Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 751
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 69
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of MA_hops
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, light golden color with a thin white head.
S: Peach, mango, tangerine, some grapefruit. Very citrusy and perhaps some pine.
T: Similar to nose. Extremely juicy! Almost no bitterness and a faint bit of dryness.
M: Crisp mouthfeel, hops prickly to the tongue. Medium carbonation. Love it!
O: A top flight IPA....better than Susan in my opinion!!

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is aggressively perfume like, floral, pine, with citrus and juicy tropical pineapple.

The flavor follows of dried peach, apricot, citrus, a light bready malt, again those floral notes continue with a dry finish.

A really fantastic brew compared to Edward.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy light orange with a dense, sticky white head. Lots of foamy lacing lingers the entire glass. Body has a really nice radiance to it.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango up front, accompanied by a light resinous pine. A bready sweetness comes through mid-nose, and finishes with bright citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit up front with citrus to follow. Slightest honey maltiness and a touch of bready sweetness. Mildly bitter citrus fruits characterized by grapefruit and tangerine. Finishes with some cracked white pepper and lingering citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy, but finishes dry. Nice carb, and very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious. Really straddles the line between Abner and Edward, and the Columbus dry is a nice addition.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Cloudy isn't the right word for this. It doesn't just reflect light, it exudes it itself. A shimmering haze of golden orange. Whitish craggy head forms nicely, fades mostly, but laces big fat chunks of clouds onto the glass.

S. Soft tangerine under a heavy layer of resin. A little spicy.

T. Same as smell, but more intense. Delicious dank, bright soft tangerine, a little grapefruit.

M. Very crisp, matched with an adequate medium body to support that effervescence.

O. Awesome.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Backback Pub. Pours super murky dusty yellow with a creamy white head that sticks around on top. Aroma is pineapple juice, hint of pine, grass, smooth sweeth malts, citrus fruits. Flavor follows with a huge hit of pineapple citrus goodness, lightly sweet malts backing this up, and just finishing as clean as can be. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, just perfect. One of the best IPAs I have ever had. Absolutely outstanding.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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?

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Photo of neophilus
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a strong blend of bright citrus fruit and dank pine resin, a wonderful balance on the nose.

The first sip punches your mouth with more dank hop resin laced with the fresh orange citrus taste. Rough around the edges in all the right ways. Firm hop bittering is forgotten behind the heavy flavors of hop oils dominating the brew. Meduim body with a silky finish.

Each mouthful of this ipa is drenched in aromatic hops. The rough edge keeps the hop oils in a check a bit and refreshes your palate for more hop indulgence.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of ggilman
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a HFS growler into a Sebago tulip glass.

Pours a light nectarine, hazy light orange, with a cobwebby white head that settles quick, but leaves soap suds behind. Sticky wet hop nose. This is the smell I crave. Luscious tropical fruit. The taste settles down a bit, which reminds you this is a single IPA. Not in hoppiness mind you, the smell and juicy hops blow any other DIPA I've ever had out of the water. In body, and maltiness, its clear its a single. The body is light-ish, and it feels raw, and slightly watery. Not much in the way of carbonation, but it's warmed up to near room temp. Bitter up front. A little of that resinous slick hop mouthfeel, but in limited quantities. Great hop bite. Lush tropical fruit, mangos and grapefruit. Dry, bitter finish. These guys make amazing beers. They live up to the hype, plan the pilgrimage!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, translucent. A thick white head, fading to a cast over the top. Lacing is massive.

S - Passionfruit and lemons, mangos, tangerines. Flashes of wild grasses and floral notes.

T - The front is a punchy hit of mango and tropical fruits, a bit of peach, and grapefruit flesh, which fades to a middle of grapefruit pith and rye-like spiciness. The close is a slow fade out, with a bitter foundation, but with echoes of fruits.

M - Brisk, bright, with decent carbonation. Very mild drying, but not enough to burden the tongue.

O - An exceptional IPA, using the dry hop to boost fruit in the front without creating a punishing bitterness in the close. The beer is very well built, and each element helps keep the beer on task, with no mis-steps and exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a hill farmstead glass a dandelion yellow hue that was nice and hazy. Atop was a thick two finger whipped cream thick head that left thick sticky side lacing and sudsy blanket.

S - Huge aromas of bright tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and citrus. Just amazing.

T - Sweet Jesus this is good. Lots of amazing and bright tropical fruits here. Lots of pine and bitter citrus rind. Dances on the pallet.

M - Nice mouthfeel here with sharp bitterness on the end.

O - Overall I love this beer. Great tropical aromas and flavor. Very fresh tasting. God I love hill farmstead.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy pale yellow with a thick creamy head. Great lacing as well.

