Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #19
Ranked #243
4.48 | pDev: 6.25%
May 02, 2022
Nov 20, 2012
Notes: Juicy is inspired by our love for New Zealand—the adventures had therein, and the journeys grown from without. Our love for the landscape, the agriculture, and the spirited reflection of its inhabitants a decade ago has led to the vision of what lies before you. After more than a year conditioning in wine barrels with our resident microflora, the beer that we have referred to as Juicy is now ready to be enjoyed.
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4.02 by Affinity from Missouri on May 02, 2022
4.68 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Mar 23, 2022
4.5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Jan 05, 2022
3.8 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2022
4.69 by Piffler from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
4.67 by blisscent from Rhode Island on Nov 13, 2021
4.35 by Samdaddy from Massachusetts on Nov 04, 2021
4.3 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2021
4.75 by Ajlvt from Washington on Aug 07, 2021
4.82 by crobinso from Colorado on Jul 28, 2021
4.53 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 28, 2021
4.5 by bouncepass from California on Jul 14, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

New Zealand inspired beer - aged in wine barrels for 8 months and is fruity and a darker color. Tasted of wine and some sharpness as well in this beer.

Jul 07, 2021
4.5 by Bum4ever from California on Apr 20, 2021
4.5 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 15, 2021
4.1 by codytwo from Connecticut on Feb 28, 2021
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.75 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jan 25, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Alan, thank you so much for this one.

2019 vintage - 375ml bottle - poured into a Zinfandel stem at 45°F.

With a loud, forceful *POP* of the cap, Juicy pours a slightly foggy deep burnish orange-amber hue - rather dark, forming just a razor-thin collar with some slow lazy rising bubbles.

Nose: My goodness, this is striking. This is a mandarin orange - freshly peeled and squeezed until the juice begins to run. Not naval, not Cara Cara, not mineola - mandarin - joined by gooseberry, white grape, Meyer lemon, apricot, gingerbeer, green apple, cloudberry jam, all swirling amidst some subtle barnyard funk, wet hay, petrichor, cellar stone, wet leaves, wine-soaked oak, old books, some zesty acidity, and these immensely complex perfume notes. This may be the single most impressive aroma I've encountered. My first ever 5 on anything. I don't hand those out...

Palate: Juicy greets the palate with that soft, restrained Hill Farmstead tartness - citrusy - with a noticeable malt sweetness behind it. There's almost some IPA influence, with juicy flavours of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh grass, gooseberry, white grape, and some serious sauvignon blanc influence. Mid-way, the subtle acidity fades, revealing some grainy malt, and a musty, overripe dankness emerges. The brighter fruity notes begin to give in to some grassy character, orange pith, lime leaf, and some bitter peach pit. Some resinous Nelson hop character emerges, still bacled by some lemon zest, and then vinous wine cask, tannic grape skin, and lightly bitter hop resinous waft through the finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is medium-bodied, with a touch of weight to it, despite its small size. Effervescence is ultra-fine - on par with champagne, but much, much softer. Some dry tartness up front, fading to semi-dry with grain poking through, and then finishing mostly dry, with some tannins and resinous hop oil cling.

Overall: This is a truly spectacular example of what creativity, nuance, and new boundaries can achieve. This farmhouse ale displays a rare quality of not really having an equal - as in, nothing really compares to it. It's a saison, but it has some pale ale spirit, but it Nelson-hopped, with theae heady, exotic elements that pair seamlessly and beautifully with the wine barrel, and everything about it is so perfectly rounded and softened, like a river rock smoothed by the waters of time. One of those rare, inspiring bottles that just sings in harmony.

Jan 22, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rristow from Ohio

Tart and fruity with a lot of farmhouse funk

Jan 17, 2021
5 by JAWS from New York on Jan 14, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Smell was gorgeous. Taste...not so much. Really didn’t vibe with my palate. Sour hops

Jan 02, 2021
4.17 by CMC73 from Oregon on Jan 02, 2021
4.38 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Dec 29, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of chesco.
February 2020 bottle (~10 months old).
L: Golden hazy deep orange/copper. Reddish hue. Thick fluffy average size off-white head with lacing.
S: Brett, oak, citrus, wine, time.
T: Tart, lemon, wine, oak/vanilla, with a little brett Barn funk. As expected, more flavors keep showing up as it warms up.
F: fairly full yet dry.
Overall: Very nice. Not mind-boggling. I have no knowledge of wine either.

