JulienHuxley (2554) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Typical HF pale ale - ultra hazy yellow pour with ultra lacy white head. Powerful, pungent, in your face nelson sauvin hop, sauvignon wine, very fruity. Taste is fruity but also a tad pungent and sappy, you probably canít make hop extract this flavorful. Delicious as ever.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pour is hazy yellow with white head and strong lacing. Aroma of peaches, tropical fruits, sauvignon-like notes. Taste is really fruity, low bitterness and faint sweetness. Low body and medium carbonation. Never been a huge fan of nelson sauvin but this one was really impressive. Delicious.
tom10101 (2251) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler (750 ml). Shared by Hoppypocket, thanks a lot David! Hazy glowing yellow with a huge white head and intense lacing. Aroma is incredible... if you donít know what Nelson Sauvin is supposed to sense, try this beer. This is a blast of white Sauvignon and fruits. Taste is less intense than aroma, but also really fruity with light malty notes. Light to medium body. Dry. Crisp. Another winner for the HF Single Hop series. Refreshing and drinkable aplenty.
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a cloudy opaque blonde with a medium pillowy white head. Aroma brings out the usual awesome floral and meadowy hops, some slightly tangy herbal notes, and some light biscuity malt. Flavour is super fresh, with loads of floral hops, fresh meadows, slightly tangy notes, and dry crackery malts in the back. Extremely dry, as with all Hill Farmstead hoppy beers, with extremely high drinkability. Finishes highly floral and slightly tangy almost in a vinous way. Awesome stuff.
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 growler supplied by James and Bryan... Thanks a bunch! Pours a crazy yellow orange color that resembles fruit juice more than it does beer. Smell is huge tropical fruits and chardonnay. Taste is again withe the tropical fruits, chardonnay, and a nice citrusy tart. Super dry finish. Such a unique hop and a fantastic beer.
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 swing-top growler at home, courtesy of jcvanderbilt. Thanks man! Pour is hazy golden orange with a pillowy white head and great lacing. Tropical fruity, tangerines, orange peel, light mango, citrus rind, a hint of grass, biscuit, and peaches in the aroma. Taste is bright oranges, grapefruit peel, slightly floral, soft malt backbone - bready and biscuity - papaya, and mango with a medium bitter finish. Full body with high carbonation. Highly drinkable and sessionable, yet full of bright flavors and extremely complex. Nice stuff.
Ed5388 (1740) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of strong citrus, pine, and some herbal (almost oregano) notes. taste is malty, citrus, pine, and resin. Not the best beer I've had from HF, but still good.
jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a swing top. Inch of white head. Huge herbal spicy aroma. Mouthfeel is light to medium, slightly dry but not overly bitter on the taste. Lots of herbal taste...really pretty decent and does a nice job of showcasing the hop.
brokensail (9959) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 What is a brewer? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose fingers are so formed that as stirs and bottles pass over them they, make beautiful libations. People crowd around and say to him, "brew, brew again soon!"- in other words, may new sufferings torture your soul. And the beer losers say, "That is right, according to our sense of entitlement." Now of course a beer loser is just like a brewer, except that he does not have anguish in his heart, or magic in his fingers. Therefore, I would rather be a swineherd out in Greensboro, Vermont and be understood by beer losers than be a brewer and be misunderstood by people.
Oh! How unreasonable people are! They never use the freedoms they have but demand those they do not have; they have freedom of beer and they demand freedom of yet more beer.
I do not feel like brewing anything. I do not feel like bottling, the motion is too powerful. I do not feel like filling growlers, it is too tiring. In summary: I do not feel like doing anything.
As is known, whaledongs die in the moment of opening the precious bottle. So it is with all joy: the beer loserís lifeís highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by the death of a rare bottle.
Besides my other numerous circles of tasting groups and trading partners I have one more intimate confidant - my beer cellar. My beer cellar is the most faithful mistress I have known; what wonder, then, that I love her in return. Perhaps I love her too much.
Old age realizes the dreams of youth; look at Shaun E Hill: in his youth he built a brewery, in his old age he himself entered it.
I say of my sorrow what the Brewer says of his brewer: my sorrow is my latest hyped beer release and the beer nerds that accompany it.
I feel as a CheesedMan must feel when the monger says of it: That wheel of gouda cannot be moved.
Alas, the door to a fortune does not open inwards so that one can force it by charging at it; it opens outwards and so there is nothing one can do but let the hoards buy my fancied beer.
Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be a beer rater. Therefore, whenever I see a fat bearded man with a notebook, slouched in the corner with six glasses in front of him, scribbling furiously, as sweat beads down his pudgy face, then I laugh heartily.
No beer comes back from the dead, no beer has entered the world without some crying; no beer is asked how it wishes to be served, nor when it wishes to be poured.
This one was rushed across the country only to be opened in a dim bar. Itís radiant golden hue overlooked by the ridiculous raters. Fleeting aromatic pleasures of melon, pineapple, and citrus. But for a moment: pine, cat urine, and biscuit malt.
Alas, the flavor brings a temporary reprieve from the anguish of life in its pineapple, melon, grapefruit, and pine characters.
Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL flip-top growler 2-Day aired to me thanks to jbeatty. Poured a full haze, glowing orange/gold with thick, white foam. Good lacing. Nose is getting to that point on Nelson that I donít like where it is squashy and near vegetal to the max- so pithy and overripe with jackfruit, mango, and durian heavy melon character. It is definitely dank, but approaching "rank" on the overripe fruit end. Sort of the problem with Nelson hops in general. Taste though is really juicy, clean, bitter, and dry with awesome quenching biscuit and buoyant carbonation. Fluffy mouthfeel. So easy to drink.