Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #4
Ranked #50
4.62 | pDev: 9.09%
Oct 12, 2022
May 27, 2012
Notes: Ann is the wine barrel-aged version of Anna, our grandfather's sister, as well as the name of our honey farmstead ale. In her honor, we fill French oak wine barrels with Anna and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After extended aging for as long as it requires to reach its apex, a beautifully complex beer emerges; Anna becomes Ann. Only the finest expressions of barrel-aged Anna become Ann; our version of Grand Cru, this beer represents the finest barrel results at their peak representation. Each 750ml bottle is naturally carbonated and hand-dipped in beeswax, Ann exhibits and showcases the microflora of her landscape.
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Rated: 3.99 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Jun 04, 2022
Rated: 4.79 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 4.83 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.83 by NickandToni from New York

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 4.98 by ajcuster89 from Vermont

Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 5 by dmb987 from New York

Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 4.89 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by dboon from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle generously shared by Seth. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. The nose is somewhat bland with barrel highlights. Real smooth with good carbonation. Light citrus and orange notes with floral/herbal and woody undercurrents. To be honest, after all the hype, I was expecting a whole lot more.....
Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 4.84 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4.92 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.88 by Travitten from Iowa

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.69 by dleiner from New York

Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.68 by Markyg21 from Connecticut

Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 4.56 by dnb128 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 4.9 by sirsteve42 from New York

Jan 14, 2020
Rated: 4.62 by sfr26 from Pennsylvania

Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.92 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
My long time white whale, we meet at last...

As we slowly worked through a collection of Hill bottles this evening, we started with shelf bottles and transitioned into sacrificing a few wine barrel aged versions. The progression is beautifully subtle, while the difference in appearance between them is pretty stark. Ann has much less visible carbonation than Anna, with only a short bubbly collar on top of a shimmering clear burnt amber body. This has closer to a honey appearance, whereas Anna is a hazier, paler yellow, with a larger, fluffier white head.

The aging process has cleaned her up quite a bit more than I was expecting, delivering a delicate experience that is less funky, yet more woody. White grape, riesling wine, and even notes of buttery chardonney develop as it finishes just barely dry, falling off the palate quickly. There's a hint of green olive, and it's only mildly sour, with essentially no funkiness at all. This is possibly the most wine-like experience I've gotten out of a beer. So much so we were contemplating opening a bottle of white wine to compare. It even sweetens up over time.

Ann is absurdly refined and complex, yet exceedingly simple. It does not have the body of the other wonderful Farmstead beers, and while I love it, I think in the long run that slaying a whale such as this puts into perspective just how fantastic the base beer is, as well as all the other HF shelfies, which are just so supple, easy to enjoy, and complex in their own right.

Bottled 2015, released 2019. Thanks Stanley!


Arriving on this fine autumn afternoon on Wednesday October 12th, 2022 after a leisurely hike at Long Pond behind Hill's property (the one you see in the aerial snaps), I wouldn't have dared to presume that the likes of Ann 2015 would be pouring from beautifully basket-nestled, honey-waxed bottles. I may have exhausted the remainder of good my luck for many years to come with this one.

Pouring a finely hazy pale amber with a bubbly head dying to a thin ring, this vintage is unexpectedly oaky, particularly compared to my memory of 2019 Ann. It's got toasty, almost hickory qualities within the wood veins, while the acidity is very mild, like kumquat. The finish is bone dry, exhaling the same mild bleu funk found in the nose. When my partner mentions notions of pizza crust (and no, we haven't eaten yet today), I take that under consideration upon subsequent sips and actually detect characteristics of oregano and sundried tomato.

While an unbelievable fortuitous experience, and a beautiful beer in its own right, this was not quite the stellar experience I was expecting. At the same time, I'd rate it right around the same as I did in 2019, so I'm not adjusting my score here. That said, I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I wish I had gotten a whack at Art this week. It's especially bittersweet to know that the next week's patrons actually did!
Oct 07, 2019
Rated: 4.7 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 5 by rtaps from California

Aug 31, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Hudhawk from Massachusetts

May 13, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Ferocious from Illinois

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Moestavern from New Jersey

Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.84 by AMCimpi from New York

Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 5 by FleetwoodMatt from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 5 by pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 5 by ajramirez1 from Washington

Nov 20, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Awesome to finally try this; great wine, light funk, touch of honey up front; Anna’s funk and honey comes through nicely, with nice sweetness, grains of paradise, mild mild tartness in back; the honey pops as it warms, super flavorful, floral finish. Wow.
Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 5 by ha-sheem from North Carolina

Aug 03, 2018
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