Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #77
Ranked #1,449
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Apr 07, 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beers-es from Virginia

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
4.6 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2022
4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 27, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

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
4.19 by psweet70 from New Hampshire on Oct 22, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

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
4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 18, 2021
4.51 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jul 24, 2021
4.81 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2021
4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by eppie82 from Illinois

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
4.49 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
4.31 by Bum4ever from California on Nov 15, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by StJamesGate from New York

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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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

2 year old bottle. Very Brett forward. Dry barnyard funk

Oct 05, 2019
4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Sep 11, 2019
4.53 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Aug 21, 2019
4.32 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Aug 10, 2019
4.35 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2019
4.41 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Jul 04, 2019
4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 27, 2019
4.49 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on May 27, 2019
4.32 by WoolEnthusiast from Connecticut on May 19, 2019
4.33 by Nunya from Ohio on May 12, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.7 by jvillefan from California on Mar 12, 2019
4.5 by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phineasco from Massachusetts

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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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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
4.44 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Sep 29, 2018
4.5 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2018
4.4 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Sep 12, 2018
4.19 by Samact from Vermont on Aug 06, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smells of fresh cut garden herbs, orange zest and a flowery note, which mingles into the oaken barrel, acting as a calming antagonist to the fresh hops. This appears very well rounded on the nose, topped off by a hint of passion fruit and blue cheese. A unique combination, which works very well on the nose.

Drinks light and refreshing with a thirst quenching finally, in which dry and sour flavours team up to a powerful combination.

Tastes of dry, herbal hops among sour yeast and dried orange zest. Turns even drier then, with a subtle, sour funkiness coming up, adding a note of wet cellar and leather to the flavors. Finishes heavier on the funk than on the hops, creating a short, dusty toffee peak, covered in old leaves and mushrooms.

Truly complex on the palate, this is a great split between saison and pale ale, full of daring and more subtle flavors, combined to a fantastic blend on the palate.

Jul 16, 2018
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jun 28, 2018
4.44 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jun 14, 2018
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