Juicy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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
Ratings:
586
Reviews:
95
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
6.43%
 
 
Wants:
700
Gots:
97
For Trade:
10
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

an extremely impressive little bottle of saison here, wonderfully hoppy and wild, and quite literally juicy in its overall complexion. pale and bright on the pour, fizzy at first but settling back quickly, less hazy than anticipated, but not all the way clear, lots of little bubbles rising up. the aroma forces an almost smelling salts sort of response from me, with an involuntary jerk back of the head, whew this is pungent. right away i get strong wine tannins, a mature bretty funk the gives to a lambic sort of oaky sourness, and of course the unmistakable new zealand hops, which seem dry hoppy right away. my mouth waters like i cant remember, so i set right in on the first swig. a big whoosh of carbonation takes the beer right to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue, the whole palate is getting in on this right from the get go. amazing wild yeast complexion, thats what i love most about this one, super funky farmy brett with soft green apple, meyer lemon, and even white grape notes, dry but sort of richer or more complete of a brett spectrum than most, but this sort of moves into a more bacterial citric pucker, also mature and fully wild, like real lambic, it certainly has that almost medicinal start and the inoculated woody later bit, its certainly at least that complex. the hops are fruity too, pineapple comes to mind, more white wine. the wood is soft, the mouthfeel is aided by that, and its flavor is as woody as it is winey, with a nice herbal botanical input from the hops at its peak. tangy and sour, but not so much so that we didnt wish this came in a three liter bottle, my whole palate wanted the whole bottle, but i felt compelled to share it. highly carbonated and fuller bodied, but delicate in its overall presentation. dry but not all the way. one of the better and more nuanced but also aggressively flavored hill farmstead beers i have had, truly distinct and memorable, i can still taste it even. this is about as much as you can do with brett saison, especially for not having fruit in it, an enormously delicious beer. huge thanks to my trading buddy back east!

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge, huge thanks to Evan for this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Slow gusher as I pop the cap. Nothing big, but have a glass at the ready. Pour yields a deep peach-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout.

The initial nose provides a good dose of honeydew alongside tropical fruit. Mild funk and white-wine character in the background. Touch of citrus rind and very light straw.

Flavor is incredible. Absolutely fantastic. Notes of melon and white wine overlay a very light acidity. Just a touch of oak in the background as well as some mild underlying Brett.

Body is light with a mild underlying bitterness. Acidity is quite light and is more along the lines of a mild citrus character rather than straight lactic acid. There's a touch of creaminess in the background. Perhaps not creamy, but just a bit of wheat character.

Overall, on the level with the best Hill Farmstead beers. Phenomenal, to say the least. Can we officially name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world?

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4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hill Farmstead.

Poured into a HF white-logo fest glass (rarwale). Cloudy orange-amber color, with a small, puffy, white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Delectable aroma, oaky, white wine, grassy, light citrus and mild funk. Lots of citrusy tang in the taste, assertive but delicate hop bitterness, white grapes and a nicely defined barrel character, with a slight sour twinge, crisp tropical fruit notes, mild grassy funk, pulpy and juicy (harhar) orange and lemon lingering into the aftertaste. Very light and toasty malts. Medium body, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Complexity through the roof. I would have called this "juicy" even if it wasn't the actual name of the beer.

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

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.51 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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