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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: 787
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 73
Gots: 61 | 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: 787
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 TangTKE402
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Gorgeous orange-hue with an opaque, unfiltered texture. Pretty fluffy white head stacked 2-fingers high and then dissipates to a thin film around the edges.

Aroma is almost perfect with notes of juicy tropical fruit, oodles of citrus, and a hint of pine. Floral notes in there as well.

Taste is of hops up-front, hops in the middle, and hops on the back-end with no hint of bitterness or tannins. Juicy hop flavors are subtle and impeccably-balanced with notes of the aforementioned tropical fruit, citrus and some lemongrass in there. Great flavor that is much more ponderous than other bigger IPAs.

Mouthfeel is great. Well-balanced, smooth, not watery but not chewy. This is babybear: just right.

Overall I'd say this should be considered THE standard all IPAs should attempt to meet. Not trying to overpower you, not trying to ruin you palate, just inviting you to contemplate the subtle nuances and hidden enjoyments that hops can provide.

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Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at the brewery. Great fragrant IPA, aromas of strawberry, orange citrus, lots of rich fruity hop aromas, a touch of resin. Taste has a very full hoppy aroma, grapefruit citrus, florals, cherry, red fruits with a bit of pineapple perhaps. Mouthfeel is robust and full, delicious balance with a smooth bitterness and rich creamy body, great complexity and one of the best IPAs Ive sampled. Great beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Had on tap.

Pours a cloudy pale yellos with a middling head of pristine white that doesn't stick around too much and leaves spotty lacing. The nose is pungent with dank, dry, citrus that kind of grabs at your nose. The flavor follows suit with shimmering waves of floral sweetness and resinous dry tastes backed up by mineral-feeling delicate carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish very drinkable. Very, very good IPA.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation, with a one finger head.

S-Nice lemon and citrus, tad bit of grass. Good hop character.

T-Starts with some malt and then nice citrus notes. Grass and pine. Mild tropical.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A good IPA from HF, was expecting a little better. Susan has to be their best single IPA.

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Photo of SABERG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a fresh growler, into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy deep gold color, pillowy head and long lacing. A visual delight
S - Pine, melon, lemon, dragonfruit, a hint of mint as it warms.
T - As the nose precedes, a fine snap of pine, citrus, a fine touch of the tropics. passion fruit, a kiss of lemon, grapefruit.
How on earth does it all end up in this glass?
M - Medium oils, a clean finish, dry but delightful.
O - Hill Farmstead produces so many wonderful IPAs, this is one that stands out.

Cheers all

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Yellow gold body, topped by a big fluffy white head. Stretchy lace.

Citrus aroma. Orange and lemon and grapefruit. Soft, inviting.

Soft but solid semi-sweet foundation. Plenty of fruit. Mild bitterness. More fruit in the finish.

Light/ medium smooth mouthfeel.

A very pleasing IPA. Wish I had access to a lot more.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose is big and delicious, light clean fresh grain, strong hop profile, citrus, light grassy, just a hint of resin to add depth. Taste follows the nose, grain is clean, a little bit more of a presence in the flavor. Loads of citrus with just a hint of resiny hop and a light but presence bitterness through the finish. Extremely drinkable, soft delicate body, moderate carb.

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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 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 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 Siriusfisherman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy pale yellow with a thick creamy head. Great lacing as well.

A: Big dank, pine resin notes with earthy, garlic undertones and a nice fruity edge. Classic Columbus. The fruity esters from the yeast really amplify the fruity notes from the hops, keeping it from being overly dank. Malt is clean and bready, giving a nice backing to the hop character.

T/M: Firm, sticky bitterness upfront that moves into massive pine resin and hop spice. Citrus notes linger on the palate with a faint breadiness thanks to the very dry finish. Very nice body as well considering the dryness.

Overall, an amazing IPA for those that like columbus. The esters from the yeast play some nice tricks as well, accentuating the fruitier side of hops and creating a very complex aroma and flavor. Delicious.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Black Back in Waterbury.
Serves up a bright and hazy honey color with a little bit of frothy head.
Smells of Columbus hops quite a bit. Very nice aroma.
Taste is hoppy, very little bitterness. But mellow and refined. Not a hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is solid and inviting for more sips.
Overally this was a slightly more subtle IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is aggressively perfume like, floral, pine, with citrus and juicy tropical pineapple.

The flavor follows of dried peach, apricot, citrus, a light bready malt, again those floral notes continue with a dry finish.

A really fantastic brew compared to Edward.

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Photo of HopAlongG
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't think of anything bad to say about this beer. Had a Centennial afterward for comparison sake and there was none...and I LOVE Centennial. Had 3 other growlers with it but the seal was bad on the Citra so it was flat...bummer.

HF knows what to do with hops.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had 4oz pour from growler into tulip glass

A-It pours hazy golden yellow with a thick white head.

S-The nose is fresh, juicy, orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and sherbet.

T-The taste is light toast, orange, grapefruit, sherbet, earth, straw, hay, pine, grass and varnish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body and fine carbonation. Brilliant balance.

O-Overall a great awesome IPA so glad to have finally tried a HF.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Cloudy isn't the right word for this. It doesn't just reflect light, it exudes it itself. A shimmering haze of golden orange. Whitish craggy head forms nicely, fades mostly, but laces big fat chunks of clouds onto the glass.

S. Soft tangerine under a heavy layer of resin. A little spicy.

T. Same as smell, but more intense. Delicious dank, bright soft tangerine, a little grapefruit.

M. Very crisp, matched with an adequate medium body to support that effervescence.

O. Awesome.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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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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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.


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