Hill Farmstead Brewery Reviews


Leighton
Hill Farmstead / Alpine Mutual Admiration 4.1
Growler from the brewery. Pours lightly hazy orange-gold with a frothy off-white head. Lots of fruity, moderately dank hops in the nose, some ripe peach, tangerine, apricot, pale bread. Medium sweet flavor with more bready, lightly biscuity malts, some further juicy citrus, some gooey pine, bitter grass, orange rind. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Resinous on the finish with more oily pine, decent bready sweetness, dank melon, orange, tangerine, nectarine, rindy bitterness. A rich and nicely rounded IPA.
Monday, February 08, 2016

JulienHuxley
Hill Farmstead Of First And Last Things 4.2
Growler shared by tom10101. Glowing cloudy gold pour with lacy creamy white head. Aroma is really nice and dank, weedy, oniony, garlicky, grassy hop. Taste is lightly bitter, juicy, dank hops. Palate is med bodied, silky, light carbonation. Delicious.
Monday, February 08, 2016

NikkTwist
Hill Farmstead Mary 3.7
Draft at Bru Craft. Slightly hazy bright yellow gold pour with egg white foam. Good wave crests of lace. German yeast in the aroma. Moderately sharp lemony citrus notes balanced well with light toasted bready malts. Grassy and floral. Lemon poppyseed pound cake. Celery hearts. Dandelions. Bread dough. Apricot fuzz. Clementines. Coriander. Sage. Thyme. Sea salt. Green peppercorns. A pleasantly complex pils.
Monday, February 08, 2016

ben4321
Hill Farmstead Susan 3.8
Draft at Good Beer, 2/5/16. Aroma crosses through all the hop tropes, with tropical notes, pine/resin, spice, earth, and even a hint of grass. Flavor is much the same, solidly bitter. It is slightly heavy on the carbonation but has a pretty good overall mouthfeel. Not the best thing I’ve ever had from Hill Farmstead, but still pretty stellar.
Monday, February 08, 2016

drfabulous
Hill Farmstead Edith (2013-) 3.8
Bottle pour at Kevin’s. Sour red wine, vinegar, some oak. tannic and acidic. Nice overall.
Monday, February 08, 2016

drfabulous
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #5 4.1
Bottle pour at Kevin’s. Big nose. Vanilla and chocolate. Lots of body. Stick and some sweetness. Great.
Monday, February 08, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
Hill Farmstead Hygge 4
Pronounced Hooga. This was on tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lacing stuck around the glass nicely. The smell started off with some sweet roasted nuts blending into some citrus and piney hops. Caramel and toffee malts - delicate yet there. Very well balanced. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice rounded corners of bready malts. Smooth lingering sweet and roasted nuts. Light smooth caramel malts in the aftertaste. Semi-dry nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Smooth malts lay down on my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a really good Amber ale that I would have again.
Monday, February 08, 2016

Ferris
Hill Farmstead Juicy 3.7
Bottle - Lots of fruit and grapefruit. Clear gold. Tart acidic citrus and a dry finish. Nice but a bit overhyped in my mind.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

s_r
Hill Farmstead Hygge 3.8
Robe orange foncé et opaque. Au nez des notes de caramel, de pin grillé. En bouche, des notes de fruits cuits, orange, caramel, presque crémeux, pour un final avec une amertume légèrement persistante.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

GTAEgeek
Hill Farmstead Dorothy (2015) 3.6
On tap at the Backcountry Pizza 5th anniversary party. Pours a pale, hazy, yellow, with a thin, white head. The nose is lemon, leather, earth, and some cloves. Surprisingly dry, with a light bitterness. Light to medium body, very astringent and dry, sticky, with a long, bitter aftertaste. This is a solid, impressive brett saison.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

JJMBeer
Hill Farmstead E. 4.1
Happy to get to try this. A very well made beer that has characteristics of a pale, but is more like a saison. Funky nose, and tastes good, but not great.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

