Hill Farmstead Brewery Reviews




Leighton
4.2
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
Growler at the cabin in NH - sourced from the brewery. Pours unclear, matte gold with a frothy, white head. Engrossing aroma, with notes of peach, mandarin orange, nectarine. Light sweet flavor with moderate pithy citrus, more peach, mellow rindy bitterness, some piney aspect. Light bodied with average carbonation. Quite clean on the finish, with more drying pithy bites, bitter find and faint pine, more peach, orange. Effortlessly drinkable.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

tcon25
4.1
Grassroots Brother Soigné
Bottle pour, thanks Lutton for sharing. Slight cloudy gold pour, thin phome head, sweet acidic aroma, smooth tart taste little citrus and lime flavors. Very nice beer.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

andrewje41
4.4
Grassroots Brother Soigné
750 mL bottle poured. Huge thanks to luttonm, (and Chris) for the share! Always a treat. Tart promising, floral aroma. Fantastic, slightly tart lime constant. Juicy orange with a tart remainder. Slight floral. I want to drink a ton of this, but enjoy the slow savor. Very well executed saison here. Loved it.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

luttonm
4.2
Grassroots Brother Soigné
Bottle in Seattle. Big thanks to Chris for bartering this to me. Dissipating pretty foam. Red grapefruit tinge to hazy orange. Gorgeous aroma, acidic and juicy citrus. Spicy lime acidity on sip. Rosy body. Clean, fruity, light acidity. Crazy delicious.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

TURDFERGUSON
3.9
Hill Farmstead Gin Clara
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head and plenty of sticky lace. Nose shows funk, white wine, gin botanicals-juniper stands out the most. Flavor shows a lot of gin influence as well, maybe a tad more than the nose. Lots of juniper, a hint of licorice, flowers and other botanicals I can’t put my finger on. Medium body. Nice beer--the year in the gin barrel really did a number on Clara. Its almost a totally different beer. Impressed such a low abv could stand up to the intensity of the gin as well as it does. Might work better in another HF saison but I was very happy to get to try this.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

hopscotch
3.4
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 4, 2015
Bottle... Cloudy pear-colored pour with a brief, white head. The aroma is citrusy and herbal, offering hints of apple and yeast-driven spiciness. Light-bodied with pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor is clean with light, citric-like acidity intertwined with herbs, phenolic spiciness, pears and apples. Finishes raspy, tangy, then dry. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Thursday, September 29, 2016

dmac
3.6
Hill Farmstead Florence
Bottle shared at Puzzl’s. Poured a delicate super pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of wet wheat, lemon, light spice and urinal pucks. Flavor is better than the aroma with sour lemon, grains, wet wheat and light pepper. Smooth body with light carbonation.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

RobertDale
3.8
Hill Farmstead Sumner
Sample at CBC Boston. Comes a hazy pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical. Taste is grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits, and malt. Very good.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

mathieuc
4.1
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Many thanks to tom10101 for this cool bottle! Pours a light hazy yellow with a medium white head that leaves very nice lacing. Nose is Arthur-like with some nice lemony and peppery moments. Taste is more lemon" light crackery cereals and yuzu. Drinkable for days! Body is light, carbonation pretty high and the whole thing just makes a lot of sense. And awesome refresher, really. I’ll need to stock up if it ever gets released again!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

mathieuc
4
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 16, 2015
Pours a hazy pale golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is a little grassy but mostly vinous with good oak and white wine. Taste is lightly tart and citric, offers soft cereals along some crisp green apples. Dry , of course. Body is on the light side and carbonation moderately high. A nice vinous barrel-aged saison. Yum!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

mathieuc
4.1
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 4, 2015
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of citrus, matcha tea and yuzu. Taste is tart but only moderately so and bone dry, offers more citrusy flavors with some zest this time. Body is moderately light, carbonation moderate and it is super refreshing and ultra drinkable. A mighty fine barrel aged saison! (Just read that it is listed as a fruit beer here, lol)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

