ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/6/2014. Deep brown body. Huge khaki head. Thick collar. The bottle gushed when I opened it.
Smells of bourbon and lots of brett. Aggressively bretted. Caramel.
Barrel isn’t as strong in the taste. Brett is stronger. Earthy and red winey. Some tartness and dark fruit flavors. Oak and bourbon come out in the back. Dry and not very sweet at all.
Highly carbonated. Boozy. Medium body.
It doesn’t smack of an unintended infection, but it’s much more controlled. The tartness works pretty well and keeps it a very interesting beer.
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Leighton for the HF hookup. Gusher. Hazed nutty brown coloured pour with a thin light tan head. aroma is sour, tart apple, funk, baby nappy, acidic and woody. Palate is musty mouldy wood, tart and some acid. Tangy apple and varnish in the finsih. Complex depth. Doesn’t do it for me.
Scopey (12708) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle big thanks to Leighton. A bit of a gusher. It pours hazy mahogany brown with a small, bubbly beige head. The nose is soft, juicy, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tangy malts, toasty brown sugars, resin, spice, green apple and hot cross bun. They taste is rather different... tart, earthy, vinous, warming alcohol, red wine, fudge, sherbet, Granny Smith apple and stewed plums with a long finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Quite unique. Has a big disconnect between aroma and taste. Interesting stuff....more a sour/wild ale than anything else.
The_Osprey (6596) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Paul’s - thanks to Leighton. Bottled May 2014, a little gush on opening. Reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma has bretty lemon, toffee, red berry. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is leaves, brett, earth, touch of sour acidity, a little sweet vanilla toffee, no real bitterness in the finish. Decent.
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Tropical Croydonia tasting on melt day, 01/07/15. Jote - can you write some fancy ass code so that when I rake a HF beer it credits Leighton automatically ? T Hanks.
Hazed mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is tarte fruit, brett notes, funky, wood must, dark fruit rinds, subtle bourbon barrel.
Taste comprises toffee, dark fruits, light charr, dates, wooded twang, figgy jam, tarte red berries.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, bretty pangs in a semi drying close.
Decent but not an old ale for me.
madmitch76 (22368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1st July 2015
Tropical Croydonia Bottleshare. Thanks to Hill Farmstead hauler extraodinairre - Leighton. Hazy amber brown beer, thin cream colour head. Palate is light and smooth. Mild fine carbonation. Smooth malts, tangy caramel. A kinda bitterish brett. Mild balsamic. Tangy dark fruits. Savoury and bitter finish. Interesting.
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Croydonia. Deep amber with a small head. Nose of red grapes. Sort of tart. Accents of bourbon barrel and buggy wood. Taste is quite tart. Plenty of buggy fruit skin. Grapefruit, balsamic and chocolate. Sounds disjointed, but it sort of works. Decent sour/wild.
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2015 Bottle shared in London - sourced from the brewery. Gusher! Pours unclear amber-brown with a creamy tan head. Aged damp wood in the nose, ripe and rotting berries, cranberry. Light sweet flavor with a good bit of salty bite, ripe berries, old wood, earth, cherry skin. Medium bodied with lovely carbonation. Lightly warming finish with a bit of woody dryness, more cherry skins, berry seeds, salt, rotten orange, moderate acidity, some funky cellar. Really nice. Good complexity.
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle bought last July at HF. Unbelievably killer. Funky, oaky, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar. I absolutely love this beer.
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Doesn’t mix. Sour and apples and caramel. Doesn’t sound appealing, and it isn’t. Have had a lot of amazing beers from HF, this is the first one I’ve tried that wasn’t.