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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 65
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-04-2010

Harlan is Edward’s slightly more aggressive alter-ego. Dry Hopped exclusively with Columbus hops.
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Ratings: 607 | Reviews: 89
Reviews by Duane_Opfer:
Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Consumed on 11/1.

A - Apple cider in color. Poured a full finger of bright white head. Cloudy with no sediment. Perfect suspension.

S - Mildly , but very pleasant. Smells of honey and hops.

T - Incredibly fresh. Slightly sour lemon and pine which a grapefruit finish. Completely hides ABV.

M - Mellow and full bodied. Luxurious hop bath in mouth. Good carbonation and nice tingle throughout mouth.

O - Wow. HF continues to impress. Beautiful lemon/grapefruit combination.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small bright white head. Nose is fantastic on this, it's fresh, light and citrusy with some mango sweetness as well, fantastic.

Taste is solid, but off the bat it's a bit grainy (reminds me of shut the hell up from The Alchemist). However, the Columbus hops bak it up nicely. The makeovers is a bit low so the hops shine through very well. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, a bit of sharp carbonation but it's still pretty smooth.

Photo of hagbergl
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to get a glass of Hill Farmstead Harlan IPA at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Served in signature Hill Farmstead Brewery stemware. Nice.

Appearance (4.75/5): Harlan pours a brilliant golden yellow and is topped by a luxuriant, creamy 2.5 finger white head. Hill Farmstead's IPAs have what is in my opinion the ideal look for the style. The color and towering head on them, presented in a beautiful glass, are close to perfect. Harlan is in the same class as the other IPAs in the HF lineup.

Smell (4.25/5): Deep dankness from the hops and sweet malty pale malts flex in the odor. Harlan is quite lemony, grapefruity, and piney. Classic West Coast hop profile, but with a sweeter edge. True to Hill Farmstead's style, the aroma is a successful balancing act between fruity hoppiness and sweet malts. This isn't an aggressive smelling IPA; but that's not what the guys at HF do.

Taste (4.25/5): Dank, very juicy loads of pink grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit. Harlan is not highly bitter. The malt plays a quite significant role in the flavor profile of this beer and the finish is just as sweet as it is bitter.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Very balanced, well carbonated, and medium body. This is an easy drinking IPA–the bitterness is there and definitely does stab the tongue with some grapefruity astringency, but it isn't a palate destroyer, so it's quite possible to have a couple, perhaps more, glasses of this beer. A final note on mouthfeel: like so many Hill Farmstead IPAs, Shaun Hill has been able to coax a creaminess out of Harlan that really is impressive.

Overall (4.25/5): Harlan is a very, very good IPA. This citrusy, piney, golden-orange beauty is an easygoing, highly drinkable beer with a sweet malt profile that really plays a strong role in this beer. That said, Harlan isn't my favorite IPA by Hill Farmstead–it could have been a little more aggressive and dry, but these are minor quibbles. Another great beer by Hill Farmstead.

Photo of Guess2814
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up in the air with this one.. Great beer.. Strong grapefruit taste..hoppy with a smokey look

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. Lace, soapy head. Funky aroma,and hops. This is a dirty blond.Honeyish smooth mouthfeel. The taste, tangerine orange citrus and juicy and fruity,piney, resiny,hits the spot. Suitably carbonated.Something I couldcome back to.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into my new Dogfish IPA glass! Let's take this bad boy for a test drive.

Appearance - Nice white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Golden yellow body that's a little hazy.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and grassy hops. All hops. Pungent and a little bit of onion to it.

Taste - Very hoppy. Bright citrus with a touch of sweetness right up front before becoming more grassy than the nose. Not much malt. Low bitterness, but there's almost no sweetness to it from the malt at all so it lingers.

Mouthfeel - Clean and easy to drink. Light to medium body with a dose of bitterness at the end.

Overall - I had a small pour of this and wasn't enthused. Split a growler with someone and now I really like it.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) on 2/3/12. 3 days fresh in the keg. Served in the always awesome HF branded Belgium stem glass.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color, with a thin head of bright-white forth. This stays bubbly and rich, flaring up to a strong ½ finger at times and leaving back robust spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh, floral, and bright feeling, with grapefruit and pine the whole way through. Some herbal accents and a touch of tart lemon undercut the more assertive flavors a bit here in the nose, while light grainy malt sweetness softens out the edges a little.

