Self Reliance: Centennial
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,170
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4.28 | pDev: 4.44%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay "Self-Reliance" inspires and compels our persistent reflection, examination, and refinement. To that end, we present you with our Self-Reliance series of Farmstead® single-hop India Pale Ales. This release was brewed in February of 2020, conditioned in puncheons, and hopped exclusively with Centennial from the Pacific Northwest.
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely foggy burnt gold with a tall off-white froth that retains well as a moderate bubbly blanket.

Flavors of lemon-lime--without the commensurate acid--are accented by herbal notes that lean towards mint, as well as a sort of hint of dill. Hay and straw make for a very mild funk, while the hops are slightly dank, in the ruggy, catty vein, with a touch of resin in the background.

The frothy medium-light body finishes semi-dry.

May 17, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This smells like grassy hops, lemon-lime, spice, perfume, white wine, and oak.

This is middle to lower end for this series, but it's a still worthwhile pour. The hop character is mainly grassy/spicy, with some lemon, but it's already a lemony-ish beer anyway. There's a good hit of oak, some grapefruit pith, and even some lime.

This is light bodied, crisp, and clean, with a soft and balanced/manageable acidity, and a great drinkability.

Even though is lower end for this series, it's still extremely enjoyable anyway.

Dec 11, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive, fluffy white head. The head leaves a fair amount of sticky, cobweb lacing as it settles into a blanket of foam. Nice color and great head retention. Very effervescent.

The aroma is exceptionally floral and citrusy, bringing notes of lemons, grapefruit, and tangerines. The oak comes through with notes of white wine, oak chips and grassy funk. Subtly yeasty and piney on the back.

The flavor is nicely tart, with notes of lemons and white wine followed by some grapefruit juice. The bready yeast hangs out in the back with some oak and vanilla. Finishes with a wave of grass, hay and pine. Slightly funky and complex.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Crisp and dry.

Overall, this is an excellent oak aged IPA. The puncheon barrels add a nice effervescent, tart character, while still letting the centennial hops do their thing.

Oct 08, 2020
Self Reliance: Centennial from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 12 ratings