Self Reliance: Motueka
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #504
Ranked #6,791
4.41 | pDev: 4.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: This batch features personally selected Motueka™ hops from Freestyle Farms—our agricultural partner in Upper Moutere, New Zealand—and was conditioned in oak puncheons for 3 months.
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a yellow color ale with a generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of leafy hops notes with light vinous notes is quite enticing. Taste is a complex mix of rustic malt notes with vinous notes and hops notes reminiscent of Sauvignon with light peppery yeast notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super enjoyable saison with nice mix of vinous notes and great drinkability.

Nov 12, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, bottled on 03.13.2019, poured into a Hill Farmstead etched RONA wine glass.

The beer pours a very hazy and cloudy orange color, amber hues with shades of gold and a nice big foamy white head, about two fingers or so with excellent retention and wonderful lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lime citrus, wildflower, delicate funk, soft oak, nice tropical fruit, strawberry, dank grassiness, lightly herbal with a lingering soft pale dough with underlying mineral water. The flavors are excellent, tangy lime citrus, tropical pineapple, orange peel, wildflower bouquet, dry leaves, mineral water, delicate funk, berries with a dank and grassy character that lingers nicely on a bed of soft pale grains. The mouthfeel is great, lively and crisp medium body, tangy with a slight tartness and a very dry bite at the finish.

Verdict: An outstanding farmhouse IPA from Hill Farmstead. So complex and a great depth of flavor that really draws out so much life from the Motueka hop. Crisp, tart, tangy, bitter, bright, delicate, juicy, funky, it just encompasses so many things without feeling overbearing or muddled, top notch stuff.

Sep 28, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This feels like lemon-lime gatorade on the nose. It's not artificial like that, though - with a sweet and funky lime rind, lemon acidity, grapefruit sweetness, oak, and white wine.

The Nelson version of this was really great - this is even better. The lemon lime characteristics of Motueka hops absolutely shine here - there's a wonderful fresh zestiness that just can't be beat. There's a touch of clean floral bitterness, some wine barrel, oak, and loads of farm fresh funky citrus.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and very crisp, with a great level of drinkability.

This series is absolutely delicious, and they need to continue making it.

Feb 29, 2020
Self Reliance: Motueka from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 16 ratings