Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge, huge thanks to Evan for this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Slow gusher as I pop the cap. Nothing big, but have a glass at the ready. Pour yields a deep peach-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout.
The initial nose provides a good dose of honeydew alongside tropical fruit. Mild funk and white-wine character in the background. Touch of citrus rind and very light straw.
Flavor is incredible. Absolutely fantastic. Notes of melon and white wine overlay a very light acidity. Just a touch of oak in the background as well as some mild underlying Brett.
Body is light with a mild underlying bitterness. Acidity is quite light and is more along the lines of a mild citrus character rather than straight lactic acid. There’s a touch of creaminess in the background. Perhaps not creamy, but just a bit of wheat character.
Overall, on the level with the best Hill Farmstead beers. Phenomenal, to say the least. Can we officially name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world?
Theydon_Bois (15022) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RB Best Festival, 31/01/16.
Clear golden with a decent off white cap.
Nose is tarte citric peel, funky, light wood must, tangerine, melon, pissy lemon.
Taste comprises tangy orange, lemon tinged straw, light yeast, brett strokes, barnyard, on the turn satsuma, light wood rebuff, damp hay, barnyard.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light puckering edge.
Solid sour ... great balance.
Ferris (9808) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Lots of fruit and grapefruit. Clear gold. Tart acidic citrus and a dry finish. Nice but a bit overhyped in my mind.
joeneugs (4887) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RateBeer Best. It pours a clear deep orange color with a white head. The aroma is funky and herbal with some over ripe apricots. The flavor is the same. Herbal, funky apricot and grapefruit. A little hard candy-like fruitiness. Some minerals on the palate. Surprisingly full bodied for the style, but dry and tart in the finish. Higher notes of alcohol are noticed. Overall, very good.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tart and citrusy aroma. Tart/light sour flavor with citrus and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with citrus and light summer fruit.
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from bottle at rate beer festival 2016. Pours orange with a tart aroma. Taste is tart with a fruity finish. Great beer.
VsXsV (3647) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, poured by JesusOfVT. Clear orange liquid with medium white head. Aroma of lemon, fresh hops, apples, light grain, light wood and barnyard. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium sour with notes of lemons, wood and mango. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great.
Homer321 (3554) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG 2016. Nose is a soft lemon and hay. Very clear orange with small white head. Some apricot as it warms. Taste isn’t that tart. Moderate orange character. Decent but more like a saison. Not very funky
marcus (8302) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle at Ratebeer Awards. Pours orange copper with a tiny beige head and a fruity sroma. There is a sourish very unusual fruit and light malt flavor. Delicate and delicious.
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375ml bottle) slightly cloudy deep gold, lasting fine white bubbles and nice lacing. Nose of slightly earthy brett, typical Hill Farmstead funk/terroir, saison yeast, wine barrel, very slight hint of manure/dairy cows, touch of souring bacteria, clean and bright, dry hops, citrus peel and pulp, touch of minerality and chalkiness too. Exceptionally complex. Taste is even better, touch of brett, horseblanket, citrus peel, wine barrel (white wine?), souring bacteria (though mildly so), medium carbonation, excellent palate finish.
Beerman6686 (5831) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a lightly hazy straw yellow with a white head. Aroma was of citrus rind, light funk, grassy hops, brett. Flavor similar, moderately tart, lots of sweet tart character. Pretty damn good, but not quite the magic of some of their others.