ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Woohops. Out of a growler thanks to Daknole! Beautiful amber color, strong taste and rich with a beautiful alcohol taste. yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Review transfered from BA. Was a week old Oct 11 filled swing top HF growler shared with a few other BAs. Loud pop when opening growler; poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear, golden orange color with a frothy light yellowish tan. Average retention and plentiful streaks and dots of lacing. Body has a pleasant glow and steady stream of small bubbles rising to the surface.
Aroma is spectacularly fresh, juicy and hoppy. Tropical and citrus fruits, like tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple dominate with minimal pulp and resin bitterness.
Flavor is not quite as outstanding as the aroma. Well, let me rephrase, it’s not as intensely sweet and focused on the tropical (pineapple) notes, instead there is a much more pronounced pine and grapefruit rind flavor that particularly lingers in the finish. Front to middle of the palate is where the sweeter fruit and light malt flavors dominate and produce a juicy, slick mouthfeel. The back of the palate and finish are then bludgeoned by intense hop oils and bitterness.
Body is medium thick, though slightly thinner than I’d prefer, with tight, fine carbonation. Alcohol also provides a slight burn in the finish.
Overall this is an exceptional DIPA. A little more sweetness in the body like the nose, instead of pine and resin would push both the drinkability and taste higher for me. In the discussion with PtY, but not quite there. I think I enjoy Abner more than this, though he isn’t as remarkable as this. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice. dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Oh my. I tried really hard not to believe the hype. Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Cloudy with a stiff foamy head. This beer just wafts aroma when you pour it. It’s waves of mango, orange, and easy to pick out the simcoe. Resinous hops, with pine, citrusy orange tangerine and grapefruit with a nice but not overpowered bitterness. I hate knowing I wont be having this again any time soon. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at the Barcade Phila anniversary. Aroma of sweet citrus and slight resin. Pours hazy peach with little head. Taste is very juicy with orange peel, grapefruit, and slight resin. Easy to drink and everything I like in an IPA.
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
750ml growler. Pours a cloudy straw color with thick fluffy white head. Aroma of potent tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is full of citrus bitterness. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pine and a slightly spicy aftertaste. My first offering from Hill Farmstead and I'm very pleased! Definitely worth the hype. jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a very clear gold with a finger white creamy head.
Smells of citrus, tropical fruits with a little bit of earthiness.
Up front lots of citrus flavors with a little bit of sweet maltiness. Rounds out into a sweet pineapple flavor near the end with a crisp finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly light. Carbonation level is low, but I’m assuming that has to do with the growler.
Very solid beer. I love the distinct pineapple flavor, but having had this right after Heady Topper it falls short of that standard.
Marheb (5907) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Un armada de fruits tropicaux et d’agrumes dans un liquide intensément juteux. probablement la bière la plus juteuse d’Hill Farmstead. Une certaine résine s’y trouve aussi mais pas autant que le nez laissait entrevoir. L’alcool reste sur la langue une fois que la marée se retire et seul une autre gorgée peut éteindre le feu. Spectaculaire et franche. Ataraxia (563) - California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Translucent golden orange, white head. Citrus fruits dominate: orange, grapefruit, and hints of lemon. Also, some peach and mango in the background. Mild sweetness rounded out with bitterness at the edges and a fruity tang in the back. Smooth and crisp, though just a little bit of oiliness. Resinous finish with a bit of booziness. Luk_ (243) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
On tap at the Harvest Festival [transfered from BA]. The most stinky and dank IPA I’ve had. Lots of onions, some earth, very farmhouse. Some citrus of course. The bitterness is higher than most Hill Farmstead. Unique and very tasty.