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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 551
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 20.49%
Wants: 34
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, medium brown in color with a big, fizzy, fluffy, light brown head that fades into craters and pillows of foam. Great lace and decent retention.

S: Nutty, malty, earthy, woody, hoppy...everything an American Brown Ale should have, but better.

T: Much of the same from the nose. Slightly sweet/sugary malt comes through which is a nice complement to the fairly hoppy quality of this beer.

M: Crazy smooth as is the case with all HF beers, properly carbonated, but a bit cloying in the finish. Finish is all malt with a slight hop bitterness. Overall very nice.

O: At first I was unimpressed. As the beer warms, it develops more character in the nose & flavor. I definitely enjoyed it but it didn't blow me away or stand out above the rest of the beers of this style. But that's one of the issues with popular/delicious breweries like HF...expectations are always high going in so when one doesn't meet the high standards, it disappoints. I am trying to be as objective as possible and put all assumptions aside. Great beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, smooth, interesting flavors going on that are hard to identify for me. At 68 I don't always discern those tastes. Overall a very drinkable beer. Very glad I bought 6 the other day!!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of schinebd
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of Ace1117
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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