Life Without Principle #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Life Without Principle #1 (we are big fans of Thoreau!) is the first in a series of Citrus inspired American Style Blonde Ales. #1 is brewed with 200 ICUS of Valencia Orange and complemented by several American hop varieties. The inaugural release was brewed with the help of our good friend Luc "Bim" Lafontaine, formerly of Dieu Du Ciel! in Montreal and now en route to Japan to open his new brewery.

Added by MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at HF Harvest Festival 2012 and poured into HF wine glass.

LWP#1 pours a mirky golden yellow color, white frothy head, spotty lace. Nose is citrus zest, grass, crisp bitter hops, and a touch of malty notes. Very much a hop-forward blonde, which I am really into. Flavor is straight forward grass, hops, citrus mixed with a touch of malts. Light body, good carbonation, clean hoppy finish.

A really nice sessionable hop-forward blonde we have here. I remember Shaun saying he wanted to redefine the Blonde Ale, and I think this beer certainly does this. Overall, just super-easy to drink and very enjoyable...great stuff.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml growler poured into a Bruery tulip. Thanks Urbancaver for the bottle.

Life Without Principle pours a pale golden straw color with a one finger fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is light bready malt with a nice slice of orange. The orange comes through as the beer warms.

The taste is exactly as the smell. Light, crisp, clean malts with a big bite of orange. The finish is slightly bitter and lingers on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation.

Overall, this beer is very nice. An easy drinking, low abv beer that is very refreshing and easy to drink. Another very solid beer from Hill Farmstead.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2L swingtop growler filled at the brewery/ Poured into a pint glass. This has been kept chilled since it was filled.

Appearance: Really clear light blond in color. Pours a nice thick and creamy white head with nice retention. The lacing coats the glass very well.

Aroma: Some citrus and hop tones upfront. Really unique and interesting. The citrus tones amplify the citrus in the hop aromas. The malt tones are far in the background.

Taste: Light orange zest and citrus tones from the hops. There are some backing notes of vanilla and sweet malt. There is some bitter pine near the end that leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, an interesting take on a blond ale, but it really feels more like a lightly malted IPA. The citrus and hops work pretty well together. A good beer but not near the best Hill Farmstead offers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for the share! Notes from 8/29.

a - clear straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone quick. not much lacing to speak of.

s - there's that citra. smells fantastic. a blonde ale...really?

t - not really a better way to say it than...a hopped up blonde. big bitter finish.

m - soft and easy drinker but bitter finish. watery, but it is a blonde. very light.

o - wow, a hopped up blonde. what will they think of next? blone is a style i don't love, but the extreme hoppiness on this one helps make the style more digestible and enjoyable. blondes are usually boring to me, but this one had something unique about it.

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, Matt!

Light yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a ring quickly, leaving some lacing, this looks nice. The nose is excellent. Brilliantly fruity, citrusy and clean with a light stone fruit character with citrus zest. Light, there is no malt character present.

The palate opens bitter, zesty, fruity and a little green and grassy, mildly herbal too. Lemon, citrus fruitiness, citrus zest resin and bitterness/astringency are present. Drying and bitter on the finish with a zesty astringency, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated, refreshing and sessionable. Excellent stuff.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler (3 days old) into a tulip.

Appearance is a very transparent golden color. Huge white, fluffy head.

Very bitter hop aroma dominates the scent.

First taste is sweet and slightly bready. It's followed up by a nice hop bitterness that follows through the rest of the taste.

It's light and refreshing. After each sip I wanted MOAR...

Overall up against other big hoppy beers, this would be merely average...BUT it isn't even in that class and it can still hang! This is why I feel this is a 5...Definately one to try...if you're expecting Epraim or Abner you will be disappointed, but if you go in expecting a low ABV, hopped up beer....WINNER!

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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one (even though I brought it back for him from VT).

Beer pours a non-descript light yellow with a medium white head. Smell is an awesome citrus with some light bready maltiness in there. Taste follows the smell but has a bit of graininess in the finish that throws me off a bit. Has a hint of orange peel as well. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. This is a super tasty hoppy blonde ale and another winner from Hill Farmstead. It's not my favorite from them, but everything from these guys is awesome.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this.

The beer is transparent and light, golden yellow hued with a small white head. The aroma is fantastic. Super hoppy and fresh. The flavor is perhaps a step down, but delicious nonetheless. Tropical fruits and citrus. Minimal malt presence. Light in body and poundable. Hill Farmstead strikes again.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler bottle shared thanks to raveskdr, thanks Chris.

The beer has a very nice look, some nice clingy lacing and a great gold look, one can almost see through it. Very clean look.

The smell is amazing, the valencia orange is amazing in this. Other citrus hop notes abound and some straw malt to balance it all out, very nice.

Very tasty, this isn't as hoppy or citrusy as the smell had projected, but has more of the almost lagerlike clean notes and grainy-ness, though the citrus of the orange is still very nice and elegant.

The feel is nice and has a great carbonation level, and medium feel.

Overall this is really nice, a really easy drinker that is really tasty! Would love this on a hot summer day, reminds me of drinking the awesome APAs like zombie dust.

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a Hill Farmstead taster glass at the brewery.

Very clear looking beer, looks more like wine with that classic creamy white cap on a Farmstead beer. A real nice golden butter brass color body.

Nose is cough drop like lemon and herbal. Fruity citrus zest with a sense of candy store lemon drops and spice. Wonderful smelling.

Palate hits with lots of crisp sharpness and playful character. Lemon mixing in the mid palate, spritzy wine finish, fruity and citrus wine vinous character with lots of citrus like oil. Coating on the aftertaste.

Overall real impressive for a style I usually don't care for, never had a blonde ale that tasted anything close to this ever. Exceptionally well done.

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Life Without Principle #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 67 ratings