Shirley Mae: Sunrise Edition
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Porter
Ranked #14
Ranked #3,215
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
Apr 28, 2023
May 16, 2017
Notes: Shirley Mae (1936 - 2015) was our cousin, daughter of Everett, and a beloved supporter of her family and Hill Farmstead. In her honor, we crafted an American session version of our Everett porter from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well.

For this special edition, we added lactose and conditioned on top of a small amount of coffee and vanilla.
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Rated: 4.21 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Nitro pour at Hill. The air was a little crisp this day and the beer paired perfectly. Light and creamy although i feel Nitrofying a beer mutes it’s flavors a bit.
Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On nitro tap at Big Fatty's BBQ in White River Junction, VT.

This one pours a inky and glossy looking black color, with a small white foamy head, and lots of sticky lacing.

This smells like lactose, milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and smoke.

This is really solid stuff, and better than most nitro beers I've had, which I tend to not like. The coffee flavor is integrated beautifully, with a bright and fruity roast character, alongside creamy vanilla and lactose, with some ashy roast and milk chocolate.

This is wonderfully creamy, and deceptively full-bodied, with a great drinkability to it.

This is a wonderful update to an already really nice little beer.
Oct 20, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Archives
Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap-nitro-at The Astorian, Queens, NY.

Pours a murky dark mahogany color. Moderate, nitro foamy and creamy tan head, stately and elegant. Excellent head retention along with creamy lacing.

The inviting aroma opens with sweet notes of chocolate, along with dark fruit and a hint of cherry. Additional aromas of coffee, vanilla, nutty and biscuity malts; very pleasant overall.

Full bodied, smooth and mouth coating. The low carbonation greatly supports the soft and velvety mouthfeel. The taste opens sweetly, but not cloying, with flavors of milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy and biscuity malt, and a hint of dark fruit. Additions of coffee add a light roast, while the lactose adds creamy sweetness. The hops flavors add a gentle spice. A long chocolate flavored finish ends with a slight lingering bitterness.

Fantastic! Very sessionable due to the low ABV, yet deliciously full flavored. Another masterpiece from Hill Farmstead; these guys seem to excel at all beer styles.
Jan 11, 2020
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Reviewed by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Phenomenal for a beer with such an approachable ABV.

On Nitro Tap at Farm House in Burlington.

Pitch Black with Fluffy Cream Colored Head.

Roasted Coffee nose with some nut and vanilla support.

Taste follows nose very well.

Luscious and creamy although a touch thin but to be expected with low ABV.
Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 4 by stevec32 from New York

Sep 13, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by AndrewCataldo23 from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 4.96 by CAcker from California

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by chippo33 from Vermont

Nov 28, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by thampel09 from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by nfedas from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Trio2shine from California

Aug 24, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Skrip from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
on nitro poured into a Willi at Hill Farmstead.

A~ dark as night with a nice nitro tan head and a lot of lacing.

S~ tons of roasty coffee up front, followed by dark malt, a lot of vanilla and a little coconut.

T~ even more coffee here... some how!! roasted malt with a little smoke and vanilla and coconut come out nicely!

M~ silky smooth just the perfect feel for this brew!

O~ i was extremely surprised by this! i liked Shirley Mae but this is on another level! amazing coffee, vanilla and coconut which is also extremely drinkable even on a hot day! would love to see this in cans!
Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
On nitro at the brewery. Almost black with a creamy disc of foam. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, a touch of cream. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and cream. Back end is a roasty reminder that it is not an iced latte. Slight hint of vanilla lingers in the finish. Creamy and easy drinking. Very good, though I think the adjuncts cover up what is best about Shirley Mae.
Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by JeanJacketLover from Massachusetts

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by tylerk88 from Massachusetts

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a bar pour's kind of slim white cap of a head. Seemed to dissolve exceptionally quick.
The aroma had a very nice blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, creamy/lactose sweetness, coffee bean - somewhat roasty.
The flavor combined all of the previously mentioned aromas nicely - the sweet to the roast to an ever so light bitterness of the coffee coming in extremely awesome. Smooth sweet to roasty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied like a porter should be. Carbonation felt fairly low but wasn't bothersome. ABV felt appropriate. Really smooth along my tongue.
Overall, I liked it a ton for me, but wouldn't mind going back to my notes on the regular Shirley Mae just to see if there's much difference as off the top of my head, I really don't see much.
Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by doremite from Vermont

Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by judkinst from Vermont

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Deltoro from Florida

Jun 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
great looking beer, had this on nitro. taste is very smooth, but thought it would be a little creamier. coffee is there on the nose, and a hint of vanilla. hint of roasted malt as well but overall found this one to be pretty watery. still enjoyable for a sessionable brew!
Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by jhavs from New York

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2017
Shirley Mae: Sunrise Edition from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 48 ratings