jredmond
3.9
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
Draft at the brewery tasting room with Andrew. Pours a deep, murky bright orange body with thick white lacing. Nose is fresh pulpy citrus/orange and tangerine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, juicy and sessionable with notes of soft citrus fruit, muted dank pine, gentle grains and a clean malt balance faded in the background.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
4.2
Hill Farmstead Harlan
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Poured a very lightly hazed yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was grassy notes, grapefruit. Orange and orange zest. Very juicy hop character, light bitterness compared to the dank aroma. Tasty.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
4.2
Hill Farmstead Susan
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Poured a hazy golden color with a small very light off-white head. Aroma was light citrus notes, mild lemon. Juicy mild tropical fruit notes. Flavor was really tasty. Light sweetness, mild lemon, juicy mild tropical fruit finish. Tasty.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
4.3
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #8
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Poured a hazy yellow-orange color with a small white head. Aroma was grassy, grapefruit and resin notes. Flavor was similiar, very tasty - lots of juicy character in this one. Resin blast. Very juicy.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
3.8
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Poured a hazy orange color with a small white head. Lots of pungent notes, light green onion? Dank, but mellow, no real sharp bitterness in this one. There was also a light peppery note in the finish.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
4
Hill Farmstead Edward
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! I thought I had had this one before - I may have and I might have just not rated the beer. Anyway... this one poured a really hazy, cloudy light orange color with a small white head. Aroma was blast of grapefruit zest, very light sweet malt notes. Flavor was nice, zest, light tropical fruit. Pretty tasty.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

radagast83
3.5
Hill Farmstead Mary
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Poured a hazy yellow color with a small white, creamy head. Aroma was not what I expected - I expected a dank, resinous blast, but this was a lot more subtle. Pilsner malts. Grassy notes. Light sweet cereal grain notes. Pretty solid.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

tapefuzz
3.9
Hill Farmstead Anna
750mL. Pours a hazy bright yellow with a moderate white head. Aroma is honey, flowers, yeast, grass, and funk. Taste is tart and tangy lemon, peach, yeast, wheat, light honey, and little bit of spice. Some grassy hops in the tart finish. Light body. Fizzy, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is crisp rather than creamy and no where near as strong without the yeast sediment.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ferris
3.9
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Bottle - Bright grass and lychee with some funk. Cloudy gold with a small white head. Bright and fruity with quick bitter hit and a clean finish. Very nice.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

fiery_1
3.8
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
750ml bottle, thanks Matt. Pours a hazy golden colour. Nose of citrus (lemon). Somewhat light and creamy with a nice carbonation. Flavour hints of grassyness, lemon zest, and even some grapefruit. Very refreshing.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

mcberko
3.5
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
750mL bottle, sent from yourilevesque (thanks a lot, Youri) pours a hazy blonde with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of citrus upfront, with some wild yeast, and dry biscuity malt. Flavour is very fresh and dry, with lots of bright citrus, some biting spiciness, and crisp biscuity malt. Doesn’t strike me as a radler, but as a low ABV tart crisp ale of some sort, it’s very nice. Solid.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Oakes
3.7
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Has some haze. Light lemony-yellow colour. The aroma is citrus, pedio, musty yeast. Light body. Lemony taste, with cleaner yeast note, a fair bit of hop bitterness for the style. Still some musty yeast stuff. Tart lemony finish. Good balance, refreshing, off-dry finish. I can see why it reviews well.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

lupulist
3.8
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Pours a hazy straw colour with minimal head. Aroma of oak and grapefruit. Tastes of grapefruit zest, with crackery malts. Light bodied, a bit thin. Not too sweet or juicy for a radler. But not super refreshing, either.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

czar
3.9
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
bottle courtesy of tom10101, many thanks bro! pours hazy light but bright yellow with a small creamy white cap offering some retention, creamy lacing. lots of spices - dried lemons and dill; fresh bretts and other bugs; sulphuric notes, citrus juice, integrated wood, funky herbs, salt. bright carbonation, light body - watery; dry and tart herbal-citrusy finish. solid radler, should it be one..
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

czar
4.1
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 4, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours hazy/cloudy very light golden with a small white cap offering some retention and lacing. brett citrus, dill, smooth foeder wood - coconut; perry and cider qualities, spicy tingling herbs, candied ginger, salt, minerals. bright carbonation, light body - thin; dry and tart citrusy finish. pretty solid citrusy tart ale - gracious experience compared to july 16th.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

czar
3.7
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 16, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours hazy light golden with a small white cap offering some retention and lacing. citrus - exotic varietals without being perfumey; grassy sulphuric notes, light acidity - some complexity; some soft tropical notes, white pepper. moderate carbonation - lacking at the end; light body - thin, drying and gently tart spicy-citrusy finish. nicely floral and citrusy - preferred a lot more july 4th.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

