Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 67
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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Ratings: 646 | Reviews: 93
Photo of ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of lurpy1
2.81/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of jaasen64
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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).

Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Harlan Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. The lacing is quite good, as is the retention.

Citrus peel, pine and the promise of bitterness fill the aroma.

The flavor begins with a good bit of pine and bitterness, but it softens to reveal grapefruit and other citrus fruit, as well as a hint of sugar from the malt. The citrus is quite bright and vivid. The malt backbone, in general, is lightly sweet, with grain and caramel flavors both represented.

The mouthfeel has a crispness from both the carbonation and bitterness, but the body still manages to feel smooth and creamy.

Hill Farmstead just knows how to make hoppy beers, and I'm beginning to think that maybe Vermont water might also be well-suited to the task in general.

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a hill farmstead glass a dandelion yellow hue that was nice and hazy. Atop was a thick two finger whipped cream thick head that left thick sticky side lacing and sudsy blanket.

S - Huge aromas of bright tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and citrus. Just amazing.

T - Sweet Jesus this is good. Lots of amazing and bright tropical fruits here. Lots of pine and bitter citrus rind. Dances on the pallet.

M - Nice mouthfeel here with sharp bitterness on the end.

O - Overall I love this beer. Great tropical aromas and flavor. Very fresh tasting. God I love hill farmstead.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the publick house in Brookline.
Foggy yellow in color with a foamy head that stuck around. The aroma primarily gives off grass and lemon and a little melon. The taste follows suit... Lemon, grass, a touch of apricot. It isn't as citrusy as other IPAs from HF, but the flavor is refreshing and smooth for an ipa.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is very enjoyable, yet it isn't as exciting as other ipa offerings from HF. Keep in mind, this would be stellar for other breweries, but from HF, it doesn't stand as tall as other IPAs from them. It's still worth drinking whenever you see it, though.

Photo of silentjay
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler to the indispensable Duvel Tulip.

pours a hazy, yet glowing tangerine/gold color with a nicely sized (not too big) pure white head that sticks at 2 fingers in height lacing like a champ.

I can smell the hops from feet away. bringing it up to my nose i get tonnns of tropical fruits with some pine and grass. mango, pineapple, grapefuit and lots of citrus. very aromatic.

very bitter up front with tons of tropical fruits, like the aroma. a slightly sweet malt backbone creeps in, but it finishes bitter and kind of dry with a peppery spice almost.

lighter side of medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a resiny finish.

wow... a hop assault. has a flavor that would compare to many DIPAs with only 6% ABV. another impressive beer by a brewery that is quickly becoming one of the greatest American breweries. everything they make is just delicious.

Photo of ggilman
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a HFS growler into a Sebago tulip glass.

Pours a light nectarine, hazy light orange, with a cobwebby white head that settles quick, but leaves soap suds behind. Sticky wet hop nose. This is the smell I crave. Luscious tropical fruit. The taste settles down a bit, which reminds you this is a single IPA. Not in hoppiness mind you, the smell and juicy hops blow any other DIPA I've ever had out of the water. In body, and maltiness, its clear its a single. The body is light-ish, and it feels raw, and slightly watery. Not much in the way of carbonation, but it's warmed up to near room temp. Bitter up front. A little of that resinous slick hop mouthfeel, but in limited quantities. Great hop bite. Lush tropical fruit, mangos and grapefruit. Dry, bitter finish. These guys make amazing beers. They live up to the hype, plan the pilgrimage!

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More fresh HF from bwmichaud.

There really is a "house character" to the beers of Hill Farmstead. Each new style seems to always carry a distinct element of comparison with the hoppy variations having the most blatant "Hill Farmstead terrior". It's the way the hops are integrated and the shining minerality that opens on the palate. These beers sing volumes and can usually be picked our of a crowed if need be. Harlan is no different.

Boarding on orange in color, the beer's haze is a welcomed sight. Rich aromas of tropical fruits and tart citrus pour out from the bottle. Not too dank and not overly resinous, in fact the beer is subdued on the hop bombardment and more expressive with enticing aromatics and balance. Very simple but not a flaw to be found.

Dried mangos slices were the first thing that came to mind. Not too sweet on the fruit but there was a distinct tropical flavor. Nutty and even a bit on the dry side with that mineral mid-palate that was felt long after the beer was swallowed. Such a pleasurable beer to drink for the balance was something to really admire.

This style of ipa is just what I look for. Lots of aromatics, not overly grassy or full of overstepped tea flavors, just well integrated and finishing dry.

Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.