Life Without Principle #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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88
very good
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%
 
 
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4
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2
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of cfrances33
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Big hazy yellow body with three fingers of foamy bright white head. Leaves some really excellent lacing.

Smell: Really huge lemon juice up front, follows by some more citrus hoppiness. A very distinct bready sweetness comes through.

Taste: Again, lemon juice off the bat, and is balance by more of that bready sweetness. Pretty two dimensional. Finishes with an almost lager like quality

Mouthfeel: Needless to say, this beer is absurdly drinkable. It begs for summer weather.

Overall: A really interesting and delicious experimental blonde from Hill Farmstead. Better suited for the summer, but great nonetheless.

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Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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

Growler pours a huge 3 finger fluffy head into my large tulip, that fades at a med pace with ridiculous lacing, super hazy lemon yellow color.

Nose brings light lemon rind, little grassy hop profile, floral and effervescent, hint of sweet pilsner straw malt, blond ale malt aroma that's slightly toasty and straw, bit of a ctirusy aroma.

Taste starts with lemon rind, bitter rind mostly at first, that moves to a flowery tea flavor like a chamomile tea, with light earthy flavors and nice citrus. There's a light blond ale malt flavor, little toasty straw and grassy, no sweetness though, and a bit of a fluffy malt character. Citrusy again, with light grassy and lemony hop flavors and overall profile. Semi bitter at first, but finishes quite bitter for the overall beer, long bitter lemon rind profile lingering, with more of the earthy flowery chamomile and grassy flavors, and just a touch of toasty malt.

Mouth is lighter to med bodied, lots of fluffy carbonation.

Overall not bad, a unique beer that brings interesting characters between the lemon and chamomile like flavors, nice grassy lemony hops, decent malt profile still there somewhere. Drinkable mostly but not as good as most Hill beers.

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Photo of Horbar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on a beerventure with BPK59. Poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice super, super light hazy straw hue with a wonderful three finger fluffy white head that leaves good sticky side lacing . Head only slumps down to leave a fat finger. Outstanding retention.

S - Light grains along with light grassy hops. There is some very nice lemon presence here that lends an almost peppery/spice note. Super, super faint sour/tart.

T - Similar to the nose. Good grains, very light hops balanced nicely with some sweet and faintly sour lemon. Very balanced and straight forward.

M - Nice carbonation here. Slightly crisp, super sessionable. Goes down nice and easy and bright.

O - A well balanced blonde here, but, is that a good thing? Almost don't expect this from Hill Farmstead. Balanced, grains, grassy hops, light lemons. I expected something really hoppy, or really lemony but this was not it. I guess...I wish there was more bright lemons here.

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Photo of rondufresne
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cameron_chapman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Levich
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is from notes as there was no BA listing yet. Here is what I wrote the other night....

Poured from a 750ml growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. The head dissipates but leaves a strong lacing.

Aroma. There's a distinct grassy hay scent with hints of lemony citrus. The aroma of pear is also in the background.

Taste. This is a well balanced blonde ale. It has a crisp taste with a dry start with a hint of lemony citrus. It rounds out with a mild grapefruit bitterness. This has very well balanced and crisp taste.

Mouthfeel. This beer has a light and effervescent mouthfeel.

Overall this beer is great. It is very well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, two finger fluffy head with some lacing.

S-Spice, thyme? (some sort of grassy spice), lemon and a tad bit of wheat.

T-Good balance of grassy spices, with the lemons and a tad bit of wheat

M-Dry, light and nicely carbonated

O-The best blonde ale I've ever had. Full in flavor with nice balance. Almost like a much much better Saison Du BUFF.

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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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