Shirley Mae: Sunrise Edition
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Porter
Ranked #13
Ranked #3,143
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
Apr 28, 2023
May 16, 2017
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