czar (3805) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to my brah tom10101. pours hazy and glowing golden orange with a very nice white head, good retention and lacing. juicy fruits - no, not the gum, tropical guava, loads of mangoes and melons, peppery and dusty bretts, very nice lightly acidic profile, bit of cheese and sweetness, bitter herbs and a bit of grass. bright carbonation, light to medium body - oily and juicy - did i just use that term again? yes because this beer is all about juiciness, finishes herbal-floral-citrusy and relatively dry bretty and astringent. perfect mouthfeel. truly enjoyed this gem! hf at its best! it’s like having little mimosa, for those who have had the opportunity and privilege to taste both!
merc7186 (1749) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Hazy Orange Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Chardonnay, Tropical Fruit, Oranges, Pineapple
T: Yeast, Grapefruit, Orange Rind, Papaya, Mild Chardonnay
M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Lightly Sweet, Lightly Bitter
Overall, a truly solid beer with bright fruit flavors from the hops.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500th rating in 6 years (I am so lazy). Should be rating 5000. Poured into my Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice pure white head. A combination of the micro flora and hops lend this beer and amazing dank citrus aroma with plenty of barnyard funk. I really wonderful use of bacteria and hops. great beer!
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle opened 6/22/13, poured into a HF taster glass.
A-Upon opening, this one is a bit of a gusher. Nothing bad, but if I hadn’t started pouring the beer would have gone all over the table. It pours dark copper verging on red with effervescent carbonation running throughout the beer. It is very cloudy from some yeast sediment that got kicked up from the gushing bottle. A two inch fluffy white head falls a little over the first minute, but remains on top of the beer throughout the entire glass. Some yeast sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.
S- Lactic acidity as well as brett is apparent on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus is also there, although I can’t tell if it is from the hops or bugs. There is a very interesting barnyard/musty note as well, most likely from the brett.
T- Up front is some phenolic brett, although right away the flavor is dominated by a grapefruit juice like flavor that immediately dries everything out. There is a tiny bitter note on the end, although with the complexities in this beer, it is easy to miss.
M- It starts out extremely effervescent, with high carbonation, but not over the top. There is medium body that sits right where I want it for a beer like this- not too over the top, but still apparent enough. After you swallow, your mouth is immediately dried out, and without another sip will remain that way for quite a while! This beer encourages you to keep drinking it.
O- Incredibly complex beer from start to finish. I was expecting more hop flavors, but It seemed like the bugs have really taken over on the flavor front of things, making for a very interesting wild ale. The only real fault I see with this beer is that I don’t have another to age out and see how it develops over time.
ineedbeer (554) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from Saturday’s tasting.
Aroma is fairly hop forward with lots of citrus and lighter notes of tropical fruit, melon and white grapes. Faint phenolics and light oak character.
Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head that shows average retention and light lacing.
Flavor is fairly juicy with moderately high tropical fruit and citrus juice. Lighter notes of melon and white wine. Moderately high bitterness. Faint phenolic yeast character.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Noticeable light hop astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. The hop astringency could be attributed to the fact that this was the first hoppy beer of the evening and a bit of a shock to the palate.
Overall a fairly enjoyable beer, but also one of my lesser enjoyed beers of the evening. While I thought the flavors all worked together and the beer was indeed juicy, I feel like we have moved away from the delicateness that I find so enjoyable about the Hill Farmstead beers. Its almost like the hops hid all my favorite parts of Sean’s beers.
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Collected Works tasting. Cheesey lactic notes in the nose, passionfruit and lemon, sour fruit melding well with the classic blast of tropicalia thanks to Nelson. Grapefruit soda flavor, lemongrass and lemon verbena, killer bitterness. A quite ambitious beer executed perfectly.
Johnsense (704) - - AUG 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn good saison here. Amost a year old, hops have faded a bit but still getting the citus and bitterness. Sour, tropical fruit, lots of brett, oak, white wine, lemon, white grape and some spice. Very complex. I notice something different with each sip. Deadly stuff. I can only wish i tried this fresher. Shared with my wife to celebrate the babys 8 months.
anders37 (15578) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity peachy hoppy bretty aroma. Fruity sour tart peachy hoppy flavor. Has a fruity sour tart bretty peachy hoppy bitter finish.
Theis (12778) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy golden - white head. Lovely fruity and bretty aroma, citrus, acid notes, nice hoppy, wooden notes, dryness, light malty, tropical fruits, light notes of grapes, lovely bretty taste. Fantastic balance and high drinkability.
JulienHuxley (2549) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy gold pour with a slice of white foam. Aroma is quite hoppy, I was a little (pleasantly) surprised considering it has been released a while ago. Very fruity, tropical and citrusy, fruity white wine notes with a hint of that brett and oak. Taste is fruity but with much more brett character, tart but not sour, passion fruit and sauvignon blanc. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation, but still quite refreshing. Yum.