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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 782
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 73
Gots: 58 | 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 lurpy1
2.81/5  rDev -34.3%
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.


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.

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Photo of PennsportHophead
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint glass at the Barrel House, Philadelphia. Hazy
yellow orange with better than average lacing.

S: Very floral, orange rind, dank resiny Columbus hops

T: Tangerine, slight tropical fruit, muted pine cone. Pale malts are pretty dominant. Creamy mouthfeel. Thick, lingering hoppy finish. Kind of muddled

O: kind of a one note beer. While better than your average IPA, this one lacked complexity for me and I was bored of it about halfway through.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Seriously, how many different IPAs can one brewery make? Well, apparently a lot, as we see HF seemingly bang out a new one every few months or so. And you don't hear me complaining.

Harlan is described as Edward dry-hopped exclusively with Columbus. I was a little leery on trying this one, after recently having HF's questionable Columbus IPA, but I can't let one bad experience ruin the hop for me altogether.

Surprisingly served in a full pint glass, Harlan poured an impenetrably hazy golden orange color with a moderate white head that receded to a thin layer, leaving some soapy lacing behind. Typical aromas of citrus and tropical fruit I'd expected in a good AIPA, and also a distinctive herbal quality to the nose. Taste follows the aroma, hop-forward, but a little less fresh and fruity than some of the other HF IPAs. More of a piney quality, grapefruit pith, lots of earth, herb, and a definite mustiness that pervaded right through to the aftertaste. Ok, but just not as great as Edward or some of their other beers. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of Columbus when not proportioned "correctly." Medium body, fairly chewy for an IPA, decent overall.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled November 15 and consumed on the 18th. From notes.

A - Cloudy golden pour with no visible carbonation. Two finger soapy white head went kinda fast. OK lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus, quite typical of most HF IPAs. Mango, passionfruit.

T - Lot's of bright citrus, passionfruit, sweet tropical honey, dank, grassy, syrupy mango.

M - Good mild carbonation, medium body, decent bitterness. Almost a syrup sorta feel that seemed like it should have been lighter.

O/D - A good IPA. Pleasant, but the body was a bit much for the entire growler. A good battering of American hops. Enjoyable.

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3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull orange-gold with a hazy clarity and a loose white head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses citrus, caramel and rind. Taste follows nose with the addition of some wheaty/grassy notes on a malty backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. A decent IPA but the balance isn't there for me. My first time trying this but I was told by others it might be an off batch. I'll have to revisit it in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4


Growler from bring, thanks! Snifter.

A: Very hazy yellowish orange with a fast fading finger of froth.

S: Aromatic floral notes meld with passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. The blend of tropical and citrus fruits is pleasant. Malt doesn't contribute anything in the nose. I also get orange and some grassiness.

T: Bitter orange pith and grapefruit rind with a little mango and evident herbal notes. There's a fugacious sweetness coinciding with the appearance of tangerine. Malt stays out of the way. The finish exhibits an upper moderate dry bitterness with lingering citrus rind.

M: Lower medium in body with low carbonation (a bit too low for my taste).

Overall: A solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. Not quite on par with their other hoppy offerings but still good.

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Photo of regspeir
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Capones in a standard pint glass. I think it's the first time we have had it available in Pa.?
Poured a dark, hazy orange-amber with a smallish off-white head. A coating and a decent amount of lacing remained throughout. Nose was grapefruit, some pine, flowery herb, and some sweet caramel malt. Taste was grapefruit, pine and caramel malt with a moderate amount of bitterness at the finish Body was medium, creamy with moderate carbonation. This was refreshing and I wouldn't hesitat to go for it again.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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).

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

A frothy, one-finger tall, eggshell colored crown topped the hazy, brassy-amber body. The head fell rather quickly to a cap of bubbles. Streaky, patchy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was mellow and a bit simplistic. Moderately hoppy. Citrus notes were apparent. Juicy orange came through strongest. Slightly dank and musky. Semisweet. The aroma turned fruitier and somewhat more robust as the beer warmed. Peach notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also a bit underwhelming and reminded me of something that one might find in a middle-of-the-pack IPA. Citrus notes dominated. Orange peel appeared up front. The beer was anchored by a fairly strong malty backbone. Hint of caramel malt sweetness. A bit unusual for a Hill Farmstead hoppy beer. White grapefruit came through on the back end. The finish seemed pretty balanced initially but the bitterness intensified after the swallow. Very grapefruit rind-like. Super pithy and dry. The grapefruit notes really took over as the beer sat.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Creamy and frothy on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. Definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Harlan IPA is unquestionably the least impressive Hill Farmstead hoppy beer I have ever tried. Both the aroma and the flavor profile seemed a bit flat and one-dinensional, and the heavy handed use of malts was somewhat strange. Although this might be one of their more sessionable offerings, it is a rather uncharacteristic beer for them.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bluedog landsdale.

