Hill Farmstead Brewery Reviews




Johnsense
4.1
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #5
Hazy gold pour, smaller white head. Aroma of fruit, oak, grain, citrus rinds. Citrus up front, peels, rinds, light oak note, light balsamic vinegar, tart and funky. Lighter body. Really grew on me as I drank this.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

tom10101
4.3
Hill Farmstead Double Nelson
Growler (750 ml), split 2-ways. Bought earlier today at the brewery. Cloudy glowing orangey ala Hill Farmstead with a medium white head, easy to revive, leaving good lacing. Aroma is super dank with loads of fruits including orange creamsicle and white grapes/white wine notes. Taste is also quite dank with orange creamsickle, lean maltiness for a Double IPA, white grapes. some herbalness, resinous notes and moderate bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel. Dank and fruity finish. Another superb IPA from Hill Farmstead. The mouthfeel is very special, so creamy and oily with a lingering fruity presence. Great mix of dank and fruity notes. Very easy drinking and quenching. Loved it.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

tom10101
4.3
Hill Farmstead Art Plum
Bottle (375 ml) on premise. Hazy vibrant orangey with pinkish and a small persistent ring of white foam leaving little lacing. Aroma reminds me a lot of a young Tilquin Quetsche - beautiful mix of funk and juicy fruits - with the added complexity of the wine features from the barrel. The Saison character isn’t as present as in Arthur but the Farmstead microflora can’t be missed. Taste is quite fruity. There’s acidity from the fruits but it’s not an acidic beer per se, not the american way. Bright funk that balance the fruitiness nicely and barrels quailities - fun buttery oak presence as well as winey notes that add to the complexity. Once it warms up a bit, a light minerality come through the funk and citrus features add to the plum fruitiness. Light-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oak and a bit tannic mouthfeel. Winey and fruity finish with a mild funk that kicks in at the end of each sip. The fruitiness lingers for a while wihout being agressive. While it might not be as good as what I remember from the last Art I tried (I need to update that rating), it’s pretty close to what is the best I imagine a fruited Art can be. The fruitiness add a nice dimension but hide a bit of the complexity of the wine barrels. And it’s without a double in the same league as Art quality wise. I also preferred this one to any fruited Flora version. A great barrel-aged fruit farmhouse ale combining fruits and funk amazingly!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jorn69
3.7
Hill Farmstead / Kissmeyer / Cambridge Nordic Saison
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen 20170103. Yeasty, fruity, grassy, bretty, citrusy, light acidic, medium to full body with a watery to oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and bretty.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PhillyCraft
4
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #7
Bottle care of Al, pours a dark brown/black color. Notes are coffee, dark fruit, fudge, roasted malt, licorice, cinnamon and some brown sugar. Medium to fuller mouthfeel. Maybe a touch hot but that will mellow within a few months.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MatChar
4.8
Hill Farmstead Anna
Bottle. Appearance: light, rather clear yellow. Smell: nice brett, citrus, and subtle hops aromatic. Taste: unique use of bretts, balanced with citrus, and subtle barnyard notes. Unique combination between texture and feel, perhaps thanks to honey. Moderate to high dryness, moderately sour, high drinkability. Overall: Hill Farmstead.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Marheb
4.3
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
(Bouteille provenant de la brasserie): Une base miellée aussitôt habitée par du pamplemousse pale, du poivre blanc, un voile lactique et un fil conducteur boisé et doucement gras. La finale est passablement épicée et sèche. La texture finement carbonatée rend tout ça fabuleusement pintable.
Monday, January 16, 2017

ben4321
3.9
Hill Farmstead Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale
Draft at Cooper’s, Chelsea. Fully hazed pour with a thick, sheeting disk of off white head and fairy strong lacing. Juicy hop aroma of peach, mango, and grapefruit. Some herbal notes as well. Gets a bit dank on the flavor, but otherwise much like the nose. Finishes decently bitter, and a hint tart. Crisp and clean mouthfeel.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

nickd717
3.9
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Bottle pressure pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is loads of lemon, some ammonia. Flavor is tart, crisp, lemony. Medium-light bodied, tart and crisp. Nice carbonation. A radler/shandy - wow, really good.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

