Juicy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/16, poured into my mini snifter, because I enjoy my beer incrementally when it is this good!
Pour is like carbonated apple juice, little to no head.
Smell is wine and not too funky funk. But funk fo sho.
Taste... after hovering over this glass with my nose for a good two minutes... awesome. Big wine, solid funk, and both of those carry through with smooth finish I would name "RR Supplication light" (intended as the highest compliment!)
Feel is where Juicy really earns it's name. Huge flavor and funkiness present.
Really awesome. My first HF offering, and did not disappoint in any way.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a burnt copper rusted orange. Clear... until the bottom of the bottle and the yeast sets in... dun dun dun...

S - pungent straw and lemon. Definitely got some funk. Some tartness and a pointy, sharp vinous punch. Much darker than your traditional saisons.

T - more of the nose, with an even sharper flavor. Is there some booze in this? Tart and astringent lemon and hay. Twangy orange citrus. Deeply earthy, fruity flavors and a mixture of red and white wine. Raspberries and other medium hue fruits. Kalamata olives in the finish and a slight citric acidity that might be booze, might be hops, might be yeast?

F - ultra smooth and creamy, especially for a saison. Rich, low carb, embodies its name perfectly.

O - juicy, not so much in flavor, but definitely in texture, flavor profile, and everything else.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Onsite at the brewery:

Lovely clarity, honey-tinged pour with a slight fluffy head
Fruity/citrusy (galaxy definitely, mosaic maybe) hops, some acidity evident
Perfect tartness, not overbearing but present like a white wine dry hopped with galaxy
Nice light mouthfeel, dry finish
Overall, worth seeking out, sets the (ideal) bar for tartness in a saison imo

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Released Nov 2016, so about 3 months ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light orange tinted gold, very good clarity thin film of fine, bright white head with excellent retention.

S: Heavy barnyard character, fairly rich Vienna-like toast and slightly sweet malt and light citrus hops. Mild Sauvignon Blanc-like wine and candied gooseberry which suggest Nelson hops.

T: Moderate citrus, fairly intense earth/dirt with light astringency, finishing with a bit of white wine, but also moderate bitterness and more earth. Slightly mouthwatering but no tartness per se. A little austere for my taste.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation with slight creaminess.

O: Beautiful nose, much of which seems to be the hops and/or wine barrel. The bitterness and aggressive brett combine to make this a bit too dry without sufficient presence for my taste.

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Photo of SABERG
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a recently purchased bottle into a stem goblet.
A - Golderod colored backdrop, steady cabonation, a quick to exit white cap.
S - Vinous nose, Sauterne, herbal tea, dried tropical fruit, blond tobacco
T - Wow, what a myriad of flavors, aged Burgundy, meets up with sundried pineapple, then in walks chalky minerality and
a sweet honey drop.
F - Slightly viscous, carbonation quickly cleans up the oily feel. Sweet start and then the tongue lays flat in wonder. Sweet, tart, hint of sour, what to do? Wonderful.
O - A remarkable craft offering on display here.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

consumed fresh - bottled 12.2016

love the appearance of this bottle - pour is a slightly hazy golden orange color with a bright white head that decorates the glass.

strong aromas of funky brett, lemongrass, hay, barnyard, horse blanket, citrus peel, slightly tart, touch of peppery spice, garlic, apples, hint of oak.

palate is tart apples, orange peel, lemon, beautiful funkyness, vinous notes, garlic, onion, peppery hops, oak, crackery malt

mouthfeel is crisp and this beer finishes slightly dry, light-medium bodied with a fluffy & creamy texture that accentuates the beautiful flavor profile.

overall this beer was refreshingly tart and extremely enjoyable and while this is not my go to style, its easily a standout in my mind... absolutely perfect!

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Photo of Briggy
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: golden amber honey color small bubble ring lace.
S:sweet citrus with hoppy pineapple notes.
T: Light fluffy refreshing taste of sweet fruits with mild barrel age notes.
F: refreshing mouthful of sweet tart grapefruit bubbles.
O: Excellent beer and a must have.
375ml Bottled on 12/16

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a half-finger of off-white head. The head settles into a halo, leaving some lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is bright, tart, and complex. Sour apples, grapes and lemon rind up front. Grassy and quite hoppy. Back end is full of vanilla oak and caramel notes, as well as plenty of doughy yeast.

The flavor follows the nose. Tart and citrusy on the front end, hoppy and vegetal in the middle. Finishes very doughy and yeasty, with plenty of vanilla, caramel, and some slight funk.

The body is medium-light, with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth and very creamy. Lightly crisp and fairly dry. Faint lingering acidity.

Overall, a fantastic farmstead ale that is extremely flavorful and complex. It's a perfect balance of sweet, hoppy, and tart, with just enough funk to remind you what kind of beer you are enjoying.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into stemmed wine glasses at the Hill Farmstead tasting room on 12/15/16.
Pours a beautiful deep amber with great clarity and one finger of bubbly head.
Aromas of white wine, oak and lots of yeast abound.
Flavors are incredible. So much wine flavor, so much wood, great tartness. Deep, round flavor.
Mouthfeel was excellent and kept drawing me back for another sip.
Possibly the best wild ale I've ever had.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, had really nice feel. Tasted fantastic, probably the best Saison I've had from Hill. Had a citrusy tart feel in the mouth. Great color on the pour and the smell was a good funk smell.

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Photo of jhavs
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great brew. Tart, complex flavors. The barrel flavor comes through fairly strong. Citrusy, bit of funk in the finish. Bit of spice and vegetable characteristic in their too.

