March 2019: New England Pops…including Hill Farmstead

Hill Farmstead Brewery view from inside the brew house
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Hill Farmstead,, Nelson (Single Hop): Beer #1,155 :750 ml fill from the brewery. Soft and pillowy as expected. New Zealand hop presents orange rind bitterness. Pretty assertive bitterness. 91 points

Hill Farmstead Harlan: Beer #1,156: You know that smell of fresh hops and sweet malt that fills the air at a brewery? This beer’s flavor comes as close to that experience as anything I’ve ever had. Love it…96 points

Hill Farmstead, Society & Solitude # 6: Beer #1,157: I’ve now had what I’ll call the sweet spot of the Society & Solitude run… # 4, # 5 and now # 6. This is so amazingly good. Soft edges on the bitterness, soft mouthfeel, lush fruit, lemons, strawberry…so good 97 points.

Foam & Other Half, Mouthful of Diamonds: Beer #1,158 – Spectacular collaboration. soft but assertive, juicy…really juicy, orange rind, pear. 97 points.

Foam, Like Clockwork: Beer #1,159 – Straight from the brewery. When it was fresh, spectacular. Massive aroma, full-bodied, juicy beyond belief that squelches any hint of bitterness. A few weeks in it changes with a shift in power between juice/bitter. I’ll judge it on the fresh…96 points.

Foam, Think I’m in Love: Beer #1,160 – First time having this beer, filled with strawberry and assertive bitterness. Second time, more of a dank herbal experience. Hoppy resin, lemon-grass. 92 points.

Tree House, Snow: Beer #1,161 – A unique beer from Tree House. The predominant flavor feature to be lemon. Chewy mouthfeel. Bitterness is a bit much for my liking but still a nice beer 90 points.

Upper Pass, First Drop: Beer #1,162 – Double Dry-hopped. zmade with Azacca, Centennial, Mosaic and Citrus hops. Tastes a bit old school. Some orange rind zest bitterness. Had higher expectations 88 points

Treehouse BBBright: Beer #1,163 – Easy drinking beer, soft, pithy with lemon, pineapple and mango. 93 points.

Green Empire Brewing, Side Business: Beer #1,164 – From Colchester, VT. A really a nice beer, the advertise it as grapefruit and pine but I find it opens with some nice strawberry, pineapple. Enjoyed this to a 92.

Treehouse, AAAlter Ego: Beer #1,165 – Big fan of Alter Ego. the AAA version doesn’t seem to ramp it up but still a really nice beer 94 points.

Upper Pass, Cloud Drop: Beer #1,166 – Really nice aroma after I crack open the can, juicy with just the right amount of bitterness. 92 points

Hill Farmstead James: Beer #1,167 – A black IPA. Has the Hill Farmstead softness but it rubs off the edges of what should (in my expectation) a little more roasted and lemon flavors. Still a nice easy drinking beer from Hill Farmstead, 91 points

Treehouse Super Sap: Beer #1,168 – Always thought of regular Sap more of a west coast IPA with it’s pine nature and slightly amplified bitterness. Super Sap was a pleasant surprise, really nicely balanced juicy, pine, 94 points.

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