A- comes to me with a good finger of bright white head atop a slightly hazy copper orange brew. Head settles very slowly leaveing a cm or two of cream on top a tons of sticky lace that leaves bold lines on the glass.

S- earthy and herbal with grapefruit peel and pine resin. A hint of honey in the back.

T- fresh juicy ruby res grapefruits and conifers galore. Lots of cut green grass. Malts come off in the back with some dry scones and a touch of honey.

M- a bit less then medium in body and a quiet lite carb. Long dry finish.

D- tasty and fresh ipa here nice change of pace for the style with the grassy herbal punch. Ill be sure to keep my eye out for more.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz growler fresh from brewery. Poured into 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Full pour into pint glass gives about a finger of thin white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving thin lacing throughout the glass. Color is a hazy but brightish yellow with a tinge of orange. Sort of unique and I like it.

Smell: This is a citrus bomb - potent grapefruit dominates the nose. Fantastic, but one dimensional.

Taste: Citrus is on the attack again. Bit of pine, but mostly grapefruit flavor. This kind of strikes me as the single version of Abner, if I recall correctly. Decent malt balance does what it can to counter the hops.

Mouthfeel: Carb is a bit on the low side, mouthfeel is low to moderate. Mouth is a hair on the weak side for my linking.

Drinkability: Strong. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and this is a hop bomb, but it's not abrasive. Multiple glasses are easily quaffed. (In fact, there goes the growler… burp…)

Overall: This beer is very good. In fact, it's one I'd happily pickup with regularity if I could. That said, in the scope of what Hill Farmstead is capable of doing, I felt Harlan was a hair on the weak side compared to the bulk of their portfolio. I suppose they are human after all, but this beer would be a standout in most breweries offerings.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz cask-pour at Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with thin off-white head.

Nose: Beautiful hop resin, Evergreen trees, wintergreen, earthy and with a little malt/caramel sneaking through. All about the fresh fresh hops.

Palate: Nicely bitter right off the bat and dominated by citrus and green pine needle notes. Evergreen comes to mind again and the round malt body fills out the frame nicely. Finish is long and bitter, drying really.

Notes: My only complaint is about the mouthfeel and that is only because it's a cask beer. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't understand cask, especially not IPA on cask. I'm sure if this was CO2, I'd be absolutely in love with it. A great single IPA, super complex and somewhat less balanced (in a good way) than I'm used to seeing from Shaun. Think of it this way: flavor of Imperial, ABV of single IPA.

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Photo of mobius387
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of sholland119
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 7/21/10.

A-Pours a rather light gold with a bit of amber as well. Light carbonation is reflected in the thin white head. Still some good lacing.

S-Very aromatic. Fresh cut grass and lots of it. Also somewhat floral and a helping of earthy bitterness.

T-Grassy with white pepper and some tropical fruit (mango crossed with pineapple). A very bitter finish closes things out nicely.

M-Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated.

D-Tasty with nice bitterness. Not up to the hoopla surrounding this brewery but a good beer.


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Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 4.0 Pours an orange tinged honey...quite transparent and slightly dull. The crown is 1 finger, a slightly buttery / hop oily yellow, shows moderate retention, and good lace.

Smell: 4.0 pale malt, lemon grass, floral hops, and herbal hops.

Taste: 4.0 much more herbal hop bite than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel: 4.0 Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 4.5 So sessionable

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Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the publick house in Brookline.
Foggy yellow in color with a foamy head that stuck around. The aroma primarily gives off grass and lemon and a little melon. The taste follows suit... Lemon, grass, a touch of apricot. It isn't as citrusy as other IPAs from HF, but the flavor is refreshing and smooth for an ipa.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is very enjoyable, yet it isn't as exciting as other ipa offerings from HF. Keep in mind, this would be stellar for other breweries, but from HF, it doesn't stand as tall as other IPAs from them. It's still worth drinking whenever you see it, though.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.