Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #47
Ranked #727
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Nov 07, 2022
Oct 03, 2010
Notes: Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.
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Rated: 4.34 by Khaack from New York

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Oct 31, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa this evening.

Looks nice enough. Pale slightly hazy dull yellow body. Small white head shrinks to a ring and covering, scattered lacing.

Very mild aroma, hard to pin down.

On tasting, well, certainly not mild. Sour, tart, dry, very faintly funky. Even a light sweetness pops up now and then.

Mouth just above medium, finish clean and refreshing. Even a very light warming in the back of the throat.

Overall, really nice after work beer on a warmish fall evening. Well crafted. Enjoying this. Happy to find HF on tap in pa.
Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 4 by eluvah from New York

Sep 12, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Dgman8053 from New York

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by xdtfx from Illinois

Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good sour that is yeasty and sour without being too sour. Cloudy yellow color with white lacing. Nice malt on the finish. Lemony and crisp. Easy drinking on a hot day.
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy, straw color. Large bubbled head that recedes rapidly. Very few spots for lace.

Clean farmhouse smells--yeasty without bread aromas. There are mild citrus notes.

Dry flavor, almost astringent up front. LOTS of yeast on the tongue, it's very dominating. There may be some hop bitterness, but the bite seems to be more about the yeast. Neutral body with an appropriately elevated carbonation. The beer is growing on me. I initially thought it was TOO astringent and yeasty, but subsequent sips allows me to detect faint peach and weeds (although it never shows up in the smell). I'd still categorize this as extreme.
Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - fantastic bring yellow with great rimming
Smell - grassy floral citrus
Taste - grassy floral funky citrus
Feel - medium body light carb slight creamy
Overall - really fantastic farmhouse!
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

Feb 06, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by turfy from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a mostly clear vibrant yellow with a frothy bright white head that displayed great lacing throughout the drink. Aromas of mainly lemon and brett funk with maybe some pear. Taste was lemony tartness with some funk. Mouthfeel was spot on...finely bubbled carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. HF has this down. A farmhouse ale with the right amount of tartness without going overboard, with a delicate mouthfeel. One of the best.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Arthur (2021) from Hill Farmstead. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 25.4 oz capped bottle. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 28/11/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on end of label “20210106”. Served at 39.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 47.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), white, average retention, diminishing to a one to 0.5 cm crown and a complete cap with many rocks. Second pour produces a 5.2 cm head. Some sediment breaks loose at the end of the third pour, but most remains in the bottle.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide band of tiny to small bubbles, slowly evolving into disintegrating torn curtains.
Aroma – 4 – Initially a bit vinous and fruity with some barnyard funk, no malt, no hops, no yeast. Funk becomes stronger as it warms.
Flavor – 4.75 – Taste follows the nose but slightly acidic, no malt, no hops, no yeast. Light lemon and little funk in the first glass. Second glass is about the same, with a slight increase in funk in the aroma but not in the flavor. No ethanol (6.2 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Mild gastric warming toward the end. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation, i.e., typical wild ale. Ends a bit dry.
Final impression and summation: 4.5 Very pleasing wild ale, lemony and crisp, with the initial funkiness fading away. Lacks the muddledness of many other examples of the style.
Nov 28, 2021
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
White/gold look. Smells of tart. Taste tangy, and with hints of citrus. Feels smooth, and refreshing. Overall I think its a fine Ale.
Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Rainintheface from Florida

Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 5 by AllanW

Sep 10, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at brewery:
First pour is clear golden, with the remnants sneaking in to cloudy and yellow things up a bit. Head is a couple fingers and lasts as a film encircled by a thick, fuzzy ring.

Nose is tart apricot, peach and lemon with a bit of must and a hint of funk. Smooth yet effervescent feel - a little smoother in the second pour. The second pour is also slightly less tart and a little more funky.

The second pour has a cracker and hay/grass sneaking out from an apricot/tangerine opening, whereas the first pour has a little sweeter opening. Tartness squeezes the sides of my tongue in both glasses.

A familiar farmhouse impression comes out of the second, transforming to a hay/dry grass bitterness by the end. The first one is a little cleaner, with the tartness lingering more than any distinct bitterness.

I really like the mix of tart and musty farmhouse, especially in the second pour.
Sep 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
large bottle into glass
Bottled 4 months ago.
Bright, fairly hazy, golden straw look. Effervescent, slightly tangy, fermented, malty & pineapple, aromas. Really tangy start to the show, taste wise, with a touch of bitterness that fades pretty soon. A trace of the pineapple, with no sweetness, mixed with a bit of lightly toasted wood and a bit of a good type of mustiness, also in the taste. Finish is the tangy part, fading to very little non-sweet muscat grape, with a touch of herbal and floral flavors.
Sep 07, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hazy bright blonde with sticky endless white legs; chalk, flowers, lemon zest, + mild funk on the nose; Carr’s, apricot, orange zest, yellow apple, sage, earth, slight cheese rind, hint of white pepper, + grassy hop end; smooth, tangy, fizzy, with gypsum.

4.25 4.25 4.5 4.25 4.5

Another one you’ve got to pay attention to if you want to see the orchard fruit depth, mellow farmy funk, and the hop presence.
You can linger, drink in company without fussing, pair with food… this is their flagship for a reason.
Smooth, nuanced, mature, delicate, easy, fun, lovely.
Aug 13, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4.73 by mmhannon from New Jersey

Jun 02, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Jan 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - Poured into a wine glass, a cloudy straw haze is topped with a one inch white head lingered in suds of varying sizes before dissipating into a delicate crown.
Smell - Funk, increasing as it warmed, was the first thing I noticed, but was quickly joined by lemony citrus and a touch of spice.
Taste - A restrained tartness washed over my palate while barnyard funk quietly let its presence known. The citrus was from the aroma was present as well. Bright lemon was the most prominent of citrus, but more of a grilled lemon than overwhelmingly sour. Some spice on the finish with a lingering minerality that I find hard to define. Complex and changing with every sip, it leaves my mouth watering for more.
Feel - Lively and effervescent with a medium body.
Overall - Truly fantastic.
Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 5 by JustKus from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by BrandonAllaire from Vermont

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is my favorite Hill Farmstead shelfie. For $10 you really can't beat this beer. Look is a beautiful light honey color. The nose offers that unmistakeable Hill Farmstead, sedimenty, funk that lingers. Taste is tart but the sediment and funk come through. As this beer ages it gains complexity which enhances the mouthfeel in my opinion. The taste will linger a bit longer and have a more prominent funk. Overall this is one of my favorite beers and is pretty hard to beat.
Dec 29, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by paresis from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 4 by Ashes857 from Maine

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy straw color with a perfectly white head that is quite bubbly. Simply a gorgeous beer. Funky aromas associated with the style are forward on the nose, but there’s a surprising amount of citrus as well, specifically lemons and mandarin oranges, and some white grape notes, too.

I am officially drooling.

The funk is also forward on the taste, but it is the lemon and mandarin orange flavors that really elevate this - there’s a little sour, but the citrus flavors soften the sour and add depth that I’ve not previously found in this style. Truly incredible flavors.

The mouthfeel is effervescent, drawing you back in for another drink. Truly world-class, IMHO.
Oct 11, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Mule Bar
Sep 23, 2020
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A fantastic beer, I really liked it. With defined style but with imagination and creativity. Complex but balanced in excesses and style. A brutal beer!
Sep 09, 2020
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