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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +0.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.8%
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%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color with a tropical fruit nose. Smells super, wait for it...juicy. Taste follows the nose. Very fruity and tropical hops with flavors of mango and papaya mixed with clean crackery malt undertones and slight vinous wine barrel. Very floral as well. Juicy, tropical and floral overall. Medium body, tingly carb, smooth, mouthfeel that's lightly greasy with a surprisingly solid bitterness. This beer is still going strong.

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

Reviewed from notes:
Consumed 5/21/14 with my buddy an hour before his wedding. Thanks again jstillwell!

A: Hazy dark copper body topped with a creamy one finger head that persists for a long time. As per usual from HF, the beer is absolutely glowing.

S: Dear God... Can literally smell this across the room. Tons of fruit upfront including mango, pineapple, and zesty orange. Tart white wine and bretty funk take up the back end of the aroma. One of the best aromas I've ever encountered from a beer.

T: Tart citrus followed by acidic white wine grapes. Brett has clearly taken over at this stage, and gives off notes of musty tropical fruit. Grainy malt rounds everything out. Not as mind blowing as the nose, but extremely balanced.

M: Medium bodied and airy mouthfeel. Typical superb HF mouthfeel. What does Shaun Hill do to his water?!

O: An amazing beer that I only wish I could have tried fresh when the hops were still a factor. Hopefully I can now that's it's been rebrewed. An extremely appropriate beer to be sharing with friends before such an important event.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy orange. A little hazy and murky looking. Nice white head. Gushed a little.

Smell - Citrusy. White wine. Bright and acidic. Hoppy orange with some lemony aromas.

Taste - Very bright orange citrus. Acidic white wine. Grainy malts. White wine lingers past the citrus flavors, but the hops come through to provide some bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Dare I say refreshing. Well carbonated.

Overall - Extremely impressive. This review is from the first time I had this beer, which was pretty fresh. I was surprised to find this review after years. It does lose its punch and unique hop flavors after a while, but it remains a good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

It slowly gurgles out of the bottle after opening, needs to settle for a second before we open it. It's alive!

Pours a dark peach color, with a one inch head, and small little dots of lacing.

Just an incredible fresh fruit touch in the aroma- melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, some white wine.

The taste is similar, but the funk has clearly taken over the proceedings at this age. Fruity, slightly chalky Brett flavors abound, some barnyard funk, light acidity, melon, orange, pineapple, lemon, white wine acidity. A little bit of hop presence is tasted near the end, of the zesty, citrusy variety. Lingering acidity.

Medium bodied, juicy but crisp mouthfeel. For all the flavors, this is quite drinkable.

One of the most interesting and well-crafted beers I've ever had. Shaun Hill is a genius.

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Photo of jegross2
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont. This dry hopped saison is aged in the barrels that were used to age Mimosa.

Score: 95

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 03/19/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a nice murky orange color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and splotchy, wispy coating. Amazing lacing and retention; crazy cling. 4.75/5

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit, grapes, a touch of barnyard funk and sweet malt. Really nice tropical juiciness, wine character and young-ish saison aroma mix. Warms up to a little bit of lacto and PDO comes out of the woodwork into the mix. 4.5/5

Taste: Bready malt and white wine, following by grapefruit/stone fruit and a little tannic acidity. Straw-like flavor and tropical juiciness in the finish, lingering with just a kiss of funk. Really nice flavors here, blending gracefully. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Nice earthiness with a good light tartness. 4.5/5

Overall: Many have said this beer aged is a shell of its former fresh self, but I found it to be delicious aged nearly a year and a half regardless of how much better it may or may not have been fresh. Relative to Dry Hopped L'Brett D'Or, as aged, my palate prefers Juicy. With ample tropical juiciness, a nice wine character and a dry finish, this beer offers lots of complexity. Drink 'em now fellas.

Cost: $8 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle generously provided by Tom and shared by Kyle. Thank you both so very much!

Pours a clouded orange with a thin white skim. Looks very enticing when backlit.

Smells is predominantly saison-y....green pear, loads of pepper, funky, and yeast with only a faint hint of tart. It's nice but subtle, if not a tad muted.

Tastes much different than it smells. The front end is a wonderful tangerine-grapefruit blast that coats the tongue and lingers on the lips for a good long while. When the beer hits the back of the tongue it transitions into a very dry and sandpaper finish with a light sulfur fade.

Such an interesting beer with a very noticeable transition from front to back. The juiciness sticks to your lips and front of the tongue while the dry finish just hangs on the back of the palate. Like no beer I've ever tasted.

Another beer I feel very fortunate to have tried and am appreciative of the opportunity.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky redish/brown with a small head. Not any hint of a gusher like some mention

S: Actually reminds me a little of a slightly soured Saison, but in a good way. Very peppery, funky and a slight touch of tangerine/grapefruit.

T: It has a some OJ/grapefuit flavors. Very dry on the back with a very good citrus quality. Barnyard, hay and straw.

M: Light on your tongue but coating at the same time.

O: I could probably drink this all day long everyday. Drink em if you got it!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is copper orange with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is fruity, light hints of brett and some peppery yeasty notes with some malt lingering in. Lots of mango and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fairly bright. Brett is underneath but a hint disorganized. Lots of mango and pineapple. Tropical fruits with the Brett and notes of muddled malt trough the finish. Body is light with very strong carbonation as semi dry finish.

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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.51 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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