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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 528
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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: 73 | Hads: 528
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Proletariat. It's a dry brown with giant citrus hops that come off with a cracked pepper effect. The malts and mild with a light roast that's largely overpowered by the hops — I'd have liked more malt character to complement the hops. Expect an India brown ale. (278 characters)

Photo of benzalman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this both from a bottle and on draft at the brewery. Not a style I usually drink, but this likely sets the bench mark for me. Nice roast character. (151 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose, 1/8th inch cream-colored head that disperses towards the edges. Nose is malty with a trace of smoke. Taste follows nose with a hint of molasses sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, a top-notch example of the style. (314 characters)

Photo of Svyturys30
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looked like motor oil, micha legs that linger for quite a while!

Malty and toasty smell

Taste a bit better than the run-of-the-mill brown (not a huge fan of this version of beer)

Has a good amount of carbs that linger and give this beer some life!

This brown as pretty good. I would drink it if it were given to me, but probably wouldn't actively seek it out (again brown ales aren't my thing). (398 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a hill farmstead stemmed glad at Piecassos in Stowe, VT

Pours a deep brown body with cherry highlights, a light mocha head that reduces to a layer of foam and leaves nice lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of a porter, coffee and toffee are big with caramel and peanuts also present.

On the tongue is slightly sweet caramel and coffee, light vanilla, a nuttyness on the finish and a slight bitter hoppyness on the finish.

Very nice brown, more characteristic of a porter but delicious nonetheless (518 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep and complex brown ale. Rich chocolate hits you on first taste as well as in he nose. A slight citrus hop punch comes through on the back end. Medium bodied and well balanced. Not easy to find a better brown ale. (220 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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. (262 characters)

Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2L growler bought from the brewery into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost opaque. Retains a small head and leaves a nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

S: Chocolate, roasted nuts. Mild aromas.

T: Similar to the nose: earthy, with bitter chocolate and roasted nuts and a little bit of alcohol. Hoppier than I was imagining. Sweetens up a bit as it warms.

F: Full flavor with initial sweetness giving way to a bitterness that lingers a bit. Very easy to drink.

O: Initially was thrown off by more bitterness than I was expecting, but it mellowed out into a nice sweetness. The roast-y chocolate-y flavors give it a bit of a porter feel. (660 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 9 hours ago

11/15/14

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! (1,122 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Head is a very light tan. Starts off dense and creamy. Drops to a vestige of a cap with a tiny collar and touches of lacing.

Smell: Solidly roasted malts. Caramel sweetness. with a deep bready element. Very slightly toasted brown bread. Hops offer a touch of citrus with some earthy elements as well. A touch of minerals, I'm assuming from the well water. Some raisin and a touch of molasses. Sweet and bready. Citrus pushes a little harder as it warms, Roasted. Just a touch burnt. Some brown sugar. Mildly floral.

Taste: Bread. So much brown bread. Slightly toasted. Solid roasted malt character throws a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Caramelized malts. Caramel sweetness as well. Warm brown bread. Hops run a touch floral with some citrus elements. Some hints of dark fruit. Touches of raisin. A vague notion of jam. Bursts of cocoa an some reasonably dark chocolate. Fruity roasted raisins smeared on fresh brown bread. Hints of something earthy with a bit of rock.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Clean finish.

Overall: Better than a grill.

It's a damn good brown ale. Hopped in good measure and definitely an American take on the style. (1,280 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

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. (345 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 6 day old 30 liter keg into British pint glass.

A - Beautiful brown, slightly opaque. Carbonated extremely well, leading to a
wonderful caramel colored cap.
S - A touch of roast, some hazelnut and caramel. The floral component sets off
an interesting medley of light citrus, lightly roasted malt and brown sugar.
T - Right in the sweet spot, a brown ale that is structured well. Elements of dark fruit,
slightly dry roasted malt, and a fantastic hop finish. Every cylinder is firing on this beer.
The malt, hop structure borders on genius.
F - Medium bodied, starts with a delicate dance from carbonation, leads into a creaminess
that almost befuddles, then a tight dry finish.
O - A wonderful version of brown ale, with the tightly defined signature of Hill Farmstead.
The balanced approach and refined touch make this a favorite.

