daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Murky gold/brown pour, foamy whitish head. Gushed a little. Aroma hits with heavy doses of guava, leather, roasted lemons, Parmesan cheese and a hint of stone fruit. Flavor is so juicy and tart with dancing edges of sweetness. Yeast, lemons, brett, earthy funk. A masterpiece.
PhillyCraft (1971) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle split with Allen, Bill, Tim, Frank, and couple other heads at the big end of world tasting. Frank supplied this treat. Cloudy, bright, pink tinted orange pour with foamy white head. Aromas and taste of orange juice, tropical fruits and hops, flowers, brett, sour mimosa, marmalade, grapefruit zest, blood orange, tangerine, kiwi, mango, & honeydew($ melon). I mean do these guys make a beer that isnt the best of its style? If they do, I am unaware of it. Holy shit this is so amazing and deliciously hoppy/fruity. Its not really a sour ale to me but does have a little funk to it esp as it warmed up a bit. No one touches the consistency and quality of Hill Farm in the craft beer world, No One!
Godofthecellar (275) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow.... After being dissapointed with Ann, HF blew me away with Juicy.
Bottle poured into HF stemware. Nice frothy white head with tight tiny bubbles. The smell immediately hits you with a strong brett and tropical fruit presence.
This beer has incredible balance, and amazingly palatable.
Taste is tart, green sour Apple rhind mixed with brett, pear,and slight sweetness of pineapple.
I had to pry the glass away from my wife who typically strongly dislikes "sour" beers. Iíve been telling her that mimosa would turn her into a HF junky but juicy did the trick. Now the hunt is on to find more
adamjackson (1229) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz (375ML) Bottle enjoyed in a tasting glass at room temperature on 11/14/12.
A - Cloudy muted orange appearance with a few "floaties" due to a vigorous pour. A mild 1 finger fluffy pillow-like white head that faded to a minor level of head that remained throughout the drink.
S - The best aroma from a beer Iíve ever encountered. The depth is remarkable. Overall, Brett dominates the nose. This barnyard irrefutable Brett aroma is unmistakable. Itís present and there to impress. Hints of lemon, oranges and white wine are present as well.
T - Tart from start to finish. Bready and Bretty throughout. Hints of grape skins, melon, cucumbers and sweet orange zest with a handful of grape skins. The tartness is so pleasurable and would be perfect on a hot summer day. Itís not sour..just tart. The very common taste of Shaun Hillís Saisons is easy to detect. Like Arthur, Anna and their barrel aged versions of those two saisons, this beer is very close. Perhaps most similar to a "juicy" version of Flora? Thatís probably the best way to describe it.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Exceptional balance and enjoyable now. iíd love to try this again in 6 months to see how it progresses.
O - Is it the best wild ale Iíve had from Shaun HIll? No. For tart characters and overall quality, Iíd say Mimosa, Flora and Art take the cake. However, Juicy is unique. It stands on its own and itís perfect in itís own way. Is it like other HFS beers? Sort of. The terroir of the Hill Farmstead is strong in this one but itís unique and you canít assume itís exactly like other barrel aged beers from this tiny brewery in Vermont. Itís a fantastic beer and one that I wish was available in 750ML bottles. 375 is just enough to make you beg for more.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge, huge thanks to Evan for this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Slow gusher as I pop the cap. Nothing big, but have a glass at the ready. Pour yields a deep peach-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout.
The initial nose provides a good dose of honeydew alongside tropical fruit. Mild funk and white-wine character in the background. Touch of citrus rind and very light straw.
Flavor is incredible. Absolutely fantastic. Notes of melon and white wine overlay a very light acidity. Just a touch of oak in the background as well as some mild underlying Brett.
Body is light with a mild underlying bitterness. Acidity is quite light and is more along the lines of a mild citrus character rather than straight lactic acid. Thereís a touch of creaminess in the background. Perhaps not creamy, but just a bit of wheat character.
Overall, on the level with the best Hill Farmstead beers. Phenomenal, to say the least. Can we officially name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world?
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased same day. Poured into a HF glass. Pour is an amber/pink hued color with foamy white head. Aroma is rich melon and citrus with perfect barnyard mustyness. Taste is perfumey citrus and great vinous notes with some light vanilla and a tart middle and dry finish. Another huge winner from Hill Farmstead. Damn homers and their inflated ratings! amiright...
Ernesto987 (2372) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer, amazing lactose aroma, Great taste, the finish is of oranges Laura loves it
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, wood, wild yeast, tropical fruits. Taste of strong citrus, wood, light wine, toast, and wild finish.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a nice frothy white head. Eathen bretty cheesecloth, melon, cantaloupe, papya, and cherry pie in the aroma give way to doughy bready super acidic funk, huge tropical fruit character, and a strong backbone of melon. Hints of oak in the finish. The palate holds frothy prickling effervescence with a pillowy mouthfeel and uber dry finish. Reminded me a lot of the base saison character in Civil Disobedience 4.5- huge melon and tropical flavors abound. Another stellar farmhouse ale that demonstrates the unmistakable Hill Farmstead funk character while having some definite uniqueness to make it stand out against its brothers.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
transparent gold, puffy white head. Dusty nose is bright, lightly acetic, peach. Salty, bright flavor is heavy citrus in tangerine, strong lactic presence. light aspirin through the end. Lightly under carbonated body, bit of lactic. Reminds of Deviation without the control.