radagast83
3.8
Hill Farmstead Song of Joy
Growler shared by jc1762. Poured a very lightly hazed yellow with a thick, but small foamy white head. Aroma was lots of grassy floral notes here, pine resin character. Lemon character, light bitterness. Light crispness, but highly hopped, so there’s certainly a bitter finish to this one.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MartinT
4.4
Hill Farmstead Genealogy (2015 - )
My Bottom Line:
This rewarding Imperial Stout places coffee, dark chocolate, roasted cereals and alcohol warmth in the lushest of mouthfeels, making it impossible for them NOT to succeed.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the darkness.
-Coffee is perfectly positioned, letting all dark malts express themselves as equals.
-That body is to die for.
-This might even be more seductive than the bourbon-aged version. But that is probably just me. (both are excellent)

Bottle.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

jc1762
3.5
Hill Farmstead Mary
Growler into a tulip glass showing well filtered bright yellow with half a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows sweet malts with tea and biscuits. The palate is well carbonated and medium bodied. Bready malts with very subtle sweetness and a typical pilsener bitterness.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

jc1762
4
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
Growler into a tulip glass showing hazy orange with sparse white foam. The nose shows notes of petrol and white pepper with light grapefruit and orange in the background. The palate is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Grapefruit zest forward with a very subtle malt backbone finishing on a moderate bitterness. Bready malts appearing on the linger.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

jc1762
4.1
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #8
Growler into a tulip glass showing hazy dark orange with no head. The nose shows moderately intense orange and grapefruit zest. The palate is lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Pulpy and juicy grapefruit with a robust malt backbone. Barely any bitterness with the linger showing a combination of malt and grapefruit to emulate a slight harmonious adzuki sweetness on the end.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

BrettGT
3.9
Hill Farmstead Arthur
DH Cascade @ Mikkeller Bar. Aroma of hay, tart orange, lemon, barn, blanket. Pours a relatively clear golden with a dense white head that lasts well. Taste is more complex with brett character, fruity tartness, hay and barnyardy notes. Medium light bitterness and light to medium sweetness. Medium body, average carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel, brett finish and a some bitterness. Nice stuff but would have wished for more Cascade character in the aroma.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

markextrae
4.2
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry
bottle shared with a friend, poured a beautiful ruby purple colour with a small bubbly head on the side. amazing colour. clear tart berries hits the nose upfront, light tart red fruits, blackberries, black currants, yeast, light oak, tannis notes, big juice fruit notes, missing that clear flora funk notes from the most amazing batch 5, taste follows the nose with strong red berry notes. sweet blueberries, tart raspberry, sour yeast in the aftertaste, dry, sweet fresh fruits in the finish. just an amazing beer from hill fermstead. but again, i just prefer the regular flora over the fruited version. i would rank this as the 3th best fruited flora version, behind regular blueberry and plum
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Huhzubendah
4.2
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #8
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Light yellowish orange body with a small white head. Aromas of hops, lightly spiced bread, tropical fruits. Juicy and dank. Resinous with residual grapefruit and a hint of melon. Delicious.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Huhzubendah
4.2
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
Growler shard by jc1762. Thanks Jon! Yellow hazy body with a small white collar. Lovely aroma. New Zealand hops - yum. Fruity, juicy, amazing. Medium body with moderate bitterness. Perfect carbonation. Terrific.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Huhzubendah
3.7
Hill Farmstead Song of Joy
Growler shared by jc1762. Thanks Jon. Light yellow body with a thin white collar. Aromas of biscuit, sourdough bread, grassy hops. Zesty grapefruit rind with earthy malts. Dry, grassy finish. Nicely done.
Monday, September 26, 2016

AdamChandler
4
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #2
75CL split two ways about a week after filled. Very cloudy light orange. Generous one finger off white head. Very faint aroma slight pine and tangerine. Juicy with a good tangerine skin flavor. Light, juicy, good pine needle finish soft delicate mouthfeel. Nice. Very crushable.
Monday, September 26, 2016

bursprak
4.3
Hill Farmstead Flora - Plum
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares vol. ?. Light hazy amber pour with a small head. Notes of tart fruit, plums, some oily vanilla notes, funk, lingering tartness, citrus and some light tannins.
Monday, September 26, 2016

