On one of my last trips to Vermont with two other beer guys we stopped for lunch at Blackback Pub in Waterbury and Ted and I both ordered this beer. Unfortunately the keg kicked while the bartender was pouring Ted’s so I only got to have a small sample from his glass. Fortunately on my follow up visit (6 days later) this beer was available for growler fills so I came home with 2 liters of this beer.
This beer is classified as a blonde ale but this is not your typical blonde ale. Almost every blonde ale I have reviewed has been pale yellow and fairly bland. The only one that stood out before this beer was Knockout Blonde from Lawson’s.
Life Without Principles #3 certainly doesn’t look blonde, this one pours a merky orange with the nice white head. Aroma has some lemon, citrus and a nice earthy balance. Taste is wonderful with the citrus, lemon and grapefruit from the nose but also a nice tart finish that simply makes this beer.
Easily the best blonde ale I have ever had if it truly can be classified as a blonde.
Pros: Amazing color and slightly tart
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Life Without Principle #3 is the next entry in our series of citrus and citrus-inspired beers. This chapter in the story was brewed with Citra and Motueka hops, as well as an abundance of hibiscus for tartness and citrusy aromas. 5.5% abv.