Life Without Principle #3 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Life Without Principle #3 is the next entry in our series of citrus and citrus-inspired beers. This chapter in the story was brewed with Citra and Motueka hops, as well as an abundance of hibiscus for tartness and citrusy aromas.

Added by papat444 on 09-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is golden and clear with a soft white head. Fantastic aroma. Fresh hops and oranges. Juicy and smooth. What a delicious beer. I could drink gallons of this. Light in body with a subtle malt presence. Oh my, Hill Farmstead has done it again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on tap and from a growler.

Pours a bright rose hued, golden color with a slightly pink, dense off white head that fades a little quicker than Edward does. Aroma is floral and hoppy, leafy Citra, grass, lemon, and faint red berries. Medium body, tight carbonation with a dry, slightly tart finish. Hibiscus and Citra add a little more citrus sweetness to front of the flavor than Edward and finish dries out with a grassier Moteuka bitterness and mild tartness. Flavor and body is more like a typical HF APA than previous LWOP beers, but the hibiscus is a nicely balanced addition to make this notably distinct. I suspect I'll like this more than most will but who cares. Super refreshing and crisp, this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Luk13
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler 750ml. Beautiful hazy gold pour. Aroma is incredible with grapefruit rind, hibiscus and dank. Taste is nicely tart from citrus nicely balance by hop bitterness. I thought hibiscus added some bitterness too. This one is highly drinkable being the perfect balance betweentart and bitter for a blonde ale. I loved it even more than #1.

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Photo of Skrip
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ cloudy golden copper color with a nice light head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ hibiscus really comes through with a nice lemony, citrus tartness. followed by amazing sweet hop bitterness and a little piney earth. the citrus really over takes over though, which is just perfect!

T~ mmm...! its like a non-imperial Mimosa IPA. tartness and floral aspects up front from the hibiscus. followed by earthy hops which get engulfed with crazy citrus notes of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, and a little guava. tartness reprise on the finish.

M~ great carbonation, super smooth and kind of champaign like.

O~ this is really incredible. i love floral brews especially when it comes out like it does here. the hibiscus really makes this amazing from the citrus taste/texture to the amazing tartness. i would love to see this wine barrel aged, kind of like E. the malt would really attack the barrel making this a thick, funky masterpiece!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Life Without Principle #3 pours a hazy light amber with a big, fluffy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with lemon and grapefruit citrus, some pine, and some musty earthy notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and dry with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with a lot of lemon citrus plus a little grapefruit mixed in. The hibiscus appears in the middle with a touch of grass and pine. Malt sweetness is present in the background throughout each sip. It finishes fruity and tart with lime citrus notes. Reminds me a little of a mojito. Once gone the lemon and lime notes linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a nice tropical flavor and wonderful aroma. Almost reminds me of cocktail.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy very light golden color with a nice near finger of bright white head, retention and lacing are decent.

S - Semi sweet, skunky hopped goodness, citrus and pine hope aromas.

T - Again skunky sweet citrus hops with minimal sweet maltyness.

M - Lighter bodied, perfectly carbed, superiorly drinkable.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, malt, floral, slight grassy

T-bready malt, grapefruit, orange, pine, floral, just a hint of sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation,crisp and smooth

O-very citrusy and hoppy, really enjoyed this, good depth of flavor

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Photo of papat444
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ Prohibition Pig last weekend.

The body is the color of grapefruit with tinges of pink, hibiscus is discreet in the flavor among the citrusy grapefruit pulp, delicate and a little bit floral. Good, solid body that is quite refreshing. Very nice overall.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a tight creamy white head. Nose is light, clean citrus with a fair bit of spice and floral hops. Taste is even more citrusy, fair bit of tanginess to it, light floral notes, gentle carbonation with a medium body body and semi dry finish.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bilco for sharing the growler.

Appearance: Hazy dusky peach/orange with a bright-white head. Drops to a small wispy cap and collar with some nice sheets of placing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Crazy amounts of tropical fruit and citrus. Tangerine, mango, and peaches. Big hit of Citra right up front. Some bitter pine and ruby red grapefruit. Juicy orange with a slightly sweet malt backbone. Some biscuit in there as well. Nice balance of bitterness with a big backing floral element from the hibiscus.

Taste: Juicy citrus up front with a mild malt backbone. Some very mild powdery yeast with some slight spiciness. A hint of grass. Peach with some tangerine. Very juicy. Cites is assertive and the hibiscus grows as it warms. Hyper floral. Mildly fruity with some apple skin. A bit earthy with some solid herbal components. Flowers and peaches. Almost waxy on the back. Light and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Clean with a bit of a snap on the back.

Overall: No principles, but a few rules are still in place.

It's mega fruity and tropical. Mild and easy drinking. Not a true showstopper, but it's solid.

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Life Without Principle #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.35 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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