hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Clear golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. Flimsy retention. The nose offers a plethora of hop greatness – pine, pineapple, orange peel, peach and white pepper. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. This beer is dripping with fresh lupulin flavor, but is amazingly balanced. The high alcohol content is not remotely evident. Finishes bittersweet and continues to provide fantastic hop flavor for an extensively long time after each sip… including the final one… that I am somewhat sad to take. This world class growler of bliss was shipped to me by one of my favorite Canadians; Glouglouburp!
adnielsen (9662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler @ Dan’s house, courtesy of Steve_0. Huge thanks! Pours a cloudy yellow appearance with a small white head. Richly piney, orange citrusy, grapefruity, a bit resiny, spicy hoppy aroma. A bit chewy, rich grapefruity, spicy, zingy orange citrusy, delicious flavor. Super easy to drink with no notice of this 10%. Nice stuff.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber in color with an averaged sized head. Wow, nice and hoppy all the way around! citrus, resiny, pine, fruity, doughy, and did I say nice and hoppy. Nice and bitter.
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a clear amber with a modest white head. Looks very different from other samples I’ve had which looked glowin yellow. Nose here is pretty sticky, sugary, muted, candy, maple, orange, 3C hops. Decent. Taste up front is sticky with some very obvious booziness moving to vanilla and maple. But overall, sticky and resinous. Not vey fruity or tropical like I was expecting. Very different from the Double Citra. Good stuff, yummy, but nothing too exciting.
Tap at Capone’s. Definitely not good enough to warrant the iPhone theft that happened to my girlfriend. Small, dense off-white head on a dirty, ugly yellow. Nose is caramel and meaty jackfruit. Taste is boozy, spicy, loads of candied orange slices and orange peel. Sticky, candy body. Butterscotch comes through. Not bad- pretty enjoyable but the opposite of what I was expecting.
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden pour. The nose is very bright and tropical. Lots of soft tropical fruit. Chewy and fruity with a lot of soft dank hoppiness. Very citrusy and fruity - sweetish but the malts are well-balanced by the hops. It’s crazy how drinkable this stuff is - dangerously drinkable. Fruity grapefruit/mango and pineapple. A little twinge of peppery ethanol on the finish. Awesome stuff.
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another nice HF DIPA here. THis one is very balanced, nice herbal hops, pine, some citrus.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced tropical fruit burst from this luxurious strong ale’s aroma and flavor profile, developing sagacious resinous bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A misty orange golden is capped by creamy foam.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-This is not just another hop bomb of a Double IPA. It is complex and well polished, and almost tastes 3/4 Double IPA, 1/4 Blond Barley Wine.
-Dare I say this is balanced?
Growler, and on tap at the brewery and at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.
DocLock (8250) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft notes from CAH. Wow, Very deep copper caramel pour with off-khaki head. Nose is Caramel malt, huge piney and citric fruit, tangerine, black pepper, honeydew, with a smooth, rich, complex, and dense palae and finish, This one is outstanding,
Let’s go ahead and put HF against the IBU heavy hitters, bec ause HF has shown that they are a BOTY candidate.
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale UFO’s completely obscuring an orangey-ochre beer; small white rim. End of bottle solid yeast. Very fruity/citrussy aromas, jumping out of the glass; bit resiny. Very balanced, but one could also maintain unidimensional smell. Cakey sweetness absolutely superbly balancing the resiny, citrussy hopflavours. Utterly remarkable balance, certainly for such a strong beer. Part of the sweetness might be ethanol-related, but it’s nowhere ’boozey’ in character. Medium carbonation, feels smooth & oily; medium bodied, some alcoholwarming. Very impressive beer with outstanding balance. Many Belgians feel that double IPA’s are lopsided, but this kind ought to convince them otherwise. Many thanks to L &M!
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750mL growler, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is bursting of tropical fruits, full of mangos and pineapple, some of that signature funky Hill Farmstead smell, and loads of citrus hops. Flavour is absolutely orgasmic, bursting of pungent tropical fruits as mentioned, truckloads of pungent citrusy hops, a bit of floral presence (as with most Hill Farmstead), and just enough malt presence to back without influencing the taste. Ridiculous amount of depth and flavour to this, characterized by the pungent tropical fruits and citrus hops, with no astringency at all. ABV is no where to be detected - drinks like a 5% IPA rather than 10%. Fuck it, a perfect 5 - my first one awarded. Absolutely amazing - I don’t know how Hill Farmstead do it.