LouisP
3.9
Grassroots Brother Soigné
La bière est d’une couleur orange / rosée avec très peu de carbonatation et d’effervescence. Au nez, les levures sauvages volent la vedette. On reconnait également derrière la brett le côté levure saison à la vermontoise. En bouche, les oranges sanguines prennent toute la place, les bretts sont à peine distinguables. On a réellement l’impression de goûter un San Pellegrino à l’orange. Peu ou pas d’amertume. Corps assez rond. Taux de buvabilité ultra élevé. Bière solide.
Monday, September 26, 2016

LouisP
3.8
Hill Farmstead Anna
Une bière blonde, trouble, aux teints dorés avec peu de carbonatation. Au nez, beaucoup de levures sauvages, une présence sucrée, et la fameuse levure saison spécialité de HF. En bouche, ce qui me frappe au départ, c’est l’espèce de goût de pastille contre la toux au miel. La finale est sèche, avec peu d’amertume. Un petit peu des levures sauvages sont remarquables, mais en arrière-plan. Au final c’est assez équilibré, mais sans être grandiose.
Monday, September 26, 2016

biirusaikou
4.2
Hill Farmstead Arthur
Bottle shared. What a great treat! Amazing balance, drinks like juicy lemon tart in a glass, lovely dry finish. HF steals the show once again, masterpice!
Monday, September 26, 2016

slowrunner77
3.7
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
From Youri. Light yellow. Lemony tart citrus nose and flav with a touch of tart from the oak aging. Lightly bitter and refreshing. Not a game changer but very nice summertime beer.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

jredmond
3.8
Hill Farmstead Prolegomena
Bottle at Hill Farmstead’s tasting room (onsite only consumption); shared with Andrew. Pours a deep murky brown body with thin carbonated tan lacing. Nose is wet wood, dark fruit and soft funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with aggressive tart pushing throughout the palate; notes of fruit, sour oak, dark berries, wine and acid.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

mansquito
4
Hill Farmstead Arthur
Copenhagen Beer Celebration Boston: pours gold with white head. Aroma is vinegar and brett funk. Refreshing tartness and lemon. Pretty nice. dank.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Prufrockstar
4.2
Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Wine Barrel / 2016)
Vera: 2016. Bottle thanks to Scott and Mandy. Gold, hazy, short duration; white grape, honey/wildflower tannic (think: elements of Cassidy); spritzy, reminds me of a sweetened champagne. Nice balance between grape, light sweetness, gently tart. Just all around delicate. Honeyed nose more apparent over time while nursing this glass. Light body, average carbonation. Overall: really lovely. Nice to have some HF on a fresh palate.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

jc1762
3.8
Hill Farmstead Harlan
Tap at brewery showing well filtered yellow with a lot of sparse white foam. The nose is grassy - fresh cut grass. Upon warming up, a light zest grapefruit with malt backbone appears. The palate shows light bodied and moderately carbonated. A lot of cannabis flavor finishing with a moderate bitterness. Not bad.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

jc1762
3.6
Hill Farmstead Song of Joy
Sampler at brewery showing well filtered yellow with sparse white foam. The nose shows dry pine and bready malts. The palate is lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Flavors of light lemon and lemon with a pilsner bitterness.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

jc1762
3.4
Hill Farmstead Edward
Tap into a nonic pint showing unfiltered dark orange with half a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows subtle and mild grapefruit with light malts. The palate is medium bodied and fully carbonated. Flavors of very light grapefruit and subtle malt into a mid-palate of light citric acidity. The finish shows a light grapefruit zesty bitterness.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

SlovakSniper
3.9
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #5
Une robe orangée et une tête qui résiste tant bien que mal. Au nez, acide lactique et notes citronnées avec aigreur contrôlée, fleurs et peaux de fruits à vin et fromage à moisissure interne. Des saveurs plaisantes, ajustées pour tous les palais, boisées et acidulées, définitivement maîtrisées, subtilement terreuses. En bouche, un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement modéré et une texture à la Hill. Une finale acidulée complexe. Buvabilité extrême mais pas meilleure que plusieurs autres bières qui sont dans la même catégorie.
Saturday, September 24, 2016