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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Harlan IPAHarlan IPA

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 781
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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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 781
Photo of Sintech
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Overall - A well crafted, pine forward IPA.

Taste - Pine with citrus undertones.

Smell - Muted pine and citrus.

Look - Muddled golden yellow hue.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Grade - (B+)

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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 BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT on Monday 9/28. Pours a super cloudy straw/gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Nice west coast aroma on this, more citrus-y and resin than what I would expect from HF. Great IPA flavor, nice bready malts first give it a sweet backbone. Middle is all hops, a bit more citrusy than what the aroma alluded to. End is the hop oils and resin with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering. Great light body and easy to drink, just enough carbonation to refresh the palate. Could easily have 2 or 3 of these in one lunch. Overall a fantastic IPA utilizing these Columbus hops.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Acquired a 750 ml fill at the brewery 9/18.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger and a half thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and extensive patchy/spotty lacing.

s; moderate citrus/pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with more emphasis on pine over a medium bready malt base, followed by a good strong hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Smooth "oily" medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Another winner from HF, higher end of hop power for an IPA, tasty and refreshing though a bit less citrusy than some. The slick mouthfeel is exceptional.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 750 ml growler at HF a week or so ago MDIH just had it tonight. I try NOT to factor in just where I got it and try to review it as if it wa screwed some place else. Hard to do but I don't want the HF brewery to be an influence. So, based on those disclaimers this was a damned great IPA. HF didn't happen to have it in bottles the day I was there but if they had I would have bought a few.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color, not too much head. Not an overpowering smell or abv. Very drinkable, not overly hoppy. Has a distinct tasty finish, you're going to want to wait a few extra seconds before that next sip. Definitely pick one up if you have the means, I'm having mine at the west side pony bar!

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Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House 9/17/15. Cloudy yellow pour, tastes sweet, piney and slightly peppery with a very clean piney finish. Delicious and exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC: Pours cloudy piss yellow color with a small white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of lemon zest, graham cracker, grapefruit, fresh oily floral hop cones, orange peel, light spices, piney hops, buttery biscuit, toffee, coriander and a lot of citrus; flavor has a medium bitterness that's basically perfect. Well balanced and extremely easy to drink, this was as tasty as a fresh hopped IPA and as easy drinking as a session IPA. Mouthfeel was light, almost crisp and yet zesty, with average carbonation, a medium feel and body, yet above all was how easy and refreshing it was to drink. It was expensive for both glasses but worth it.

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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 pja786
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- golden and hazy. Opaque. White, pillowy head. Two finger lace.

S- grapefruit, pine, freshly trimmed meadow. Slight peper and spice

T- masked malts with more grapefruit

F- medium bodied w/ mild carbonation

O- great beer, clean, resinous

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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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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 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 -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 jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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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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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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