Nonconformist 04
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American IPA
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4.21 | pDev: 5.7%
Dec 29, 2022
Jun 18, 2022
Notes: The next in our exploratory series debuts this coming week: Nonconformist 04. This whimsical Farmstead® India Pale Ale was brewed with organically grown malts and hopped, then dry-hopped, with Citra® and Hersbrucker, as well as organically grown, ceremonial grade Matcha powder from China, sourced by FirsdTea. Conditioned in oak barrels for six months, it has been allowed more than 18 months of bottle conditioning before release.

This series continues to include a wide-ranging assortment of blended beers, exploratory aging techniques, and distinctive ingredient pairings, with imaginative artwork by our lifelong friend and collaborator, Alex Peltz of Peltz Creative.
Recent ratings and reviews.
Rated: 4.68 by chippo33 from Vermont

Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
My first reaction to this beer was to be startled, as the plastic cap HF uses with the bottle cap on some of their bottles creates an incredibly tight seal, leading to a very loud pop when set free. If "sound" were a rating category, I'd give it a 4.5.

Anyway, onto the actual real categories. The beer pours a medium straw color that looked pretty clear on the pour itself, but is better described as translucent once in the glass. Short-lived fizzy head.

The aroma doesn't mess around. It bursts from the bottle and the glass with notes of lemon, grape, wine, grass, tea and a light funk. A unique, really nice combination that I really liked.

On the tongue, there's a really nice complexity to this beer. It's taken me a number of sips to figure out what's going on. I get lemongrass up front, followed by some general citrus, then some oak barrel, and a little bit of tea on the finish. Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Overall I'm really enjoying this. Definitely different, without being weird. In my opinion, some of what makes HF beers consistently excellent is that they have enough skill that even when they experiment, it tends to work out very well. Some of that may come down to willingness to dump batches that they don't like, or to the patience to let beers mature until they are ready, or maybe it's something else. Whatever it is, they make great beer.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by edthehead from Maryland

Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like white wine, green tea, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

The tea gives this is an interesting feel to it. Elaborative #5 did the general concept a little better, but this could certainly age out into something even better than it is now. There’s green tea, lemon, and tangerine – I assume that’s all from the tea, maybe? There’s also tart grapefruit and white wine, and a bit of citrusy and hay-like funk.

This is light bodied, crisp, and pretty clean, with a reasonable level of acidity.

I really like the idea of tea being used in either saisons or IPAs, and I wish more breweries did it.
Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from Hill Farmstead. Huge kudos to my lovely wife for making the trip and procuring so many things. ❤️

Shared with Brennan around a fire on our patio.

Fun and tasty beer. Like a CD lite lol.
Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 05, 2022
Nonconformist 04 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 6 ratings