GMCC2181
Hill Farmstead George 3.8
Draft at Teresa’s in Wayne PA. Nice pour, light black in color, small mocha colored head. Nose is light hop presence, heavy roasted malts. Taste reminds me of a porter. Lots of roasted malts, light hop bitterness. Light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth silky body, easy to drink. Overall, great beer for its style/category.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ratman197
Hill Farmstead Abner 3.3
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a small limgering ivory head. Aromas of straw, yeast, dankness, grassiness and citrus. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, grapefruit and light grassiness with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

czar
Hill Farmstead Hygge 3.8
on tap at NEK tasting center, newport. hazy copper burnt orange with a creamy off-white cap offering good retention and lacing. american C’s - usual suspects, spicy fruitiness, toasted red matter - berries, hint of brown malts and few chocolate nibs, soft pine needles, lager-like clean fruity esters, salt, clean american yeast as well. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, smooth and balanced spicy-citrusy finish. old-school-ish - very tasty lightly hopped amber.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Bulk_Carrier
Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy 4.6
On tap at The Blue Stone. This was poured into a tall tulip. The appearance was a pure orange juice to rind color. One finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing here and there. The smell had a stunning burst of bittersweet orange juice with bitter grapefruit pulp and rind backing it all up. Light sweet mango strolls in underneath. The taste copied the aroma nicely. Bittersweet orange juice aftertaste slides into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the bitterness from the hops to pack an appropriate punch. Overall, beautifully and wonderfully done. A masterpiece of a DIPA that I know I would have again.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

NachlamSie
Hill Farmstead Dorothy (2015) 4
10 oz at Star Bar. This is a hazy golden with a tall white head. The Brett is immediately evident in the aroma and brings a balanced, cheesy funk. The hop aroma isn’t pungent, but rather gives a very welcome citrus kick. The palate is dry and spritzy. I really like the use of Brett on this one. It’s at a tasteful level with suggestions of rye bread, cheese, pepper, and wool. A subtle citrus bite accompanies a light, basic malt base.
Sunday, February 07, 2016

suprchunk
Hill Farmstead Twilight of the Idols 3
Dark brown pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Minerally aroma, slight coffee note. Malty sweet taste. Also slight acrid finish.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

alexsdad06
Grassroots Convivial Suarez 3.8
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have moderately tart fruit, cherry, hibiscus floral notes, some spices, grass, grains, soft sour notes, lemon citrus, light woody character, decent amount going on, enjoyable.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

yourilevesque
Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy 4
En fût. Liquide trouble est orangé et me paraît très dense. Le houblon est très puissant en bouche sans jamais surpasser les malts dont la forte teneur en arômes céréaliers apportent volume et profondeur. Le Galaxy est plus floral et gazonneux que fruité dans cette bière de souche fermière. Très belle densité en bouche. Peut-être un rien trop de corps pour une IIPA à mon goût. Les saveurs sont fidèles aux arômes avec un fruit supplémentaire qui n’existait pas il y a une minute à peine. Finale amère bien soutenue par les malts. Ce verre demeure une jolie compensation pour toutes ces magnifiques bières que j’ai bues hier soir au EBF sans pouvoir les goûter à cause de ce foutu rhume...
Saturday, February 06, 2016

joeneugs
Hill Farmstead Juicy 3.9
Bottle at RateBeer Best. It pours a clear deep orange color with a white head. The aroma is funky and herbal with some over ripe apricots. The flavor is the same. Herbal, funky apricot and grapefruit. A little hard candy-like fruitiness. Some minerals on the palate. Surprisingly full bodied for the style, but dry and tart in the finish. Higher notes of alcohol are noticed. Overall, very good.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

tiong
Grassroots Convivial Suarez 3.8
750ml bottle, thanks Sami!

Bottled 2015-07-30 - Pours deep reddish with a large white head. Aroma of tartish berries, earthy notes, spices, fruits, lemon and citrus. Taste is smooth, juicy and lemony with some grapefruit, tartish berries, earthiness, spices, hints of yeast and lime. Finish is complex, earthy and slightly juicy with some tartish berries, lemon, grapefruit and spices. Pretty good.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

olio
Grassroots Convivial Suarez 3.9
75 cl bottle. Bottled on 30.07.2015.
Pours rose hip red color with a large head. Apricot, rose hip and orange on the nose, herbs and some yeast too. Flavor is rather sweet, apricot, grapefruits, mango, even some water melon and spices. Spice kick is decent. Refreshing if you can say that about a beer like this.
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Saturday, February 06, 2016

laiti
Grassroots Convivial Suarez 3.8
75 cl bottle @ home, bottled 30.07.2015
Aroma is rather typical for a grassroots/HF saison with earthy tones, grapefruit, fruity yeast and mild apricot tones. Also urinal cake. Flavour has grapefruit juice, some funky yeast, fruity notes and earthy tones. Nice tartness here, an American sour-n-tart saison on the better side. There’s not that much white wine notes typical of this style – which is a good thing!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

knickskicks
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry 4
Purple/pink pour. Nose is really fruity, lots of berries, tart. Taste is tart berries, some funk, lingering tartness. Tart finish. Light watery mouthfeel.
Friday, February 05, 2016

suprchunk
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #3 3
Black pour. Small tan head. No lacing. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, wood, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is a huge booze note with chocolate and vanilla. Very boozy.
Friday, February 05, 2016

