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Average: 4.32 | pDev: 4.86%

Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 75

New England IPA | 6.00% ABV

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. India Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe, Mouteka and Citra Hops
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 75
Photo of SSS
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Hazy pineapple yellow, with a marshmallow white head
S-Light citrus with tropical fruit dominance
M-Medium juicy body with a full texture and medium light carbonation
T-Citrus rind flavour with a smooth bitterness that resonates
O-Fantastic NEIPA

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pale orange hue, with a finger of dense ivory foam atop, which slowly recedes, leaving wisps of lacing behind.

Nose: There is a light citrus character, leaning somewhere between lemon and orange, with perhaps a hint of lime. Motueka hops definitely come through, presenting as a bouquet of green, unripe tropical fruit. Green melon, unripe guava, pineapple, white grape, rainy spring meadows, lemongrass, a little bit of Simcoe earthiness, and a hint of what I can only relate to green bell pepper. It's pungent, but delicate and fruity. Very bright and springy.

Palate: Super green, with lots of that unripe fruit character from the nose. It's grassy, with an immediate but mild pithy bitterness, with passionfruit, unripe pineapple, unripe guava, white grape, and horned melon taking centre stage. Very classic Southern Hemisphere hops flavours. There are whispers of Simcoe earthiness as the finish approaches, but (thankfully), that take quite a back seat, letting the green fruit and grassy Motueka qualities shine. The malt sweetness also doesn't fight for attention. It isn't exactly dry, but there isn't any sticky honey sweetness, and the little bit of sweetness that's that is very clean and neutral, making me think there's most likely a fair amount of oat making up the grist. In the finish, the pithy bitterness, which has been present since the beginning, ramps up a little bit, and the fruitier flavours fall back, enhancing the green grassy flavours. Pithy, green, herbaceous and grassy, mildly bitter finish, that leaves a slight drying astringency, while remaining incredibly clean. Lingering.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, with an essence of lightness to it. It isn't a thin beer, and it certainly isn't watery by any stretch of thr imagination, but it is quite crisp and drinkable. Could easily down one of these if you wanted to. On thr flip side of that, there is also a pronouced softness to the beer, in true NEIPA fashion. It isn't quite fluffy or creamy or pillowy, but it is soft. Effervescence is not agreasive or lively in any way, but it certainly isn't flat. The finish in drying, in a tannic sort of way.

Overall: I'm a sucker for Southern Hemisphere hops. They can really take a beer to an entirely new level. The craftsmanship of the beer alone is fantastic, but the use of Motueka is what really makes this beer shine. It's bold, hoppy, crisp, flavourful, and it just has this really nice green, grassy, unripe tropical fruit character that really defines the Motueka. It's a fantastic beer. It hits the spot for hopheads, with its potency and moderate bitterness, and it's also refreshing and drinkable, and would do very well on a hot summer day. The Simcoe is kept in check, and so is potential sweetness. Pair that with razor fine edges and a high polished delivery, with the uniqueness of Motueka, and you have an outstanding New England IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose, frothy off-white head that quickly disperses into a sudsy slick that coalesces around the edges. Nose reveals a big burst of orange with a little pith intermingled. Taste starts out with a little citrus on the nose but is quickly outcome by a strong earthy/herbal quality, citrus peel and a hint of candied citrus in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and astringency. Overall, an interesting take on the style considering the prevalent juice bombs these days; however, could use a little more balance in my opinion.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I had this it was under the Grassroots brand, but now they're putting out cans and not differentiating between the two. I'm happy to report my original review hewed close enough to my current experience, although I think my first experience with this was so transcendent that now I've simply come to expect greatness from them as a given. That said, any variation is not drastic enough to warrant altering my original review or score, so here it is.

Pale but bright pastel yellow with some rising bubbles forming a soft finger of creamy head, exhibiting tons of lace that develop like ridges off the head.

