Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 69
Gots: 26 | 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 Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this twice- first time in a 2oz taster glass at the Hill Farmstead brewery while waiting in line on 11/23/2013, and then once again in a 12oz pour in a Hill Farmstead pilsner glass today, 11/25/2013.

Pours a standard Hill Farmstead hazy golden-orange body with a very nice creamy fluffy white head that retains well. Solid lacing, its not explosive but it does stick quite well on the glass.

Smells very citrusy- grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit- with a bit of caramel malt backbone that cuts the hoppiness with a nice sweetness. Very strong nose, but not too complex.

Flavour is very nice. Not complex- its got lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, reminding me of passion fruit bubble tea- not sure why- but that's what it delivers along with a solid attempt to balance out the citrus with a nice caramel toffee malt backbone. Not super bitter, actually.

Creamy, medium bodied beer with good carbonation; dry and refreshing. Very drinkable and not incredibly bitter.. it's not quite as good on the mouthfeel as other Hill Farmstead pale ales deliver, but it's very good.

This feels like a less complex but more sessionable version of Susan. It brings citrus qualities along with that patented Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. I would recommend Legitimacy as a better, comparable Hill Farmstead IPA (yes I know this is Grassroots, but still), otherwise I'd just go with Susan here.

Photo of DaveHack
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 3 day old growler.

Very nice white head settles to leave a perfect layer of head. The beer itself is a hazy gold.

Smell is very dank hops and just a touch of sweetness

Nice bitter hop flavor with the faintest of maltiness

On the drier side and coats the mouth wonderfully

Hill Farmstead does hops and they do them well. This is another shining example of that and should be tried at least once!

Photo of NiceTaps
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass (at the Prohibition Pig on 11/1, like Duane below. Maybe we were there simultaneously. Hmmm.).

A- Good old AIPA look, cloudy orange-copper color with a 1f fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S-Citrus grapefruit nose. Pine, earthy. Some malt sweets.

T-Lots of malts and citrus hops. Flavors are big and bold.

M- Good carbonation and big full body. Long hop finish, not bitter, a palate tickler. Resinous and velvety.

O- Proof that a AIPA does not need big abv and sweets to rise to the top. Excellent.

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Consumed on 11/1.

A - Apple cider in color. Poured a full finger of bright white head. Cloudy with no sediment. Perfect suspension.

S - Mildly , but very pleasant. Smells of honey and hops.

T - Incredibly fresh. Slightly sour lemon and pine which a grapefruit finish. Completely hides ABV.

M - Mellow and full bodied. Luxurious hop bath in mouth. Good carbonation and nice tingle throughout mouth.

O - Wow. HF continues to impress. Beautiful lemon/grapefruit combination.

Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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

Photo of Resuin
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. This beer was poured fresh 6 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy blonde and leaves a finger or two of white head which leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Nice earthy tones as well as some pine and citrus notes/lemon rinds. Definitely a hops dominant IPA, but the hops are well balanced and create a very nice aroma.

Taste: The taste matches the scent well - pine, earthy tones, citrus. A nicely balanced hop dominant IPA with a nice, light (but hoppy) finish. The piney hops really come out nicely in this one. Very refreshing IPA.

Mouth-feel: Nicely carbonated with a nice light body. Finishes supremely smooth with the alcohol hidden.

Overall: A nice and refreshing IPA with some huge hop character - delicious. This is dangerously close to a perfect awesome session IPA, but may have a bit too much flavor (not a bad thing). A great IPA.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light medium orange gold color with a fluffy two fingered, frothy white head and lots of nice carbonation.

S - Dank citrus and delicate floral aroma.

T - A massive wall of grapefruit bitterness foremost followed by floral bitterness that dominate throughout and ends with a healthy mouth coating of red grapefruit and floral bitterness. Light biscuity malt underneath doesn't stand a chance with the hoppy punch of this beer, it's the to keep the hops in check, is a very hop forward beer.

M - Light medium body and a very dry, long, lingering bitter finish.

O - Nice low alcohol and nice bitterness, overall taste is bigger than the ABV of the beer which is refreshing for a change.

Photo of Skrip
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Founders snifter.

A~ glowing neon yellow, with a nice head and slight lacing.

S~ a little floral, slight citrus and lots of earthy pine. a little HF funk as well.

T~ lots of hop bitterness up front, followed by a little lemony citrus and tons of pine on the finish.

M~ a perfectly carbonated IPA, very full and pretty dry.

O~ not my favorite hoppy HF, but still great as always. i'd go for something else if you have the choice but still definitely worth it. i love how that HF "flavor" comes through in all their brews. it must be the well water ;]

Photo of hagbergl
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to get a glass of Hill Farmstead Harlan IPA at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Served in signature Hill Farmstead Brewery stemware. Nice.

Appearance (4.75/5): Harlan pours a brilliant golden yellow and is topped by a luxuriant, creamy 2.5 finger white head. Hill Farmstead's IPAs have what is in my opinion the ideal look for the style. The color and towering head on them, presented in a beautiful glass, are close to perfect. Harlan is in the same class as the other IPAs in the HF lineup.

Smell (4.25/5): Deep dankness from the hops and sweet malty pale malts flex in the odor. Harlan is quite lemony, grapefruity, and piney. Classic West Coast hop profile, but with a sweeter edge. True to Hill Farmstead's style, the aroma is a successful balancing act between fruity hoppiness and sweet malts. This isn't an aggressive smelling IPA; but that's not what the guys at HF do.

