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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | 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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Capone's.

Pours a dark, but not opaqure, dark brown shade with a thin head. The nose is just...absent. Maybe my sniffer is operating under less than full capacity, but I don'g get anything at all. Very muted nose indeed. I don't know what it is I'm tasting, but I'm not digging it at all. Very roasty with some dark fruit going on. Figs, plub, cherries. A bit smoky. Yeah, not my bag. The mouthfeel is the bright point here. Smooth, highly carbed, with a slightly bitter finish. Overally, this is a rare miss for HF where I'm concerned. I just didn't think this came together very well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:23:10 | More by Retail1LO
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.7%

01-15-2012 02:42:14 | More by Blanco
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -26.7%

03-21-2013 00:42:49 | More by BGsWo22
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.7%

12-18-2011 19:30:01 | More by ChrisPro
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.7%

12-20-2011 21:01:29 | More by nathanjohnson
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johnhenryconway


3/5  rDev -26.7%

11-19-2011 04:49:31 | More by johnhenryconway
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phishbone23

New York

3/5  rDev -26.7%

01-23-2013 14:40:21 | More by phishbone23
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.7%

07-07-2014 23:41:56 | More by Nichols33
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black with mahogany edges and a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma with dark fruit, licorice and anise along with sweet chocolate and dark malts.  Theres also a sweet citrus hop character. Really unique aroma.  

Medium bodied with an odd medicinal feel and weird combination of sweet and roasted malt, spice and citrusy hops.  Hints of licorice, anise, sweet chocolate and vinous dark fruit. Finished slightly bitter with citrusy hops and a lingering unpleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 19:05:53 | More by corby112
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jmilo64

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

06-26-2013 02:38:41 | More by jmilo64
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps on top, and tiny spots of lace. Ruby brown body with some transparency to it.

S - Aroma is...odd. A mix of typical brown ale flavors - nuts, toasted malts, brown sugar, and cocoa - with dank, piney, and herbal hops. There's a *tiny* vomit note mixed in.

T - Again, it's a mix of nutty and sugary brown ale flavors with herbaceous bitterness and hop flavors. Exactly as described, but a strangely contradictory and clashing flavor combination for me.

M - Zesty, slightly harsh, carbonation. Medium body, toasty texture, dry finish, and some residual resinous hop oils. No obvious alcohol.

D - The combination of brown ale and Columbus hops just doesn't work for me, and this is by far the least enjoyable beer I've had from Hill Farmstead. The flavor profile is exactly what you'd expect from the description, but the concept seems problematic. Oh well, even Mozart wrote the occasional bad piece - perhaps this beer would pair nicely with the Flute & Harp Concerto K. 299.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 21:57:39 | More by MasterSki
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jsilva

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-18-2012 22:41:38 | More by jsilva
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-29-2013 13:45:35 | More by Thorpe429
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-13-2012 13:14:07 | More by sideshowe
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-28-2013 14:19:52 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12-19-2011 01:27:15 | More by spycow
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-12-2013 00:53:46 | More by cbeer88
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smccann

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-06-2014 20:58:27 | More by smccann
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on draft at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington Vermont.

a: Brown to black, half finger off white head receded to thin patchy surface foam and slight lacing.

s: Mild dark chocolate.

t: Mild black coffee with a vaguely soapy note throughout..

m: Moderate, more body than Everett.

o: Not sure where the soapy note came from, possibly the tap line or the glass. Otherwise, not as tasty as Everett but with more substance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 02:26:06 | More by scotorum
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Bob! 750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/red color, off-white colored head, sticky lace, nice collar, thin cap on top.

S - Nice level of roasty malt, some nuttiness, brown sugar, and a pretty large dose of hops. Not sure if I'm a huge fan of such a hoppy Brown Ale, but this is as-described.

T - A lot more hoppy the the nose. It's a Columbus hop bomb with the remnants of a brown ale. There's a slight malty sweetness, touch of caramel, but the finish is overly-bitter and too hoppy for my tastes.

M - Medium, good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - Don't get me wrong, this is described as a hoppy brown, but it's even a larger dose of Columbus then I was expecting. Hey, I like hoppy beers, but I like my brown ales to have more of a malty sweetness and less hop-focused.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2011 16:33:35 | More by Sean9689
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joel66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-17-2013 15:53:38 | More by joel66
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-24-2013 20:26:11 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-22-2013 02:42:15 | More by Lurkerson
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-14-2013 14:51:46 | More by hoppymcgee
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Derekg

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-24-2014 04:01:23 | More by Derekg
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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.