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 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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Photo of Hootie159
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.9%
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 -0.4%
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 -20.8%
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 +0.2%
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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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.51 out of 5 based on 555 ratings.
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