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Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2



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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 4.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Elaborative Two was brewed September 2012 with our friends Brad Clark and Ryan Burke. We crafted this farmstead ale with pumpkins grown by Ben’s Pumpkins. The beer was aged in a variety of wine barrels — as well as a barrel from Virtue Cider in Michigan — with wild yeast and bacteria. After a year, the unique threads were blended together and conditioned in the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2103) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2014
Fantastic beer. Pours a clear copper color with minimal off white head. Aroma is vinous, funky, lemon, herbal, and oaky. Taste is moderate tartness with some sweet fruits in the middle and a try funky finish. The oak is a bit sharp and tannic but not unpleasant. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2014
750, i just wish that i could drink these all year. I absolutely love the flavors in the wine aged saisons that Shaun makes. Tons of nuances and fruit, herb, spice flavors mixed with a fair amount of brett that leads to a dry finish. Amazing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourefragile (136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle shortly after release. Pours a hazed light copper. Vinous and cidery nose, with earthy undertones. Flavor has more white wine acidity, cider throughout, pepper and spice, tart vegetable in the finish. Lighter body, well carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a eggshell colored foamy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aromas of tart apples, oak, white wine and light breads. Taste is lighter than expected. Was hoping for more of the pumpkin character but that seems to be an afterthought. Seems the barrel character has crept in and become the dominating factor here. Tart apples, vinous notes, a light spice all play well together. Bright carbonation gives it an almost champagne like mouthfeel. Pretty dry finish. Crisp. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle at Jackls backls tasting, big thanks to Leighton, 06/03/14. Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is tangy apricot, straw, tarte orange, spice. Taste comprises bitter orange, citric pithdom, pumpkin seed, straw, light spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid saison like affair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
6th March 2014
Jack is back tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Leighton. Very hazy gold beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and airy with fine carbonation. Light floral character blends well with a modest gueuze vibe and touches of orange and lemon peel. Light airy finish. Nice light citric beer. Could not taste any pumpkin or wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. Lovely nose, a bit of tangerine, mild farmy funk, slight orange rind. Light sweet flavor with lots of dry citrus, hints of woody dryness, more tangerine, must, funk. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Quenching finish with moderate musty funk, hints of alcohol warmth, tangerine, wood, light grass. Great depth, great balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy golden with a medium white head. The nose is earth, funk, farmyard,apricot, pumpkin, squash, light sweetness and earth. The taste is tart, orange peel, earthy, wood, sherbet, squash,mild acidity, light spice and wood with astray finish. Medium body and fine carbonation . Nice tartness. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
750mL bottle, sent from Marheb (thanks a lot, Martin), pours a cloudy opaque with a medium white head. Aroma brings out complex oak barrels, light pumpkins, and wild yeast. Flavour is similar, bringing out complex wild yeast, oak barrels, and just enough light pumpkins to accentuate the wild characteristics. I was skeptical of a Hill Farmstead pumpkin beer, but they managed to nail this. Just enough pumpkin to add to the wild yeast and oak qualities. Surprisingly wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (636) - - FEB 21, 2014
Hazy orange pour, white head. Beautiful lacing. Nose is funk, tart, faint pumpkin. Taste is tartness, funk, some fruitiness. Tart and clean finish.

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