Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Harlan IPAHarlan IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

112 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 112
Hads: 781
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 73
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 112 | Hads: 781
Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

 623 characters

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.

 535 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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?

 580 characters

Photo of tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

 627 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull orange-gold with a hazy clarity and a loose white head that dissipates towards the edges. Nose expresses citrus, caramel and rind. Taste follows nose with the addition of some wheaty/grassy notes on a malty backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. A decent IPA but the balance isn't there for me. My first time trying this but I was told by others it might be an off batch. I'll have to revisit it in the future.

 469 characters

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.

 937 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose is big and delicious, light clean fresh grain, strong hop profile, citrus, light grassy, just a hint of resin to add depth. Taste follows the nose, grain is clean, a little bit more of a presence in the flavor. Loads of citrus with just a hint of resiny hop and a light but presence bitterness through the finish. Extremely drinkable, soft delicate body, moderate carb.

 446 characters

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

 267 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from the 750ml growler to the large, snifter/tulip shaped HF glass. Large haziness to a golden body that has some apricot hue to it. Creamy white head to two fingers with good retention. Lacing starts with ample thick sheets with webs covering most of the glass below.

S- Citrus hops off the top with a large Columbus presence that brings some major dank notes into this aroma. Just a slight bit of stone fruit and tangerine fruity hops. Fairly clean beyond that with some HF house yeast and cracked grains.

T- Hop-centric without being overly pungent or destroying the palate. Citrus hops with orange zest, grapefruit, pine and lemon rind notes with a support of dank Columbus, tangerine, stone fruit and apricot hops. Very slight bit of yeast as well as pale grains.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a frothy and creamy texture. Carbonation is moderate even after being in the growler for several days. Finishes with a light, clean bitterness.

Citrusy hops followed up by some dank and stone fruit varietals. I seem to enjoy each sip more and more and as usual it is a quality brew made by HF.

 1,105 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this twice- first time in a 2oz taster glass at the Hill Farmstead brewery while waiting in line on 11/23/2013, and then once again in a 12oz pour in a Hill Farmstead pilsner glass today, 11/25/2013.

Pours a standard Hill Farmstead hazy golden-orange body with a very nice creamy fluffy white head that retains well. Solid lacing, its not explosive but it does stick quite well on the glass.

Smells very citrusy- grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit- with a bit of caramel malt backbone that cuts the hoppiness with a nice sweetness. Very strong nose, but not too complex.

Flavour is very nice. Not complex- its got lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, reminding me of passion fruit bubble tea- not sure why- but that's what it delivers along with a solid attempt to balance out the citrus with a nice caramel toffee malt backbone. Not super bitter, actually.

Creamy, medium bodied beer with good carbonation; dry and refreshing. Very drinkable and not incredibly bitter.. it's not quite as good on the mouthfeel as other Hill Farmstead pale ales deliver, but it's very good.

This feels like a less complex but more sessionable version of Susan. It brings citrus qualities along with that patented Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. I would recommend Legitimacy as a better, comparable Hill Farmstead IPA (yes I know this is Grassroots, but still), otherwise I'd just go with Susan here.

 1,385 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light medium orange gold color with a fluffy two fingered, frothy white head and lots of nice carbonation.

S - Dank citrus and delicate floral aroma.

T - A massive wall of grapefruit bitterness foremost followed by floral bitterness that dominate throughout and ends with a healthy mouth coating of red grapefruit and floral bitterness. Light biscuity malt underneath doesn't stand a chance with the hoppy punch of this beer, it's the to keep the hops in check, is a very hop forward beer.

M - Light medium body and a very dry, long, lingering bitter finish.

O - Nice low alcohol and nice bitterness, overall taste is bigger than the ABV of the beer which is refreshing for a change.

 699 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Backback Pub. Pours super murky dusty yellow with a creamy white head that sticks around on top. Aroma is pineapple juice, hint of pine, grass, smooth sweeth malts, citrus fruits. Flavor follows with a huge hit of pineapple citrus goodness, lightly sweet malts backing this up, and just finishing as clean as can be. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, just perfect. One of the best IPAs I have ever had. Absolutely outstanding.

 435 characters

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation, with a one finger head.

S-Nice lemon and citrus, tad bit of grass. Good hop character.

T-Starts with some malt and then nice citrus notes. Grass and pine. Mild tropical.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A good IPA from HF, was expecting a little better. Susan has to be their best single IPA.

 367 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 908 characters

Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Bob! A couple of 750ml growlers shared with friends and poured into a Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color, cream-colored head, some sticky lace along the sides of the glass, thin collar, wisps.

S - Tropical fruity citrus, grass, pine, a touch of floral notes in there as well. Very nice, not too sweet, not too hoppy. Just right in the middle of where I like my IPA's.

T - More pine and grass then the nose, some hoppy citrus notes mixed with orange peels. Again a nice level of bitterness and a touch of sweetness that doesn't fatigue the palate.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing, oily finish.

O - What do you know, another excellent hoppy beer from the HF crew. This was the perfect beer to go with our Hunahpu's variant tasting and started things off right. Recommend!

 809 characters

Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's and again on 2015-11-21 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

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

S - Pineapple, passion fruititrus, mildly dank, grassy/herbal, light tropical hop floral. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Spicy/herbal, orange and grapefruit citrus, light pine and orange zest. Very pepper, even some heat; certainly influenced by the Columbus hops.

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

O - I enjoyed it quite a bit although I like Edward better with the less strident pepper flavor.

 598 characters

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 4.0 Pours an orange tinged honey...quite transparent and slightly dull. The crown is 1 finger, a slightly buttery / hop oily yellow, shows moderate retention, and good lace.

Smell: 4.0 pale malt, lemon grass, floral hops, and herbal hops.

Taste: 4.0 much more herbal hop bite than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel: 4.0 Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 4.5 So sessionable

 401 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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 WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
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 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.

 391 characters

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!

 414 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

 776 characters

Photo of CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

 725 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Yellow gold body, topped by a big fluffy white head. Stretchy lace.

Citrus aroma. Orange and lemon and grapefruit. Soft, inviting.

Soft but solid semi-sweet foundation. Plenty of fruit. Mild bitterness. More fruit in the finish.

Light/ medium smooth mouthfeel.

A very pleasing IPA. Wish I had access to a lot more.

 320 characters

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at bluedog landsdale.

A- comes to me with a good finger of bright white head atop a slightly hazy copper orange brew. Head settles very slowly leaveing a cm or two of cream on top a tons of sticky lace that leaves bold lines on the glass.

S- earthy and herbal with grapefruit peel and pine resin. A hint of honey in the back.

T- fresh juicy ruby res grapefruits and conifers galore. Lots of cut green grass. Malts come off in the back with some dry scones and a touch of honey.

M- a bit less then medium in body and a quiet lite carb. Long dry finish.

D- tasty and fresh ipa here nice change of pace for the style with the grassy herbal punch. Ill be sure to keep my eye out for more.

 701 characters

Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.