Fresh zesty grapefruit zips the mouth, spreading a steady blend of pith and pine throughout the profile that hangs in a dry finish. A light herbal feel flow throughout and keep this smooth while sweet grains sit along the back, balancing this but otherwise being pretty undetectable, especially when compared to the fresh brightness of the hop flavors here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crispness that is made smoother by an oily creaminess that hangs on the edges. Alcohol is completely absent here and this overall might just have the perfect IPA feel to it, with a combination of smooth and crisp that just makes this unbelievably drinkable.

This might just be the most quenchable IPA that I’ve ever had. Crisp, bright, and dry, the hop flavors just POP here and the smoothness that this goes down with has to be tried to be believed. This hasn’t been on the last couple of times that we've visited the brewery, so I was psyched to get reacquainted with this one. It didn’t disappoint in any way.

Photo of mobius387
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a HF branded stemware

appearance: milky crisp yellow, thin white bubbly head. opaque, bubbles very noticeable on sides of glass and in middle. does HF make a bad looking IPA? its the standard in my opinion of how an ipa should look

aroma: very light notes of dandelion, and honey. i get some kind of chemically tinted smell too tho. falls way short of the more aromatic ipas HF makes like susan, abner, edward

palate: silky smooth, dont notice any booziness, nice hop kick and fairly bitter which i like

taste: a nice balance of sweet and hop, citrusy tangerine and honey dominate

overall: again, HF can do no wrong. not quite as good as the heavy hitters HF makes, but just all around a great beer. its unique enough tho to distinguish itself from their fleet. really enjoyed this

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque hazy orange/yellow colour with one finger of egg shell coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, peach, pine, pineapple and a touch of honey.

T - An assertive bitterness up front with tangerine, peach, grapefruit, orange rind and a hint of mango. A light honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More fresh HF from bwmichaud.

There really is a "house character" to the beers of Hill Farmstead. Each new style seems to always carry a distinct element of comparison with the hoppy variations having the most blatant "Hill Farmstead terrior". It's the way the hops are integrated and the shining minerality that opens on the palate. These beers sing volumes and can usually be picked our of a crowed if need be. Harlan is no different.

Boarding on orange in color, the beer's haze is a welcomed sight. Rich aromas of tropical fruits and tart citrus pour out from the bottle. Not too dank and not overly resinous, in fact the beer is subdued on the hop bombardment and more expressive with enticing aromatics and balance. Very simple but not a flaw to be found.

Dried mangos slices were the first thing that came to mind. Not too sweet on the fruit but there was a distinct tropical flavor. Nutty and even a bit on the dry side with that mineral mid-palate that was felt long after the beer was swallowed. Such a pleasurable beer to drink for the balance was something to really admire.

This style of ipa is just what I look for. Lots of aromatics, not overly grassy or full of overstepped tea flavors, just well integrated and finishing dry.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

$6.75 for an imperial pint glass
Sampled 06FEB13

[A] Hazy creamsicle orange with finger high of white loosely compacted head. Retention is well above average. Lacing is fantastic.

[S] The blend of hops covers the gamut. From the light tropical notes, to the blend of sweet orange and bitter grapefruit, all the way to the melon qualities reminding me of both cantaloupe and honeydew. Some spicy/stinky hop character adds balance to the fruit suggestions. A little caramel comes through as well.

[T] Fresh hop flavor first and foremost - same characteristics as above. Integration is a bit lacking. The balance between hops, malts and mouthfeel aren't working for me though as the hops completely dominate the malt (I know, it's an IPA), but more importantly, the mouthfeel almost completely dominates the flavor.

[M] Sharp carbonation that bites the tongue fiercely on all sides. The assault finally fades giving the flavor a chance to poke through before the bone dry finish.

