Difference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Difference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau BlancDifference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc
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IPA - New England
Ranked #427
Ranked #1,748
4.29 | pDev: 4.9%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Difference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau BlancDifference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger dense offwhite head slowly craters in from the middle, leaving a permanent ring of bubbly lacing. Body is an opaque, hazy, slightly muddy orange.

S - strong tangerine, pineapple, herb.

T - rather dank citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine most predominantly. Middle has a bit of funky sweat sock going on, with some bitter, earthy hops as well. Moderate bitterness. No sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body with lower than expected carb.

O - the dankest beer I’ve had from HF.

Apr 21, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the second of 4 Hill Farmstead cans that I traded for in front of Other Half relatively recently. No date on the bottom of this but it had "DIFFERENCE & REPETITION" on the bottom with "1364" written underneath that. Like their other offerings that I've had, this was incredibly smooth and easy to quaff and almost didn't feel like beer because of the inherent juiciness and recessed level of alcohol!

Lovely pour to this as the beer was a milky straw with plenty of head to top it off. That was boisterous enough but the lacing left behind was impressive because of how thick and copious it was. Not a strong aroma to this but there was enough dankness from the Galaxy as well as grapefruit pith, lime zest, and earthy citrus thrown in for good measure. All of those shone through in the taste as a milky dandelion mouthfeel took hold and gave this an underlying sweetness that tied everything in together. Orange cream, funky woodiness, and a light but sufficient carbonation rounded things out as the flavors lingered for a while and coated the palate nicely once the liquid finally went down.

With so little booze present, this was incredibly easy to quaff. Beers from Hill Farmstead seem to almost be naturally occurring since they are so smooth and rustic in nature. That's how this was and fans of their brews will easily fall in love with this, as was the case with me!

Jun 07, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler, hand written tag reads "Difference & Repetition" - no mention of a batch number, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.19.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy orange color, cloudy golden hues and a foamy white head, good retention and nice swatches of lace. The aroma is pleasant, strong honeydew melon, pine, grassiness, light stone fruits with mild bitterness and doughy pale grain and Hill Farmsteads signature water profile. The flavors are fine, lots of melon forward hops, light pitted stone fruits, grassy and more spicy hops as it warms up to room temperature and the bitterness is quite strong with an assertively malty backbone. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy medium body that has a nice prickly touch of carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

Verdict: A solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. Nothing to really write home about, the melon forward hops aren't really my favorite but there is a nice balance to the beer. The bitterness keeps the beer tasting more on the spicy/green/piney end of the spectrum and doesn't let the fruit flavors develop past the melon character.

Jan 29, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
Indecipherable date code.

Pours a glowing light orange
without much of a head to speak of. (3.5)

Guava, mango, like and a dash of limey oomph. (4)

Animal cracker malt through the finish holding up some earthy bitterness and the same fruity aromas as in the nose.  (3.75)

Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. (4)

A decent beer. The hops seemed like they might have lost some of their punch but they were still there and it wasn't oxidized or anything. Good IPA with a nice tasting malt character and a crisp bite in the finish. (3.75)

Dec 08, 2017
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HM88 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber appearance w/ about half inch of thick foam head. Hazy body, very beautiful. Aroma is fruity and flowery. The flavor matches up well and hits the palette hard w/ fruity notes of pre-dominantly grapefruit, after taste is nice -- no bitterness. Smooth mouth feel on par w/ other HF. Although, the beer was overall good, I prefer HF's society & solitude series.

Nov 16, 2017
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Chris215 from New York

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at As Is in NYC on 11/3. Well balanced IPA without that juice explosion in most IPAs. I like the Simcoe and Centennial hop combo. Easy drinking beer.

Nov 03, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 growler into HF stemware.
Pours a beautiful vibrant hazy honey color with one finger of thick head.
Aromas are lots of orange and hops, some mellow yeast in back.
Flavor is beautiful showcasing orange with hoppiness backing it up. Some tropical fruit as well.
Mouthfeel is HF level...always amazing.
Delicious beer.

Oct 23, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome looking brew, typical HF appearance. nicely aromatic on the nose, matched on palate with pithy grapefruit and orange, peach, bubblegum sweetness, some earthy dankness and mellow white grape notes, herbaceous character, bready malts and a hit of pine on the finish round this one out. insanely pithy, clean, well balanced and crushable... great offering!