Heather_B
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - December 4, 2015 3.3
Let me start by saying: pepper bomb. Yeasty yellow pour (even though it’s been sitting cold and upright for a month). Minimal white head. Smells like an awesome funky saison. Some brett in aroma and lots of expectations of some funky tartness. And then I taste it. This is weird spices and some tea herbalness but then it just ends in a total peppery mess that I can’t get out of my mouth. No thanks.
Friday, February 05, 2016

AdamChandler
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - December 4, 2015 3.5
375ML Split 2 ways. Allowed to rest at fridge temp for a few weeks and enjoyed in HF Stemware @ home.

A - Has a little yellow gold cloudiness which could be that it just didn’t sit upright long enough. 2 finger white head that fades to some decent lacing.

S - Aroma is more akin to a pilsener with chamomile than a saison. Has a very mild tartness.

T - Herbal, vegetable like, faint oatmeal taste with mild apple and persimmon. There’s a slight medicinal quality to this one.

M - Mouthfeel, pillow-like, bold, slightly bitter as it fleets

O - It’s good but most likely the weakest in the LoG series so far. The pepper spice, vegetable and plastic are not my favorite and there’s a pilsener like quality.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Heather_B
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave Elaborative #1 4.3
See-through dark brown pour with minimal light grayish brown head. Smells exactly like Drie Fonteinen lambic. Seriously. Mouthfeel is awesome. Carbonated enough. Easily drinkable. Flavor is, indeed, nutty but like this awesome nutty lambic situation going on. It’s not AS good as Belgian lambic but it’s tart and funky and delicious.
Friday, February 05, 2016

AdamChandler
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #5 3.9
500ML Bottle. Acquired a few weeks ago. Stored upright at fridge temp and split 2-ways in stemmed HF glassware.

A - Completely black, no red edges nothing. This is oil. There’s a small espresso colored head that fades to a thin line.

S - Well crap..just going to go ahead and score the nose a perfect 10. Toffee, tootsie roll, fudge, coffee, vanilla, coconut, oak, campfire and bourbon. Smells exceptional it has a lot of De Molen qualities to it and their stouts smell pretty damn good when they hit their mark.

T - yeah, I’d imagine there has to be a a LOT of De Molen in this beer. Booze, sugar, whiskey, even a bit of smoked scotch taste to this one with vanilla and espresso bean. It does have this burnt oak taste that lingers long after finishing which is akin to the roast of Everett and that booze bomb that was De Molen works.

M - Thin carbonation, very light, no sweet and syrupy than carbed that that can change with time.

O - Really great beer. Wish it tasted at the quality it smelled.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Heather_B
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #5 4
Dark brown pour with some lingering tan head. Smells like cocoa and roasted almonds and a little booze. Nice oily mouthfeel. This is super smooth. Flavor is some vanilla and chocolate and minimal roast. Bourbon is well hidden (almost too much so - I like a little booze in mine). But this, again, drinks really smoothly.
Friday, February 05, 2016

AdamChandler
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Anchorage-2015) 4.2
375ML Bottle split 2 ways. Held upright for 4 weeks before opening and enjoyed at fridge temp. Enjoyed in Hill’s stemware.

A - Gorgeous straw pale with a lot of little tiny bubbles. However, pours with just a faint head that fades quickly to almost nothing. When it did have carb, it was a pillow-like solid white bubble fest.

S - Smells fantastic, Lemon tea, lemon meringue, lime, hay, fresh cut grass, some pumpernickel pear and a bit of red-apple (sorry I don’t know the varietals).

T - Has a lot of arctic saison in it. Juicy, lots of lemonade, honey, pear, even peaches. A very small pepper note as it finishes. Tart, minor acidity. Certainly has an apple underlying essence but the yeast and grain just do so much.

