Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #8
Ranked #38
4.63 | pDev: 7.13%
Jan 23, 2023
May 13, 2010
Notes: Abner (1867-1953) is our great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his fourteen children. In his honor, this Double IPA is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Abner’s well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, bursting with notes of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Abner.

170 Theoretical IBU

Pale and Caramel Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Rated: 4.87 by Larryken from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by Element1290 from Rhode Island

Dec 12, 2022
Rated: 4.62 by DesMoinesMike from Iowa

Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by gutbuster from Kentucky

Oct 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2022
Rated: 4.92 by Bennick218 from Ohio

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A really great double IPA! Had a pint at The Bench restaurant in Stowe VT. Pours a hazy orange color with a good size white head and good lacing on the glass. Mostly citrus aroma but nicely balanced with hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is rich, crisp and moderately bitter. An outstanding Double IPA!!
Jun 03, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Khaack from New York

May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Paul9656

4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Definitely a double. The alcohol flavor is produced more so than other hill farmstead beers. However the beer is truly a HF beer with the deep caramel hue and succinct crisp hoppiness that is so refined. Amazing beer but I prefer a lower alcohol beer.
May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
6 weeks old. Can to wine glass.

Look: Pours a golden-brownish orange with a pillowy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a good amount of lacing. Floaters all over the place.

Smell: Piney, resiny, somehow woody and slightly smoky. Also sweeter notes of melon and gummy bears.

Taste: Less intense, more balanced, but all the notes which can be smelled can also be tasted. Resiny body with notes of sweet melon and burnt caramel, and something woody and smoky popping up here and there. Medium sweetness followed by an intensely bitter finish.

Feel: Clean and full at the same time. Medium carbonation. Quite crushable.

Overall: Very complex west coast style IIPA that combines a typical piney and woody body with different kinds of sweetness. Some unexpected notes (smoke, gummy bears) are also in the mix, but everything fits in seamlessly. I‘d definitely locate this one somewhere close to Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. Great beer that once again demonstrates the versatility of Hill Farmstead brewing high quality stuff from different styles.
May 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by timmy2b from New York

Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Adamostella from Washington

Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Draft at Armsby Abbey

Well damn, my first Hill Farmstead beer and it’s the 35th highest rated beer on BA! I know they’re more known for their Saisons, but I’m very happy to try this

Pours a hazy orange gold with 2 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

For the style, this isn’t super juicy in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of the overripe melon, lemon zest, bready malt, light caramel, peppery hops, fresh grass, and grapefruit rind

It’s a little more aggressive in taste but still feels more rustic than juicy and fruity. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon zest, crackery malt, tangerine, overripe melon, weedy hops, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of grapefruit zest, orange juice, bready malt, peppery hops, fresh grass, and light tangerine

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a zesty yet creamy beer. Finishes mostly dry and very balanced

Holy shit, this is a great beer. Super unique for the style and so drinkable especially for the abv. I need more
Apr 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap. Pours a mostly clear light orange. Nice white head leaves a solid lace curtain. Smell and taste are fruity, with a little pine. Just an extremely well-crafted IIPA. Excellent.
Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.55/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one, from his massive NBS BIF # 15 hit. 16oz can (dated 8/18/20) poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid medium-dark orange color with a bit more than a half-inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

A big blast of hops popped out of the can upon opening. Some citrus-orange scents, and some light frootiness. Very low grain presence.

Fairly similar on the tongue, with a bit of alcohol presence as well.

The body was fairly typical for the style, smooth and light.

Drinkability was good, especially sine the alcohol seemed to fade out a bit as it spent some time in the glass.

Overall, even though almost certainly faded, this still a really nice beer. Would like to try it fresh some time. Worth grabbing if you see it.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Dgman8053 from New York

Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts

Mar 29, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Mar 25, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 5 by cj8311 from Maryland

Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 5 by Johng19751 from Indiana

Jan 21, 2022
Rated: 5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Piffler from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by JAWS from New York

Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
can into glass
Bought at brewery, canned 12 days prior.
Brief, white head. Cloudy, medium orange, with a bit of amber on the side of the glass. Candied tangelo peel, mango, a touch of allspice and light caramelized malt, makes up the aroma. First ⅔ of taste is very good, with a candied tangerine peel, some mango and off-dry ( a wine term for nearly a complete lack of sweetness ), medium toasted, caramelized malts. As soon as these flavors fade, a sharp tangerine peel bite comes in and crowds out all else, for a long finish.
Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by IanX from New York

Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 4.89 by Jkolls from Ohio

Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer was bright yellow in color with a bubbly white head that left generous lacing.

Smell - The nose was a bouquet of fresh lemons surrounded by dankness.

Taste - Initially, fresh but dry lemons led the profile. There was just a touch of sweetness like the East Coast style, but it was not liquid candy. The dankness really came through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body was nicely thick with an almost gritty body. Carbonation somehow survived the viscosity.

Overall - This is a great IPA, but I have had better.
Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri

Aug 28, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Can fresh from brewery.
Similar to heady topper but better.
Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The best of the Hill Farmstead IPAs in My opinion. Smooth and bitter and the same time and a very delicate balance. Nose of citrus and color is like fruit juice.
Jul 08, 2021
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Jun 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2021
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