Lubiere (10754) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazed golden ale with a thick lacing and frothy light mocha head. In aroma, interesting wild and piney floral hops, with meaty and menthol notes, catnip, wild. In mouth, a nice crisp malt with loads of floral piney hops, catnip, resinous, oily mouthfeel, yet smooth. On tap at the brewery, March 12, 2012.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL flip-top thanks to oteyj. Hazy deeper orange color with a thicker, buttermilk head. Sheen appearance. Nice lacing. Nose is fresh, sweeter Mayan onion, thicker orange blossom, grapefruit peel, oniony pellet hops. Taste is quite oily, mild pine resin. Pretty quenching and non sticky. Fairly fruity. Nice that it is not that aggressive- more drinkable and approachable. Quite refreshing rather than a chore to get through. Palate is the highlight: quenching, oily, thicker while being grapefruit juice bitter and refreshing.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This American Pale Ale’s puffy natural carbonation propels earthy hop resins and marijuana variations in a seemingly three-dimensional bouquet which also shares juicy oranges and endless rejoicing.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sizeable head of foam settles atop the cloudy pale amber.
-Natural carbonation, as in all Hill Farmstead brews, does wonders to the otherwise slender mouthfeel.
-Malts offer support, but this is an otherwise hop-driven vehicle.
-This may not be as complex as their Edward, but it’s pretty much the same highly engaging brew otherwise.
-This was a gorgeous pairing with a masala curry with shrimp and mango.
On tap at the brewery, and a growler back home.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of Dany during a long night of delicious drinkery after TAPNY. Pours a lightly hazed amber gold with a thin white head. Spicy hops, long bitterness. Citrus and malt, a good amount of hops. Long bitterness on the finish.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml shared by Kan. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich golden orange hue, fiery glow with gentle haze. Frothy bright white head dies to firm ring, laces ok overall. Lingers ok. Aromas are healthy touches of grapefruit and florals, lemons and oranges. Some sweeter pale malts, bread. Catty elements start to take hold, firm bitterness on the nose. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering firm grapefruit and lemons, florals and grass. Not too bitter, but flavor hops roll. Pale malts, bread, and some floral essence. Touches of cat essence, some dryness, moving into fruit, bread. Sweeter backend, but not overly so. Mellow drinkable beer with a Columbus-centric nose and front end. Nice, solid.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An highly aromatic fantastic blonde IPA. Wicked.
How: Growler consumed fresh a few hours after purchase
The look: Cloudy blonde Topped by a small white head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The highly aromatic nose is an explosion of leafy resinous hops, wet grass. Body has a solid neutral malt backbone that tastes like a fresh baguette, leaving all the room for the hops. Lots and lots of juicy grassy hops, notes of lemongrass, fresh pine tree. Bitterness level is pretty high but hop profile makes for a very refreshing bitterness, very tasty but not too aggressive. Hops resin in the after taste that makes for a very long finish with feeling sticky. I’m starting to think that I may prefer HF single IPAs over their Double IPAs. You realize how good a beer is when you drink a full growler and with a cellar the size of mine, all you can think is wishing you had another growler of the same beer. Another kickass IPA from HF. I’ve come to realize that my life is just not the same anymore since the opening of Hill Farmstead 2 years ago, most notable difference is how often I’m now late for work.
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange amber color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light pine, some citrus, grass, and toasted malts. Taste of pine, citrus, grassy, and a dry, bitter grapefruit finish.
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Several 12oz pours at The Gingerman in NYC. Pours a hazy gold with a lacing, fluffy white head. Nose is in your face hops, scallions, a little onion, tropical fruit, pine, lemons, grapefruit. Flavor is similar, just enough sweetness to offset the bitterness, flavors of sticky pine resin, garlic scapes, lime zest, grass. Just a very dank, resinous Pale Ale. Medium bodied, zesty finish. Can uber-hoppy, fresh, sticky session IPAs be the new rage? Loved every bit of this.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of yourefragile, and thanks to starrdogg for the assist. Sved in a mini snifter because all my Hill Farmstead glasses are packed. Moving sucks.
Pours a fairly-clear moderate golden color with a nice white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose is super dank with a bit of resin. Columbus all the way. The flavor is about the same. Loads of dank Columbus hops with a touch of resin. Light body with crisp carbonation and loads of bitterness. Über solid; another big hit.
Ernesto987 (4378) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh Danky resiny piney ipa. Flavors are so incredibly concretrated. How is this possible???