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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 751
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 71
Gots: 49 | 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 garuda
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC: Pours cloudy piss yellow color with a small white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of lemon zest, graham cracker, grapefruit, fresh oily floral hop cones, orange peel, light spices, piney hops, buttery biscuit, toffee, coriander and a lot of citrus; flavor has a medium bitterness that's basically perfect. Well balanced and extremely easy to drink, this was as tasty as a fresh hopped IPA and as easy drinking as a session IPA. Mouthfeel was light, almost crisp and yet zesty, with average carbonation, a medium feel and body, yet above all was how easy and refreshing it was to drink. It was expensive for both glasses but worth it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the aroma of the columbus hop is so familiar to me, I know it so well, could pick it out of almost any beer, it is a remnant from my days as a brewer, and its with me all the time. its rare that something so familiar could be presented so differently like it is in this beer, I learned something here about I hop I have spent a whole lot of time with, and I think that's pretty cool. that said, it isn't my favorite hop in the world, and this is pretty aggressively hopped, I think I prefer the more delicate and slammable Edward a little more, but this is pretty great beer all told. there is a lot of bitterness with the familiar resin and vegetal nature of the Columbus hops, almost too bitter for how light the base feels, it lingers long in the finish. I like the feeling of all the oils from the hops in a beer that's no more than medium in weight, and fluffy like this, a neat duality. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at the prohibition pig, I was amazed and delighted to see all the hill farmstead beers they were pouring. this was great, but not the best of the group, that title belongs to Dorothy! still, a great ipa brewed in the unique Vermont style these guys pioneered.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled about 5 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange/golden honey - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Hoppy and citrusy, as to be expected - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice - floral citrus - some pine - hop cones and some light hop spice - lightly dank - clean pale malts at the base

T: Hoppy and juicy, and actually distinct from other Hill Farmstead IPAs - ripe orange and grapefruit - floral citrus, floral hops - lightly spicy, almost peppery - medium level of bitterness, fairly dry - pale malts, extraordinarily clean, which is common across Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, very smooth, clean and dry

O: IPAs for days

Hill Farmstead pale ales are awesome. This is actually distinct from Susan. It's less fruity/juicy/tropical but has some serious straight-up hops with some nice pine, resin, and spice. Excellent, of course.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy golden orange. Aroma is pungent. Piney hops along with that splendid Hill Farmstead fruity hoppiness. The malt is smells like sweet pastry. The flavor is immediately grassy and piney. Then the greener hops settle down and in come the fruitier flavors. All of the hops are blanketed by a very yummy maltiness that is sweet but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Cushy mouthfeel. Fairly bitter. It's described as an over-hopped Edward. It's not as good as Edward but it was still a pretty tasty beer that I killed quickly.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT on Monday 9/28. Pours a super cloudy straw/gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Nice west coast aroma on this, more citrus-y and resin than what I would expect from HF. Great IPA flavor, nice bready malts first give it a sweet backbone. Middle is all hops, a bit more citrusy than what the aroma alluded to. End is the hop oils and resin with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering. Great light body and easy to drink, just enough carbonation to refresh the palate. Could easily have 2 or 3 of these in one lunch. Overall a fantastic IPA utilizing these Columbus hops.

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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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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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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 Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden with minimal head.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit and floral hops.

Taste: Slightly bitter grapefruit, sweet pineapple and tangerine. Nice taste coming from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a tart crisp finish.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer with a very high abv taste at a lower abv. I can't wait to find this again in PA.

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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 jhavs
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A= Super cloudy bright orange, kind of looks like fresh squeezed OJ! Has thin to medium white head and lacing sticks to the glass.
S= Orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine and pale malt.
T= Lots and lots of citrus up front, orange is definitely noticeable, with grapefruit, lemon. Some pine and spice, very balanced and crisp.
M= Smooth and clean.
O= Very good, lots of citrus, lots of haze, never had a bad HF IPA/APA.

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Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House 9/17/15. Cloudy yellow pour, tastes sweet, piney and slightly peppery with a very clean piney finish. Delicious and drinkable.

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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 Mikefriedman90
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color, not too much head. Not an overpowering smell or abv. Very drinkable, not overly hoppy. Has a distinct tasty finish, you're going to want to wait a few extra seconds before that next sip. Definitely pick one up if you have the means, I'm having mine at the west side pony bar!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of pja786
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- golden and hazy. Opaque. White, pillowy head. Two finger lace.

S- grapefruit, pine, freshly trimmed meadow. Slight peper and spice

T- masked malts with more grapefruit

F- medium bodied w/ mild carbonation

O- great beer, clean, resinous

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.