Table Dorothy - Wine Barrel-Aged
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #54
Ranked #1,017
4.42 | pDev: 4.07%
May 22, 2023
Feb 23, 2019
Table Dorothy - Wine Barrel-AgedTable Dorothy - Wine Barrel-Aged
Notes: In 2015, we introduced a low-alcohol version of our dry-hopped Farmstead® pale ale, Dorothy, and this “table” version has made reappearances in our lineup a few times over the last seven years, including a barrel-aged version in 2018.

In February, 2020, we brewed another Table Dorothy expressly to rest in wine barrels—in this case, for more than nine months—and then dry-hopped the beer with Citra®, Mosaic® and Simcoe®. After an additional 16 months in the bottle, this barrel-aged rendition is now ready to enjoy.
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A 375ml bottle, bottle conditioned since November 24, 2020. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a very nice one finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical and citrus fruit mix. Mango, peach, lemon zest, calamansi, yuzu, oak, light funky notes, and a touch vinous.

Taste: Lightly sour, citrusy, calamansi, yuzu, lemon zest, oak, yellow stone fruit notes, white wine vinous, a touch funky, and a touch bitter.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Really enjoyable and easy to drink with great flavours and complexity. I could just keep drinking this again and again and again.
May 22, 2023
Rated: 4.95 by chippo33 from Vermont

Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle conditioning since nov 2020.

White head with lace. Clear (mostly) golden color.

These wine barrel pale ales are amazing. They drink like what a wild ale should be. Not acidity or over the top citrus. Lots of hops. Earthy and bitter. Floral and a little weedy. Beautiful wine notes and wet oat. Grapes. Lime and grapefruit citrus blend. Light bodied, full of flavor.

This is fantastic.
Dec 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A chill haze dissipates to a clear gold under a bubbly white head clinging at the ridges.

Simcoe is readily apparent right up front with a little catty must, but then funk and acid add their complements, bringing straw, horse blanket and pear via a frothily light body that yet fills out before a semi-dry finish.

At times it has flashes of champagne.
Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Lucked out at the Farm. Never quite know what you are going to get when you are there. This is exceptional. Kind of sour”ish” and I like that style.
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle: Poured a clear light-yellow color ale with a large pale white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with some light funky ester and oak presence is also perceptible. Taste is a great mix of vinous notes with some light funky ester and oak presence with a dry finish. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Nice barrel-aged saison with great balance of flavors and complexity.
Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Dec 12, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Beerbom from California

Oct 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial wine glass. pours a hazy light yellow with minimal head that fades to nothing instantly. nose is that typical HF soapy yeasty oak wine barrel smell with a slight bit of hops that adds a floral element. taste is lemony, floral, somewhat hoppy and extremely mellow. feel is very light on the tongue. not as carbonated as expected and kind of feels like nothing on the finish but it is a low abv table beer. overall, very drinkable and extremely well done table pale.
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
bottled dated november 8, 2018, and generously shared by my brother. this is some special stuff, a cool version of one of their classics, and a beer i could drink gallons of if i had my way, its a shame thats not an option, but gluttony with this one would be a fantasy. its so light, crisp, interesting, and drinkable. the hops are crazy fresh still almost a year later, the white wine elements are huge, and the now familiar hill farmstead yeast is in full swing here. there is something special about opening one of their beers, especially one of the little ones, thick glass, iconic labels, a feeling just sets in even before the top pops. this is blonde and fizzy and humble looking, like so many of their beers, but it sings in the nose and taste. honeydew melon, lemongrass, bee balm, white tea, limey citrus, and soft notes of wet white flower petals, rose hip, white sangria, and peach. the hops have almost no bitterness but there are tannins and acids here, despite this being more rustic and funky than sour on the fermentation side. the hops are super fruity and fresh, and the brett element pops the hops right off. its refreshing at the same time that its complex, and so few beers can do that. there is a lot to be excited about in this delicate but interesting session saison thats both old world and new school in each sip. monumentally cool, thanks to my brother for sharing on a special occasion. this is a nice hybrid of what they do best, hoppy and wild, its really killer stuff. do the hops change from batch to batch? was this a one off? how do i get more?
Aug 01, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out as a subtle hazed golden beer with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice mixture of wine-like funk and oak tannins on the nose. The taste has a nice slightly tart flavor with some hops in the mix. The feel of the beer is light and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a very nice beer.
Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 mL bottle at the brewery. Clear golden. Smells of Brett, lemon, bright white wine, and oak. Tastes of white wine, lemon and citrus zest, oak. Brett throughout. Light grain flavor. Brett spiciness and wine linger. Light body. Delicious.
Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by vfgccp from New York

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

May 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received via CANBIF - this is an incredibly complex, subtle, and satisfying beer. The barrel treatment means that each sip brings a different layer of flavour. Highly recommend.
May 08, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Trio2shine from California

May 06, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Apr 18, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
L - barely a trace of head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - white wine, funk, cheese.

T - funky blue cheese. Orange zest, lime, pine, white wine, oak, cracker malt. No bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with minimal carb.

O - not at all what I was expecting for a Table beer. Full of flavor.
Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
375ml bottle, bottled on Nov 8, 2018, poured into an etched Hill Farmstead tall wine glass.

The beer pours a pale golden color, straw hues, lightly cloudy with a foamy finger of white head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is great, very floral and grassy, citrusy with a nice bitter hop character, a bit of resin with some nice wine barrel character and soft biscuit base with some peppercorn and mineral water. The flavors are great, a nice dry wine character that is fruity and refreshing leads to citrusy and earthy hops, light peppercorn, mineral water, cracker malt with a light oak flavor that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is great, coating and very lively with a lighter medium body that finishes easily with a very light dry kick.

Verdict: A very good table saison from Hill Farmstead. Dry, light, refreshing and very balanced, really what one would expect for a table beer.
Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle. HF stemmed glass. Pours a cloudy bright yellow body, one finger frothy white head, fair retention, not a ton of lacing. Smell is big grapefruit, mildly spicy resin, citrus peel, light oak, mild leather. Flavour follows- a bit more nuanced- dry grapefruit and citrus zest, light spice, grapefruit flesh, a nice dry oak barrel all the way through to the end, which is delicious. Mouthfeel is medium lighter in body, mildly soft carbonation but carbonated more than enough. Grapefruit zest and dry oak all the way through. Good combination which makes for a delicious round of drinkable flavours. Overall- I enjoyed drinking this beer a lot- it's greater than the sum of its parts. Don't be fooled by the "farmstead pale ale" moniker- think of this as a drier, more resinous Juicy.
Mar 30, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by moltch from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4.66 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by edthehead from Maryland

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Samact from Vermont

Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a nice light straw yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty hoppy - with fruity, grassy, and piney hops galore, some kiwi and pineapple, along with funky grapefruit, light wine barrel, and lemon.

The bottle is pretty young, so the hops are still poppin' here. That's not a bad thing, but I definitely would want a little bit more wine barrel. It was only in barrels for 6 months, so the light barrel is not surprising, anyway. It's crazy refreshing, with an herbal funk, filled with tropical fruit, and a dry grassy bitterness on the finish.

This is light bodied, drinkable, refreshing, and oh so delicious - with a nice soft pillowy finish.

This is a very fun little beer. It doesn't have quite the depth of the big and legendary Farmstead ales in the HF catalogue. That doesn't detract from how delicious it is though.
Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by pisano from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by doremite from Vermont

Mar 10, 2019
Table Dorothy - Wine Barrel-Aged from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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