RobertDale
4
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6
Shared growler. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, mango, melon, pine, and malt. Superb.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

gephross100
3.3
Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #3
Growler thanks to Seth. Pours hazy light orange color. Orange, pine, mild bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.
Friday, January 13, 2017

gephross100
4.1
Hill Farmstead Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale
Growler thanks to Seth. Pours turbid light yellow. Fruity pebbles/breakfast serial nose. Light mouthfeel, average carbonation. Mild sweetness and bitterness.
Friday, January 13, 2017

yourilevesque
3.7
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - September 16, 2016
Dégustée à la maison, comme un seul homme. Très jolie robe bien rosée aux reflets orangés qui rappellent la prune ou la pêche. La mousse, initialement abondante et formée de grosses bulles, ne tient qu’un court instant. Arômes dosés où je sens de l’hibiscus bien sûr, mais aussi des binbons sûrs et du bois très jeune. Au palais le liquide est fortement effervescent et bien sec. L’acidité qui suut l’attaque florale où ressort une puissante barrique sablée, ajoute une touche presque aigre. Ça demeure sucré malgré tout. Comme les autres bières de la même série, cettte LOG n’est pas maivaise mais n’est pas un chef d’oeuvre non plus. Je ne comprends tout simplement pas l’orientation de cette série.
Friday, January 13, 2017

jflopsu
4.5
Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy
Pours a dark brown with carbonated dark brown head. A strong bourbon, coffee, oak and vanilla aroma. A strong flavor of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, liquorice, and vanilla. A lingering dark alcohol and chocolate aftertaste.
Friday, January 13, 2017

thepatrickman
3.8
Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2016)
Bottle at home. Reddish-brown with a off-white head. This is quite similar to a Oud Bruin, with the oaky sourness and the leather and fruit flavors. Quite good, but not earth shattering.
Friday, January 13, 2017

thepatrickman
4.2
Hill Farmstead Damon - Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged
On site at the brewery. Poured out of the bottle with close to zero carbonation and no head. This smells ludicrously pungent, like a chocolate cake that has been doused in after dinner drinks by your drunk uncle. The initial flavor is very sweet, with the port dominating -- think of a raisin and molasses sweetness from the beer that’s accentuated by port aromas. After a few seconds, though, that sweetness fades, leaving the bourbon to come through, making your head spin like you’ve just taken a second shot of booze. Bourbon and oak flavors, with just a hint of oxidation at the end. This is one intensely flavorful beer.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Sudz4Dayz
3.9
Hill Farmstead Arthur
750ml bottle. Pours golden yellow, slight haze, nice carbonation, foamy white head leaving good lacing. Smells sour, sweet, smooth light hops and white wineyness. Tastes sour, tart, sweet, smooth crispiness and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Great drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel, full for a sour. Lovely.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

markwise
4.6
Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil (2016 Maple Syrup Barrel Edition)
Growler courtesy of Gatorguy92 for this one. Cheers, Matt! Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is maple syrup, sweetness, chocolate, booze, sugar, and awesomeness. Flavor is similar with chocolate, maple, more maple, sugar, and more maple. Medium to full in body and lingering maple and chocolate in the finish. Awesome overall.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

thepatrickman
4.4
Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals: Coffee Collective: Akeml Nuri
Bottle on site at Hill. Decadent. This is just pure decadence. This manages to balance raisin and dark fruit sweetness with chocolate and coffee roastedness perfectly, and the bourbon aroma and coffee flavors bring in a whole slew of additional complexity. This is stupidly good beer.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

thepatrickman
4
Hill Farmstead Foster
On tap at Parker Pie. This is just stupidly well done. The malt base adds a great chocolate color and roasted flavor, and the wheat adds some great rustic graininess that contributes complexity. The hop profile is floral pine, which I always find works great with black IPAs. Reminds me of Wookie Jack -- earthy malts and IPA bite. Delicious.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

thepatrickman
3.9
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9
On draft. This is a big, delightful mouth-orgy of flavors. It’s got a chewy, turbid, sweet mouthfeel that makes it more reminiscent of the "haze bomb" IPAs coming from some other New England brewers, combined with a hop profile that’s tangerines and oranges. There’s a bit too much going on and it finishes with a bit too much lingering sweetness, but this is still fantastic stuff.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