M - The carb in mouthfeel is spot on. Tingly, full, crisp and very clean finish with a lingering brett funk with some leathery notes

O - Fantastic. When Shaun and Gabe get together, magic happens. This is great.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Heather_B
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Anchorage-2015) 4.2
Smells very tart and oaky. Very reminiscent of excellent Arthur batches but I’m not getting any fruit in the aroma. Pale yellow pour - see through given the sitting for 4ish weeks in a fridge - and minimal white head. Holy crap this tastes good. VERY tart. Tastes like the awesomeness of all tart, easy-to-drink Hill saisons and then the sweet apple comes through at the very end of the finish. This is awesome. Would be even more awesome if it was more carbonated.
Friday, February 05, 2016

adnielsen
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Sante Adairius-2013) 4
Bottle poured by Jesus of Vermont. Hazy yellow appearance with a white head. Some grass / hay, lemon, mild funk, a hint of mango, and light oak. Balanced flavor - low bitterness and sweetness. Lemon, white wine, funk, and vanilla in the mouth. Refreshing and easy to drink a lot of (though admittedly I only had one Danish pour). Pretty fun but not as good as Flora or Arthur.
Friday, February 05, 2016

adnielsen
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry 3.9
This bottle was poured by JesusofVT. I did not tell him that I have recommended people hotbox his shitters but I did tell him to try some Ganstaller which he ignored. Reddish violet appearance with a pinkish tan head. Aroma has plenty of berries - blackberries and raspberries, especially. Some funk and acid noticeable. Good carbonation. Low sweetness and bitterness. Moderately tart. The flavor has blueberries and blackberries, oak, vanilla, and a bit of lemon citrus. Good and easy to drink but I think these fruit variants of Flora really lose some complexity and become a bit more homogenous with the fruit addition. It’s a good beer - just not a great beer like Flora.
Friday, February 05, 2016

jtclockwork
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (De Molen-2013) 4
Bottle - Pours black tan head - nose and taste of dark fruit, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla - lighter medium body
Thursday, February 04, 2016

jbruner
Hill Farmstead Everett 3.8
Bouttle thanks to trade with bigda83! Pours an opaque black from 500mL with thin lacy brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of roasty malt, earthy middle, and dark chocolate undertones. Taste is more toward the chocolate, with a bit of fruity yeast character. Thicker than normal porter, and definitely well done, but not sure it’s as great as everyone makes it out to be.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

ClarkVV
Hill Farmstead Of First And Last Things 3.9
Multiples on draught at Armbsy, 1/30/16.
Moderately to lightly hazy, copper-golden body shows a little bit more darkness than their typical all pale IPA. Head is white and large, showing strong retention.
Quite dank and earthy in the nose, not at all an explosively juicy or hugely citric/piney nose. Certainly a touch of orange rind and light pine, but no heavy resin, with lightly sweet pineapple and more easygoing floral, skunk and light garlic/green onion. A weird one, for sure, but it’s oddly endearing and opens up nicely and not aggressively as it warms. Malts show light bread, caramel and a fair amount of honey with no alcohol or flaw noted.
Sweeter than their average IPA, but with enough backing bitterness to balance. Still perfectly well-attenuated, with lots of green onion, juicy fruits and soft piney bitterness on the end. Earthy and bready notes apparent as well. Very easygoing and continued to impress more and more with warming. Definitely a departure from a lot of the big juice machine IPAs, which is a nice change of pace. Maybe a touch too sweet overall and a bit loose on the carbonation/texture.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Benzai
Hill Farmstead Everett - Bourbon Barrel Aged (2014) 3.8
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Opaque pitch black color, average sized brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, alcohol. Taste malts, bourbon, again quite heavy on the alcohol, quite boozy, roast, liquorice bitter, nice bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice, but a bit too boozy.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Benzai
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1 3.4
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Hazy yellow to light orange color, average sized white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is lightly malts, very fruity, hops. Taste malts, hops, light sweet fruityness, soft bitterness. Decent body and soft to average carbonation. Disappointing, not as good as I had hoped.
Thursday, February 04, 2016

KyotoLefty
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #5 4.3
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival Bottle Share. Big bourbon nose, vanilla, chocolate. Blakc with lace and lts of legs. Sweet luscious chocolate flavor, vanilla. Perfect intgration of stout and barrel, silky smooth. Sweet but nt cloying. Lovly.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

