Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #13
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4.49 | pDev: 6.24%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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npolachek from New York

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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bret27 from California

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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hops_for_thought from New York

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #4 release - drank on 6/29/2019. Just a bit funky with that characteristic Hill Farmstead barnyard tasting note. Sour, lots of dry hopping, but still pleasantly juicy. Quite good. Thanks to jhavs!

Sep 30, 2019
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tartness up front that gives way to granny smith apples, tannic grape skins and funky Brett. A bit earthy. Complex. Slick feel. Crisply carbed and zippy. Semi dry finish. Perfect for a humid night like tonight.

Jul 24, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a some what Clear copper orange with a large fluffy white head. It has medium high carbonation. The beer smells of kiwi, white grape gooseberry, white wine, orange marmalade, and grapefruit. It tastes of kiwi, gooseberry, white grape, white wine, orange marmalade, and barnyard funk. The feel is light and juicy. This is an amazing wine ba saison, it’s tropical, juicy, and funky.

Jul 22, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has tart fruits, fermented notes, herbs and a bit of fruit vinegar. Taste is balanced, fruity, mineral with bitter fruit pits and almonds. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite nice wild ale with lots of farmhouse funk and fruit flavors.

Jul 07, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle from December 2016. Decanted carefully in case of sediment, Juicy pours an orange-copper with a thin layer of head from bubbles that rise up in a curiously slow way, as if the liquid is more viscous than it otherwise seems. Beautiful aromas of white wine, apple cider vinegar, papaya, honeydew melon, and orange blossom. The perfect amount of bright acidity on the tongue, enough to get the salivary glands pumping but not so much as to overwhelm the delicate complexity of flavors on parade here. I'm loving the influence of the wine barrels.

May 20, 2018
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y2kawakami from Hawaii

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: With a nice hearty, vigorous pour, the beer produced about a 2.5 finger of soft, white foamy head. About half of the foam laced the glass after about a minute or two of sitting.

Aroma: It smells of wine barrel, oak, tart cherry and other fruity aromas.

Taste: On the first sip, I pick up some tart funk, some straw, some wine barrel. At the very end of the sip, there is a really subtle, slight bitter finish. It is really refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: It seems to carry a lower carb feel to it, but it works for me

Overall: This lived up to the hype for me. It was a really good, enjoyable beer for me. I like what the wine barrels did to the overall taste of the beer. Thanks to jhavs for making this one happen.

Apr 02, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head... falls fast, great rim of lacing.

S: Tart and oaky... white wine and tannin, lightly fruity.

T/F: Follows the nose. Pleasantly tart without being sour. Strong barrel character... somewhat dry and fruity. White wine... grape must... light peach. Very mild hop presence... all the flavors mingle together quite well. Brett is there but well incorporated. The finish is semi-dry and tart fruit.

O: An awesome barrel-aged Saison, and a real treat. Very glad I got to try this one.

Jan 01, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial wine glass. pours a burnt orange. it’s somewhat hazy and has like a cider look to it although not quite as dark. smells of dank hops, oak, white wine. taste almost has a belgian spiciness to it. i get the hops less here than on the nose and the oak seems more prominent. mouthfeel is full. it has a lower level of carbonation than one might expect from this style. overall, it’s a good beer for sure. in the HF canon it’s not at the top for me but still a very enjoyable beer.

Nov 23, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle (Batch 3) into Hill Farmstead flute bottle.

Light amber in color with a good bit of foam head upon an aggressive pour. Wonderful floral aromas and taste. Fruity flavor. Brett is present but not offensive. Not overly tart or overly acidic. Very balanced saison that is pleasant and easy to drink. One of the best I've had.

Sep 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour displays a slight chill haze, yet still allows for a sparkling amber body with a thin creamy white head that fades to a film with a creamy ring and some rolling hills of lace. The full pour yields full haze.

Smell is divine. Simple yet complex. Apple, pear, white wine oak, a hint of light aged cheese funk, and sharp passionfruit.

Juicy starts smooth and round on the palate with some soft carbonation, a crisp tart middle, and a sharp, tart, tingly, semi-dry finish...but what are these flavors? Seriously! It's so well-made and integrated it's a challenge identifying descriptors. Pear. Passionfruit. Nelson-like hops. Crisp, tart tangerine. White wine oak. It's champagne-esque, but also nearing balsamic territory. Kiwi! All kept anchored by some bitter grapefruit rind.

