Anna | Hill Farmstead Brewery

AnnaAnna
BA SCORE
4.35/5
1,617 Ratings
AnnaAnna
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.

Added by kingcrowing on 12-31-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#372
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
1,617
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
515
Gots:
365
Trade:
46
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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanSchwam
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of salthemonster
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Unbranded silver pry-off cap.

Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin. TX. Reviewed live as a saison. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Fairly creamy. Nice thickness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves a light even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear yellow colour of nice vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking. Has surprising clarity for a saison; not the hazy body you'd expect. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Surprisingly hop-forward, with elaborate floral hop character, dried lime peel, sea salt, clean barley, neutral Belgian pale malts, and biscuity Belgian yeast. No alcohol, off-notes, or booze is detectable. Not real funky per se, but there's a hint of brettanomyces, sure. I'm not finding much barnyard or farmhouse character.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Acidic, but not real sour or bacterial.

TASTE: Intricate notes of intriguing lime and lime peel steal the show here. The Belgian pale malt backbone is quite neutral, to its benefit, letting the subtle biscuity Belgian yeast steal the show alongside a kiss of funkiness. Not real heavy on barnyard or farmhouse character; I don't find hay or straw. Surprisingly hop-forward for a purported saison, with ample floral hop character and some hints of fruit.

It's not as intricate or deep as the best Belgian examples of the style, and to be fair it's anything but traditional with its filtered presentation on the palate and hop-forward flavour profile. Still, the build is quite cohesive and the balance is fantastic. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Light-bodied. Refreshing. Well-carbonated. Clean and filtered. Complements the taste quite well. This soft mouthfeel elevates the beer. Great presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable - which is its stand-out attribute. Traditionalists will decry its lack of sufficient yeasty funkiness and spice, but it has enough white pepper to satisfy me, and the lime peel alone will impress the discerning drinker. Absolutely worth trying, but not necessarily world-class. I've had better from Hill Farmstead, and I've only had 3 or 4 of their beers thus far.

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Photo of tscanlon51
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass, Anna is glassine golden straw with a robust, rock-and-cream head and a central column of effervescence. The bouquet erupts from the glass, dominated by green apple, wet grass and honey. The taste opens with a mix of tartness and earth, but this gives way to a biscuit and spice finish. If there’s one adjective for Anna, it’s dewy. This is a sweet, pastoral ale, mixing citrus, bread, honey, apple and hints of ginger, brown sugar and pepper. Anna is full and zesty but also refreshing. This is a product that showcases the liquid component as strongly as its malt, hops and adjuncts. It’s just so damn drinkable, you have to stop yourself from swilling it down.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Theortiz01
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of boredalready
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arusso13
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of controlfate
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calibrews
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of earljones199
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScotNH
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vic123
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichPaul
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TampaRainman
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ttylicki
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snansel
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 09/2014. Drank side by side with East Bank. I liked the East Bank more, but would love to drink this again. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Swaino
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marcsarm
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,617 ratings
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