Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
2.78/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2012 15:44:51 | More by lurpy1
3.43/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2013 00:11:08 | More by PennsportHophead
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-28-2010 21:27:59 | More by kingcrowing
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
$6.75 for an imperial pint glass
[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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-16-2013 14:40:39 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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