Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
$6.75 for an imperial pint glass
[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.
02-16-2013 14:40:39 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.84/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-25-2013 19:36:53 | More by tbeckett
3.85/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
07-09-2012 00:11:01 | More by Rifugium
3.88/5 rDev -10%
Growler from bring, thanks! Snifter.
A: Very hazy yellowish orange with a fast fading finger of froth.
S: Aromatic floral notes meld with passion fruit, mango, and tangerine. The blend of tropical and citrus fruits is pleasant. Malt doesn't contribute anything in the nose. I also get orange and some grassiness.
T: Bitter orange pith and grapefruit rind with a little mango and evident herbal notes. There's a fugacious sweetness coinciding with the appearance of tangerine. Malt stays out of the way. The finish exhibits an upper moderate dry bitterness with lingering citrus rind.
M: Lower medium in body with low carbonation (a bit too low for my taste).
Overall: A solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. Not quite on par with their other hoppy offerings but still good.
12-05-2011 01:19:43 | More by HopHead84
3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
08-17-2012 23:12:16 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
Had this on tap at Capones in a standard pint glass. I think it's the first time we have had it available in Pa.?
Poured a dark, hazy orange-amber with a smallish off-white head. A coating and a decent amount of lacing remained throughout. Nose was grapefruit, some pine, flowery herb, and some sweet caramel malt. Taste was grapefruit, pine and caramel malt with a moderate amount of bitterness at the finish Body was medium, creamy with moderate carbonation. This was refreshing and I wouldn't hesitat to go for it again.
07-22-2010 20:06:41 | More by regspeir
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
07-09-2012 11:04:05 | More by Tucquan
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Reviewing the Harlan from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
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.
Cost:$8 for a 750 ml growler or $16 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).
05-27-2012 21:58:27 | More by jegross2
4/5 rDev -7.2%
A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white that gradually died down, leaving lacing down the sides of the glass and wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong clean aromas of pine resin hops in the nose—but not overpowering like a car air freshener.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of pine resin along with notes of citrus from the hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer is packed with hop flavors, it’s relatively easy to drink because the smell and taste of hops is not overpowering. There are so many hops it almost seems like you are drinking a wet hop beer.
11-26-2011 16:27:07 | More by metter98
Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.