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837. Hill Farmstead Excursions #5

Hill Farmstead Excursions #5I sometimes feel like a broken record when I am reviewing a bunch of quality IPAs. While they all have their individual characteristics many have the big citrus, tropical fruits that I love with a slightly hazy appearance. I guess some call this the New England IPA as breweries like; Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, Trillium, Tree House, Bissell Brothers and certain beers from other breweries all seem to fit nicely into this description. So many great IPAs in the Northeast that I rarely trade for IPAs from other parts of the country as I am usually disappointed.

Excursions #5 continues Hill’s use of experimental hops including the up and coming Vic Secret hop from Australia. Appearance is typical Hill Farmstead IPA with the hazy orange and bright white head, plenty of lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is full of tangerine, lemon and a bit of herbal/floral hops. Taste follows the nose but also adds a bit of dankness. Carbonation is light giving it the soft mouthfeel of most Hill Farmstead beers and very little bitterness.

Overall this is another excellent beer but is outdone by some of the other beers available at Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewery Website: Hill Farmstead
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Brewer’s Description: The fifth installment of our experimental hop series, this IPA is brewed with German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Vic Secret.

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828. Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #15

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15This is actually my first review of a beer from Hill Farmstead’s Civil Disobedience series even though I have tried several and have many more in the cellar. The Civil Disobedience beers are typically a blend of various barrel aged beers and have included some of the more rare offerings from Hill including Art, Ann, Mimosa and Juicy. CD15 is a blend of barrels that was then aged on “mangos… many, many mangos”.

CD15 pours a very clear pale orange with thin white head that disappeared quickly leaving a small ring and minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly funky with some mango, citrus and wine. Taste was juicy mango, very little brett funk and not a lot of wine barrel but just enough to be noticeable.

Overall this is an excellent beer that has enough complexity to make it interesting but isn’t overwhelming. 
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Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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808. Hill Farmstead Song of Joy

Hill Farmstead Song of JoyI really enjoyed Hoponius Union from Jacks Abby so I have been on the lookout for more IPLs. Hill Farmstead released Song of Joy in August and I grabbed a 750 on one of my many visits to Greensboro.

Unlike most of the beers from Hill Farmstead Song of Joy pours a super clean and clear pale yellow, as a lager should. Aroma is light with some nice pale malts and earthy hops, a bit of grapefruit as well but mostly herbal, grassy hops here. Taste is incredibly clean and bright with a nice lager start followed up with a fair amount of citrus, herbal and grassy hops. Only slightly bitter in the finish and very refreshing.

Another excellent beer from Shaun Hill. 
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Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Hoppy India Pale Lager

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795. Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Earl Gray Tea)

Hill Farmstead Works of LoveWorks of Love is a new series of beer from Hill Farmstead. These beers were brewed at Hill with the help of a guest brewer. The first in the series is a blonde ale brewed with Earl Grey Tea that clocks in at 3.6% ABV. This is one of many great beers available with an ABV below 4%.

This beer is very light in color with a slight haze to it. Aroma was light and mostly citrus but also a bit of lemon grass. Flavor follows with a nice hoppy start and the tea really does not come through until the finish. Very mild bitterness and with the low ABV you could drink this all day long.

I have not had many beers made with tea but this is a very well done beer as the tea is just an added layer not something that takes over the beer. Looking forward to more from the Works of Love series. 
Pros:
Flavorful, low ABV
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 3.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A new series showcasing collaborations at Hill Farmstead with friends, this one brewed with Ryan Witter-Merithew of Siren Brewing. Low abv, hoppy blonde ale (3.7%) with Earl Grey tea; dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.

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794. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1Somehow in all my trips to Hill I was never able to try the original Society & Solitude. I have had the other 6 versions and they are some of my favorite beers. Fortunately it was available on one of my trips this summer/fall. Society & Solitude #1 is brewed entirely with Cascade hops and it always amazes me the many different flavors a brewer can get from one hop.

Appearance is typical of a Hill Farmstead DIPA with a deep slightly hazy orange color and inch thick white head that left loads of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lighter than the other S&S beers but has some floral and citrus. Taste is big on the citrus, grapefruit and also has a bit of floral. A fair amount of bitterness as expected with a big DIPA. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, carbonation, etc – which really means exactly the way I like my beers.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as good S&S #5 or #7.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

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770. Hill Farmstead Excursions #3

Hill Farmstead Excursions #3Another new beer from Hill Farmstead. This one comes from their experimental hop series which they call Excursions. This particular hop is HB-366 which is also known as Equinox.

