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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%

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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New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2014 18:54:40 | More by KornWallace
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4.3/5  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.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2014 00:08:23 | More by berkshire413
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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2014 13:14:20 | More by Davepoolesque
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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from HF 2l growler
darkest brown almost black, .5" head that quickly released to a few bubbles.
Smell of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate
Taste is smooth like any HF beer, clean coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness in a coffee way, really cocao forward, but all smooth.
Big mouth feel after that slick sip. HF Beers are ridiculously easy to drink. Perhaps it's the freshness and the balance of flavor profiles. This is creamy and delicious.
Overall, George is a destroyer of American Brown Ale. I almost think people rate this so low because it is a brown, an 'unpopular' style. This is a perfectly distinguished beer. Get you some before it disappears.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2014 07:01:33 | More by RyanOooh
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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2014 03:18:07 | More by NuclearRich
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District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is mahogany with a small, bubbly, beige head. The aroma offers dank hops and brown bread rolled together as one, caramel malt, sweet chewy candies. The flavor follows suit. Well balanced and flavorful, with caramel and toffee tones. Highly drinkable. A solid example of the style.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2013 01:45:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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Quebec (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Serving type: growler

10-25-2013 04:08:59 | More by Luk13
Photo of Hendry


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

George is one of the more overlooked offerings from HFS, and this 750ml growler was filled 3 weeks ago in Greensboro Bend.

Pours a deep,nearly opaque brown with a tall foamy ecru head that reduces to nothing,lacing only average.

Aroma is filled with roasted malts and coffee along with some balsa wood, with hops certainly present.

Taste is also quite roasty and rich.Deep flavors here and they change as it warms, becoming slightly cedary,some flavors of roasted nuts also lurking in the malty abyss.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, appropriate carbonation, some bitterness and acidity from the roasted flavors.

A very rich and satisfying Brown Ale, though not like one that I've ever tasted before. Definitely worth a try, quite interesting and unique.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2013 06:04:40 | More by Hendry
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New York

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

05-12-2013 00:37:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-07-2013 01:04:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ dark brown with a slight tan head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ roasty caramel, hazelnut, a little coffe, and some bready yeast on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose exactly which is very rare haha definitely a lot of caramel here and hop bitterness on the finish.

M~ creamy caramel feel, with very nice carbonation. smooth and rich!

O~ very all around well balanced brown. if you're in the mood for a brown you really can't go wrong here!

Serving type: growler

04-27-2013 02:43:41 | More by Skrip
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 17:33:33 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Gatch


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2012 01:50:05 | More by Gatch
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler, shared thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Most clear deep mocha brown. A nice two fingers of foamy tan head form, and leave great lacing. Head sticks around.

Smell: Big floral grassy hop presence up front, followed by lots of roasted malt and coffee grounds. Some milk chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a bitter hoppiness. Some floral flavor to the hops, but only just. Lots of roast, and some caramel. Finishes bitter with coffee.

Mouthfeel: A much more substantial body than I was expecting out of a brown ale, and it is very welcome. Velvety carbonation.

Overall: Probably the first brown ale I've ever enjoyed.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 17:38:36 | More by cfrances33
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice nutty finish and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2012 04:19:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 18:18:24 | More by WanderingFool
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-brown color with minimal tan head and lacing. This growler was just filled yesterday, but it is already a bit on the flat side.

Aroma of brown bread and raisins. As usual from Hill Farmstead, a very inviting aroma. The flavor is of sweet bread and roasted grains with a pretty aggressive herbal hops flavor. A bit of bitter cherry finishing quite dry.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall quite nice although not as lively as some other examples of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2011 16:49:45 | More by CliffBrake
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2011 16:30:35 | More by Bardwashrind
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler sent by Tucker and shared with my father, George (of course).

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with ruby tinged color with a massive frothy cream colored head. Finger thick bubbly head throughout with thin sticky sheets of lacing. Pleasant aroma of brown sugar, molasses, roast malt, earthy hops and light coffee. Strong roast malt flavor in the body with brown sugar and cocoa but the sweetness is well balanced by pine and grassy hops. Dry and bitter finish with a silky light medium body and soft carbonation. A brown ale is a brown ale is a brown ale (generally), but I enjoyed this compared to most and thought the mild bitterness of the hops added a unique turn to this.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2011 21:56:11 | More by yourefragile
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mtardiff for sending this along in trade. Excellent trading partner. Always a treat to try another Hill Farmstead beer.

Well, it’s just a gorgeous looking beer. To the extent that you can glean the quality of a beer from visual characteristics, this beer is very well built. My favorite structure with the head is present. The creamy whipped tan head rises well above the rim of your glass and shows great retention. Leaves a beer mustache on you for the first several sips. As the head finally begins to fade it begins depositing lave everywhere. Almost the entire inside of the glass is left covered. The beer is a shoe leather brown, with the slightest haze.

Aroma is thick with roasted dark malt. Not smokey but almost.

Flavor is spot on for the style. Nutty, cocoa powder notes up front with almost a sense of maple. A touch of deep roast that then melds with a more aggressive hop bill than you would expect. I get lots of pine notes and hop presence late in the flavor profile. This works very well with the roasted malts flavors.

Smooth, warming and wonderful. This is a beer to be enjoyed in November. The body is a little thicker and works well with the flavors.

Brown Ales are not among my favorite style, but this is clearly a great representation of the style and one I enjoy. Really happy I had the opportunity to try this. Marc, thanks for sending this along.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2011 11:43:43 | More by Reagan1984
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer from a 32 oz growler... a brewery release special delivery to fellow BA CosmicEvan. Generously shared!

Appears a really rich brown with a dollop of foamy head remaining, especially clinging to the sides. 

Smells subtle. I pick up some coffee with a bit of spice, perhaps it's a hop bite. 

Tastes darker than I expected. A lot of roasted malt flavor comes through with strong coffee tones. 

Mouthfeel is big and toasty with a lot of hop bitterness on the way out. 

Overall I'm happy I was able to try this beer, especially given its limited status at this point. I'm not generally a huge fan of this genre - brown bitters.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 01:07:06 | More by Yagman3000
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz generously sent from baconsausage (thanks a ton!)...shared with yagman3000.

a - opened the 32oz growler and filled 2 oversized snifters. aggressive pour gives a decent finger sized head that evaporates relatively fast leaving an almost bubble bath look on the surface. deep chestnut brown to the light, has a hint of red on black when set on the table. sparsely sticky lacing. swirling the glass rebuilds some of the head.

s - all malt with some brown sugar splashed in. more sweet than earthy. candied nuttiness.

t - classic brown ale with a bitter side-kick. earthy malts. nutty. the bitterness is strong at first, but once my palette got used to it the brown ale showed it's true colors. the brown ale is subtle with a great malt sweetness mixed in...but the bitterness really leads. i find myself wishing it was toned down a bit.

m - vibrant. leaves a tingle. medium to light bodied. cooling.

o - solid brown ale. comes with a bitter blast that is a bit counter to the seemingly great brown ale beneath. if you are a fan of bitterness you will probably love this one.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 00:49:46 | More by cosmicevan
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New York

3.76/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 21:01:26 | More by brianmandell
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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.