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Harlan IPA - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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112 Reviews
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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.
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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 781
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Torst NYC.

Cloudy golden color. Huge mango-filled nose. All types of tropical. Taste is straight bitter, zesty, spicy grapefruit juice. Sweeter and grainier as it warms. Also starts to finish much more mango-like.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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).

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Photo of sholland119
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 7/21/10.

A-Pours a rather light gold with a bit of amber as well. Light carbonation is reflected in the thin white head. Still some good lacing.

S-Very aromatic. Fresh cut grass and lots of it. Also somewhat floral and a helping of earthy bitterness.

T-Grassy with white pepper and some tropical fruit (mango crossed with pineapple). A very bitter finish closes things out nicely.

M-Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated.

D-Tasty with nice bitterness. Not up to the hoopla surrounding this brewery but a good beer.


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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 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 Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled at the source.

Appearance - Very hazy and very pale orange pour into a pint glass. Big ol white head falls to a finger or so and remains as such. Great retention, lots of lace, very nice.

Smell - Lots of earth, grass and piny hop, with grapefruit and pineapple hangin' in there too. Some sugar cookie malts. Decent strength.

Taste - Taste comes through a little better, still a earthy+pine resin forward hop profile with danky tropical and citrus as well. Sugar cookie and biscuit malts coming through in the finish mostly.

Mouthfeel - Good body to it, carbonation a bit on the low side for an IPA but it's fine overall. Bitterness is high but balanced decently with a nice flavorful malt finish. Average drinkability.

Overall - I prefer Edward to this variation, but as usual for HF IPAs, not much room for complaints here. Great flavor all-around, would gladly have this any time.

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Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

A frothy, one-finger tall, eggshell colored crown topped the hazy, brassy-amber body. The head fell rather quickly to a cap of bubbles. Streaky, patchy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was mellow and a bit simplistic. Moderately hoppy. Citrus notes were apparent. Juicy orange came through strongest. Slightly dank and musky. Semisweet. The aroma turned fruitier and somewhat more robust as the beer warmed. Peach notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also a bit underwhelming and reminded me of something that one might find in a middle-of-the-pack IPA. Citrus notes dominated. Orange peel appeared up front. The beer was anchored by a fairly strong malty backbone. Hint of caramel malt sweetness. A bit unusual for a Hill Farmstead hoppy beer. White grapefruit came through on the back end. The finish seemed pretty balanced initially but the bitterness intensified after the swallow. Very grapefruit rind-like. Super pithy and dry. The grapefruit notes really took over as the beer sat.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Creamy and frothy on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. Definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Harlan IPA is unquestionably the least impressive Hill Farmstead hoppy beer I have ever tried. Both the aroma and the flavor profile seemed a bit flat and one-dinensional, and the heavy handed use of malts was somewhat strange. Although this might be one of their more sessionable offerings, it is a rather uncharacteristic beer for them.

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Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at the brewery. Great fragrant IPA, aromas of strawberry, orange citrus, lots of rich fruity hop aromas, a touch of resin. Taste has a very full hoppy aroma, grapefruit citrus, florals, cherry, red fruits with a bit of pineapple perhaps. Mouthfeel is robust and full, delicious balance with a smooth bitterness and rich creamy body, great complexity and one of the best IPAs Ive sampled. Great beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale hazy yellow gold. Head is white almost bright-white and drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small loose collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. It looks like every other HF IPA. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Orange juice...immediately.Weed. Super dank. Grapefruit and pine needle. Lots of super dank hops. Malts carry the expected dough and slight pale malt sweetness. A mild toasted element creeps through the back. Mild hop spiciness as well. Slightly floral. Adds some peach and tangerine as it warms. Generally tropical under the weed and orange. A touch of alcohol in the back. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Weed and orange juice. Fleshy orange. Zest and pith. Touches of grapefruit. Lots of dank hops. Bitter pine sap and needle. Pine sap. Deeply bitter on the back. Malts offer some attempt at balance but the bitterness dominates. Super dank. Herbal and slightly floral with an earthy element. Lots of grapefruit. Some spiciness from the hops as well. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch of cooked sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slight astringency. Juicy initial sip. Slightly fluffy.

