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

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #141
Ranked #3,975
4.3 | pDev: 5.58%
Aug 26, 2023
Oct 02, 2021
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 Southern Hemisphere expression features Motueka™, Nelson Sauvin, and Riwaka; the Northern Hemisphere variant showcases Citra®, Amarillo®, and HBC 586.
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Rated: 4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Aug 26, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by fthegiants from California

Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by chippo33 from Vermont

Sep 12, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 375mL bottle into a SP stemmed Zwanze Day glass. had back to back with northern hemisphere. pours a slightly cloudy yellow / orange with a beautiful white foam cap. that signature soapy white wine barrel on the nose along with floral, earthy hops. tastes is white wine, earthy vegetation, lemon, oranges and oak. it definitely tastes like BA dorothy! it has a soft, full mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. to me, this wasn’t a huge departure from past BA dorothy’s that i’ve had. it was really good.
May 28, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by StoutSnob40 from California

May 27, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
375 mL bottle. Cloudy yellow. Smells of white wine, herbals, bright grape fruitiness, earthy yeast notes. Tastes the way it smells, but in reverse. Earthy yeast and Brett, oak, then fruity hops. Tropical and grapey hops. Back end is strong white wine and lightly acidic. Wonderful.
Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2021
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks light golden. Smells a bit funky. Taste tangy. Overall feels nice and goes down smooth.
Nov 09, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by edthehead from Maryland

Nov 06, 2021
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served alongside its counterpart.
Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Both Northern and Southern are identical of pale gold color, and mostly clear, but the Southern is a little foggier. Both have a fluffy white foam head of moderate height, but it retains a little more in the Southern, settling to a curled collar.

While I at first detected a dankness within the Northern, here it's actually even mustier, almost ruggy--like chinook--including graham qualities on the nose. It's worth mentioning, though, these are subtle qualities in an otherwise bright and zippy saison that's almost peppery yet just shy of tart.

I was most surprised to find that the hops in this version were a little more assertive, bringing somewhat earthy qualities that even seemed to allow the malt to move to the fore with those hints of graham.

The hops also seemed to have allowed the body to seem fuller and fluffier, while the yellow apple I found in the Northern transitioned here to grapefruit and orange, with fainter qualities of white wine and stronger yet still mild herbal and hay-like funk.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Tommo from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Unlike arthur puncheon, this is truly a 4.5

Pours gorgeous hill saison with good head. The nose is vibrant fruity saison with a nice mellow barrel on the back. Flavor is similar. Really pops from the hops. Overall would buy again even at 20$/375ml
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a very hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like a lot of the recent Self Reliance releases, with big funky pineapple, white grape, passionfruit, citrusy funk, oak, and white wine.

I didn't like this one quite as much as the Northern Hemisphere version, as the brighter and more intense Southern Hemisphere hops kind of dominate here, and take away from the rustic hoppy character that Dorothy is meant to have. That's not to say it's not delicious - but it tastes more like a Self Reliance than a Dorothy.

This is light bodied, creamy, and juicy, with a very nice drinkability to it.

Even though this isn't as good as the Northern Hemisphere, it's still a tasty beer.
Oct 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 16, 2021
Dorothy (Wine Barrel-Aged) - Southern Hemisphere from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 19 ratings