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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 709
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 67
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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 NizzleEGizzle
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light gold, with a small, fine head. Juicy nose of grapefruit and citrus. Medium carbonation and light body, moderately bitter. Unexpectedly delicate flavor, which disappointed me at first, but revealed strong notes of stone fruit (mostly peaches) and some pineapple as the beer warmed. Overall super pleasant drinking beer, and light but complex flavor. (354 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for some time. Pour from a HF 750.

Appearance much like several of the HF IPAs I have enjoyed - yellowish and hazy. A moderate pour generates a large, frothy head with exceptional lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Earthy.

Taste is earthy pine and grass. Somewhat dank. As it warms a bit I do get that trademark HF flavor. Not sure if it's malt or lingering effects from the hop but it's there. Just not as upfront as in some of their other IPAs. Still solid but not on par with the Susan's and Edward's of the lineup. (550 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy golden orange. Aroma is pungent. Piney hops along with that splendid Hill Farmstead fruity hoppiness. The malt is smells like sweet pastry. The flavor is immediately grassy and piney. Then the greener hops settle down and in come the fruitier flavors. All of the hops are blanketed by a very yummy maltiness that is sweet but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Cushy mouthfeel. Fairly bitter. It's described as an over-hopped Edward. It's not as good as Edward but it was still a pretty tasty beer that I killed quickly. (535 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 8oz. pours on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC today.

Pours a hazy medium orange-yellow, with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of citrus hops, oranges, tropical fruits, honey, pine, resin, fruity malts, and grapefruit. Light bitter bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation with some bitterness.

Overall very good. A little bitter for 6% but super hoppy so that's great. Highly recommend it, would love to have it again. (464 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the aroma of the columbus hop is so familiar to me, I know it so well, could pick it out of almost any beer, it is a remnant from my days as a brewer, and its with me all the time. its rare that something so familiar could be presented so differently like it is in this beer, I learned something here about I hop I have spent a whole lot of time with, and I think that's pretty cool. that said, it isn't my favorite hop in the world, and this is pretty aggressively hopped, I think I prefer the more delicate and slammable Edward a little more, but this is pretty great beer all told. there is a lot of bitterness with the familiar resin and vegetal nature of the Columbus hops, almost too bitter for how light the base feels, it lingers long in the finish. I like the feeling of all the oils from the hops in a beer that's no more than medium in weight, and fluffy like this, a neat duality. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at the prohibition pig, I was amazed and delighted to see all the hill farmstead beers they were pouring. this was great, but not the best of the group, that title belongs to Dorothy! still, a great ipa brewed in the unique Vermont style these guys pioneered. (1,191 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong mango on most yields way to grapefruit snap. S little light lemon on the color side but sizable, lofty ivory head. Orange, pine, spicy hops. Noticeably crisp and dry. Very good although I can say dry hoppedal Columbus is not my fave single hopped beer. (260 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Torst NYC.

Cloudy golden color. Huge mango-filled nose. All types of tropical. Taste is straight bitter, zesty, spicy grapefruit juice. Sweeter and grainier as it warms. Also starts to finish much more mango-like. (225 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.76/5  rDev +12%
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!! (352 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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 (166 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A= Super cloudy bright orange, kind of looks like fresh squeezed OJ! Has thin to medium white head and lacing sticks to the glass.
S= Orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine and pale malt.
T= Lots and lots of citrus up front, orange is definitely noticeable, with grapefruit, lemon. Some pine and spice, very balanced and crisp.
M= Smooth and clean.
O= Very good, lots of citrus, lots of haze, never had a bad HF IPA/APA. (466 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled about 5 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange/golden honey - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Hoppy and citrusy, as to be expected - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice - floral citrus - some pine - hop cones and some light hop spice - lightly dank - clean pale malts at the base

T: Hoppy and juicy, and actually distinct from other Hill Farmstead IPAs - ripe orange and grapefruit - floral citrus, floral hops - lightly spicy, almost peppery - medium level of bitterness, fairly dry - pale malts, extraordinarily clean, which is common across Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, very smooth, clean and dry

