Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #230
Ranked #775
4.33 | pDev: 6.24%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Formerly brewed by Grassroots Brewing.

India Pale Ale brewed with 2-row malted barley, oats, and citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest. Dry hopped copiously with Simcoe. Its sessionable drinkability belies its true IPA nature.
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy pale yellow with a rocky white head and good lacing.

S: Subtle for the style, but very fresh and clean citrus and pine notes with a touch of pale malt and grain.

T: Mild bitterness, moves into grapefruit, mango, and pine flavors with a bready/grainy malt support. No sweetness.

F: Full mouthfeel for the abv, but a lowish carb and dry finish.

Overall: A very nice IPA that boasts great flavor and mouthfeel. Super crushable.

Sep 17, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into a snifter. Ive had the beer as part of a trade and its been in my fridge for about 10 weeks.
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with some fizzy bleached white head foaming up .5 cm and fading quickly to a thin surface layer.
The aroma is light and citrusy with some lemon and orange with a bit of tangerine note too. I get a little bit of a biscuity note too.
The first sip reveals a light textured and crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Pretty easy drinking physical traits on this beer.
Flavor is what you expect from the nose with some light citrusy notes including orange and tangerine with a bit of grapefruit bite on the finish. The rindy bite lingers after each swallow and also dries out my palate. Slightly bitter note on the beer and the booze is non existent.
A nice drinkable IPA with a good citrus profile on this brew. Glad I got to try another beer from HF.

Feb 29, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Nordic Glass. Pours a very hazy yellow with a half finger white head that leaves little bubbles of lace as it settles. 4.25

Smell is tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, and a little grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows pineapple, tangerine, mango, apricot, and just a little hint of grapefruit rind. 4

Mouthfeel is a watery medium, gentle life, a tad sticky but not dry, and at 6.2% easy going down. 4

Overall this very good and at a rather modest ABV really tasty. 4

Nov 25, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light, creamy looking golden color. 2 finger white, frothy head. The head retention is quite good, and there's some beautiful lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is full of hops. Not as citrusy, as expected, but there. I'm having a hard time putting the aroma to the specific citrus, though it's a pleasing aroma.
Taste - Citrus, with a finish of pine. Again, I'm having a tough time putting the flavors to a specific citrus. That being said, quite pleasing tasting.
The body is decent. Soft mouthfeel. Hops linger in my throat.
Another solid IPA from HF.

Sep 25, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

This one pours a very hazy golden yellow color, with a big white head and lots of lacing.

This smells like grassy and weedy hops, soft citrus, explosive tangerine, orange rind, and pine.

This is classic HF hop greatness. It’s got that soft citrusy clean goodness, with a zesty and clean bitterness. It tastes so big while simultaneously tasting like a light hop cloud.

This is light bodied, soft and so clean, with enough bitterness to beg the next sip.

Even though I’ve mostly become tired of IPAs these days, I still love them when done by Hill Farmstead.

Sep 16, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Hazy pineapple yellow, with a marshmallow white head
S-Light citrus with tropical fruit dominance
M-Medium juicy body with a full texture and medium light carbonation
T-Citrus rind flavour with a smooth bitterness that resonates
O-Fantastic NEIPA

Jun 08, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pale orange hue, with a finger of dense ivory foam atop, which slowly recedes, leaving wisps of lacing behind.

Nose: There is a light citrus character, leaning somewhere between lemon and orange, with perhaps a hint of lime. Motueka hops definitely come through, presenting as a bouquet of green, unripe tropical fruit. Green melon, unripe guava, pineapple, white grape, rainy spring meadows, lemongrass, a little bit of Simcoe earthiness, and a hint of what I can only relate to green bell pepper. It's pungent, but delicate and fruity. Very bright and springy.

