Self Reliance: German Cascade
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
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4.29 | pDev: 3.03%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Farmstead® India Pale Ale brewed and dry-hopped solely with German-grown Cascade hops and conditioned in oak barrels.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color, with big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet and funky orange, lime, grassiness, white wine, and peach.

This isn't quite the delicious beast that both the Nelson and Motueka versions were, but it did get much better once the dregs were added in the final pour from the bottle. There's a dry and clean hop character - grassy, some stone fruit, and lots of citrus, along with that classic white wine/citrus/hay/what have you house funk character from HF. It feels perhaps closer to an actual IPA than the other versions - which were more akin to hoppy saisons.

This is light bodied, fairly creamy, with a pretty fantastic drinkability to it.

I love this series, and love the focus Shaun Hill seems to have lately with thirst-quenching hoppy Farmstead ales. This is the "worst" so far in the series, but it's still absolutely worth a try.

Tuesday at 10:52 PM
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml bottle (several pours) into the test glass. Bottled on 7/26/2019.
A - Bright forsythia yellow, a touch of cloudiness, very active carbonation relentlessly feeds a sustained snow white cap.
S - Funk up front, with some time together, the candied orange rime, lemongrass, oak all slip into the mix.
T - Starts with that mixed culture and oak blend, add a present and proper hop bite, centered on lovely orange, citrus aspect.Some ruby red grapefruit, and a spicy white pepper all come together.
M - That water is spectacular, soft start then a bit of acidity and kiss of tannin take shape. Medium in body, some nice mineral threads. A hint of spice in the center but the real winner is the carbonation that drives the texture like a wagon train.
O - A delightful offering, superbly displaying the single hop, in a different light. With some time spent, the tension between the citrus and the "funkiness" turns more toward a dance of partners. The culture application or time spent in oak are inspired. Delivering a beautiful offering.

Jun 28, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer. Great farmhouse Dankiness and a solid color with ample haze and great foam. I personally liked the Hallertau better, but you can’t go wrong with this beer - it’s amazing.

Jun 26, 2020
Self Reliance: German Cascade from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 6 ratings