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Photo of M_chav
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of a Gueuze. Lots of funky goodness I swear if you had this blind you would guess Belgian Gueuze. It's super complex, LOTS of oak and earthy fruit, dried white grapes and lemon peel, but that aroma tho... So funky so cool! Give me more please!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very nice HF saison. I enjoyed this very much, and the aromas were extremely enjoyable. The color on this was my favorite part though, Hill Farmstead makes some pretty brews.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Curt for sharing this with us. The brew pours a clear golden with white cap that holds well. The aroma is a pleasant mix of vinous and lemony lactic character and mild vegetal hop mix. The taste carries forth everything listed in the nose - lemony lactic aspect mingled with soft vinous appeal and a hint of caramel/vanilla oakiness. This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew that I would certainly like to drink again but the cost of admission and rarity/hype likely put this one out of reasonable reach.

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Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange color. White head.

Sour and funky. Gary. Grapes and wine flavors. Green apples and lemon citrus. Peppercorn and spice. Very complex saison. Lots of flavors. Love the fruit flavors here.

Light bodied. Easy to drink. A little funk on the finish.

One of the better ones from HF.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some of Hill Farmsteads finest! Amazing beer that is smooth with a nice barrel finish. Purchased 2 of these bottles along with many others of its caliber for a small group tasting.

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Photo of Mojua
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've only had b2, but thought it was awesome. side by sided it with a couple of the flora variants, and it easily held its own. very bright, crisp, and tart.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Melon, straw, clementine, sauvignon blanc up front and through the middle with some earthy, piney, herbal qualities on the finish. Soft mouthfeel with lively, but not prickly carbonation, and a very restrained tartness. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a 375ml bottle.
Smelled the bottle when uncapped and the initial aroma was ugly vegetal, cabbage-y funk. Strange.
Then the pour. Really opened up. Hugely aromatic beer - melon first, then gooseberries, NZ sauvignon blanc, spicy cedar, tropical fruits, new world hops all over the place.
Flavor was bright and citrusy, heavy on white wine barrels and hops - not bitter, just aromatic. Hard to tell where the hops end and wine barrels begin. Masterfully done.
Loved this beer. Big and complex and beautiful. Way to go, Shaun.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Darker than I thought it would be; More of a deep amber-hued body with a generous 1cm white foamy head with decent retention
S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and of course a healthy amount of funk on the nose
T: Burst of peach, Meyer lemon, and mango is met by a delicate tartness
F: Light and pillowy mouthfeel with a lactic coating on the finish
O: As malleable a saison as I've ever encountered, Juicy takes on aspects of a tart wild ale, rustic farmhouse ale, and juicy DIPA in a very clean and well orchestrated flavor profile. While I've been nothing but impressed with HF's offerings, Juicy truly separates itself in my perspective. This was a novel beer in many regards to my palate and one I thoroughly enjoyed. While it certainly lives up to its namesake, the soft tartness and delicate mouthfeel only serve to enhance the experience. Nicely done.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden to amber with a little head that forms a ring around the edge of the glass. S: Has that Norma smell, but with an IPA twist. Tropical fruit and some funk, nice. T: Fruity, some of the Hill funk. Lemon, pineapple, mango. Something almost like peach candy on the very back end with a punch of oak. M: Light, with nice carb. Very similar to the rest of HF saisons, but maybe a little softer, not real dryness as with some other the others, the oak dryness is there, but it's lessened by the juicy flavors. O: This beer is great. It's not the best one from Hill that I've had, but it's amazing. It's like a Tree House juice bomb with Hill funk. Solid brew

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nothing too crazy, a finger and a half of white head, dark gold, visible yeast at the bottom. Fine looking beer. Actually let loose a beautiful POP once I opened.

Smell: Holy hell, my mouth is watering. Beautiful buggy smell with a touch of citrus and white wine. Acid, fruity hops, beautiful farmhouse. Delicate but strong and bold. It's not overpowering at all, but it's a rush to the senses.

Taste: Surprising amount of citrus and dryness, oak, and a bit of tropical fruity hops. Acidic for sure, a bit of lacto, dry chardonnay, a touch of yogurt.

Feel: Medium carbonation, lighter end of medium mouthfeel, drying from the wine and oak. Leaves you wanting more, which makes sense.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been rated and reviewed endlessly so I will only note a few surprises. I came into this not having read reviews, only knowing it had a somewhat legendary status. From what I'd heard, I expected more hops, a lighter beer, more pure fruitiness. What I got was something less extreme, less one dimensional, better to my tastes. There is a ton of oak. That was surprise one. Big oaky notes. Buttery. No vanilla or tannic elements, just woodiness. Love it. Surprise two was the body; this has heft, girth, thickness for a wine ba wild ale / saison. Carbonation is a bit muted but that just enhances it's heft. The name juicy didn't conjure that for me. The darkness of the beer was surprise three; had the auburn tones that one might expect of a biere de garde (without the abundant head). Acidity is mild, perfect for the richer body.

This is less a summation and more an observation of facets. A beer I would love to drink over and over again. Sadly, probably not gonna happen.

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Photo of AnotherBrick00
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a crazy beer. A beautiful balance of fruit and acid with a nose I will never forget! Tasted at the RateBeer fest and now trying to everything I can to get my hands on a bottle!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange/rusty/amber color with a slight white head that lingers a bit throughout drinking, light lacing on the glass. Smell is fruity, apple, funk, citrus, grapefruit. The oak barrels also come through strongly on the nose. Taste profile reflects much of the same, oak is pretty balanced with the fruit flavors. Slight hop bitterness as well. Drinks extremely smoothly, with a dry crisp feeling left on the palate. Great stuff.

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