George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 10-27-2011

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…
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Reviews by Duane_Opfer:
Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hill Farmstead. Reviewed while waiting in line for growler fills. Consumed on 11/2. Review written from notes.

A - Light brown with a purplish hue. Pour yielded ~1 finger head. Light lacing as liquid receded. No sediment. Moderate carbonation.

S - Not very fragrant. Light black tea.

T - Not very complex. Some sour black tea, but the flavor was somewhat light.

M - As with all HF products, mouthfeel is superior. Light bodied. Very crisp and clean with good carbonation.

O - Smell and taste were a little underwhelming, but mouthfeel was very nice. Tried it because I was at the brewery and the opportunity presented itself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown brew, creamy beige head with great retention and lacing.

Hoppy and roasty aroma, balanced and inviting.

Flavor follows: bitter and roasty, but smooth. Coffee notes and extremely bitter chocolate, almost like Baker's. Balanced with earthy, almost spicy hops with a lasting hint of citrus peel.

Extremely lively, medium full feel; smooth, with a very long, semi-dry, bitter finish.

Fantastic brown ale, reminds me of a lighter but more bitter Everett.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of Troegman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. A few big bubbles. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Nutty and chocolatey. Moderately hopped. Nice.

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.

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead George

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 88/100

Had this on tap at Blackback Pub, was just ok compared to the other HF brews, great still... was an hard to judge this coming off such great brews. Besides its super fresh and classic great body, nothing jumped out to me. Ironically, had i had this amongst other(non HF) brews it would of probably been mind blowing

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a pint glass for $5.00. Sampled 1/11/12.

A: Served with a 1 1/2 finger creamy foamy head, light brown in color. Medium retention and coating the glass with proficiency as it falls. Semi-broken concentric rings after each sip. The body is medium-dark brown with dark amber edges and decent clarity.

S: Cocoa and water chestnut with a nice toast. A small amount of fresh coffee pokes through. All of these aromas work incredibly well with the unexpected hop bill (Cascade, Centennial and Columbus) and the balance couldn't be any better.

T: Flavors follow the nose closely and just a hair less impressive. Again, dusted cocoa powder, toasted chestnut and coffee mingle with a deep grassy resinous hop character. Bitterness lasts long throughout the finish.

M: Slick, smooth mouthfeel with medium body. The carbonation is perfectly lively and continues as long as the taste does.

O: Of the few ABAs that I've had AND thoroughly enjoyed, George is easily the best. Something about that hop schedule puts it in another league.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

On tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.

Well, pretty much the George Foreman of Brown Ales. Rich, full, thick with caramel flavors... This beer in a way has more texture than most acclaimed stouts out there - it really is insane in a way. Overall, It's just nice, full and flavorful like a sleepover with Adriana Lima.

Just happiness, my peeps.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 9 hours ago


A: Deep brown with some medium brown around the edges - pours with a fluffy, medium-sized, off-white head, fades to very little, leaves minimal lacing

S: Roasty, cooked and caramel malts - dark malts, nicely roasty and lightly burnt - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel - some brown sugar sweetness - earthy, with some minerality - some hoppiness, with some citrus elements, but not particularly hoppy

T: Dry chocolate, a respectable dessert - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa - roasty coffee - caramel candy and some molasses - earthy and a little grassy - something that reminds me of oats - lightly sweet, but mostly dry - very clean finish, which is not surprising considering... Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, very smooth, very clean, very dry finish

O: It's a brown ale. It's good.

Brown ales are a bit odd. Sometimes they can be stellar, but often they are a bit dull. I feel like this could actually be hoppier, but for what it is, it is very tasty with a solid malt profile. Would drink again!

Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger cream tan head, with lacing, brown around the edges.

S-Blend of roasted malt, coffee and nuts, good balance.

T-Starts with roasted malt, nuts and coffee. Has some caramel ends with slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and a tad creamy.

O-Wow. A great, well rounded Brown Ale. Great flavors and it has the tad bit of bitterness in the finish to make it a great beer.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at Capone's tonight.

The visual appeal of this deftly crafted brew is amazing. Deep and rich mahogany in color, George also sports a creamy top hat of foam for about 10 minutes before it dissipates. With every sip, a thick ring of lace forms, connected with the previous ring by delicate spiderwebbing.

The nose is rich and quintessential for a brown ale. Raisins, brown sugar, toasted bread, and even a hint of coffee lure me in. A good amount of bitterness balances the sweetness just so. This is phenomenal. On the palate, it opens up even more to reveal a notable bitterness, but even more shockingly, a blast of tangerine throughout, which somehow works with the bready, sweet, and coffee notes that dominated the aroma.

One of the most interesting brown ales that I have had the chance to try, and I am very glad that I did. Hill Farmstead hits a delicate balance of an over-bittered brown ale that didn't just turn into a dark IPA, and their ability to infuse the citrus with the coffee and raisin bread character of the beer is nothing short of masterful.

Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft cocoa with a light nuttiness and touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a dry cocoa, charcoal and an earthy caramel. Balancing grassy hop detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a pleasant dry finish.