Palate: Super green, with lots of that unripe fruit character from the nose. It's grassy, with an immediate but mild pithy bitterness, with passionfruit, unripe pineapple, unripe guava, white grape, and horned melon taking centre stage. Very classic Southern Hemisphere hops flavours. There are whispers of Simcoe earthiness as the finish approaches, but (thankfully), that take quite a back seat, letting the green fruit and grassy Motueka qualities shine. The malt sweetness also doesn't fight for attention. It isn't exactly dry, but there isn't any sticky honey sweetness, and the little bit of sweetness that's that is very clean and neutral, making me think there's most likely a fair amount of oat making up the grist. In the finish, the pithy bitterness, which has been present since the beginning, ramps up a little bit, and the fruitier flavours fall back, enhancing the green grassy flavours. Pithy, green, herbaceous and grassy, mildly bitter finish, that leaves a slight drying astringency, while remaining incredibly clean. Lingering.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, with an essence of lightness to it. It isn't a thin beer, and it certainly isn't watery by any stretch of thr imagination, but it is quite crisp and drinkable. Could easily down one of these if you wanted to. On thr flip side of that, there is also a pronouced softness to the beer, in true NEIPA fashion. It isn't quite fluffy or creamy or pillowy, but it is soft. Effervescence is not agreasive or lively in any way, but it certainly isn't flat. The finish in drying, in a tannic sort of way.

Overall: I'm a sucker for Southern Hemisphere hops. They can really take a beer to an entirely new level. The craftsmanship of the beer alone is fantastic, but the use of Motueka is what really makes this beer shine. It's bold, hoppy, crisp, flavourful, and it just has this really nice green, grassy, unripe tropical fruit character that really defines the Motueka. It's a fantastic beer. It hits the spot for hopheads, with its potency and moderate bitterness, and it's also refreshing and drinkable, and would do very well on a hot summer day. The Simcoe is kept in check, and so is potential sweetness. Pair that with razor fine edges and a high polished delivery, with the uniqueness of Motueka, and you have an outstanding New England IPA.

May 24, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose, frothy off-white head that quickly disperses into a sudsy slick that coalesces around the edges. Nose reveals a big burst of orange with a little pith intermingled. Taste starts out with a little citrus on the nose but is quickly outcome by a strong earthy/herbal quality, citrus peel and a hint of candied citrus in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and astringency. Overall, an interesting take on the style considering the prevalent juice bombs these days; however, could use a little more balance in my opinion.

May 16, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was another beer from Hill Farmstead that I traded for in front of Other Half not too long ago. Like the other cans, this one seemed so plain at first but as it warmed up, I warmed up to it at the same time. Simple in appearance and hue, there was a lot of complexity to the taste as this nearly felt organic, and not something that was concocted and brewed!

Once again, this had a lovely appearance to it as I poured it out, with a cloudy and solid appearance to the murky, gold hue. Lots of head topped this off as it was fluffy and full, as well as long-lasting. Solid rings of lacing lined my pint glass as I worked my way through this. White cheese, white grape, floral notes, and melon filled the soft and muted nose as the taste brought out much more. Dank stone fruit, pepper, dank pine, and grass came through in the taste as this had a slightly rustic feel to it. This felt like a Wild Ale as much as an American IPA as it had the best attributes of both...

With a light amount of booze present, this was a beer that was easy to savor since the flavors were allowed to fully emerge. The bottom of the can had "LEGITIMACY" with "1403" written under it, as this was slightly dry on the palate. Along with the right amount of carbonation, it was obvious that this was another winner from Hill Farmstead. It's so easy to see why these guys are the real deal!

Jun 07, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy white gold color. Excellent ring lace from a moderate head.

Beautiful, well-balanced aroma of floral hops and pale malt.

The flavor starts with a pale malt base with notable alcohol warmth. The hop is light, but strong enough to provide balance and a complex aftertaste. The body is neutral with an elevated carbonation level.

Mar 24, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: solid orange hazy with a finger of whate head that fades tautly quick
S: very hoppy,
T: big hops, sweet but flavors of grass, pine and flowers.
F: thin, highly carbonated with lots of bubbles, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Jan 13, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Consume by 12/13/17 states the paper tag. Opened on 12/9/17

A white-golden color, full-on hazy effect with a lush, pure white foam, creamy, ultra smooth and soft feel...and bubbly. The thick foam sticks around throughout the session with the most excellent, thick and intricate lacing!