KyotoLefty
Hill Farmstead Susan 3.9
Growler at the Rate Beer Awards Festival Bottle Share. Dank-ass nose of grapefruit, diesel, lemon, orange. Rich, malty grapefruit and dank flavors, nice bitterness. Very good.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

bb
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Sante Adairius-2013) 4
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tart aroma with grapefruit and summer fruit. Tart/light sour flavor with grapefruit and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with grapefruit, light tropical fruit, and light oak.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

bb
Hill Farmstead Juicy 3.9
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tart and citrusy aroma. Tart/light sour flavor with citrus and light tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Tartness lingers with citrus and light summer fruit.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

KyotoLefty
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Sante Adairius-2013) 3.9
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival. Tart nose, white wine, grapefruit, light. Funk. Medium gold with lace. Slightly lactic, funky flavor, grapefruit and wine. Dry, dry, dry. Crisp
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

KyotoLefty
Hill Farmstead Flora - Blueberry/Black Currant/Raspberry 3.9
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival. Stanky dark fruit nose, cassis, raspberries, seeds. Nice fruit flavor with medium tartness, grapefruit. Dusty, dry fruitiness. Good.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

DrSilverworm
Grassroots Convivial Suarez 3.7
750ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Kind of pink red color, mostly hazy. Ring of white head. Nice floral, some creme, bit of cherry. Moderate sour taste, kind of dry. Light tangy sweet. Medium-plus body. Kind of effervescent, sort of crisp, lighter carbonation. Mild slick body, then dry finish. A pleasant tart hibiscus saison. Some nice mild lemon citric brightens things up. Not much complexity aside from the adjuncts, but really pleasant, still. Nice lemon/hibiscus beer.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

ClarkVV
Hill Farmstead George 3.9
Draught at Armbsy, 1/30/16.
God damn, Mr. Hill just doesn’t put out bad beer. I absolutely detest most Black IPAs and Brown ales; probably my two least favorite styles (though barleywines are up there too). But just as I gave James a 3.9, despite not enjoying the beer, this one is right up there too, despite the same. Lighter than James, with more dark amber and chestnut showing through and with a beige head that is well-retained.
A touch more toffee/caramel and raisin in the nose, but it’s very well balanced by citrusy and fruity hops, along with a touch of very light roast.
Bitter, again, but not nearly as much as James (as expected) and with a bit more of a stickier, balancing malt presence. Crisp, dry and lean on the finish, the attenuation ultimately shows through and the hops win out, though toasted brown sugar, brown bread and light coffee persist as well. Fluffy and malty texture with perfect carbonation and no alcohol or flaws, as always. Shawn couldn’t be more deserving of brewer of the year yet again and it would actually be a little ridiculous if he hadn’t won. Or so I think.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

ClarkVV
Hill Farmstead James 3.9
Draught at Armsby, 1/30/16.
Another technically flawless beer from Hill. Appearance is perfect, the aromatics are all quite on-point, with coffee, various other roasted notes, earthiness, vanilla and some pine and citrus with a bit of juiciness breaking up the intensity.
Assertive in the mouth, it comes off as even more than 6.8% with a strong roasted element adding a ton of bitterness, especially in concert with the citric/piney hops. Perfect texture, with just a touch of slickness from the roasted barley and the same charming, rustic, fresh house yeast character we’ve all come to know and love from HF’s beers. Attenuation is good, of course and there’s still a ton of maltiness left to provide texture. Uncompromisingly bitter, roasty and hoppy through and through. Much too much for me, and I didn’t care for the beer one bit, but I’m sure this is exactly what most stout/hop heads want from this type of beer.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

mathieuc
Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Sante Adairius-2013) 4.2
Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of oak, light dill and light funk/funky fruits. Taste is fruity as well and dry, offers nice peaches and oak. Medium bodied. Medium-medium-high carbonation and a delicately tannic/vinous mouthfeel. Overall a really nice barrel aged saison by HF again! Can’t get enough of that...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

mathieuc
Hill Farmstead Of First And Last Things 4.3
Pours a really hazy golden/yellow (because of the cloudiness) with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of fruits, oranges more specifically, and light alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet and moderately bitter and offers dank tropical fruits. Moderate body and carbonation. Solid! HF never ceases to impress!
Wednesday, February 03, 2016