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Juicy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted with American and European malts, American and New Zealand hops and conditioned with our resident microflora in barrels that once held Mimosa.

Added by MasterSki on 11-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
424
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 424
Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -3.3%
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 -3.6%
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%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Darker than I thought it would be; More of an 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 -0.2%
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 -0.4%
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 +1.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of Hootie159
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle. Pours a dark peach color. Zero head. The wine barrel really stands out in the smell. Oak and dry white grapes. Slightly hidden behind is a nice hop character. Clean elegant hops lead a tart white wine. Finishes with a sweet malty straw farmhouse. My favorite part of the taste. Super smooth with a light, tart carbonation. Leaves the palate refreshed.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, orange/amber/rust color in the glass. A small to medium sized head forms and retains fairly well. Lacing is adequate. The overall pour is surprisingly dark.

S- The first impression of the scent in the nose is of light to moderate, lactic tartness. It almost smells like a sweettart at first impression. The middle of the smell is where the name of the beer is realized, with a good dose of juicy, and still tart, light graininess. After the smell there is a touch of lingering oak dryness and fruity, citrus juiciness.

T- This beer hits the tongue in a light burst of mild tartness right off the bat. Again, just like in the scent, I get just a hint of sweettart on the tongue, with a mildly sweet and lightly tart fruit flavor. In the middle of the drink, the flavor dries out a good bit and moves toward a slight hint of hops. That brief moment of mild hops bitterness balances the flavor before it reverts right back to light sour and fruit flavors. The end of the drink is fairly juicy, as the name would suggest, and the dry, oak flavor ramps up as the beer fades off of the palate.

M- On the palate, this one drinks just like the rest of the HF saisons, light and fluffy with a moderate to high level of carbonation. This beer is very easy to drink and drinks kind of like a juice.

Overall, this is a really solid brew. The flavor arc of tart, to juicy, to dry is a very complete and delicious cycle that also includes just a touch of hops. I was very surprised by the color of the pour and the new cap liner, but the actual substance of the beer was pretty good.

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Photo of zoober911
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - This is a very pretty beer. Pours a brick red/orange. Pure white head. Retention is very nice, some lacing remains. People have mentioned a 'cloudy' or 'hazy' beer, but mine is perfectly clear and can see straight through with no haze.

S - Slight barnyard funk, citrus - lemon rind, grapefruit, Sauvignon Blanc.

T - Tart. Slight sour puckering but is restrained. Lemon sour. Citrus.

M - Softer mouthfeel. Slight carb tickling. Extremely dry finish.

O - A very good beer, but I feel like it is missing something. Maybe more sour/tart? Worth trying for sure, but will definitely let the other bottles sit to develop and revisit eventually.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Batch 2, bottled 10/10/2015. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 1/26/2016.

Pours a medium copper body, slight golden hue, two finger white head with the perfect amount of retention, appropriate amount of lacing for the style. It's a nice looking beer. Smells of orange rind, musty oak, mild white grape, lemon, a bit of vinegar, cereal. It smells fairly musty and acetic at first, but as it warms up, the orange rind component definitely comes out a bit more, which definitely brings the descriptor "juicy" to mind. Very nice! Flavour is a combination of grape must, orange flesh, chardonnay, mild cereal grain, minerals, with a mild lemon peel bitterness and light oak astringency on the backend. Mouthfeel is phenomenal, with a medium body, good carbonation, a slight slickness to it that coats your mouth in that orange flesh flavour before giving way to a bit of lemon bitterness. It's particularly dry. It's definitely best served at cellar temperature. Anyway, this is very tasty with a nice 'juicy' aroma and a fairly complex hoppy and funky flavour profile. As a hoppy saison without fruit additions, there probably isn't much out there that's better than this.

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a share out of a Hill Farmstead taster glass. Juicy was a beer I'd been looking forward to for a long time since I missed out on the opportunity to try the first batch. Honestly, overall I was fairly disappointed with it. Maybe my expectations were too high for it, but it didn't come close to my hopes or what I felt like I should be getting after trading for it. We opened a Vera Mae earlier in the night which I much preferred to Juicy. Further, I don't think this compares to some of the other saisons/wilds that Shaun makes.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, Batch 2, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a copper orange color, light amber, very hazy and cloudy, with an off white head, good retention and great lace. The aroma is fantastic, huge melon hops, bright citrus, tropical fruit, mild funk, chardonnay grapes, cereal grains, lemon zest and soft oak. Even from the nose, Juicy is the most appropriate term to describe this beer. The flavors are fantastic, again, "juicy" is the best word, huge melon forward hops, citrus, funk, tropical pineapple, white wine, chewy oak, light pine, wildflower, doughy cereal grains and mineral water. The bitterness is completely absent allowing for a pungent hop flavor with nice funky wine barrel and a great saison base to work in harmony. The mouthfeel is fantastic, thick, coating, creamy, juicy, lively, full bodied with a dry but not unpleasant finish.

Verdict: A stunner from Hill Farmstead. Almost a styleless wonder of a beer, insanely juicy but with delightful funk and wine influences. Balanced to perfection, I'd wager this is a beer best consumed fresh to sufficiently enjoy all that the New Zealand hops have to offer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body with a thin off-white cap. Aromas of wine, honey, brett, mineral water. Funky. Huge brett character. Light in body with little carbonation. Biscuit / cracker notes. Earthy. Rain water and citrus. Delicious.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark orange, comes out almost light a light syrup. Has a very familiar Hill Farmstead saison aroma filled with funk and a 'chlorine.' Taste does not follow the nose -- Orange and fruit, sweet candy, tropical with a funk and oak. Some carbonation on the tongue. This is a very tasty, tropical, and flavorful sour. Seems like it could be appreciated by just about anyone as it does a lot of things right, and nothing over-the-top. The hype is real. Hoping to try another one of these from the cellar after a year or so.

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Photo of jjdc
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, went into it with high hopes and was a touch disappointed. It's a great beer, but not quite the homerum I was hoping for. Still, it's a barrel-aged HF saison so you know it's good.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served to me and split at hill farmstead brewery, batch two.

Pours a clear Amber body with a small white head that reduces slowly to leave some retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are funky and oaky, wet oak, musty basement, white wine, tart citrus, grapefruit zest. On the tongue is oaky, funky tart fruits and citrus, lemon zest, white wine, light hoppyness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing with low carbonation and medium light body.

Glad I got to try juicy, it was a great experience.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2

A: Pours an amber copper in color, small fizzy head, darker than I expected.
S: Super complex, big fruity peach and mango, oakiness, funk notes, more citrus, beautiful aroma on this thing.
T: Extremely well balanced - oak and barrel, punchy tropical fruit and citrus, light white wine, slightly acidic.
M: Crisp and clean, super drinkable.
O: Wanted this to be as good as I hoped and it certainly was. Would love to drink this more often, just a joy to drink.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Gold to amber with medium head and lacing. The first half of the bottle will pour clear, the second half will pour hazy.

S: Wine barrels and tropical fruit.

T+F: The first half of this bottle pour is funky, earthy, bitter, and heavy on the wine barrels. The second half of the pour is juicy and frothy, exploding with fruit and wine characteristics, tailing off with doses of salt and faint hops.

O: A Top 5 Hill Farmstead bottle. Batch 2 is basically a better tasting CD11. Keep in mind, though, that if you are going to be sharing this bottle, you will want to pour slowly and evenly into glasses, as the bottom half of the bottle is the true star of the show.

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