Beer Review: Hill Farmstead Dorothy Pale Ale

Located in the city of Greensboro, Hill Farmstead Brewery is one of Vermont’s (and America’s) most famous breweries. Having only been around for about 5 years, they have been named best brewery in the world in 2013 and 2014 by Their beers are highly sought after with bottles only being sold at the brewery. Fortunately, kegs of Hill Farmstead beer having been coming to New York City recently with some regularity. Also fortunately, I have friends who do make it up to the brewery to buy cases of their delicious beer.

Up for today’s review is Hill Farmstead’s Dorothy Dry-Hopped Pale Ale. First introduced in 2010, the recipe for this beer has changed over the years. The 2015 version is an ale brewed with wheat, fermented with Brettanomyces, and hopped with Citra.

This pale ale weighs in at 7% ABV.

Appearance: Light Yellow. Hazy.

Aroma: Lemon citrus from the Citra dry hopping, Slightly vinous, a bit of funk from the brett.

Taste: Bright farmhouse ale flavors, fruity, a little funky, grassy, very nice dry finish. Citra hops not coming through much, but adds a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light Medium body

Overall: A nice farmhouse brett style ale


I’ll be reviewing a bottle of their Anna saison very soon.

Until then – Cheers!!