Farmers Grow Hops Here | Hermit Thrush Brewery

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3.97/5
Very Good
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States
hermitthrushbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
10
pDev:
7.81%
 
 
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0
Gots:
2
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy and ruddy orange to brown color with no head and barely any lacing. What lacing was there speckled ever so slightly. The smell had some sour green apples up front with some vinegar/cider notes sliding to balance. Light floral and then some sweet red apple come in after a little bit of warming. Lemon juice comes in as well. The taste started off sour and balancing into a slight sweet apple and grassy flavor. Lemon juice comes in slightly bitter. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation rests fairly low allowing the sourness to hit a bit harder on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good sour/wild ale that I would come back to.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange Amber color. Aroma is tart and acidic. Flavor is tart acidic and has some citrus. This is a really interesting beer, has the city's of an IPA but everything else screams saison. Overall this is interesting and a solid beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy, surprisingly dark peachy orange brew. Humble but not poor head; OK retention.

Extremely sweet and juicy aroma: passion fruit, berries, caramel malt, and tangerines; quite tart aroma.

Whoa: extremely tart flavor! There's a wild aspect to this beer, to be sure. Upon further inspection, the can talks about wild harvested yeast and oak casks; that 100% checks with the flavor profile. This really tastes like an American Wild Ale met an IPA and had a (delicious) baby.

....delicious baby sounded less creepy in my head.

Musty, fruity, acidic, juicy; citrus, vinegar, and a touch of caramel. Really interesting and delicious flavors. I guess if there's any detriment to the flavor, it's that the hops (and to a lesser extent, even the malt) tends to get overwhelmed by the yeast and the oak.

Tart feel, but otherwise a soft and medium-full mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A delicious and very surprising brew!

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Photo of Vicirus
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz Can poured into a tulip; Purchased 01/17, no canned date

Look: A murky reddish brown with a one finger white head that quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lemon juice, very mild balsamic vinegar.

Taste: Very light floral IPA characteristics but they're quickly overtaken by a lemon -vinegar tang and a slight metallic finish.

Feel: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Lower carbonation than your typical IPA, but more so than most sours you'd come across.

Overall: I stopped by the brewery on my way home from a recent snowboarding trip and I quickly realized why these guys are making their way onto "up and coming threads" so often. They have a beautiful space in Brattleboro with very knowledge staff. This was the only beer I purchased that wasn't available to sample, and sadly it's my least favorite of the seven beers I've had. This isn't your typical brett IPA that everyone seems to be putting out, so I commend them for the effort, but there was something quite off putting by the metallic (copper penny) like finish. I was told they have a house wild yeast strain but most are just wild fermented. I'd think this is the latter as it didn't seem that dialed in. Stick with the Green St for something more on par with the rest of their offerings.

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Farmers Grow Hops Here from Hermit Thrush Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 10 ratings