A very good beer, but definitely not the absolute stunner I was led to believe it to be. I would probably put some effort into obtaining another at one point, but actually the beer I had the day before, a similar but local BottleHouse En Foret, impressed me much more, although, it did have added fruit.

Aug 25, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice bit of Brett on the nose. Bigger, bolder body than many HF base saisons. Sweetness is matched by the Brett and wine character. White grape. Some fruit cocktail juiciness. Lower carb than typical. Balanced notes from the barrel, Brett, and fruit flavors. Guessing the fruit comes from the barrel and maybe hops. Very interesting beer and quite delicious.

Aug 07, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage (bottle) at the brewery
A: pours a mostly clear copper color with a quickly receding fizzy white head
S: suggestions of pepper and funk, with an understated tartness, there is a sharpness in the nose that suggests cheese though not as much as in other beers of this ilk
T: pulled back a touch, definite funk and tartness but surprising mild, with a clean biscuity malt profile, followed by some hints of lemon and apple, definite hints of pepper as well, this beer sits comfortably somewhere in between a classically defined saison and a farmhouse ale, neither malt heavy nor funk/sour heavy, as it settles out, some of the tartness dies down
M: definitely dry, but with a fullness that lingers on the tongue
O: excellent but not revelatory, definitely lives up to its name in the juicy department, not my favorite kind of farmhouse ale, but great for what it is. Balanced, and immediate in presentation, allowing for the nuances to drift gradually out from under the more prominent and defining notes.

Aug 04, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

bottled on 10/10/2015.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque golden bodied beer with an orange hue. 1 full finger of white head. Head drops down to a thin cap and eventually no head at all.

Smell: Great nose on this beer. Big white wine aroma. Juicy hops just like the name implies.

Taste: Very white wine forward; white grapes, lots of oak, and lots of white wine tannin's. Light tartness. Light bitterness from hops; melon rind, lemon zest, lime zest, green apples, and pineapples. General fruitiness from the hops as well. Earthy character from brett most likely. Hill farmstead's signature funk is present. Lots of nuances and layers here in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Finish is moderately dry and this easily makes up for the low levels of carbonation. The beer does feel a little heavier because of the low levels of carbonation, but the beer also saw extensive time aging in wine barrels (two years according to the label).

Overall: Glad to have finally tried this beer. Been a long time want. While this bottle of Juicy is two and half years old it was still an enjoyable beer. I usually do not care much for hoppy wild beers, but Hill Farmstead made this a beer that is very enjoyable. The white wine character is so big in this beer and it pairs quite well with the flavors of the hops. This beer has several elements about it that remind me quite a bit of an authentic Belgian lambic, but Juicy definitely has an American spin to it.

Jul 13, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange appearance with slight white head. Aroma is a definite grapefruit and other citrus. Taste is also definitely grapefruit with other citrus. Smooth with a little dryness and bitterness at the end.

Jun 06, 2017
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle from December, 2016. Obtained in a trade. Hope it's still good as it certainly was well cared for.

L: Maybe 1F head poured into Behind the Veil Teku glass. Not much retention, no lacing, only a thing ring. Beer is a very attractive clear deep copper.

S: Definitely getting a lot of the wine barrel (guessing chardonnay) and brett. Some grapefruit and lemon, maybe.

T: Tart wine and wine barrel up front, with slightly sour citrus in the form of lemon and grapefruit along with the brett. Intense flavors, for sure, so the name is apt. Still has a spicy crispness even with some age, so I'm guessing the taste is as intended. Finish does linger despite the crispness and it comes close to running away on the tart side. ABV not really evident.

F: Light to medium bodied, mediumish carbonation. Crispy but palate doesn't dry completely, allowing for a long tart finish. Good construction.

O: Would like to try fresh for parallel tasting, but for now this falls a tiny bit behind Brother Soigne on my list of HF Saisons. As always, I believe the water is what makes all of their offerings so good.

May 21, 2017
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised on how much of a treat this was. Big thanks to VermontHiker. This was not at all what I expected, completely surprised me and the nose was really something to behold. Bottle date 2015 on this one, need a fresh bottle to see what all this time did to it. A lot of bread, grapes, grass, wine and hop bitterness in both nose and taste. The wine barrels seemingly diminish whatever profound tartness wants to come out and punch you in the jaw. I'll drink this again and again and again. This is a beer I'd like to drink every weekday on warm summer nights....for one must know how to make use of their stupidity as much as of their fire. JUICY!

May 03, 2017
Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 761 ratings