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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 21
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
George was our grandfather’s brother, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings.

George is our American Brown Ale. Hopped, rightfully so, with Centennial, Cascade, and a touch of Columbus…

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 10-27-2011)
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Reviews by Bardwashrind:
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler sent by way of bwmichaud, many thanks. Shared in good company on a snow covered evening of the winter solstice.

Creamy head of tan colored bubbles. Semi-dark in color but light still finds it's way through around the edges. Great aromas of roasted grains, zesty hops, coffee cake and wood kindling. Very inviting on such a night.

Very flavorful with toasted bread and bitter coffee like comparisons. There is a nice backbone of hops which add more of a residual bitterness to give the beer a great depth. While being a bit out of usual style of a brown ale, the hops are quite pleasant and even desired. Some acidity rings throughout making the beer incredibly drinkable. The high notes of slight citrus and sourdough are wonderfully interwoven. Delicious.

I have a soft spot for this style so usually overlooked. Not too chocolatey or too much in the direction of a porter, George is a solid brown ale and is right up there with Russian River if a bit more aggressive.

Bardwashrind, Dec 23, 2011
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4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into a NEBCO 668 tulip.

Pours a 1 finger light coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, nearly opaque mahogany. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. Solid.

Nose is roasted malt, walnut and chestnut shell, some caramel, and a touch of molasses sweetness. Surprisingly robust and pretty aromatic. I like this a lot!

Opens nutty. Brown sugar, walnut and chestnut shell and caramel towards the middle. More dark malt flavors float in towards the end. Finishes with a touch of booze and some molasses bittersweetness. Same in the aftertaste. Real rich. Great combination of flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down slick with the slightest bite. Slightly messy finish with a short, sticky aftertaste. I love it!

I'm actually a huge fan of brown ales in general. However, I have a strong preference towards robust browns that are less roasty with a bigger malt presence. George delivers on all fronts here. Its sweet and not too bitter, with a light feel that is, at the same time, full and very smooth. This is certainly a top tier brown!

SpeedwayJim, May 12, 2013
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On-tap at the Blue Dog in Chalfont PA
Poured with a nice fluffy tan head. Color is dark brown and clear. Left some rings of lace.

Detected coffee, nuts, and some sweetness in the nose.

Really smooth beer. Reminded me of an FBS but lighter in every way. Has coffee, chocolate sweetness, a bit of a hop and a delicious malty, bready backbone.

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This is one of the best Brown Ales I've ever had. I'm going to look for more of their beers.

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Taste - Hoppier than the nose implies. Nice nutty and chocolate flavor. Simple but nice. Just a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Rich flavor. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quality beer as always. Nothing out of the ordinary but an excellent brown.

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.