Self Reliance: Centennial
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American IPA
Ranked #336
Ranked #5,793
4.26 | pDev: 4.46%
Jul 23, 2023
Oct 04, 2020
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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Rated: 4.48 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of trat notes with some lactic Brett notes and light citrusy hops notes. Taste is also a mix of citrusy hops notes with some tart lactic Brett notes with some funky ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable saison even though hops have faded and Brett notes are taking over.
Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

May 14, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by aasher from Indiana

Dec 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Rated: 4.5 by edthehead from Maryland

Nov 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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: 92 out of 100 with 14 ratings