Life Without Principle #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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59 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Life Without Principle #2 is the second in our series of citrus inspired American blond ales. This one has been brewed with 280 ICUs (International Citrus Units) of fresh, amazingly aromatic Meyer lemons. Weighing in at 4.9% abv, this is extremely sessionable, refreshing.

Added by rlee1390 on 12-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.54%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
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0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 18
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for picking this one up for me. 64oz. growler into a Duvel artist tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow. Lacing is stringy and spotty with average stick. Decent.

Nose is refreshingly crisp. Lemon, citrus, a touch of soap and some coriander. Pretty mellow but very fresh. Exactly as advertised.

Citrus, lemon rind hop bitterness, coriander, and some floral notes. More spiciness at the middle and end. Finishes with a touch of floral and lemon hop character. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Very solid and refreshing. Could be a touch sweeter for my taste.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp and clean in the mouth and goes down abrasive and quenching. Accented finish with a dry, slightly lingering aftertaste. So drinkable! HF is always spot on with the feel of their brews.

Overall, a very solid beer though not my one of my preferred Hill Farmstead offerings. For what it is though, a sessionable, crisp, refreshing, and quaffable beer, this is hard to beat.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul tonight. Thanks a lot man!

The beer is indeed blonde. Moderately hazy with an inch of soft, white head. The aroma offers lemons, floral notes, lemon zest, followed by a light dose of bready malts. Good flavor. Pretty straightforward. Pronounced lemon character throughout. Light in body with a tangy, crisp finish. A solid example of the style.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice frothy white head and good lacing

S-grain, lemon, herbal and earthy notes

T-grain, bread, lemon, slightly herbal, some bitterness in the finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-interesting, but the lemon seems a little too strong for the backbone of this beer

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Michael for this growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a hazy bright yellow-straw color with a big, fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Nose carries a pretty hefty dose of lemon and not too much else.

The flavor is mostly lemon with light herbal earthiness in the background. A slight touch of straw and hay, but this one is really all about the Meyer Lemons, perhaps too much so. Really light and drinkable, but I could have used a bit more bitterness in addition to an increased hop or malt presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Three Penny and HF.

Pours a hazy lemon straw with a dense creamy off white head. Nose of lemon zest, grass, grain, and citrus rind. Clean, grain-y body with a grassy hop flavor blending with a strong lemon rind and mildly sweet citrus finish. Medium thick, well carbonated; very soft on the palate and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes...drank 1/9/13

Pored a cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Settles down leaving some thick lacing behind.

Lemon! There is also other citrusy aromas with a little bready sweetness.

Big lemon citrus flavors with a touch of the sweetness.

Wonderful coating in the mouth, it explodes across your tastebuds.

Awesome beer with massive flavor packed into a low ABV.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to DaveHack for sharing this one.

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a really nice white hea on top. The retention holds up nicely. The lacing is sticky leaving streaks on the glass. The smell of the beer is lively, citrus and a bit earthy. The taste is orangy with an interesting wheat flavor in the finsh. The finish also has a hoppy lime flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is well carbonated very light bodied and dry. Overall this is a good brew, one of the best Blondes I've had.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy pale straw in color with a 1/2 inch of white head and some nice lacing. The smell is rather faint with subtle hopping up front and a grainy lemon sent afterwards. The flavor is crisp and dry with lemon being the main theme and a light lingering hop profile. Very light on the mouth feel and would be an excellent summer seasonal if it was more assessable, however this is probably a one and done for me. Defiantly a different style then the other HF beers I have tasted but with some noticeable similarities in the hopping.

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Life Without Principle #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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