Light tropical fruity nose with peppery wheat, sweet pineapple, floral mix, mango, california peaches, wild honey, tangerine and mango....yes, it's a rather complex fruity-hop aroma overall. Very aromatic.

The hop flavor's are immense, very complex with multi-colored tones and varying layers of hop flavor that seem to change and mutate seamlessly. The malt brings in golden wheat, peppery grains and a slick, honey sweet edge. High-toned citrus, with grains follow, the ever changing hop flavor's are impressive. First sip is full feeling, lush and smooth, juicy yet dry.... with the wheat malt and almost pilsner-ish slickness. Earthy herbs, juicy citrus, muted pineapple all make sort of quickly change and mutate within every sip. Depth of hoppy flavor is very impressive.

Let get back to the mouthfeel....first sip is soft and creamy due to the most excellent foamy cap. Smooth>creamy and juicy finishing only the slightest bit dry. One of the smooothest, creamiest feeling IPA's ever!! Starts out with a nice, tangy bite that quickly turns very lush and creamy.

This is a very unique and seriously deep New England style ipa. Hill Farmstead always has some unique aspects. But the one thing that stands out for me is the ever-changing, depth of charecter in the hops.

Dec 10, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled on Saturday, enjoyed on Thursday. Cloudy yellow hue with a dull electric glow.

Aroma like a lion - bursts forth aggressively from beneath the cap and fills the air around it with notes of fresh cut citrus, green grass and light pine. Sets the mouth watering.

Taste is citra first - tangerine, papaya - the a more piney and earthy follow up. Fruit-forward but not at the expense of the other flavors, including a foundational bitterness (although it’s light).

Crisp, dry, light on the palate. From a guy with NE IPA-fatigue this beer was full flavored without being a hop-hammer to the face.

Nov 03, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip.
Pours a lightly hazy light blonde with a finger of head.
Aromas are very light levels of hoppiness, light citrus, light fruit.
Flavors are in line with aromas, very drinkable very low bitterness, but too light flavor wise.
Mouthfeel was excellent.
Overall, while nicely crafted would like more flavor here.

Oct 22, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig brewpub, Waterbury, Vermont. This was poured into a half pint glass, the brewpub normally pours it in. The appearance was a hazy blurry yellow color with a slim white little head that dissipated and left no lacing. The smell started off with a sweet citrus and sweet grassy blend leading into subtle crisp tropical fruits and underscored by just a little bit of bitter pine. The taste had a moderate amount of sweetness with some light bitterness of the pine carrying itself back into the balance of it all. A light citrus aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable crispness carrying itself along my tongue. Overall, this was a very nice AIPA that I would have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, had the classic New England IPA looks with a lovely gold hazy hue, but the head was pretty small from the tap pour.

Nose and flavor follow suit with tasty New England hop juice which includes a mix of oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, melon, lemon zest, graham cracker, toasted grains, faint caramel, piney notes and some floral peppery spices. Really smooth and easy to drink, perfect for this muggy night. The mild bitterness and great balance made this very enjoyable and sessionable.

Jun 01, 2017
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mnbuffalo from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A light, dull orange color.
Smell: Not a big nose. Definitely some citrus there.
Taste: Citrus and Pine flavors in a sessionable manner with some subtle bitterness at the finish that lingers.
Feel: My favorite element of this beer. A nice soft mouthfeel that allowed me to crush the 750 in a matter of minutes. The carb was appropriate and was present immediately in the mouthfeel.
Overall: A nice beer. It reminded me why Simcoe hops once ruled the IPA class.

May 18, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is citrus hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine. Fresh and aromatic. Grassy. Beer opens spruce, grass and a bark hop bite. Some citrus and grapefruit notes in the middle with a citrus and mellow tropical fruit finish. Very good balance and very drinkable. Beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and goes down soft and fluffy.

Very nicely balanced and real easy to drink. Worth trying!

Dec 05, 2016
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had out of a pint glass at a bar.

Look: hazy straw yellow with not much head.

Aroma: nice juicy grapefruit with a grassy note on the backend.