thepatrickman
4.2
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4
On tap at the brewery. Pungent grapefruit and sweet citrus aromas and flavors, before it all finishes quickly and dry. This is outrageously well-made and delicious.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Biroholik
4.3
Grassroots Brother Soigné
Bottle Sharing / Piwne Degustacje Kraków, Craftownia - Krakowski Wielokran
Kolor pomarańczowy, piwo jest mętne. Fajna biała piana, pozostawia trwały lacing na szkle. Długo się utrzymuje. Aromat cytrusowy, limonka, cytryna, pomarańcze, ananas. W oddali lekka brettowość, delikatna skóra, stajnia, siano. W smaku delikatne, mało dzikie, dość kwaśne. Dużo pomarańczy, skórek cytrusów, limonek, cytryn, a także białych winogron. Odrobina przypraw w tle. Sporo tutaj się dzieje. Średnie ciało, wysokie wysycenie, oleista tekstura. Super pijalne, orzeźwiająće. Klasa światowa. Wyznacznik stylu.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Biroholik
4.2
Hill Farmstead Anna
Bottle Sharing / Piwne Degustacje Kraków, Craftownia - Krakowski Wielokran
Kolor blado żółty. Piwo jest mętne. Bardzo ładna biała jak snieg piana, która długo się utrzymuje. W aromacie skórka cytryny, pomarańcze, ananas, delikatna kolendra. Z tyłu mnóstwo nut kwiatowych, fenolowych. Sporo przypraw, trochę trawy i siana. W smaku rześkie, cytrusowe, lekko kwaśne. Niewielki stopień dzikości, funky. Dalej wchodzą przyprawy, z których na prowadzenie wysuwa się silny goździk. Po ogrzaniu pokazuje się obiecywany miód kwiatowy. Średnie ciało. Owocowe, wytrawne. Bardzo bogate piwo. Mega orzeźwiające i sesyjne!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

falco242
4.2
Hill Farmstead Sumner
Light hazy color and delicate on the palate, some hay and funk but so easy drinking. A bit of nice hop on the finish, too.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

trapped
3.8
Hill Farmstead Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale
Draught @ Fools Gold. Milky bright yellow with very small frothy whitish head, sharp piney aroma, medium carbonation, initially sweet lightly bitter taste with mango, pineapple and citrus, smooth body, medium bitter finish. Very well balanced and tasty APA.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Theydon_Bois
4
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9
Growler split at Pig’s Ear ’16, big thanks to Leighton, 29/11/16. Hazed orange with a decent off white covering. Nose is orange pith, papaya, mango, juicy citric flesh, light pine, cantaloupe melon. Taste comprises peach, toasted brioche, grapefruit zest, fleshy Tropicana, mango, pine resin. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a juicy hop rinse and light rise in alcohol. Overall an excellent DIPA, the alcohol is well masked and the balance is spot on.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stoned99
4.2
Hill Farmstead Dorothy - Wine Barrel Aged
750ml bottle drank in a cabin in the woods in Stanstead. Aroma: awesome vinous nose of white grapes, lots of flowers and citrus mostly lemon zest, light herbs. App: clear pale goldenish, small white head leaving little lacing. Taste and palate: light body, oily / resinous, clementines in mouth, subtle acidity finish. Overall: honestly would have never guessed the base was Dorothy. Mouthfeel is all in finesse. Could give the impression of being boring but it’s really not. It’s just really easy to drink. Awesome stuff. A treat.
Monday, January 9, 2017

50belair
3.5
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
Bottle. Clear yellow pour with a white head. Sour lemon bouquet. Taste follows suit with grapefruit lowlights. For the ABV it has a good body and mouthfeel.
Monday, January 9, 2017

ctipping
3.7
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s / Crooked Stave / Side Project Elaborative #4
750 mL bottle. Pale yellow and hazy. Smells of citrus, a little bit of funky yeast, light acidity. Soft oak, maybe? Taste is pretty simple. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus. Light tartness. Faint grain and a little oak. Very light body. Pleasant and drinkable. Very simple but very nice.
Monday, January 9, 2017

ctipping
3.9
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 25, 2016
375 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Small white head. Thin collar. Smells of white wine, oak, and whatever pineapple weed smells like. I just read that it smells like pineapple and chamomile, which now, of course, I get in the nose. Tastes of oak, citrus, and a nice sourness. The pineapple weed comes back in the finish with a woody and earthy flavor. Like tree bark. Light body with medium low carbonation. I think I’m the only one in our tasting group who liked this. It’s a flavor I have no experienced.
Monday, January 9, 2017

50belair
2.7
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - July 25, 2016
Bottle. Yellow pour with a white head. Pineapple and urine bouquet. Woah, I don’t even know where to go with this one. Wacky and almost, dare I say, repulsive. The finish is difficult for me to get past.
Monday, January 9, 2017

ctipping
3.2
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - September 16, 2016
375 mL bottle. Light pink body. Smells of mostly hibiscus, some phenolic yeast, lemon acidity. Tastes quite sour. Hibiscus, lime. Strong sweet and sour flavor. Like gummy worms. Light body. Hefty sourness. Well carbonated. Not sure what I think about this one.
Monday, January 9, 2017

50belair
3.8
Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass - September 16, 2016
Bottle. Light orange/pink color pour with a white head. Florally bouquet. Tart with prickly carbonation. Sour lemon and citrus do battle with sour candy. Interesting. Good body and mouthfeel.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Drake
4
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9
Keg at Armsby Abbey. Hazy yellow, large creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of tropical fruit, pine, lime, tangerine, pale malt, vanilla. Taste is tropical fruit, pine, pale malt, lime zest. Medium bodied, well balanced.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Drake
3.9
Hill Farmstead Citra Single Hop Pale Ale
Keg at Armsby Abbey. Murky orange, large creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, lemongrass, pale malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, pale malt. Medium bodied, well balanced, lingering bitterness.
Monday, January 9, 2017

