balance of salty notes.

Oct 09, 2017
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pendabev from New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 11, 2016
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doremite from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 04, 2016
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 14, 2017
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bouncepass from California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 21, 2016
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 02, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 06, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served at 52 degrees in a tulip. Bottled 2106 04 07 printed on the label. Pours an orange-gold hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a frothy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a soapy froth. Nose expresses bright lime notes. Taste follows nose with a hint of brine. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a pleasant acidity that stimulates the salivary glands and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a decent brew ideal for the summer heat; however, not too much complexity here.

May 31, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a HFP large goblet.
L - A bit of haze, gentle carbonation streams upward, fulfilling its purpose with a short life of a cap. Deep yellow, orange color sets a beautiful tone. The rings of lacing leaves evidence.
S - Distinct, sweet malt, lime, orange, white melon and a bit of sour notes, minerals, and a bit of funkiness, and salt water toffee. With a rise in temperature a botanical quality sneaks in, Hibiscus, Lavender.
T - Dragon fruit, ripe musk melon, lime, orange jam, English dry biscuit. The flavors roll through, the pop
of each element seems floated on a pillowed base. Hard to piece together, but entirely delightful.
M - Incredibly soft, from the oats ? Medium in body, the palate is so delicate, there is no hiding flaws with his back drop. Simply amazing feel from this offering. The more time spent with the offering the more impressive it is.
O - The complexity is inspiring. Lime, oats, the use of salt, but nowhere near traditional. This is simply a delightful offering to be sought out.
Cheers all

May 09, 2016
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pisano from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 12, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 29, 2017
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Brew33 from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 30, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 18, 2017
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After almost 2.5 years this became much more acidic and the funk died down. I like it better but those are my general preference as well. Just a hint of like and that's the perfect amount.

4.22 in Aug 2017 reasonably fresh (bottled March 2017)

Aug 16, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2017
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 23, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden medium body pours from the 750ml into my snifter. Frothy one finger white cap. Decent head retention and a wide belt at the edges leaves small webs of lacing.

S- Fresh and bright limes like, intense off the top. Lime juice, zest and tartness all come to mind with full representation of that citrus. The Hill Farmstead bugs and base sours bring on some lactic acid and whole grains also come to mind beneath that.

T- Again massive limes atop the HF bug base and crusty wheat bread. The lactic acid bacteria is certainly noticeable and it helps marry the limes with the base beer.

MF- Light to medium body with high end fluffy carbonation. The texture is smooth with creamy and foamy feelings on the palate as those whole grains play their role. Tartness abound and in the finish for many moments after sipping.

The limes are showcased as well, if not better, than almost any beer I can think of brewed with that green citrus. Add to this the excellent Hill Farmstead quality in the base ferment and the grain bill and you have a winner.

Oct 04, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 180 ratings