Taste: translates nicely on the palate. Plenty of grapefruit with a nice pithy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: doesn't strike me as creamy but it's not thin. Appropriately crushable for 6.7% abv.

Overall(style points): juicy citrus IPA with that grassy Hill Farmstead balance. 93.75 points!

Nov 13, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ The Ginger Man NYC.

HEAD: None whatsoever.

BODY: Pulp hazy orange suggestive of a lack of filtration. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an IPA, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Pulpy citrusy fruit, tangy yoghurty notes, onion from the Simcoe. Hoppy without going over the top into, say, biting grapefruit bitterness. Pale malt sweetness balances her out.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with new world hop yogurty flavour complementing pulpy citrus (mainly tangerine but also orange) and timid simcoe-derived onion. Not the most pungent hop profile, but balanced neatly by the pale malt sweetness. Oats fill out the body. Hints of pink grapefruit and sherbert. (Though no bitter grapefruit bite save for a blip of it on the finish).

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Superb balance. Very approachable well-built fare, but not dazzling in terms of distinct expressive flavours or complexity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, pulpy, aptly medium-bodied, of appropriate thickness and heft, and refreshing. Well tailored to the taste without accentuating specific notes. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste, and I think the oats were a good choice to lend it body and smoothen out its pulpy feel.

OVERALL: A balanced drinkable IPA set off nicely by the yogurty emphasis of the hops, Legitimacy is a brew that will please trendchasing new world hop fanatics and old school lovers of balance alike. It's nice to have an IPA that doesn't try to beat you about the head with hops just for hops' sake.

High B- / WORTHY

Oct 27, 2016
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cfalls from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - light orange, opaque, lots of lacing

S - pungent, tangy citrus, dank

T - grapefruit, pine, not very sweet for the NE style, and moderately bitter grassy finish

F - fairly high carbonation makes tiny bubbles for a creamy feel, refreshing

O - perfectly made beer of the older type that was more bitter than sweet

Oct 23, 2016
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: growler 10/14/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The appearance is yellow-orange color, and it has a nice opaque glow. Very fine white head with good lacing

The smell isn't particularly complex for me. There's bittersweet white grapefruit, which for some reason is accompanied by lightly salted pretzels. I hadn't seen anything anywhere about salt, so that was a little surprising.

Taste is mostly the white grapefruit, and it's more bitter than sweet. Nothing is overbearing, but maybe that's because it was fresh; I don't know how well this would take another few weeks in the bottle. The saltiness doesn't carry over from the nose, but there's a light maltiness that evokes crackers. And there's some earthiness that registers as fresh peat for me.

It has a medium weight feel with well-integrated carbonation. Bitter is the main aftertaste, but there is some room for sweet.

It's obviously well crafted, but a little lacking in the most important part for me.

Oct 17, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale but bright pastel yellow with some rising bubbles forming a soft finger of creamy head, exhibiting tons of lace that develop like ridges off the head.

Bright lemon, vanilla and lightly dank, peppery, faint pine.

Taste is delish. Grassy yet spicy yet restrained yeast. White pepper and dank hops. This is its own flavor, and is hard to describe using established culinary terms.

Soft, frothy, and immensely drinkable.

Jul 10, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a top notch IPA. Simcoe brings loads of floral and grassy hops that also express orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. The body is creamy and smooth. Balanced flavors with the bitterness and the juicy citrus.

Jun 21, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had it at HF on a day I was there. Growler purchased 4/9/16, consumed 4/13/16. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Hazy pale gold with 2F head with good retention and lacing.
S: A lot of tropical fruit from the Citra hops, pine and citrus from the Simcoe. Very nice.
T: Definitely leads with grapefruit, lemon, citrus from the Simcoe. Some pineapple/mango in back with the barley/oat malt profile. Crisp and zesty, but not overly bitter.
F: Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Pretty sessionable despite moderate ABV. Well-constructed I always say it's that good well water in Greensboro Bend.
O: Definitely a solid bridge between a session pale ale and a world-class IPA. Would drink anytime. I'll add in a useless plea that this should be canned.

Apr 13, 2016
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