A: Big dank, pine resin notes with earthy, garlic undertones and a nice fruity edge. Classic Columbus. The fruity esters from the yeast really amplify the fruity notes from the hops, keeping it from being overly dank. Malt is clean and bready, giving a nice backing to the hop character.

T/M: Firm, sticky bitterness upfront that moves into massive pine resin and hop spice. Citrus notes linger on the palate with a faint breadiness thanks to the very dry finish. Very nice body as well considering the dryness.

Overall, an amazing IPA for those that like columbus. The esters from the yeast play some nice tricks as well, accentuating the fruitier side of hops and creating a very complex aroma and flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of SABERG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a fresh growler, into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy deep gold color, pillowy head and long lacing. A visual delight
S - Pine, melon, lemon, dragonfruit, a hint of mint as it warms.
T - As the nose precedes, a fine snap of pine, citrus, a fine touch of the tropics. passion fruit, a kiss of lemon, grapefruit.
How on earth does it all end up in this glass?
M - Medium oils, a clean finish, dry but delightful.
O - Hill Farmstead produces so many wonderful IPAs, this is one that stands out.

Cheers all

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Yellow gold body, topped by a big fluffy white head. Stretchy lace.

Citrus aroma. Orange and lemon and grapefruit. Soft, inviting.

Soft but solid semi-sweet foundation. Plenty of fruit. Mild bitterness. More fruit in the finish.

Light/ medium smooth mouthfeel.

A very pleasing IPA. Wish I had access to a lot more.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. This is another tropical fruit bomb of an IPA from HF. The taste is loaded with orange, pineapple, and citrus. Overall, a fantastic beer

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Growler 6,0% ABV.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Filled on: 13 July 2012
Consumed on: 30 July 2012

A massive thanks to Futura123 for sending this one out to me!

Appearance: Harlan pours a cloudy, but bright golden-yellow. A gentle pour yields a fairly small white head that lasts well and leaves some beautiful lacing.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic! There is certainly no sign of deterioration due to shipping! The nose is dominated by dank, leafy hops and strong grapefruit. Other notes include: Pine, lemon, mango, peach, light grassy and floral notes and an unexpected whiff of banana (the yeast maybe?).

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is superb! Notes include: Dank hops, pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, an earthy note, peach, a hint of mango and a grassy note.
The finish displays a solid bitterness, but one that never hinders drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium level of smooth carbonation. The balanced nature of the bitterness and this mouthfeel certainly make Harlan a fantastically drinkable IPA - I almost regret sharing this with my friends!

Overall: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and I must say, I am very impressed! Harlan is a fantastic IPA and one I wish I could have as a summer staple. I am particularly impressed at how well it has held up on the trip to South Africa.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer appears lightly hazy, with ample effervescence and a small white head. The aroma offers oranges, orange rinds, citrus, various tropical fruits. Great flavor! Abundant citrus flavors. Easy to drink, I instantly want more. Hooray Hill Farmstead. Another terrific brew from one of America's top breweries. I would drink this anytime. Would love to have this on draft at home.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lord Hobo EBF weekend. This was served in a tall, thin goblet.

Harlan pours a hazy tangerine-to-orange. Think dull looking orange juice. There's about a finger of white foam that displays some head retention and ends up leaving sheets of lacing in its path. The nose has bombastic grapefruit and mango aromas. Beneath all that there's an underpinning of dank pine that keeps things interesting. Each sip starts off with a brief flash of crisp, bready malts. The bitter bite that jumps out mid palate is fairly potent and attention grabbing. The hoppy close manages to do something I thought could be tough, and deliver on that outrageous aroma. Gobs of mango and grapefruit form the close, with pine again lending a subtle twist to the proceedings. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation is active and bubbly, no doubt helping some of that hoppiness really pop. Hill Farmstead truly is the master of the hops, at least on the East Coast, if not the country. Harlan is just even more evidence that this is the truth.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had 4oz pour from growler into tulip glass

A-It pours hazy golden yellow with a thick white head.

S-The nose is fresh, juicy, orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and sherbet.

T-The taste is light toast, orange, grapefruit, sherbet, earth, straw, hay, pine, grass and varnish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and fine carbonation. Brilliant balance.

O-Overall a great awesome IPA so glad to have finally tried a HF.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a HF swingtop 750ml

L - Pours a golden orange body that is hazy and has an eggshell one finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Juicy nose of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Clean malt profile.

T - Big tropical fruit notes and light sweet malts on the front end and developing into a bitter hoppy resin ending.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Just so drinkable.

O - An awesome IPA! So juicy, clean, hoppy, bitter and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't turn down another.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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