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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
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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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of sticky lacing as the beer goes down. The nose is really nice with some citrus peel, bright grapefruit, orange, and some light pine hops. The taste is mildly bitter with some nice hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Drinks quite well and is a really solid beer with a good deal of flavor. (530 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 Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a hazy orange color, very nice white soapy head on top. The retention is a little clumpy but the lacing sticks to the glass really well. The smell of the beer is floral, big piny notes and sweet malt in the faint distance. The taste is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, more bitter than sweet obviously. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than most HF beers. Nice solid carbonation gives this beer a lot of life on te tongue. Overall very good, glad I got the chance to try this one. (501 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dunno what's up with the review below me, this beer was hoppy as shit.

Appearance: Pours like every other Hill Farmstead IPA: cloudy and unfiltered pale amber with great head retention and lacing.

Smell: Really dank, intense hop aroma for the modest strength. This one is all hops. Columbus is blatant, giving the beer a big orange pith and grapefruit character with some spiciness and marijuana beneath. There's a touch of mango buried beneath the citrus. No malt character to speak of, and with a hop aroma so intense, it's really not needed.

Palate: This stuff is huge on the palate, very high IBUs matched by equally huge hop flavor. Bitterness is clean and resinous. The hop profile is largely citrus, namely grapefruit with some orange peel, pine and a touch of sweet tropical fruit that grows as the palate acclimates to the intense bitterness. Malt is largely absent. Bitterness is just slightly more abrasive than I'd like.

Overall: No surprises here, this is another killer hoppy beer from Shaun Hill. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,634 characters)

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

Pours a decent fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades quite slowly with messy lacing, hazy murky peach orange color.

Nose is very nice, fresh hops galore, light musty resin, tropical fruit with hints of pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and even light grapefruit and citrus, with what seems like a decent bitterness, and some light sweet aromatic and reddish malts underneath. All hill ipas and pales have a great nose.

Taste brings more fresh hops, light resinous flavor but not much. Plenty of juicy fruits, tropical mostly, light musty passion fruit, guava, pineapple, tangerine, light clementine citrus, hint if orange zest, and nice light pink grapefruit. Decent fluffy malt underneath tries to add a sweet balance but mostly just helps to prop up the hops. It brings lots of juicy flavors and fluffy feel. Finish is fairly bitter, long tropical fruity hop finish, some musty resin lingers, and fairly dry and smooth.

Mouth is med bodied, light fluffy and smooth, decent carb for a growler.

Overall great again, not quite their best ipa, but still great, and thats a huge shoe to fill. Nice hops again as usual, some nice citra and such, simcoe?, and a decent malty base that doesn't do too much and adds a nice base, as well as light abv and good drinkabilty. (1,263 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you so much stakem for this growler share for my birthday!

enjoyed from a glass chilled.

The color is murky hazy tarnished golden with a small white head with tight bead. The smell is very herbaceous with lots of tropcial fruit odors and mild hint of grass with light floral and citrus tinges. the feel is great with moderately high bitterness, good carbonation and lots of resins from the hops w/ moderately low astringency and alcohol effect on the palate.

The taste is so fresh and green, the hops are very juicy and taste citrusy with rind-like notes and mild hints of tropical fruit adding to the lush herbal taste with subtle sweetness, very dry and there is hardly any alcohol flavor because this is drenched with oily hop flavor. Overall I was again impressed with Hill Farmstead's prowess in the realm of ipa, just fantastic in every way. Thanks again Adam! (879 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,206 characters)

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

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served appropriately in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, some wispy patches, and a few spots of lace. Hazy orange-yellow body.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus, zesty herbs and dank notes. Icing sugar malt character is present but understated.

T - Taste isn't quite as enjoyable although it's still quite nice. Piney bitterness is initially quite intense, but yields to tropical citrus and sugary malts mid-palate, with some dank earthy notes in the periphery. Some lasting bitterness in the finish, but otherwise fairly clean.

M - Medium body, chewy texture, and a dry finish. Zesty medium-high carbonation. Lots of residual hop oils and resins.

D - An enjoyable beer, but I think I prefer Edward as the Columbus dry-hopping doesn't totally integrate with the other flavors present. Still, I refilled my glass a few times and I'd never turn this down if offered. (941 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 drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An IPA from Hill Farmstead that I have never had? Thanks yourefragile for this great opportunity. I love HF IPAs.

Beer is amber / darker than expected with a nice white head, soapy, medium bubbles lacing, stark white. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is piny with some CTZ-esque grinding hop flavors.

Beer is thin on the backbone but complex on the hop side of things, very earthy, almost sulfury, mildly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Nice overall, I'd have it again. (468 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a tulip, big thanks go to baconsausage for hooking me up with a 1-liter growler of this. The brew pours a clouded golden color with a rich 2-finger plus creamy cap. As the froth fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface.

The aroma is juicy with hops. There is a bit of tropical quality going on in this somewhat reminiscent of pineapple with grassy hints around the edges of the nose. More sniffs reveal some orange/lemon zest with the faintest touch of sulfur that is coupled with a bit of straw-like grain quality.