Overall: Ripping them dank nugs.

Same base profile as other HF pale ales but the hop profile is novel. Super dank with a ton of citrus, mostly orange.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small bright white head. Nose is fantastic on this, it's fresh, light and citrusy with some mango sweetness as well, fantastic.

Taste is solid, but off the bat it's a bit grainy (reminds me of shut the hell up from The Alchemist). However, the Columbus hops bak it up nicely. The makeovers is a bit low so the hops shine through very well. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, a bit of sharp carbonation but it's still pretty smooth.

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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 jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Acquired a 750 ml fill at the brewery 9/18.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger and a half thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and extensive patchy/spotty lacing.

s; moderate citrus/pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with more emphasis on pine over a medium bready malt base, followed by a good strong hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Smooth "oily" medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Another winner from HF, higher end of hop power for an IPA, tasty and refreshing though a bit less citrusy than some. The slick mouthfeel is exceptional.

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3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

$6.75 for an imperial pint glass
Sampled 06FEB13

[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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When poured from the growled this beer produces a two to three finger white head on top of a golden yellow beer with a slight haze to it. The smell emanating from the glass is huge citrus hops along with some floral notes. The flavor is very citrusy with a nice bitter bite at the end. The mouthfeel of this beer is so light it is like sculpin ad it busts makes your mouth water for more. Overall this beer is absolutely fantastic. If you can trade for this beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz cask-pour at Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber with thin off-white head.

Nose: Beautiful hop resin, Evergreen trees, wintergreen, earthy and with a little malt/caramel sneaking through. All about the fresh fresh hops.

Palate: Nicely bitter right off the bat and dominated by citrus and green pine needle notes. Evergreen comes to mind again and the round malt body fills out the frame nicely. Finish is long and bitter, drying really.

Notes: My only complaint is about the mouthfeel and that is only because it's a cask beer. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't understand cask, especially not IPA on cask. I'm sure if this was CO2, I'd be absolutely in love with it. A great single IPA, super complex and somewhat less balanced (in a good way) than I'm used to seeing from Shaun. Think of it this way: flavor of Imperial, ABV of single IPA.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for some time. Pour from a HF 750.

Appearance much like several of the HF IPAs I have enjoyed - yellowish and hazy. A moderate pour generates a large, frothy head with exceptional lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Earthy.

Taste is earthy pine and grass. Somewhat dank. As it warms a bit I do get that trademark HF flavor. Not sure if it's malt or lingering effects from the hop but it's there. Just not as upfront as in some of their other IPAs. Still solid but not on par with the Susan's and Edward's of the lineup.

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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 axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a HF swingtop 750ml

L - Pours a golden orange body that is hazy and has an eggshell one finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Juicy nose of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Clean malt profile.

T - Big tropical fruit notes and light sweet malts on the front end and developing into a bitter hoppy resin ending.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Just so drinkable.

O - An awesome IPA! So juicy, clean, hoppy, bitter and refreshing to drink. I wouldn't turn down another.

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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 Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, translucent. A thick white head, fading to a cast over the top. Lacing is massive.

S - Passionfruit and lemons, mangos, tangerines. Flashes of wild grasses and floral notes.

T - The front is a punchy hit of mango and tropical fruits, a bit of peach, and grapefruit flesh, which fades to a middle of grapefruit pith and rye-like spiciness. The close is a slow fade out, with a bitter foundation, but with echoes of fruits.

M - Brisk, bright, with decent carbonation. Very mild drying, but not enough to burden the tongue.

O - An exceptional IPA, using the dry hop to boost fruit in the front without creating a punishing bitterness in the close. The beer is very well built, and each element helps keep the beer on task, with no mis-steps and exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of SABERG
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a fresh growler, into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy deep gold color, pillowy head and long lacing. A visual delight
S - Pine, melon, lemon, dragonfruit, a hint of mint as it warms.
T - As the nose precedes, a fine snap of pine, citrus, a fine touch of the tropics. passion fruit, a kiss of lemon, grapefruit.
How on earth does it all end up in this glass?
M - Medium oils, a clean finish, dry but delightful.
O - Hill Farmstead produces so many wonderful IPAs, this is one that stands out.

Cheers all

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