Self-Reliance: Vermont-Grown Cascade
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American IPA
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3.96 | pDev: 6.31%
May 27, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
Notes: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” inspires and compels our persistent reflection, examination, and refinement. From our ongoing pursuit of unique and personally selected hops to our steady quest after refinement and the individualized expression of elegance in all of our beers, Emerson’s urging to “insist on yourself; never imitate” provides motivation towards greater self-exploration, self-expression, and self-realization.
To that end, we present you a reimagining of our Self-Reliance series—once our exploratory pale ales, now our Farmstead® single hop India pale ales featuring varieties of our own selection. This new series allows us to showcase each hop’s characteristics within the framework of our delicately tart, lightly effervescent base beer.

This entry in our explorative series of Farmstead® India Pale Ales was brewed in October of 2020 entirely with cascade hops grown by our neighbors Kevin and Karen Broderick of Whitefield Hop Yard in nearby East Hardwick. This spent seven months in our puncheons prior to additional dry-hopping with that same cascade and has conditioned in bottle since.
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed while watching Golden State Warriors v. Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Western Conference Finals.

Funky, hoppy, dry. Another delicious beer from the folks at HF, though not quite to the level of most other beers in their catalogue.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like pear, pine, stone fruit, lemon, and oak.

This is near the bottom for this series, but the floor for this series as a whole is still pretty high. It's got a sort of clovey and pear like flavor, with a touch of pine bitterness, and some lemon. It doesn't feel as purely hop driven as some of the other entries in this series.

This is light bodied, crisp, clean, and only mildly sour.

Even though there are a lot of other Self Reliances above this one, I still enjoy it.
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle. Cloudy orange. Smells very pungent. Grapefruit, light acidity, a little dried grass. Tastes just as intense. Tangy hops. Grapefruit, lemon, light pine. Oak and dried grass. Back end is chewy grapefruit hops. The hops dominate everything, covering up whatever else the base beer had to offer. Cascade is good and all, but maybe not a complete flavor in and of itself.
Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by edthehead from Maryland

Feb 15, 2022
Self-Reliance: Vermont-Grown Cascade from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings