Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,414
4.23 | pDev: 6.86%
Oct 09, 2021
Jul 21, 2012
Notes: A sessionable pale/blonde ale brewed with our good friend John Kimmich from The Alchemist. <4% ABV. Hopped with Motueka, Amarillo, and Simcoe.

40 IBU
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Photo of LukeGude
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LukeGude from Iowa

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Listed at 3.7%. Session beer before driving. Literally drinks like a NEIPA, not sure how that’s possible.

Oct 09, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16oz can stamped "canned 07/27/21, drink by 08/24/21", (oh well), to a Nonic at fridge temp.
Pours light orange haze with a 1/2" head with multi-sized bubbles. The head fade in a minute or so but lace nicely.
The citrus is strong with this one. Orange pith, lemonade all with a back ground of subtle must.
The citrus really hits in the taste. Its almost like the bitterness comes from citrus rind rather than hops, but its pleasant.
Mouthfeel is rather light. I think it would be a detriment to the "lemonade effect" if it were creamier.
Another excellent beer from HF.

Aug 29, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 13, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

16oz. can into a Founders snifter.

Great head. Hazy but at least this is more of an appropriate style for it. I get citrus, lemon zest, pineapple, papaya, and grass on the nose. Rather subtle. Beer opens spicy. I get peppercorn and clove up front. Citrus, a dry astringency, and lime in the back. Dry finish and aftertaste of citrus peel, bark, and grass. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive and quenching. Bone dry finish.

Very good and on the hoppier end of the blondes I've had.

Aug 13, 2021
4.79 by FabFourCJV from Massachusetts on Aug 02, 2021
4.45 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 31, 2021
4.38 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Jul 26, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Canned 2 weeks ago.

L — Moderately hazy golden orange body with 1.5 fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention and minimal lacing
S — Mostly grassy, earthy, piney hop character accentuated by a bit of dried citrus peel and garden herbs. Smells clean, dry, and refreshing
T — Quite dry with only a bit of crackery malt character to hold up the zippy grassy/earthy/peppery hop presence that is surprisingly robust for the ABV. Bit of a buttery diacetyl note coming through too, unfortunately, which docks a bit in terms of flavor
F — Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Highly refreshing and quaffable, with a level of minerality that is through the roof
O — The most lackluster offering I’ve had from HF to date, but this is still solid, especially for a blonde ale


Jul 09, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Very solid blonde ale. Good hoppiness and a great yellowish color. Drunk from a 16 ounce can directly from the brewery. Solid foam and great to drink this.

Jun 25, 2020
3.62 by travisvb from New York on Jun 26, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 16oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours a semi-hazy yellow with quite a lot of fluffy white head. foam clings to the glass heavily and leaves a ton of lacing as the beer is consumed. nose is lemon-forward with a subtle hoppiness to it. has that trademark HF soapy smell to it. and i don’t mean that in a negative way at all. taste is very similar. lemon, orange, subtle hops; almost has a slight must taste and smell to it. not funky or sour in the least. really light and refreshing yet full of flavor and extremely satisfying. feel is probably the highlight of this beer as it has a lower carb thickness to it that i can’t get over. exceptional mouthfeel for such a small beer. overall, very impressed with this. great for the warm weather setting in and i’d also throw in a vote to wine barrel-age this as they have done with a few of their other hoppy offerings.

Jun 18, 2019
3.85 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 17, 2019
4 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jun 13, 2019
4 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on May 18, 2019
4.33 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Nov 28, 2018
4 by soundaurora from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2018
4.5 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2018
4.4 by SDRedDevil from California on Sep 11, 2018
4 by t2grogan from Arizona on Aug 20, 2018
4.04 by rpjterp from Virginia on Aug 19, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a very hazy light yellow color, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like citrus, lemony hops, honey and pine.

This is super full flavored for the lower ABV, with a great dry bitterness and a heavy juicy bitterness. There’s a bit of biscuity malt character, too.

This is light bodied and super crisp, with a great level of drinkability and crisp level of carbonation.

This is as good as it gets when it comes to session beers.

Aug 04, 2018
4.16 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2018
4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Jul 23, 2018
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Tall can thanks to Eric - very refreshing

Jul 20, 2018
4.41 by Jhfinn from New York on Jul 15, 2018
Photo of Sheppard
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy golden but not in the NEIPA way, but in the more traditional, chill haze/oily hops way. It's not proteiny looking at all. A little lemon and strawberry on the nose. It's dry with a touch of lemon limey citrus and pith. It's got a level of crispness in it that keeps it as the type of beer you want to drink on a warm day.

Jul 12, 2018
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jul 10, 2018
4.06 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Jun 15, 2018
4.22 by CAcker from California on Dec 02, 2017
4.82 by Mikecap from Rhode Island on Nov 12, 2017
Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEER88 from Washington

It's HF, I haven't had a bad beer from them, and this is on par with thier standards!

Aug 27, 2017
4.45 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Aug 26, 2017
3.75 by Mikey2333 from Iowa on Aug 25, 2017
4.25 by knicks19947 from New York on Aug 21, 2017
4.15 by Datdubj1988 from Iowa on Aug 20, 2017
4.5 by dtm426 from Michigan on Aug 20, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by dwb11 from Michigan

Blonde with substance!

Aug 19, 2017
4.04 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 13, 2017
4.51 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2017
Photo of Phineasco
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Look: Yellow, some what hazy with 1 inch head.
Smell: Earthy, pine, and lime.
Taste: Lime, pine, with a little honey.
Mouthfeel: Crushable.
Overall: A nice hoppy blonde ale.

Aug 07, 2017
Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 521 ratings