Cheers all (857 characters)

Photo of durlta
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Second brown ale of the evening after a long period of avoiding the style. First one was Phil from Marshall Wharf. This was better, but not by much. Both were thoroughly enjoyable and extremely drinkable. Reminded me a bit of Tootsie Rolls. Light with nice carmely, chocolaty notes. (283 characters)

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Intense nose of hazelnut. These are back in mouth and give a strong bitter taste. Quickly, aromas of milk chocolate and hops take their place. Bitterness is strong and dry and chocolate taste remains. (200 characters)

Photo of beerjunky413
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is unusually pronounced for a brown ale with tons of chocolate supported by roasty grains, dark coffee and just a hint of hops. Taste is mostly roasted chocolate/ semi-dark grains on the front end with a nice hop balance towards the finish. I may be getting hints of oatmeal in the finish as well. The grains are so predominant that some can be picked out (brown malt, dehusked black, medium roast crystal, maybe some toasted oatmeal) and each one presents itself without muddling the others. I used to think HF was all about the IPAs but George makes me realize that Shaun Hill's dark beers should be as highly regarded as any of his other creations. If you like this you will like Everett and vice versa. (752 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty dark brown. Head is tan. Head leaves sticky lacing.

S-Brown Ales rarely get me excited just after sniffing. This is one of the few Brown Ales I have had that gets me going immediatley. Chocolate, nuts, molasses and roast in excellent harmony and power.

T-The flavor is also pretty delicious. The brown malt delivers with lots of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, nuts and roast. There is also a pretty noticeable hoppiness in the finish that doesn't overtake the malt and serves as a secondary component.

M-Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Lingering flavors. No alcohol. Surprisingly refreshing.

O-One of the better brown Ales I have come across. Lots to talk about with this one. I love getting to try a Brown Ale with some pop to it. Very well made. (767 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Black Back in Waterbury.
Serves up a deep brown with minimal head.
Smells of coffee and molases. Lots of roastiness here.
Taste is amazing, right in line with aromas. Big roasty flavor.
Mouthfeel is mellow and inviting.
Overall, the most enjoyable brown ale I've ever had. (289 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4-17-14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Brown and fairly opaque. When the beer is half done I can see to the bottom of my glass. The carbonation is off white brown and pours about a thumb width high. A ring of carbonation in present throughout and whisps lie a top the beer.
Aromatics: All the aromas are mild and so very well blended together. The first scents that hit me are flavors of semi sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. After that I get a number of earthen flavors like nuts and wheat.
Flavor: The flavors like the aroma blend so well making this beer so delicious. As with the aroma the chocolate and coffee flavors are first. The malts are add a touch of bitterness there but some extra sugar comes in to balance the whole thing out.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium in body. Lightly viscous and coats my tongue very smoothly. Immensely drinkable.
Notes: Bottled 4/9/14 at HF and consumed on the suggested drink by date of 4/17/14. Poured into a HF 2L growler. (1,017 characters)

Photo of berkshire413
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a Growler fresh from Hill Farmstead into a pint glass. I am not a huge fan of brown ales, but i decided to grab some George while i was up in Greensboro, because its Hill Farmstead and with all the limits and the line i went for a strategy of getting a wide range of beer rather than alot of the things i wanted.

So anyways. as soon as i poured this i knew it was going to be an above average brown. the nose jumps up from the glass and its all damp fall forest floor and hint of sweetness as well.

A. Pours a deep brown with a small head. little tight ring of suds retained around the glass all the way through. looking through this beer its a deep dark leathery color, the head is bone in color and tight tiny little bubbles.

S. Scent is very earthy, very much a dewy forest floor mid fall. Some lightly roasted coffee and just a touch of sweetness from the malt.

T. Tastes a bitter coffee at first that gives way to a nice roasted malt with a slight sweet tinge in the back end. Im getting a faint burnt marshmellow in the middle as well. its not a super long or dynamic taste, but its very much to the point and its a solid Brown ale. The tinge that hits the back of your mouth has a nice little resiny hop after glow, it invites you to sip again!

M. Beer is medium and carbonation is light/medium. IBU is relativly low and the beer is very drinkable, its one of my favorite least favorite types of beer at this point

O. Overall Hill does it again, as someone who does not tend to like many browns i do enjoy this beer. Is it blowing me away, no. but is it a true brown ale that has very solid characteristics, absolutely. I would go as far as to say its the best Brown ale i have had yet to date. (1,720 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Jeffrey, NYC

Dark brown pour with head gradually reducing to fine lacing. Roasty malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are a bit watered down. The mouthfeel is thin but oily with smooth, creamy active carbonation. Quaffable. I'm keeping this short because this is a nice brown ale but not great. (324 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Deep dark brown. Simple as that. Light tan head forms nicely, fades mostly, and laces heavily.

S. Minerally, a little roasty, medium caramel malt.

T. Roasty, minerally robust, earthy, a slight hoppy bite

M. Farily light, but carries a solid enough backbone, a crisp bite of carbonation, a little bitter hop tang.

O. Simple, but simply perfectly done. It doesn't excite me but it nails the style down nicely. (415 characters)

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