Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 706
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 65
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 cfrances33
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (780 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 DevilsCups
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (628 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)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (597 characters)

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 ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler personally retrieved from the farmstead.

Cloudy yellow-orange body. Light frothy head.

Clean, crisp hop nose.

Clean malt, lightly sweet, bitter hops. A perfectly balanced brew.

Crisp, clean, scouringly strippy mouthfeel.

Great drinker, perfect with pizza. (268 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Growler 6,0% ABV.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Filled on: 13 July 2012
Consumed on: 30 July 2012

A massive thanks to Futura123 for sending this one out to me!

Appearance: Harlan pours a cloudy, but bright golden-yellow. A gentle pour yields a fairly small white head that lasts well and leaves some beautiful lacing.

Smell: Ah man, this smells fantastic! There is certainly no sign of deterioration due to shipping! The nose is dominated by dank, leafy hops and strong grapefruit. Other notes include: Pine, lemon, mango, peach, light grassy and floral notes and an unexpected whiff of banana (the yeast maybe?).

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is superb! Notes include: Dank hops, pine, citrus peel, grapefruit, an earthy note, peach, a hint of mango and a grassy note.
The finish displays a solid bitterness, but one that never hinders drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a medium level of smooth carbonation. The balanced nature of the bitterness and this mouthfeel certainly make Harlan a fantastically drinkable IPA - I almost regret sharing this with my friends!

Overall: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and I must say, I am very impressed! Harlan is a fantastic IPA and one I wish I could have as a summer staple. I am particularly impressed at how well it has held up on the trip to South Africa. (1,357 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 lurpy1
2.81/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Sincerely,
lurpy1

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. (1,470 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled in-person at the Hill Farmstead bottle release on Saturday. Poured into my HF glass and shared with a couple of friends.

A- Pours a hazy pretty much non-translucent slightly brownish yellowish orange with a slightly reddish hue and a thin layer of white head, very tiny carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top, definitely below average carbonation. A tiny bit darker in appearance then most IPAs.

S- Dry hops with just a slightly dank smell, oranges, grapefruit, and a little bit of lemon. Above average aroma strength.

T- Hops, grapefruit, orange, a little bit of pine, finishes with a nice lemony/orange aftertaste that lingers on the palate. The lingering sweet aftertaste is definitely the best part, overall could have used maybe a tiny bit more flavor compared to their other IPAs.

M- Smooth, light, crisp, well-balanced, not too much carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This was another damn good IPA from Hill Farmstead. Nice citrusy hoppy smell + taste that has a very nice finish and a very refreshing mouthfeel perfect for this hot summer day. Without a doubt one of the better IPAs that I've had, maybe not as good as some of the other IPAs/DIPAs from HF but definitely well above average. Keep up the good work Hill Farmstead, I wish I brought back a 2L of this. (1,309 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Cloudy orange with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Citrus, dank, grassy/herbal, light tropical hop floral. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Spicy/herbal, orange and grapefruit citrus, light pine and orange zest. Certainly influenced by the Columbus hops.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and lightly oily.

O - I enjoyed it although I like Edward better. (433 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 WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harlan pours a cloudy honey yellow with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is citrusy with notes of grapefruit and pine, with a touch of grass. A little sweet malt and light fruit (mango?) is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, oily with a dry finish. Mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with hop notes of grapefruit citrus, lemon rind and pine. In the middle, a touch of sweet malt and tropical fruit appear. It finishes bitter and grassy with lingering grapefruit citrus when gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking IPA. Loaded with hops, but they don't destroy your palate. Special thanks to my friends for filling a growler for me. I drank the beer 7 days after growler was filled. (819 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 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 MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit

T-light malt, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-excellent IPA with great flavor and balance (262 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 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 jegross2
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Harlan from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 91

Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a dull golden color with a finger of white soapy foamy that settles into a thin foggy layer. Good lacing and retention 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit juice and pine. Sweet mango and nondescript "bright tropical fruit." A hint of onion. 4/5

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit and pine. Sweet mango and bittersweet citrus. Mild "orange juice" backbone. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A delicious single IPA. I wonder if it's even better fresher. Next time, I certainly won't sit on this one for a couple of weeks.

Recommendation: IPA lovers should seek this one out.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost:$8 for a 750 ml growler or $16 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit). (914 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lord Hobo EBF weekend. This was served in a tall, thin goblet.

Harlan pours a hazy tangerine-to-orange. Think dull looking orange juice. There's about a finger of white foam that displays some head retention and ends up leaving sheets of lacing in its path. The nose has bombastic grapefruit and mango aromas. Beneath all that there's an underpinning of dank pine that keeps things interesting. Each sip starts off with a brief flash of crisp, bready malts. The bitter bite that jumps out mid palate is fairly potent and attention grabbing. The hoppy close manages to do something I thought could be tough, and deliver on that outrageous aroma. Gobs of mango and grapefruit form the close, with pine again lending a subtle twist to the proceedings. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation is active and bubbly, no doubt helping some of that hoppiness really pop. Hill Farmstead truly is the master of the hops, at least on the East Coast, if not the country. Harlan is just even more evidence that this is the truth. (1,033 characters)

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

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, Vt. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Light gold color, very cloudy. Leaves really nice lacing.

Smell is juicy citrus and pine notes, some definite pineapple aromas as well. Not too strong, but awesome.

Flavor is all hops--floral, lemon and orange notes, mostly. Very little pine and no real malt besides a mild sweetness. Somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and clean. Goes down kind of like water. Typical of HF beers.

Overall, the description of this as a stronger version of Edward is dead-on. Hill Farmstead knows their hoppy beers. I'd chose one of the DIPAs over this one, though. (649 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a stemmed tulip

A hazy orange, with golden highlights around the edges. A nice two finger ecru cap settles slowly. Some clinging lace around the edges and sip marks.

This is amazingly fresh. Huge tropical fruits, fresh flowers, pine needles, and even some herbal notes. An extremely light grainy malt bill really allows these hops to shine.

Sweet, juicy tropical fruit with pine needles, fresh cut flowers and perfumey hops hit you up front with the light malt through the middle before a bitter blast of white grapefruit and pine. The bitterness in this guy hits you like an uppercut. However, it is not a pummeling bitterness. It comes in waves. There is a noticeable herbal/earthy flavor that lays low, rounding out the profile.

Medium body with some chewiness before a clean, dry finish. A bit oily in the finish as well.

This is a damn fine IPA. I love the depth of the hop profile. Amazingly fresh and clean. (937 characters)

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