Walden | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
95.7%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 492 ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by rudzud on 07-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,076
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
492
Liked:
471
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
6.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 492 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Nubza
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good
Not great

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Photo of kniles38
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at HF on 4/29/16. Pours a hazy straw gold with a tight, 1.5 inch bright white head. Nose expresses citrus zest, grain and wort. Taste consistent with nose; however, I also get a hint of rolled out. Mouthfeel is light in body with an easy, even carbonation. Overall, decent for the abv and most likely spectacular on-cask; however, it came off as a bit unfinished to me.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFC21
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbone2131
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NelCet
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfalls
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - lemonade yellow, nice haze, small head made of tiny bubbles

S - hoppy notes of pine and citrus over a lager-like malt base

T - dank, grapefruit, tropical, some malt sweetness, but finishes dry, lingering lychee

F - light yet creamy, perfect carbonation

O - probably the best beer I've had under 4%

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Photo of jason3125
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hammerhead79
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours an opaque golden straw color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Nice retention with some decent cobweb lacing.

The aroma is rather faint, but very pleasant. I get some lime, orange rind, and white bread, as well as a touch of pine.

The flavor brings lots of biscuity malt, as well as some sweet orange citrus. There's a good amount of bitter pine resin on the back end.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Some lingering bitterness.

Overall, a damn good blonde ale. I enjoy the hop profile as well as the sweet, bready malt. Drinks heavier than the ABV.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes great; less filling.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KristopherWKing
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EB1
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbarletto
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huddyball
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best sessionable ale I've ever had. Flavor is not overpoweringly hoppy like you'd get in an IPA/IIPA but it's enough to know you're drinking a well crafted ale. Could drink this stuff all day and not get tired of it.

Pours a bright, hazy, golden color with a fantastic white head that leaves good lacing. Smell is great and muted. Tons of tropical fruits (lemon and orange dominate). Taste is on point with the smell. TONS of lemon up front. Feel is very good but doesn't really stand out in any way.

Overall I was VERY pleased with this brew. I opened up a 750ml growler after a hot day and killed it in about 30 minutes because it just hit the spot. Would not hesitate to get more when available.

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Walden from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 95.7% out of 100 with 492 ratings
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