The taste starts off tropical with hop flavoring just like the aroma leads on. As more sips are taken, the bitterness comes into focus more with a bit of straw-like grain quality. There is some grassiness about this as well a minor touch of sulfur and an herbal edge into the finish. There is a very light yeastiness about this brew that brings it all together. A bit of tea-like astringency is noted with a light fruity touch of alcohol.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A super easy drinking IPA to say the least. This is a really nice interpretation of the style. So far, every hoppy offering I have had from Hill Farmstead has exceeded the norm and this is no exception. No hesitation here reaching for another glass. (1,385 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (430 characters)

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

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door in a Troegs Perpetual IPA pint glass.

Yet another hoppy offering from the guys at Hill Farmstead, and to have fresh kegs sent to my neck of the woods infrequently just makes me giddy.

Harlan India Pale Ale looks shades darker than your average HF IPA. This one sports a dark gold look with bronze appeal, perhaps that's the 100% Columbus hops used or something else. As always a nice bright white head with clings around the glass with staying power.

Smell is bright with pine and grassy appeal backed with just a touch of tropics, it's hard to pick out but hints of orange. It leers towards more earthy and grainy with the pine from the Columbus. A small amount of caramel with a small malt bill.

And Harlan delivers with taste, that delves into more earthy terrain for HF hoppy beer. I get a lot of tropics from other HF hop forward beer, this is more grainy earthy and piney, a nice change, and yet the flavor is huge. Pine rubs shoulders with some a firm bitterness, light malt builds with the smallest amount of tropical flavor ever in a HF beer that I've had.

Feel is a touch up from light with a nice crisp carb hit going for it. My palate is not ruined by this beer, it's not a ripper, but there i some punch. Hey, at 6% why not have another. (1,284 characters)

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

750 mL swingtop growler, thanks Brandon!

Pours and smells like a HF IPA. Cloudy dark copper with a large off white head; nice retention and lacing. Pine and earthy aroma; mildly sweet and tons of hops with little malt. Flavor is dominated by citrus rind and pine with a light malt backbone. Medium thick with moderate carbonation. A little forgettable compared to most HF IPAs, but still an above average take on the style. (424 characters)

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

750 mL growler poured into my new Dogfish IPA glass! Let's take this bad boy for a test drive.

Appearance - Nice white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Golden yellow body that's a little hazy.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and grassy hops. All hops. Pungent and a little bit of onion to it.

Taste - Very hoppy. Bright citrus with a touch of sweetness right up front before becoming more grassy than the nose. Not much malt. Low bitterness, but there's almost no sweetness to it from the malt at all so it lingers.

Mouthfeel - Clean and easy to drink. Light to medium body with a dose of bitterness at the end.

Overall - I had a small pour of this and wasn't enthused. Split a growler with someone and now I really like it. (735 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with lemon yellow edges and a frothy two finger white head.  Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with oily resins and dank, juicy buds.  There's also some pine needle and spruce tip countered by faint citrus and a decent pale malt backbone. Very floral bouquet with some earthy resins, slight light fruit notes, bread, biscuit and cracker.

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a blast of dank, juicy hops that provides lingering dry, sticky bitterness.  Floral, grassy and spicy hops along with earthy pine needle, spruce tip and tropical fruit notes followed by bready yeast, biscuit and graham cracker. Really well balanced and easy to drink with great hop flavor.  Another impressive IPA from HF. (931 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12/4/2011

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. (782 characters)

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

A:Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a nice white cap. Head settles very slowly leaving some bubbles, a little collar and spotty lacing

S: Grapefruits and pine needles with some underlying Earthiness

T: Immediate freshly cut grass and grapefruit with some pine resin peaking in and out. It has a very nice, clean taste as do most HF IPA's. The finish is long, subtle in bitterness and dry

M: Light to light-medium body, well carbonated, crisp, refreshing with loads of flavor bombarding the palate

O: Very nicely done. No omplaints here. (548 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque hazy orange/yellow colour with one finger of egg shell coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, peach, pine, pineapple and a touch of honey.

T - An assertive bitterness up front with tangerine, peach, grapefruit, orange rind and a hint of mango. A light honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation. (348 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, very hazy wheat yellow, large nearly white head with lots of large bubbles, and lots of thick lacing.

Aggressive hop aroma, pine and bitter citrus, grapefruit and some grass, definitely smells like Columbus. Really big aroma and not much here except hops, smells great.

Taste is aggressive hops too, big grapefruit and tangerine, some pine and grass, a little weed character. Columbus hops are really dominant here again. Pretty bitter, but also a hint of fruity sweetness. Delicious.

Carbonation level is perfect, soft and creamy mouthfeel that keeps drinkability very high despite the fairly high bitterness. Excellent.

This is a wonderful IPA. Great aroma, great flavor too of course, great drinkability.

8.7/10 (734 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the cloudy amber brew. Head falls at a reasonable pace, down to an uneven froth, with coating sticky lace. Aroma is nutty with a citrus tinge that comes through nicely.

Taste starts lightly sweet, quickly giving way to the dominant citrus hoppiness, with a moderately bitter close. Lemon lingers on the lips. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is so easy. Nice intro to Hill Farmstead Brewery. (508 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (729 characters)

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