[O] If the flavor and mouthfeel portions of my review seems harsh, let me put it in perspective: I would order this beer 9 times out of 10 on most taplists. It's a great beer, in my opinion, it just falls short of the phenomenally high bar Mr. Hill has set for himself.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Harlan from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 91

Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a dull golden color with a finger of white soapy foamy that settles into a thin foggy layer. Good lacing and retention 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit juice and pine. Sweet mango and nondescript "bright tropical fruit." A hint of onion. 4/5

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit and pine. Sweet mango and bittersweet citrus. Mild "orange juice" backbone. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A delicious single IPA. I wonder if it's even better fresher. Next time, I certainly won't sit on this one for a couple of weeks.

Recommendation: IPA lovers should seek this one out.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost:$8 for a 750 ml growler or $16 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a small amount at the source, then on tap later at The Three Penny Taproom, in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a dirty golden blonde color. Hazy. Small amount of visible carbonation.

Smells of pine, lemon, and orange.

One of the more resinous, piney IPAs I had from Hill Farmstead. Strong pine needles, earthy, dank flavors, alongside some notes of citrus. Thin malt backbone, which a theme I've noticed with Shaun Hill's IPAs.

Medium body, with strong carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Another great one from Hill Farmstead. Is it all that surprising?

Photo of musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, Vt. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Light gold color, very cloudy. Leaves really nice lacing.

Smell is juicy citrus and pine notes, some definite pineapple aromas as well. Not too strong, but awesome.

Flavor is all hops--floral, lemon and orange notes, mostly. Very little pine and no real malt besides a mild sweetness. Somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and clean. Goes down kind of like water. Typical of HF beers.

Overall, the description of this as a stronger version of Edward is dead-on. Hill Farmstead knows their hoppy beers. I'd chose one of the DIPAs over this one, though.

Photo of HopAlongG
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't think of anything bad to say about this beer. Had a Centennial afterward for comparison sake and there was none...and I LOVE Centennial. Had 3 other growlers with it but the seal was bad on the Citra so it was flat...bummer.

HF knows what to do with hops.

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dunno what's up with the review below me, this beer was hoppy as shit.

Appearance: Pours like every other Hill Farmstead IPA: cloudy and unfiltered pale amber with great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Really dank, intense hop aroma for the modest strength. This one is all hops. Columbus is blatant, giving the beer a big orange pith and grapefruit character with some spiciness and marijuana beneath. There's a touch of mango buried beneath the citrus. No malt character to speak of, and with a hop aroma so intense, it's really not needed.

Palate: This stuff is huge on the palate, very high IBUs matched by equally huge hop flavor. Bitterness is clean and resinous. The hop profile is largely citrus, namely grapefruit with some orange peel, pine and a touch of sweet tropical fruit that grows as the palate acclimates to the intense bitterness. Malt is largely absent. Bitterness is just slightly more abrasive than I'd like.

Overall: No surprises here, this is another killer hoppy beer from Shaun Hill.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white that gradually died down, leaving lacing down the sides of the glass and wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong clean aromas of pine resin hops in the nose—but not overpowering like a car air freshener.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of pine resin along with notes of citrus from the hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer is packed with hop flavors, it’s relatively easy to drink because the smell and taste of hops is not overpowering. There are so many hops it almost seems like you are drinking a wet hop beer.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -3%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation, with a one finger head.

S-Nice lemon and citrus, tad bit of grass. Good hop character.

T-Starts with some malt and then nice citrus notes. Grass and pine. Mild tropical.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A good IPA from HF, was expecting a little better. Susan has to be their best single IPA.

Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden with minimal head.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit and floral hops.

Taste: Slightly bitter grapefruit, sweet pineapple and tangerine. Nice taste coming from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a tart crisp finish.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer with a very high abv taste at a lower abv. I can't wait to find this again in PA.

Photo of lurpy1
2.81/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dear Hill Farmstead brewery,

I have always hoped to try your beer, and I was very excited to see a bottle of Harlan show up at a recent tasting. However, I was disappointed to find that it did not contain any hops in it. The ingredient list clearly shows that hops should have shipped with the product. Additionally, Harlan is an IPA, and anyone would agree that an IPA with no hops is pretty much useless. Harlan was consumed alongside a decent but fairly forgettable IPA, and even that IPA remembered to include some hops.