Oct 01, 2017
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swenny916 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 ounce can.

L- A lighter orange with a smallish white head. A nice hue of orange.

S- I smell some fruit, but it's not overpowering. It's a nice, pleasant smell.

T- Delicious citrus taste. I notice grapefruit the most. The aftertaste is soft and not at all bitter.

F- Such a soft feel. Smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall a very tasty beer I loved from the first sip.

Sep 25, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in a Willi Becher.

Light orange straw. Thick foamy head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is full of fruit and earth. Tropical fruit, melon and grapefruit rind on top of earthy resins and grass.

Flavor is bright hops. Bitter grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit with bitter pine, resinous earth. More citrus comes out as I drink, zesty and juicy lemon, lime and orange.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Another great brew. They balance everything so well. Got some cans to go too!

Sep 08, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Hill Farmstead beer out of a can and man it is good! Very interesting mix of hops. Smells and looks great on pour with a great head. Glad I bought the max!

Sep 05, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe/Amarillo/Galaxy? Drooling already.

This one pours a soft peachy looking orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has that classic soft fruity HF smell- very melony, peach, and pineapple galore- with a dank grassiness.

Hill Farmstead hops are basically better than all other hops. This is so soft and fruity, with a zesty soft grassy bitterness on the finish, slightly piney, a bit floral, and so fruity- melon/grapefruit/pineapple/stonefruit/etc. It's not quite top tier for their hoppy goodness, but it's HF, it's good, you know this.

This is soft, like drinking a cloud, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm basically a sucker for this brewery.

Aug 08, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on tap at Hen of the Wood, Burlington, VT
Served in a tulip

Hazy, burnished orange appearance. The turbid body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight and creamy, bright white head. Copious amounts of streaky lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was really fruity and bright. Tropical fruits came through strongest. Big mango and passionfruit notes. Loads of juicy orange and tangerine as well. Slightly tart and tangy. Somewhat lemony.

The flavor was similar to the aroma and just as terrific. Uber juicy and bright. Freshly squeezed orange juice came to mind. Some tropical fruits too. Mango and passionfruit for sure. Tangy lemon and lime notes appeared in the center. More fresh orange on the back end. Touch of rind-like pith on the finish. Fantastically well balanced. The lemon-lime notes intensified as the beer warmed.

Super creamy, plush mouthfeel. Silky smooth and supple. Medium-full for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervesce that frothed up nicely on the palate.

Hill Farmstead always kills it with their hoppy beers and Difference & Repetition ranks up there as one of my favorites. This really pushes the New England-style IPA to the the extreme.

Aug 03, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler. Hazy orange. Smells of tangerine and a little resin. Tastes of grapefruit, bright tangerine, a little garlic. Pungent hop profile. Slight sweet pale malt and some grain. Moderate grapefruit bitterness. Medium body. Soft carbonation. It's a pungent and flavorful IPA, without every being abrasive. Delicious.

Jul 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT.
The appearance was a rusty burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light lace.
The aroma had a nice intake of sweet pulpy oranges, grassy hop bitterness, light mango and then a light fulfilling spreading sort of lime coming in underneath.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a nice little zing from the lime and even coming from the orange, just a little bit. Nice mobile orange to lime and mango sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Nice acceptable bitterness with some zing/zest in the finish.
Overall, really nice AIPA that I'd come back to.

Jul 23, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Other Half pint like glass.

A~ orange/copper creamsicle colored, nice big fluffy head and a ton of lacing.

S~ earthy up front with grass and sticks. rushing in with some burnt oranges and other citrus maybe guava and papaya. hmm...

T~ follows the nose for the most part. citrus fruit up front with more grapefruit here followed by a rush of bitter earth/woodyness. the burnt orange still lingers.

M~ really nice feel, juicy, creamy, nice carb and smoooooth!

O~ another very nice IPA! definitely more bitter than most of their IPA's but if thats your sort of thing you'll love this! more of a west coast ipa meets new england style hybrid. mmm....!

Jul 20, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA from Hill Farmstead. Hazy fruity great nose great mouth feel. What can you say, you can always count on anything from the hill. Highly recommend.

Jul 16, 2017
Difference & Repetition - Simcoe, Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 128 ratings