Juicy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

JuicyJuicy
BA SCORE
4.49/5
613 Ratings
JuicyJuicy
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 11-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#174
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
613
pDev:
6.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
706
Gots:
89
Trade:
10
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
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4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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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.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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4.22/5  rDev -6%
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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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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.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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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.

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3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
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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.

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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 613 ratings
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