This beer was consumed in Minnesota, which is a long way from your Vermont headquarters, so perhaps the hops all fell out en route? Regardless, you may want to check your QC processes to ensure that when a beer like Harlan leaves the brewery, it always has some hops in it.

I do want to say that Harlan is an attractive, hazy, vivid orange beer, and I could almost smell and taste just how good it would have been, if not for the missing hops. I am quite surprised that of all the reviewers I'm the first to comment on the missing hops, I guess an omission like this doesn't happen too often.

I look forward to trying your other beers, but after such a disappointing experience, it will be tough for me to give a positive recommendation to Harlan.

Sincerely,
lurpy1

With the sarcasm-dial turned to zero, let me say that most people at the tasting were stunned by the lack of hop character. I for one wondered if the bottle was mis-labled.

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from the 750ml growler to the large, snifter/tulip shaped HF glass. Large haziness to a golden body that has some apricot hue to it. Creamy white head to two fingers with good retention. Lacing starts with ample thick sheets with webs covering most of the glass below.

S- Citrus hops off the top with a large Columbus presence that brings some major dank notes into this aroma. Just a slight bit of stone fruit and tangerine fruity hops. Fairly clean beyond that with some HF house yeast and cracked grains.

T- Hop-centric without being overly pungent or destroying the palate. Citrus hops with orange zest, grapefruit, pine and lemon rind notes with a support of dank Columbus, tangerine, stone fruit and apricot hops. Very slight bit of yeast as well as pale grains.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a frothy and creamy texture. Carbonation is moderate even after being in the growler for several days. Finishes with a light, clean bitterness.

Citrusy hops followed up by some dank and stone fruit varietals. I seem to enjoy each sip more and more and as usual it is a quality brew made by HF.

Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 2/14/14

A- Pours a very hazy straw yellow with some light orange hues. A thick white head leaves generous sticky lacing.

S- Wow. The aroma is wonderful! Lots of tropical fruit and juicy citrus. Overripe mango, tangerine, and bitter grapefruit in the finish. Some nice clean, crisp cracker like malt. There are also some floral, grassy notes in the background.

T- This is astoundingly grapefruit forward! Massive amounts of fresh grapefruit and orange/lemon zest. Some sweet mango in the background, and some grassy and piney resin. A moderate to high amount of dry bitterness. A solid malt backbone.

M- The mouth feel is smooth, well carbonated, clean and crisp.

O- Overall this is a delightful IPA!

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the cloudy amber brew. Head falls at a reasonable pace, down to an uneven froth, with coating sticky lace. Aroma is nutty with a citrus tinge that comes through nicely.

Taste starts lightly sweet, quickly giving way to the dominant citrus hoppiness, with a moderately bitter close. Lemon lingers on the lips. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is so easy. Nice intro to Hill Farmstead Brewery.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Gorgeous orange-hue with an opaque, unfiltered texture. Pretty fluffy white head stacked 2-fingers high and then dissipates to a thin film around the edges.

Aroma is almost perfect with notes of juicy tropical fruit, oodles of citrus, and a hint of pine. Floral notes in there as well.

Taste is of hops up-front, hops in the middle, and hops on the back-end with no hint of bitterness or tannins. Juicy hop flavors are subtle and impeccably-balanced with notes of the aforementioned tropical fruit, citrus and some lemongrass in there. Great flavor that is much more ponderous than other bigger IPAs.

Mouthfeel is great. Well-balanced, smooth, not watery but not chewy. This is babybear: just right.

Overall I'd say this should be considered THE standard all IPAs should attempt to meet. Not trying to overpower you, not trying to ruin you palate, just inviting you to contemplate the subtle nuances and hidden enjoyments that hops can provide.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler personally retrieved from the farmstead.

Cloudy yellow-orange body. Light frothy head.

Clean, crisp hop nose.

Clean malt, lightly sweet, bitter hops. A perfectly balanced brew.

Crisp, clean, scouringly strippy mouthfeel.

Great drinker, perfect with pizza.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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