Self-Reliance #3
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Pale Ale - American
4.27 | pDev: 5.39%
Nov 28, 2017
Dec 14, 2016
Notes: American Pale Ale brewed with an experimental hop variety from South Africa.
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4.5 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2017
4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 06, 2017
4 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2017
4.25 by JRod1969 from New York on Jan 25, 2017
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on Jan 23, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.24.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a super hazy and turbid golden peach color, orange hues with a foamy finger of white head, good retention and lace. The aroma is pleasant, citrus peel and some tropical pineapple and mango, grassy hops take over with pale grain and mineral water lingering. The flavors are quite bitter initially, sappy and piney, lots of green hop, hop spice, grassy and earthy hop profile, some softer fruit flavors emerge as the bitterness subsides once it warms up with sweet grains helping to support the hops. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy with a gentle medium body, lively carbonation at the finish that is nicely dry.

Verdict: A very good pale ale from Hill Farmstead, the South African hops are expressive and aromatic, though extremely bitter on the tongue. For a pale ale, it just felt heavy and bigger than the 5.00% abv it's quoted at. Definitely a good beer, but not one I'd write home about considering the exceptional quality of other beer from Hill Farmstead.

Jan 22, 2017
4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jan 12, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

hazed golden straw, bright white head leaves nice lacing all down the glass. aroma is relatively mild, but very pleasant. notes of bright orange, grapefruit, lemon, some grassy floral notes and a touch of bitterness. crackery malt is subtle but provides some nice balance. incredibly crisp and drinkable, light bodied with that HF signature creamyness - the masters of the pale ale.

Jan 10, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Skrip from New Jersey

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ glowing yellow with a small head and a little lacing.

S~ like a citrus milkshake... lemon, orange, grapefruit with a little lacto, dank grass and earthyness.

T~ less like a milkshake here... thankfully! haha but still like a creamsicle. lots of awesome citrus flood the pallet followed by earthy hops and bitter orange zest.

M~ little creamy, nice carb and refreshing!

O~ so... i guess i like South African hops! haha definitely different and my favorite of this little series! South African hops for the win!

Jan 09, 2017
4.17 by bobv from Vermont on Jan 09, 2017
3.54 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Jan 08, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a recently purchased growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Cloudy lemon yellow, loose knit cap cover the offering, clinging to the glass is a snowstorm of residual froth.
S - Sweet malt, dragon fruit, pomegranate, hint of orange zest.
T - Follows the nose perfectly.
M - Soft water profile, fabulous palate coating, carbonation cleans the way for a lovely citrus finish.
O - A pitch perfect pale ale, full in texture, rich in flavors and aromatics. The offering is one to be sought out for certain.

Jan 06, 2017
4.44 by doremite from Vermont on Jan 03, 2017
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2017
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 01, 2017
4.25 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jan 01, 2017
4 by Jhfinn from New York on Dec 31, 2016
4.4 by MilaMila from Massachusetts on Dec 31, 2016
4.42 by ScientificSquill from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2016
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL growler. Hazy pale orange. Big white head. Smells of floral and perfumy. Citrus. Tastes just a bit resiny, but more floral and perfumy again. Cracker malt and light bitterness. Finish has a bit of citrus and tropical sweetness. Medium body. Nice hop flavor profile.

Dec 30, 2016
4.27 by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico on Dec 30, 2016
4.39 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2016
4.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Dec 27, 2016
4.21 by TBonez477 from Vermont on Dec 27, 2016
4.4 by junaman from New York on Dec 26, 2016
4.48 by judkinst from Vermont on Dec 26, 2016
4.24 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Dec 25, 2016
4.68 by Ace1117 from Massachusetts on Dec 24, 2016
4.6 by edthehead from New York on Dec 24, 2016
4.28 by SkiBum22 from New York on Dec 23, 2016
4.23 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2016
4.4 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jhavs from New York

On tap at Blackback Pub poured into their fluted snifter. 12 oz. pour.

Hazy straw, creamy just off-white head which is slow to settle. Lacing clings to the glass.

Earthy and spiciness to the persistent hop aroma. Lemon zest. Interesting and different.

Unique hop flavor. Floral, earthy, bit of rye like spiciness. Hint of citrus and light malt presence.

Moderate carbonation, lighter side of medium body.

Overall a very tasty brew. Easy going and unique hop flavor profile. Change of pace brew.

Dec 20, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by yourefragile from District of Columbia

On tap at HF and a 750 mL growler.

Pours a hazed, cloudy pale orange golden with a creamy white head. Fresh, grassy, citrus and herbal nose; nothing "remarkable," just plainly ideal for style. Body has a nice biscuit and malty backbone, with a strong hoppy earthy and berry fruit tart bitterness. Creamy and full dry body, crisp finish, nice balance and earthiness and fruit. Very good.

Dec 19, 2016
3.9 by user785335 from Florida on Dec 18, 2016
3.92 by acurtis from New Jersey on Dec 15, 2016
Self-Reliance #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 36 ratings