Bright lemon, vanilla and lightly dank, peppery, faint pine.

Taste is delish. Grassy yet spicy yet restrained yeast. White pepper and dank hops. This is its own flavor, and is hard to describe using established culinary terms.

Soft, frothy, and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was another beer from Hill Farmstead that I traded for in front of Other Half not too long ago. Like the other cans, this one seemed so plain at first but as it warmed up, I warmed up to it at the same time. Simple in appearance and hue, there was a lot of complexity to the taste as this nearly felt organic, and not something that was concocted and brewed!

Once again, this had a lovely appearance to it as I poured it out, with a cloudy and solid appearance to the murky, gold hue. Lots of head topped this off as it was fluffy and full, as well as long-lasting. Solid rings of lacing lined my pint glass as I worked my way through this. White cheese, white grape, floral notes, and melon filled the soft and muted nose as the taste brought out much more. Dank stone fruit, pepper, dank pine, and grass came through in the taste as this had a slightly rustic feel to it. This felt like a Wild Ale as much as an American IPA as it had the best attributes of both...

With a light amount of booze present, this was a beer that was easy to savor since the flavors were allowed to fully emerge. The bottom of the can had "LEGITIMACY" with "1403" written under it, as this was slightly dry on the palate. Along with the right amount of carbonation, it was obvious that this was another winner from Hill Farmstead. It's so easy to see why these guys are the real deal!

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Photo of smcolw
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy white gold color. Excellent ring lace from a moderate head.

Beautiful, well-balanced aroma of floral hops and pale malt.

The flavor starts with a pale malt base with notable alcohol warmth. The hop is light, but strong enough to provide balance and a complex aftertaste. The body is neutral with an elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: solid orange hazy with a finger of whate head that fades tautly quick
S: very hoppy,
T: big hops, sweet but flavors of grass, pine and flowers.
F: thin, highly carbonated with lots of bubbles, dry and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Consume by 12/13/17 states the paper tag. Opened on 12/9/17

A white-golden color, full-on hazy effect with a lush, pure white foam, creamy, ultra smooth and soft feel...and bubbly. The thick foam sticks around throughout the session with the most excellent, thick and intricate lacing!

Light tropical fruity nose with peppery wheat, sweet pineapple, floral mix, mango, california peaches, wild honey, tangerine and mango....yes, it's a rather complex fruity-hop aroma overall. Very aromatic.

The hop flavor's are immense, very complex with multi-colored tones and varying layers of hop flavor that seem to change and mutate seamlessly. The malt brings in golden wheat, peppery grains and a slick, honey sweet edge. High-toned citrus, with grains follow, the ever changing hop flavor's are impressive. First sip is full feeling, lush and smooth, juicy yet dry.... with the wheat malt and almost pilsner-ish slickness. Earthy herbs, juicy citrus, muted pineapple all make sort of quickly change and mutate within every sip. Depth of hoppy flavor is very impressive.

Let get back to the mouthfeel....first sip is soft and creamy due to the most excellent foamy cap. Smooth>creamy and juicy finishing only the slightest bit dry. One of the smooothest, creamiest feeling IPA's ever!! Starts out with a nice, tangy bite that quickly turns very lush and creamy.

This is a very unique and seriously deep New England style ipa. Hill Farmstead always has some unique aspects. But the one thing that stands out for me is the ever-changing, depth of charecter in the hops.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled on Saturday, enjoyed on Thursday. Cloudy yellow hue with a dull electric glow.

Aroma like a lion - bursts forth aggressively from beneath the cap and fills the air around it with notes of fresh cut citrus, green grass and light pine. Sets the mouth watering.

Taste is citra first - tangerine, papaya - the a more piney and earthy follow up. Fruit-forward but not at the expense of the other flavors, including a foundational bitterness (although it’s light).

Crisp, dry, light on the palate. From a guy with NE IPA-fatigue this beer was full flavored without being a hop-hammer to the face.

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