Civil Disobedience 2020
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 3.67%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  1
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Civil Disobedience 2020 is a blended barrel-aged Farmstead® ale. This singular iteration weaves threads into a unified tapestry from a variety of wine barrels—ranging between 10 and 15 months—including Anna®, an experimental and still unreleased wheat Farmstead® ale, Nelson Sauvin (which became Self-Reliance), and more. This beer was dry-hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Cascade, and Saaz, then bottle conditioned for 10 months prior to release.

All proceeds (100%) from the sale of this edition will go to organizations that directly support the efforts of those on the front lines of change, battling racism and tyranny despite the risks and danger, through the entirety of the release to the following organizations:

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund; The Innocence Project; and Know Your Rights Camp.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. Cloudy golden. Smells outstanding. Like a citrusy white wine aroma. Nelson and Hallertau work great here. Tastes of citrus and white wine. A little oak. Chewy hop back end. Medium light body. Beautiful.

Jan 26, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a messed up year it’s been. But this beer is not! Cloudy golden body. Crisp grapefruit and mild floral hop goes along with mild grainy saison, white grape must, light oak and leather. Nice slightly prickly carbonation. Easy come easy go.

Dec 12, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a snifter. pours a shimmering yellow with soapy white head that ends up a nice collar around the glass as well as scattered white foam swirls in the middle of the glass that remain for the entire pour. one sniff and you know it’s a HF beer: immediately get that soapy, white wine oak presence i get (and love) in all their saisons as well as some grassy and herbal hops, hay and citrusy lemons and limes. unfortunately i did not dig the taste as much as the smell. the hops add an earthy and spicy flavor that seems not as delicate or well intentioned as most Hf saisons. it still has plenty of dry oak, white wine, lemon and grass but the dry-hopping on this one was not my favorite. mouthfeel is delicate, soft and full as per usual with Hill. pretty good saison and maybe i’m nitpicking on the taste a little to much. it’s very well balanced and put together, and i would gladly drink this any day of the week.

Aug 14, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle purchased at the brewery, into the test glass
A - A light straw background, cant hide the near perfect carbonation. Spheres congregate in a thin off white cap. Lacing is abstract and lovely.
S - Citrus and grape skins, some lemon, fresh cut grass, earthy elements balance the citrus and white wine aspects.
T - White pepper, Savingnon Blanc, touch of oak tannin, lemon and dragon fruit. In the mix is a nice semi sweet cracker. Classic Hill Farmstead mixed culture stamp on the flavor.
M - Medium in body, no edges anywhere. Polished profile on the palate, Semi tart with a delightful tension with the malt and barell conditioning.
O - A very good CD, with exactly the tension, in flavors you should expect. The blending and barell treatment are masterful

Jul 19, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells like white wine and white grape, Hill's signature citrusy/grassy funk, lemon/lime, honey, and oak.

I really like the emphasis on these dry-hopped farmhouse ales Hill has been in on lately. This is so bright and vibrant, with that bone dry white wine funk, citrusy goodness, some lime peel, oak, and a distinct white grape thing that's either Nelson in the blend or just the funk that's being created.

This is light bodied, soft and so clean, and really drinkable. It feels just about perfectly blended.

I'm a big fan of the idea behind this release - Hill Farmstead does really being both a conscientious and justice-minded brewery, while also obviously brewing absolutely delicious beers.

Jul 02, 2020
Civil Disobedience 2020 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 13 ratings