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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Harlan IPA
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.44%

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Harlan is Edward’s slightly more aggressive alter-ego. Dry Hopped exclusively with Columbus hops.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-04-2010)
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 23:56:35 | More by jaasen64
Photo of DevilsCups

New York

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2013 02:58:37 | More by DevilsCups
Photo of BARFLYB


4.4/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 00:02:47 | More by BARFLYB
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

07-02-2012 13:57:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of largadeer


4.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2012 04:11:24 | More by largadeer
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. This beer was poured fresh 6 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy blonde and leaves a finger or two of white head which leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Nice earthy tones as well as some pine and citrus notes/lemon rinds. Definitely a hops dominant IPA, but the hops are well balanced and create a very nice aroma.

Taste: The taste matches the scent well - pine, earthy tones, citrus. A nicely balanced hop dominant IPA with a nice, light (but hoppy) finish. The piney hops really come out nicely in this one. Very refreshing IPA.

Mouth-feel: Nicely carbonated with a nice light body. Finishes supremely smooth with the alcohol hidden.

Overall: A nice and refreshing IPA with some huge hop character - delicious. This is dangerously close to a perfect awesome session IPA, but may have a bit too much flavor (not a bad thing). A great IPA.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2013 00:49:23 | More by Resuin
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New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 01:16:05 | More by NiceTaps
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2011 16:39:04 | More by Bardwashrind
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4.45/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 06:34:03 | More by corby112
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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2014 13:22:24 | More by reebtaerG
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer appears lightly hazy, with ample effervescence and a small white head. The aroma offers oranges, orange rinds, citrus, various tropical fruits. Great flavor! Abundant citrus flavors. Easy to drink, I instantly want more. Hooray Hill Farmstead. Another terrific brew from one of America's top breweries. I would drink this anytime. Would love to have this on draft at home.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 23:53:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 05:42:37 | More by axeman9182
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South Africa

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2012 13:35:05 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 20:28:11 | More by Kegatron
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 21:02:34 | More by rudzud
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-31-2011 03:38:25 | More by ggilman
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New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-25-2013 05:43:14 | More by SadMachine
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 17:07:07 | More by Duane_Opfer
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden amber pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is a strong blend of bright citrus fruit and dank pine resin, a wonderful balance on the nose.

The first sip punches your mouth with more dank hop resin laced with the fresh orange citrus taste. Rough around the edges in all the right ways. Firm hop bittering is forgotten behind the heavy flavors of hop oils dominating the brew. Meduim body with a silky finish.

Each mouthful of this ipa is drenched in aromatic hops. The rough edge keeps the hop oils in a check a bit and refreshes your palate for more hop indulgence.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2013 20:10:12 | More by neophilus
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a small amount at the source, then on tap later at The Three Penny Taproom, in Montpelier, VT.

Pours a dirty golden blonde color. Hazy. Small amount of visible carbonation.

Smells of pine, lemon, and orange.

One of the more resinous, piney IPAs I had from Hill Farmstead. Strong pine needles, earthy, dank flavors, alongside some notes of citrus. Thin malt backbone, which a theme I've noticed with Shaun Hill's IPAs.

Medium body, with strong carbonation and a very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Another great one from Hill Farmstead. Is it all that surprising?

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 20:24:42 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-13-2014 03:24:14 | More by NuclearRich
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New Hampshire

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2014 20:51:07 | More by HopAlongG
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4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2013 20:00:46 | More by cfrances33
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New York

4.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 20:29:23 | More by dar482
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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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