Balaton: 2020 Harvest
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #616
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Ranked #20,511
3.74 | pDev: 17.38%
Mar 03, 2023
Feb 19, 2022
Very Good
Notes: Next in our series of fruit harvest selections, we paired a blend of our Farmstead® ales—all of which rested in oak for more than a year—with Balaton® cherries from nearby Burtt’s Orchard in Cabot, Vt. This harmonized blend rested in the bottle for over a year, achieving its balance of complex acidity and seasonal fruit representation.⁣
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
This one pours a golden reddish color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sour and very funky cherry, and not much else.

This falls a bit short, as a lot of the Hill Farmstead fruited harvest beers have lately. It’s decent, but the cherry is just overly sour, with none of the balance that Hill Farmstead is generally known for. I’d have no way of knowing what Farmstead ales went into this blend.

This is light bodied, and a really slow sipper, due to the intensely acidic mouthfeel.

Cherry beers run the risk of being either cough syrupy or way too sour – it’s hard to get them right.
Mar 03, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Jun 14, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 10, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Apr 17, 2022
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Rated by edthehead from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Top 3 of the Hill Harvest series. Very nice expression of cherry.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

2.04/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
375 mL bottle. Pours red. Smells earthy, rubbery, with cherry and tomato. Tastes of cherry up front, but turns tomato-y quickly. Also rubbery and bitter. Rough.
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 2.95 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 17, 2022
Balaton: 2020 Harvest from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 11 ratings