Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #86
Ranked #1,454
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Dec 11, 2022
Apr 24, 2011
Notes: E is definitely not a Belgian IPA - it's a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) - fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale - a cross between a saison and an american pale.

2012 Release: Aged in Mimosa barrels.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microfloa for 1.5 years.
2018 Release: Aged in oak barrels, fermented with Farmstead yeast, dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.
2019 Release: Fermented with our Farmstead yeast; aged in oak barrels; dry-hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Galaxy hops; and botttle conditioned.
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Rated: 4.49 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle pour at Hill Farmstead. This is the 2014 release. Pours a deep straw gold. It tastes like the description: a cross between a pale ale and a farmhouse ale—done to perfection, of course.
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2020 Release which was the same as the 2019 release: Fermented with our Farmstead yeast; aged in oak barrels; dry-hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Galaxy hops; and bottle conditioned.
Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by psweet70 from New Hampshire

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750ml capped bottle into a Founder's snifter. Bottling date says March 2017.

Nose is rose petal, lychee, citrus, oak, and just the slightest bit of vinegar tartness. Beer opens slightly hoppy. I get citrus rind, flower petals, and fresh cut grass. Middle is more citrus, lemon zest, and oak. Floral, zesty tartness, and a foamy funk towards the end. Hay and oak on the finish. Body is light with ample carbonation. Lively on the palate and aggressive going down. Crisp, clean, accented finish that somehow still persists on the palate. The drinkability here is perfect.

Very impressive beer overall. Subtle but impactful with a mouthfeel that makes drinking a whole magnum to yourself easy.
Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 18, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 4.81 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another exceptional Farmhouse Ale here. Lovely complexity from the mixed fermentation that lends an almost pineapple character in both the aromas and flavors. The lightly bitter hop base shines through the brightly funky brettanomyces character without tasting oxidized or anything. Nice astringency imparted by the oak. Quite amazing considering how long ago it was hopped.

Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful golden yellow color with minimal foam. Incredibly clean and well executed. Oaky, mineral flavors and bright. Absolutely beautiful beer that’s easy to drink. Incredible how 2 years barrel aging in oak can still yield a balanced and clean brew.
Sep 06, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Aug 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by Bum4ever from California

Nov 15, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Hill Farmstead E.
Spun gold; flowers, granola + kumquat nose; wheat cracker, tangerine, mango, mild farm, orchard fruit, thread of wood, more kumquat + gentle funk; smooth + mild.

4 4.25 4.5 4 4.5


Almost like a blend of half Belgian strong golden ale, half IPA with a thread of funk. Like all HF, incredibly layered and nuanced. A little wonder.
Oct 25, 2019
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2 year old bottle. Very Brett forward. Dry barnyard funk
Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Sep 11, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas

May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut

May 19, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Nunya from Ohio

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Foggy yet lightly sparkling burnt orange to amber with a short bubbly tight head settling to a fuzzy collar leaving thick spongy lacing on glass.

This is probably the heaviest brett I've had out of a Hill saison, yet compared to others it's not that extreme, allowing a touch of soft wood to be present. Still, the Brett is not really funky as much as herbal and even blossoming into an earthier champagne. In the background is a delicate floral note with some bright citrus accents via a fluffy crisp carbonation finishing just barely semi-dry with a mild bitterness.
May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.7 by jvillefan from California

Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
plenty of hints at fruity and grassy hop character, earthy, hay, mellow barnyard, pineapple and grapefruit dancing around with orange peel, medium acidity and lactic character, some floral quality, oaky.
Dec 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a Clear gold with a big fluffy white head. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of citrus, lemon, orange peel, and brett Funk. It tastes funky, with brett, hay, orange peel, and lemon. The feel is medium light and crisp. A nice funky pale ale from Hill Farmstead.
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours clear golden color with white head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma -Big funky nose, brett, ton of oak

Taste - lots of funk, barrel, grass, malt, floral notes.

Feel - Medium bodied really dry finish.

Overall - Hts all the funky dry saison notes really well done.
Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Samact from Vermont

Aug 06, 2018
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Reviewed by gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 2018 bottle into a hill farmstead bulb. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a bright yellow-orange hazy body with a frothy white head that reduces to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are delicate and complex, ripe citrus and hay fields, floral sweetness, light pale malt, musty hops and a herbal earthyness.

On the tongue, E. is lightly tart with flavors of soft citrus, bready, lightly hoppy, earthy, yeasty funk, finishing dry and crisp. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

E. Was quite the treat. Such a delicate, complex beer that goes down so easily, demanding sip after sip.
Jul 25, 2018
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 614 ratings