DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted at the brewery while waiting in line for growler fills, then shared less than 72 hrs after purchase with my lovely wife over a meal of pesto-prawn salad. Bright, translucent, lemony yellow with a sudsy white head that leaves heavy rings of lace down the glass. Aroma is freshness in a glass-- delicate fresh hops that display characteristics in equal proportion of both crisp, green grassy notes and ripe rind of citrus. Light, biscuit malts support a vibrant but delicate hoppy body, notes of carrot tops, kumquat, guava, and honeydew, leading to a crisp finish of just-right balancing bitterness. The hype is true; this is magical stuff.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 In short: A wicked hoppy-but-not-bitter aromatic low-abv blonde ale. Fantastic thirst beer.
How: Tap at the brewery, then a full growler the day after, then another full growler the day after the day after. I guess I loved that beer.
The look: Cloudy yellow topped by a small white head.
In long: The highly aromatic nose has pale garden glowers, fresh lemongrass, some bananas, grapefruits, more... Tastes is a slice of freshly baked bread, a few slices of smooth not-yet-ripe yellow bananas, freshly cut lemongrass, some dough, citrus fruits, light piney notes and even a bit of a rustic thing going on. Becomes more and more grassy (sun dried yellowed grass) the more I dink the beer with some tart grapefruits. Bitterness level in the low-medium range and there is a light refreshing tartness. Finish is rather dry and grassy. Just as good as Lawsons Three Penny Especiale that was launched a few months before Walden and only a few miles away from Hill Farmstead and Alchemist, and these two are my now my two best low abv pale ales. Summer was good in Vermont for low abv hoppy thirst beer lovers. Another beer I’d drink every day, I drink so much beer now that I am prescribed pills to help with my failing kidneys and it says “take with plenty of fluids” and “do not take with alcohol” and I have no idea what to do.
KyotoLefty (5792) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Pale orange-yellow. Cloudy, with a low but thick head. Aroma of grapefruit, peach, Simcoe and Amarillo? Biscuity malt and honey. Big peach flavor, some orange, a little grapefruit and grass, and then some sweet bready and biscuity malts. No caramel at all. Would like to have this on tap in my kitchen.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of growler, thanks Steve! Nice hazy yellow orange pour with white head, aroma has notes of grass, pine, biscuit, some nice grapefruit, lemon, touch of pineapple, slight grass and floral notes. Taste is a mix of lemon grass, some biscuit, bread, hints of pineapple, mango, some slight orange and grapefruit peel, finishing fairly bitter, drinkable, really nice beer.
mcberko (5219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany). Pours a cloudy blonde with a medium white head - good retention. Nose is absolutely stunning, especially considering the low ABV, bursting of piney hop goodness, floral notes, and buttery biscuity malt to back. Flavour is less intense, but features similar notes of light pine and floral notes, and lots of the biscuity malt backing. Finishes with notes of biscuit, lemon and floral / piney hops - very, very subtle bitterness. Extremely easy to drink and refreshing. Could drink litres of this. Great sessionable ale.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of Amarillo, citrus, orange, light pine, and some toasted malts. Taste of citrus, tropical fruits, light grass, pine, and juicy hop finish.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to yourefragile for sharing the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a very pale straw color with a really nice white head and plenty of lacing. Nose has nice lemon and a touch of citrus. Intense. Flavor more subdued. Light grain. Fairly bitter and quite dry. Really drinkable.
jredmond (4874) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Draft at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a light golden body with nice white lacing. Aroma is soft citrus notes and light funk - definitely making the Simcoe and Amarillo "duet" apparent. Mouthfeel is super soft, light and fluffy - notes of funky citrus and very light pine. Very nice light American Pale ale - would be great to be able to session on this, but I will probably never see it again.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewery on 7/6/13. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Aroma of malt and grassy and piney hops. Very clean. Sweet malt flavor with grassy hop accents before a piney finish.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a growler thanks to starrdogg. Poured a really light golden yellow color with a fizzy look and a light white head. Some light malty character to it, some floral notes, and some grassy hop character. Flavor was light hops, with some malt character to it. Sessonable, but that’s about it.
At the risk of sounding like a jerk and getting a lot of flack, and while I love many of the beers from HF, methinks that this beer might not have such a high rating if not for the brewery. Perhaps it’s time for Shaun to secretly brew a few batches under a nom de plume brewery name and see if gets even half the praise some of these entries give.