Appearance is a deep orange with a solid white head. Aroma was mild compared to other Hill beers with a mix of earthy and garden vegetables, interesting but not what I have come to love from Hill Farmstead’s pales and IPAs. Taste continued down the same path with those onion flavors and a fair amount of sweet malts. It is also a little more bitter than other beers from Hill Farmstead.

Overall a quality well made beer but just not what I like from hops.
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Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Next in the series of experimental hop IPAs, this one features HB-366, known as Equinox.

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769. Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1

Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1Conduct of Life #1 is a new pale ale from Hill Farmstead. This is another amazing beer and right up there with Edward as one of my favorite pale ales ever made.

It looks a lot like all of Hill Farmstead’s beers with an unfiltered orange, solid white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is very nice for a pale ale, Hill Farmstead’s bigger beers are certainly more pungent, but there is plenty of citrus and tropical hop aroma here. Conduct is very well balanced and while the hops are there they are dialed back a bit from Edward. This beer is super clean and refreshing even more so than other offerings from Hill.

Exceptional beer that I could drink every day without getting tired of it. If you happen to make it to Greensboro and are trying to decide between a 750 ml or a 2 L trust me get the 2 liter you will want more than the 750. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American Pale Ale series featuring new, interesting blends of hops. #1 highlights Citra and Amarillo.

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760. Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Cascade Pale AleAnother single hop pale ale from Hill Farmstead’s series. While I enjoyed this beer it did not have the big bold flavors that most Hill Farmstead beers do and it ended up with one of the lowest ratings for Hill beer at 3.5 stars.

Appearance is a deep orange with a bright white head. A little darker than other Hill Farmstead single hop beers but still a great looking beer. Aroma is rather light with some citrus, herbal and floral hops. Taste was missing the citrus from the nose and leans heavily towards the floral flavor. Finish is a little more bitter than I expected.

A lot of good things with this beer; appearance, mouthfeel, carbonation but the muted aroma and relatively bland flavor makes it one of my least favorite beers from Hill. Probably a little harsh with 3.5 star review but it just didn’t work for me. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: American Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Segal Ranch Cascade hops.

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759. Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale AleOn a recent trip to Hill Farmstead there were three beers available that I had not tried before. Rarely do I go to Hill and find even one beer that I have not tried so getting three new beers was a treat. Two of these beers were from Shaun’s single hop pale ale series.

Seems like a lot of breweries are doing Mosaic single hop beers with recent reviews of Trillium and SoMe and an upcoming review of Mozaccalypse from Stoneface. I am really enjoying this hop as it seems to work well for aroma, flavor and bittering.

Hill’s version is a pale ale with a low 5% ABV but the hops still shine. Appearance is typical of Hill Farmstead’s beers with the bright unfiltered orange. Aroma has lots of tropical and citrus which follows through to the taste. In addition to the fruits you get a light bready malt. All of this combined with the perfect carbonation and clean finish make this a near perfect pale ale. 
Pros:
Everything
Cons: None 
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops—a Simcoe offspring—you’ll find mango, lemon, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit, herbal and stone fruit characteristics.

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748. Hill Farmstead Galaxy Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead GalaxyI grabbed a 750 ml growler of this beer on my last trip to Hill Farmstead not realizing that I had never had it before. Most of the time I go to Hill Farmstead I have tried all of the beers available but Galaxy Pale Ale seems to be a relatively new addition to the single hop pale ale series.

No big surprise on the appearance as it looks much like the other Hill Farmstead pales and IPAs, unfiltered orange with a solid off white head, a beautiful beer. Aroma has a nice mix of tropical fruits and earthy hops. This beer is as aromatic as any beer in recent memory, feels like it could fill a room with that lovely hop smell. Taste leans more towards the earthy side of the aroma than the tropical fruits but they are all still there along with some pine. This beer is very well balanced but also has a fair amount of bitterness for a pale ale.

I prefer Double Galaxy to this one but both are excellent beers and really showcase how much the Galaxy hop can do. 
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Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Galaxy hops.

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