Dec 02, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Crystal clear light Amber with a thin head, very little retention, and no lacing.

S: Light aroma, notes of white wine, oak, peach, pear and subtle biscuit malt.

T: Intense, tart, and juicy notes of grape, peach, pear, and grapeskin. Subtle oak and bisciut malt as well as some funk.

F: Medium light body, gentle carb, dry finish.

Overall: A delicious farmhouse ale, very complex fruity flavors balanced against Earthy, oaky funk. Highly recommend.

Nov 16, 2020
4.32 by Stefko from Ohio on Nov 02, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Bottle to snifter. Share with DC.

Look: swirling foamy eggshell head. Excellent retention.

Aroma: Chardonnay, perfume, floral, very pungent aroma.

Taste: ginger ale, white grape, ester, ash

Feel: Dry finish. Medium body and excellent carbonation.

Very excellent and unique. Changes as you sip. Each attribute seems to add to the whole in unexpected ways. Kind of like a wine spritzer.


Oct 23, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

375ml undated bottle from the most recent release.

Pours hazy copper with a half inch head of white with a vigorous pour. Minimal retention or lacing. Surprisingly low carbonation for the style. Light notes of cider vinegar, grape must, wine barrel, and wet hay in the nose. Light bodied with a slickish, thinnish mouthfeel. Vineous and tart on the palate with undertones of Burgundy, citrus, and apples. Finishes fairly dry with some lingering tannins, red fruit, and grapeskins.

Nice beer but proper carbonation for the style would really help the aromatics and mouthfeel. Not really getting a "juicy" impression either.

Oct 15, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (06Jun2019) into a Belgian glass

L: pours a perfectly clear gold/amber with a moderate white head that fades after a couple minutes. Leaves a great ring of foam around the edge with some moderate lacing

S: lives to its name with the first whiff, really gorgeous and deep tropical fruit and citrus aroma. Followed behind by a mild tart/barnyard funk and great depth from the wine barrel aging. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, some apricot, orange, pleasant acidity

T: follows the nose well, fruit nose comes through but takes a backseat to the base ale. Slightly funky, nicely tart farmhouse flavor with some notable wine barrel structure and depth. Fruit there from the nose, increasing as it’s warmed. Again grapefruit and pineapple, more of that orange as well as apricot. Medium long finish

F: light+/medium- body, medium/medium+ carbonation, slightly drying, moderate acidity

O: a delicious farmhouse ale (no surprise there) with a really great and differentiated nose. Up against stiff competition with the rest of the HF line-up, manages to differentiate itself well

Sep 25, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Bottled on 02/14/2020. Enjoyed on 09/24/2020.

Sep 25, 2020
4.31 by folkstar from Rhode Island on Sep 02, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Got curbside service last week, Freekin’ Covid. Sucks being 100 feet away from tap room and not getting in! Oh well, got to be happy it’s even doing curbside. I just wanted to try this when I was looking at potential beers and am super happy I did. I really like sours and while this isn’t a sour the Juicy was, for me, close. But this didn’t overwhelm me with tart at all. Just a great blend and very easy going down. I know it’s not a sour but if it was it would be my favorite of all that I have had. Pours a light color, slight head, not much lacing, lingered nicely in my mouth and I could smell it just when I opened it before I poured it. Wonderful beer. Kind of wish I had purchased a couple more than just my two. Would have loved it in a 750 ml bottle though. Just not enough of it.

Aug 27, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep orangey/amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with some vinous notes of Sauvignon and some oak presence is also detectable. Taste is also a mix of funky yeast notes with some vinous notes with clear Sauvignon notes, some oak and light tartness with no acidic notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very enjoyable sour with nice wine barrel-aging notes.

Aug 26, 2020
4.17 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2020
4.25 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2020
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 11, 2020
4.74 by notchucknorris from California on Jul 27, 2020
Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 770 ratings