Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Boto
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours an opaque golden color. There was a bit of a frothy white head that dropped off rather quickly and leaves some lacing. Nice nose. Some tart lemon as well as a bit of a white grape/champagne air. A bit musty and earthy too. The taste is excellent. Tart lemon, champagne, earthy, maybe some sour apple too. Really an excellent brew!!

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Champaign-y look. What I mean by this is that it's extremely light looking, as well as crisp. Beautiful looking beer.
S-Wine, white grape, sour undertone. Lemon, with a slight funk aroma.
T- Sour. Slight brine. Wine and grape is also present. Juicy bee
F-Lighter bodied beer for sure. not too light though.
O- Fresh and delicious beer. Extremely crisp, and I have to reiterate again, extremely fresh.

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Photo of Jofroi
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into willybecher glass.

A: Slightly hazy bright straw gold body. Head is a luminous huge white affair that laces nicely and dissipates too quickly.

S: light lemon funky hay smell a little spice cream character. A little bit of a resin to Hop quality.

T: nice lemon tart flavor with some funk and a nice dry finish with some pithy lemon peel finish.

M: Light good carbonation almost effervescent and a nice dry clean finish with a little sweetness.

O: This is a great Saison. Not much else to say about it. It is well balanced and has a nice crisp clean finish.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead – Arthur

A: pours with creamy and sudsy two finger head, and a nice, hazy yellow body

S: has a subtly briny, lemony nose, with hints of berry, and a soft, somehow silky yeast character. there is a distinctly sharp peppery quality to the nose as well, almost has a sweet-tart character

T: quite tart, very crisp. prominently lemon, with a bready malt backbone. definitely a more tart and zesty farmhouse ale. hints of peach and definite pineapple.

M: just sharp enough but with a softness in the mouthfeel that is very pleasant 5

O: I haven’t had many beers from them, but I had very high expectations going into trying this and they were without a doubt met. This beer lacks the earthiness and minerality of Clara, and is a much more straightforward beer, but is excellent. I would caution you if you’ve never had this beer (or any of theirs) before, you can have high expectations, but try not to have preconceived notions.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry, funk, crisp. A stunning straw-gold body capped by a puffy, soapy white head. Looks like the end collaboration between an architect and an artist. Lively action as bubbles stream up towards the white cap. Looks effervescent and crisp. Light funky aroma (barnyard, musty attic, fruit cellar) with hints of pear, green apple and pepper. There's a lot going on but it's all being done in harmony. Nothing particular comes to the fore - like a fucking orchestra of smells. Taste is funk, grape must, grape skins, pear, toasted grains, green apple and grapefruit. Wine-like finish that's bone dry. Drinks crisp, clean and ends with a snap. Light tart and funk lingers in the palate. Outstanding beer that, oddly enough, despite it's light and crisp feel, it impacted my palate to the point that I wasn't able to enjoy another beer after this as everything else tasted muddled. Powerful stuff.

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Photo of Kplummer82
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jolana25
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The freshest tasting FPA I've ever had. It's crisp and tart, dry sour finish, light but flavorful taste of citrus and spice. Nothing compares. My fav.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle acquired at the brewery on June 28, 2017.

A highly carbonated foggy yellow color pour with a long lasting foamy white head.

Those sour and green apple notes emerge immediately in the aroma with a good barnyard stable atmosphere. Underneath I pick up some hints of cooked barley.

Light to medium body that is also smooth.

The taste is as tart and sour as you would hope and it almost feels like it has a warming finale.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avas
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Straw/bright yellow with big fluffy head. Champagne like carbonation.
Smell: Citrus, funk, hay, and grapefruit.
Taste: Lightly tart, funky, citrus, and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with dry finish.
Overall: Another excellent offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdivers
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a soft foamy white head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is somewhat stringy. The smell starts off with a nice sweet citrus to rustic funk. White grapes, lemon, lemongrass enliven to bring about an extra little spice - what seems like peppercorn. The taste takes the sweet to combine nicely with the rustic and the funk through the previously mentioned flavors. Spice (peppercorn) comes back to balance and add an extra little kick to it. As it warms, it gets a slight sour to tart edge to it and it’s absolutely fantastic. There’s no aftertaste and it has a quick little sweet to rustic to slightly sour finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a super nice sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely as a saison, I’d say this had a nice semi-spicy to sour to tart feel over my tongue. Overall, hot damn, what a fabulous saison!

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Photo of Jacob17
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VonZipper
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazed straw color, bright white head leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass - this is how a beer should look!

enticing aromas are followed on palate. restrained tartness reminiscent of granny smith apples and lemon/lime. bready malt notes, barnyard funk (pretty mellow). some grassy and herbal hoppy aspects, some subdued oaky notes. mouthfeel is light bodied, seems appropriate. overall this Is a really enjoyable ale and HF absolutely kills it in this category. not on the level of Juicy in terms of complexity but still an absolutely delectable brew. cheers!

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Photo of Kendo
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light golden body with a small white head.

S: Slight funk over straw.

T: First impression is tartness; after a couple sips and the palate adjusts, I get some funky, barnyard-type notes. Quite vinous, with white grapes and grape skins evident.

M: Light in heft, with active but fairly fine carbonation.

O: Quite good; refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of micropale
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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