Overall a superior brown ale. Outstanding.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Lazy Boy, White Plains, NY.
Pours a healthy tan foamy head; nice lacing.
Malty, coffee, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste is slightly bitter coffee, roasted malts and a bit of caramel.
This is a fantastic brown. Very complex for a brown; with other flavors creeping in as it sits in the mouth. I would go out on a limb and say one of the best Brown Ales id ever had.
HF never stops proving they are a superb brewing co and a force to be reckoned with. Get it if you see not hesitate.

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Chico1985, didn't realize I hadn't reviewed this yet!

A- 750ml flip-top growler poured to my chalice with a dark mahogany brown body, mostly opaque with some lighter shades at the edges. Frothy tan cap with large bubbles forms to just over a finger with good retention. A large ring remains and spotty lace remains.

S- Rich toasty Brown malts and hops pretty much strike a balance half and half; certainly hoppier than other Browns but it doesn't dominate. Citrus, pine, floral and earthy tones probably from the combination of the malts and hops.

T- Very similar to the aroma as far as the general balance and major flavors go. Gently sweet grains deposit heavily toasted, nutty, milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa and caramel. Hops provide contrast and compliment with citrus, orange, pine, earthy soil and herbal notes.

MF- Medium bodied overall leaning just below that by a tiny bit. Consistency is silky, semi-creamy and frothy. Medium bitterness falls gently with the rich grains present.

Smooth all around with a balance struck between malts and hops that provides both equally. Luscious grains with not roast but some chocolate mixes well with citrus and earthy hops.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at The Prohibition Pig. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with an inch of frothy head. A lot going on in the nose. Malts, bread, earth, nuts, and brown sugar. Hints of booze. The taste is of malts upfront with earth and brown sugar. Nutty with a slight citrus hop bitterness at the end. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a really good Brown ALe worth having again.

Photo of KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Sampler in HF line, second sample tasted (after Edward). Lots of dark chocolate on the nose. Not really a lover of Brown but this was very drinkable. I found that after in warmed up a bit the cacao aroma and flavors really came out and for me it was much better.

Photo of Luk13
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler. Pours a brown with beige head. Very aromatic brown ale. I get decadent nuts and burnt toast with some light earthy hops. Taste is a nice showcase of malts with nuts and caramel. Some light bitterness. Palate is on the lgiht side. Very well executed brown ale and as good as it can be for me. I do prefer Shaun hoppy offerinf by a mile though

Photo of founddrama
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A brown ale that reads like a porter on the way down.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap from the Hill Farmstead Taproom.

Nice creamy head fades slowly with lacing dark murky molasses brown color.

Nose nice dark molasses malts, soft aged malts, brown sugar, light sweetness, hint if grassy earthy hops.

Taste creamy brown malts, lots of earthy almost spicy hops, decent bitterness that grows to quite bitter on the finish. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar soft aged malts.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, good carb.

Overall nice, hoppier than expected, tasty though

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a murky chestnut brown with a decent off-white head that left a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of nuts, grains and tea-like herbs. Nuts and brown sugar in the taste, roast and bitter cocoa, pine and herbal hops, grassy, with a bit of a wet cardboard sensation that isn't too out of place for the style in general. Better than many brown ales I've had. Medium body, a bit chalky, but still decent overall.

Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on-tap at "Torst," in Greenpoint, Brooklyn NYC. Review from notes.

George's Ruddy, deep-brown appearance is a bit dark for a brown ale, but ultimately is translucent. The beer is definitely carbonated. There's a thin halo of froth and some slight lacing on the glass as well.

The ale smells great, with some subtle roasted malts, moderate espresso notes, and a dash of resinous hop aromas. Upon tasting, the nuttiness that one would expect from a brown ale comes through, with a bit of cocoa and a rather prevalent smokiness too, which surprised me. The flavor is somewhat similar to an American Porter, but the mouth feel is light. This definitely was easy to finish.

Ultimately, this is a luscious beer with a very vague style bale slapped on it, which doesn't do it justice.

Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head. Head persists nicely and some lacing present. Aroma is dark malts but nice. Flavor is great with chocolate upfront along with a good mix of malts. On the back it has a peppery spice. Sweet yet somewhat dry. A really nicely balanced beer.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a brown ale. Probably the best brown ale I'll ever taste, but at the end of the day it is a brown ale. Based off the description, I was hoping this would be a hop forward version, but it's very true to style. Nutty malt dominated the flavor, and the hops round everything out. Hazy brown in appearance, with cascading bubbles rising to the surface. About a finger of fluffy white head when poured and the mouth feel, with the amount of carb in this beer, really helped to push the flavor. Smelled like every other brown ale. Not a huge fan of this style, but based off of all the brown ales I've had, this was by far the best tasting.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

George pours a hazy, dark mahogeny color with a small, creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind a spotted coating of lace.

The aroma is faint and malty with notes of caramel, nuts, toffee and a touch of cocoa.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is sweet and malty with a mild bitter finish. Caramel, toffee, cocoa, bread and brown sugar are present. It finishes mildly bitter with a grassy flavor. Once gone the cocoa and grass lingers on the palate.

A tasty brown ale that improves in flavor as it warms.

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