Dorothy (Wine Barrel-Aged) - Northern Hemisphere
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #100
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,955
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.39%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
11
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 12, 2022
Added:
Oct 02, 2021
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  1
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: To honor Dorothy, Edward’s sister, we have aged her namesake dry-hopped Farmstead® Pale Ale in wine barrels for more than 10 months, then divided the batch, so that each might be adorned with distinctly different hops. These compositions are intended to highlight the characteristics of hops grown in two different hemispheres. The Northern Hemisphere variant showcases Citra®, Amarillo®, and HBC 586.
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Rated: 4.87 by chippo33 from Vermont

Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.79 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle. White head that fades. Clear golden straw yellow.

This is an amazing blend of dank, floral, earthy hops and wine barrels. Such a unique hybrid. Citrusy, herbal, bitter. Lots of orange liqueur like flavors. Tons of wine especially as it warms. I wouldn’t expect an wine barrel pale ale to taste like this, but I absolutely love it.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
poured from a 375mL bottle into a SP stemmed Zwanze Day glass. had back to back with southern hemisphere. pours a slightly cloudy yellow / orange with a beautiful white foam cap. that signature HF soapy white wine barrel in the nose along with juicy, fruity hops. flavors of white wine, oak and tropical fruit play together in perfect harmony. incredibly soft and full mouthfeel that doesn’t finish nearly as dry as its sister bottle, making it the more drinkable of the two for me. i kind of figured i would enjoy the southern hemisphere bottle a little more since those hops typically appeal to my tastes buds more than american-grown hops but i was wrong about that. for whatever reason the northern hemisphere hops here play beautifully with the base beer and barrel to create a layer of melon, oranges, lemon and passionfruit atop the prominent wine barrel. super tasty beer.
May 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 mL bottle. Cloudy orange. Smells of pungent grapefruit hops, wine, a little oak, and a little bit of earthy yeast. Tastes of tangy citrus, lots of grapefruit with some sour tropical fruit behind it. Oak, lychee or gooseberry or some sort of tart fruit, and some white wine behind it. Grapefruit hops seem to carry the sourness into the finish. This is good, but Southern Hemisphere is far more dynamic.
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer looks very light and golden. It smells of a funky ale. It taste slightly bitter, and smooth going down. It leaves a nice aftertaste. Id consider this a very good beer.
Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by edthehead from New York

Nov 06, 2021
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served alongside its counterpart.
Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
We consumed a bottle of BA Dorothy around this time last year, so it's fitting to pop these open today, as the last of our afternoon sunlight again wanes.

Both identical of pale gold color, and mostly clear, the Southern is a little foggier. Both have a fluffy white foam head of moderate height, retaining a little more in the Southern, settling to a curled collar, while otherwise dying to a fine chain in the Northern.

Both also feature quite the peppery and zippy nose that blooms right as each bottle pops, as well as throughout the pour and the session, but the Northern is actually a little noticeably dank and resinous up front, and maybe even catty. Wow, I wasn't expecting that. However, it then transitions more to a brighter quality of citrus and lighter oaks.

This version has a medium-light body that is crisp but firm, finishing semi-dry just after tangy chardonnay and plum qualities emerge. It also develops notes of yellow apple, as if right on the orchard, finishing unbelievably clean while continuing threads of white wine. As it warms, it even gets a little gassy, expressing spirits of old world gueuze.

Either way, looking back at my original BA Dorothy reviews, Hill continues to impress with how consistent they are across the board--from the non-barrel aged, to barrel aged, to these variants--it's just a straight line with Dorothy, but maybe at an incline, because I find myself enjoying this the most of all, including over the Southern.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like rustic funk, clean citrusy hoppiness, orange peel, barnyard, oak, and white wine.

This feels like akin to what BA Dorothy usually tastes like, and so for that reason, I like it a bit more. There's a nice clean herbal and oaky bitterness here, with orange, pineapple, white wine, grassiness, and lemon.

This is light bodied, creamy, and wonderfully drinkable, with a nice smooth finish.

It was really fun to be able to try both of these beers side by side. The Northern Hemisphere was definitely better than the Southern Hemisphere, but both were very tasty, and quite different overall.
Oct 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2021
Dorothy (Wine Barrel-Aged) - Northern Hemisphere from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 17 ratings