Akey
3.7
Hill Farmstead Ann
Love this twist. Really something different look forward to more beers in the future!
Monday, January 9, 2017

Quevillon
4
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #5
375 ml bottle purchase at the brewery on September 28, 2016. Hazy dark gold, thin head. Sour fruity herb aroma, a bit juicy. Taste of sour vinegar orange juice, right touch of acid, nice zesty finish. Quite a cool funcky beer, I can’t say the same on how I got it!
Sunday, January 8, 2017

vtafro
3.6
Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2016)
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Roasted, tart fruit, mild oak and wine aromas. Flavors are tart, fruit, mild dark malt and wine tones.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

jtclockwork
3.9
Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2016)
Bottle - no label taken- pours brown white head - nose and taste of caramel, oak, red wine, funk - medium body
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Garrold
3.8
Hill Farmstead Farmer Wave
Bottle, by way of trade with Leighton. Cheers! Hazy gold. Pillowy, lasting, white head. Nose has sourdough bread. Clean and yeasty. Lots of lime zest and juice. Touch of vanilla. Taste is clean and bright, lime rind tangy. Lightly sour with a lovely lick of salt on the lips. Foamy, massaging mouthfeel. Lots of lime burps! Tangy saltiness for a finish.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

jredmond
4.1
Hill Farmstead / Jackie O’s Elaborative #5
Bottle shared with Paul. Pours a hazy amber body with nice subtle lacing. Nose is wood, brett, tart fruit and a hint of acetone. Mouthfeel is perfectly nuanced and balanced with notes of sour oak, tart fruits and mineral funk.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

madmitch76
3.9
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9
29th December 2016
Pigs Ear Fest. Growler - big thanks to Leighton. Very hazy gold beer, bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is light, dry and mildly minerally crisp. Touch of chalk. Hop skunk leads to mango, pineapple and pine and a little dry hop spice. Dry finish. A fine tasting DIPA, could be a little cleaner on the palate.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

hackobock
4.5
Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 14)
December 21, 2016. Bottle.
Hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma fruity and funky with lemon, gooseberries, some sweet tropical fruit notes, white wine, oak, herbs and grain. Taste is light soft tart, light sweet, funky. Medium bodied, average carbonation, slightly fluffy mouthfeel.. Finish is light dry and tart with lemon notes, some gooseberry and grape skins, soft funk and light grain and cereal sweetness.
Great mix between the tart fruity notes and the smooth funk. Extremely drinkable.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

beerplace
4.4
Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals - Bourbon
500ml bottle (thx, Frederic!) at Alex’s. Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, boozy, dark fruits, chocolate. Same taste. Impressive!

P.S. Blend of GoM and M&C7 is even better than the beers alone! Wow!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

fiulijn
4.1
Hill Farmstead Genealogy of Morals - Bourbon
Sergey’s hunt; bottled 01.07.2016
Dark brown color, almost no head. Big phenolic aroma, plays well with the dark malts. Smooth, luscious chocolate flavor, moderately sweet, with big alcohol presence, but not too boozy, and some hints of tobacco, liquorice.
Excellent.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

beerplace
4.3
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #7
500ml bottle (thx, Stoned99!) at Alex’s. Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, some boozy notes. Taste is boozy, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate, coffeee. Very good.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

fiulijn
4
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #7
Sergey’s hunt; bottled 2016.09.28
Black color. Elegant aroma of roasted malts. The mouthfeel is very smooth; nice combination of roasted malt and dark chocolate, some dark fudge, with boozy spikes, bourbon shades, chocolate truffles in the end, and the rye barrel.
Elegant and dynamic. Excellent.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ferris
3.8
Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #7
Bottle - Big bourbon with a light vanilla note. Jet black with a nice brown head. Lots of barrel and bourbon. Toes, bitter sweet dark chocolate and a nice long finish. This has a nice balance where the heat isn’t too dominating and bourbon is a bit in check. Coffee in the finish.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sudz4Dayz
4
Hill Farmstead Earl
500ml bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead. Pours black with a big, thick mocha head with frothy micro bubbles leaving huge lacing. Smells like straight coffee, espresso beans, smooth oats and malted barley. Tastes like smooth quality coffee, roasted barley. Delicious. Great full, carbonated mouthfeel. Another banger from Hill. Good Job.
Saturday, January 7, 2017