O: IPAs for days

Hill Farmstead pale ales are awesome. This is actually distinct from Susan. It's less fruity/juicy/tropical but has some serious straight-up hops with some nice pine, resin, and spice. Excellent, of course. (911 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale hazy yellow gold. Head is white almost bright-white and drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small loose collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. It looks like every other HF IPA. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Orange juice...immediately.Weed. Super dank. Grapefruit and pine needle. Lots of super dank hops. Malts carry the expected dough and slight pale malt sweetness. A mild toasted element creeps through the back. Mild hop spiciness as well. Slightly floral. Adds some peach and tangerine as it warms. Generally tropical under the weed and orange. A touch of alcohol in the back. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Weed and orange juice. Fleshy orange. Zest and pith. Touches of grapefruit. Lots of dank hops. Bitter pine sap and needle. Pine sap. Deeply bitter on the back. Malts offer some attempt at balance but the bitterness dominates. Super dank. Herbal and slightly floral with an earthy element. Lots of grapefruit. Some spiciness from the hops as well. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch of cooked sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slight astringency. Juicy initial sip. Slightly fluffy.

Overall: Ripping them dank nugs.

Same base profile as other HF pale ales but the hop profile is novel. Super dank with a ton of citrus, mostly orange. (1,317 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a deep orange, hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave thick white lacing and good retention. Nice and raw appearance.

Aromas of citrusy, resinous hops, caramel and pale malt, biscuits, somewhat oniony and earthy. I don't remember it smelling like this at the brewery.

On the tongue upfront is piney, resinous hops, followed by grapefruit and citrus skins, orange, herbs, caramel, malt. Finish has a hoppy bite. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Easy drinker.

Overall a decent IPA, worth the price and I'd definitely buy it if I had constant access to it. Overshadowed by other HF IPAs, though. (732 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

On tap at the brewery. Great fragrant IPA, aromas of strawberry, orange citrus, lots of rich fruity hop aromas, a touch of resin. Taste has a very full hoppy aroma, grapefruit citrus, florals, cherry, red fruits with a bit of pineapple perhaps. Mouthfeel is robust and full, delicious balance with a smooth bitterness and rich creamy body, great complexity and one of the best IPAs Ive sampled. Great beer. (406 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Had on tap.

Pours a cloudy pale yellos with a middling head of pristine white that doesn't stick around too much and leaves spotty lacing. The nose is pungent with dank, dry, citrus that kind of grabs at your nose. The flavor follows suit with shimmering waves of floral sweetness and resinous dry tastes backed up by mineral-feeling delicate carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish very drinkable. Very, very good IPA. (429 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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. (367 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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 (516 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (320 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose is big and delicious, light clean fresh grain, strong hop profile, citrus, light grassy, just a hint of resin to add depth. Taste follows the nose, grain is clean, a little bit more of a presence in the flavor. Loads of citrus with just a hint of resiny hop and a light but presence bitterness through the finish. Extremely drinkable, soft delicate body, moderate carb. (446 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled at the source.

Appearance - Very hazy and very pale orange pour into a pint glass. Big ol white head falls to a finger or so and remains as such. Great retention, lots of lace, very nice.

Smell - Lots of earth, grass and piny hop, with grapefruit and pineapple hangin' in there too. Some sugar cookie malts. Decent strength.

Taste - Taste comes through a little better, still a earthy+pine resin forward hop profile with danky tropical and citrus as well. Sugar cookie and biscuit malts coming through in the finish mostly.

Mouthfeel - Good body to it, carbonation a bit on the low side for an IPA but it's fine overall. Bitterness is high but balanced decently with a nice flavorful malt finish. Average drinkability.

Overall - I prefer Edward to this variation, but as usual for HF IPAs, not much room for complaints here. Great flavor all-around, would gladly have this any time. (908 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: Bright golden color with an orange/copper hue. Pours with 2 fingers of white frothy head that reduces slowly and leaves a lot of lacing.
S: Bursting with citrus and pine. Buried underneath of the upfront aroma is a bit if bubblegum sweetness.
T: Flavor hits up front with a lot of grapefruit, orange, lime, and pine. Very good balance.
M: Carbed well, finishes slightly dry.
O: Harlan is a very well balanced IPA, which gives a slight edge to the citrus tones both in flavor and aroma. Solid beer from a solid brewery. (563 characters)

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.