Taste (4.25/5): Dank, very juicy loads of pink grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit. Harlan is not highly bitter. The malt plays a quite significant role in the flavor profile of this beer and the finish is just as sweet as it is bitter.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Very balanced, well carbonated, and medium body. This is an easy drinking IPA–the bitterness is there and definitely does stab the tongue with some grapefruity astringency, but it isn't a palate destroyer, so it's quite possible to have a couple, perhaps more, glasses of this beer. A final note on mouthfeel: like so many Hill Farmstead IPAs, Shaun Hill has been able to coax a creaminess out of Harlan that really is impressive.

Overall (4.25/5): Harlan is a very, very good IPA. This citrusy, piney, golden-orange beauty is an easygoing, highly drinkable beer with a sweet malt profile that really plays a strong role in this beer. That said, Harlan isn't my favorite IPA by Hill Farmstead–it could have been a little more aggressive and dry, but these are minor quibbles. Another great beer by Hill Farmstead.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a small amount at the source, then on tap later at The Three Penny Taproom, in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a dirty golden blonde color. Hazy. Small amount of visible carbonation.

Smells of pine, lemon, and orange.

One of the more resinous, piney IPAs I had from Hill Farmstead. Strong pine needles, earthy, dank flavors, alongside some notes of citrus. Thin malt backbone, which a theme I've noticed with Shaun Hill's IPAs.

Medium body, with strong carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Another great one from Hill Farmstead. Is it all that surprising?

Photo of neophilus
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a strong blend of bright citrus fruit and dank pine resin, a wonderful balance on the nose.

The first sip punches your mouth with more dank hop resin laced with the fresh orange citrus taste. Rough around the edges in all the right ways. Firm hop bittering is forgotten behind the heavy flavors of hop oils dominating the brew. Meduim body with a silky finish.

Each mouthful of this ipa is drenched in aromatic hops. The rough edge keeps the hop oils in a check a bit and refreshes your palate for more hop indulgence.

Photo of mobius387
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harlan has a light yellow honey color and is quite cloudy. On top sits a rather dense head and leaves alot of lacing.
The aroma is quite a pungent and dank hop smell.
The taste is lively with a bold hop flavor. Though the taste is like the nose, pungent I think I detected hints of citrus maybe.
Drinks smooth with a light dryness and semi bitter. A fine offeringf from the folks in Vermont.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of PennsportHophead
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml to HFS sniffer

A: light yellow honey colored with a bit of orange in the middle. A big fluffy tan head that dissipates but leaves a thick lacing. It is also about as cloudy as you can get completely opaque some would say thats a bad thing I think its an awesome thing.

S: orange citrus fresh floor hops I think I can even smell some pine resin in there too just at total hop bomb with nothing else there but its very powerful for a single IPA and pretty much all I need in an IPA.

T: Just as it smells a total hop bomb. Way more resinous in terms of flavor then smell not nearly as much citrus as initially smelled but it is somewhat there. The resin is just totally dominant flavor and stays on the palette for a really long time after even a small stick. Good but there is no balance in mind here.

M: as the taste was this thing is just sticky with resin in the feel as well it sticks to your tongue for a long time. That being said it is still very crisp which makes it very drinkable, the alcohol as well is totally hidden being high for a single IPA.

O: The smell and look were more appealing then the taste and feel as they were overwhelming but this is a really delicious IPA and I am really nit picking if I wasn't blessed enough to have HFS all the time. I highly recommend this beer if you can get your hands on it, unless you don't like hops then definitely pass.

Photo of cfrances33
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy light orange with a dense, sticky white head. Lots of foamy lacing lingers the entire glass. Body has a really nice radiance to it.

Smell: Grapefruit and mango up front, accompanied by a light resinous pine. A bready sweetness comes through mid-nose, and finishes with bright citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit up front with citrus to follow. Slightest honey maltiness and a touch of bready sweetness. Mildly bitter citrus fruits characterized by grapefruit and tangerine. Finishes with some cracked white pepper and lingering citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy, but finishes dry. Nice carb, and very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious. Really straddles the line between Abner and Edward, and the Columbus dry is a nice addition.

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of DevilsCups
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Growler filled at the farm 2 days ago.

A - Murky bright orange, beautiful fluffy white head. Lacing is fantastic.

S - Bright, clean citrusy hops. Sweet citrus, tangerine.

T - Super clean hop taste. Citrusy up front with a nice light malt backbone.

M - Carbonated perfectly, like most Hill Farmstead IPA's. Great smooth mouthfeel. Not overly aggressive on the carbonation but not dull at all.

O - Can't go wrong with any of the Farmsteads IPA's. They're all world class. In fact, all of their beers are. Go get some. This one drinks similar to a fresh Alesmith IPA if you're looking for a comparison, just better.

Photo of SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

$6.75 for an imperial pint glass
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.

Photo of garuda
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy yellow, white head has some retention and lace.

S/T - Can't help but compare this to Edward since its described as a hopped up version of Edward. While I remember Edward being heavy on the pine resin hop side of things, Harlan is brightened up considerably with notes of lemon and tangerine. Still finishes with pine resin and is bitter. Some grassy, hay yeast mid palate.

M - Medium/light body, lively carb, crisp finish, slightly abrasive hops.

O - Another solid HF beer. Easy drinking, yet it maintains depth of hop flavor and moderate bitterness while not being palate-wrecking.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.