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George - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 526
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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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)

Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. One pint poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/10/2014.

App- Dark cola brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention. Some lacing.

Smell- Brown sugar malt sweetness, caramel and a little bit of roast undertones.

Flavour- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of molasses. Fairly sweet but it is cut by the right amount of earthy bitterness. Not terribly complex but quite good.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, perfectly carbonated, easily drinkable. 6% ABV is nowhere to be found. Aftertaste is an espresso-like earthy, roasty bitterness that cuts the sweetness.

Overall- It's a very good brown ale. The style is nothing super special or variable, and this is no exception. No need to take a trip to the moon to get this beer, but if it happens to be available when you want a brown ale, then it's definitely a good one to drink. (910 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is heavily roasted malt with notes of roasted coffee, hint of vanilla, dark chalky malts. Taste is a touch less roasty, more malt richness with some fudge and a hint of vanilla, fairly clean and no sugars left over. Rich body, not heavy, nice carb, great feel. (307 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (418 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Luk13
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 (350 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11-22-14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' review. I've had this on-tap a few times and this was a review from a 750ml growler shared at a tasting.

A - A dark brown pour revealing red highlights/translucence when held to the light. A small beige head retains decently. 4

S - Good toasted nuts, dusty cocoa, spicy and some light piny hop, slight brown sugary brownie. Good stuff. 4.25

T - Hops get a bit of a boost here, with good resiny and citrusy tones that meld great with toasty nutty cocoa brown malts. 4.25

M - Good body, bitter hops, nice lowish ABV. 4

O - Solid and awesome, and I'm not a huge brown ale fan. Great brown ale flavors and good hops that don't detract. Go HF Go. 4.25 (688 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Huzzah! My 100th reviewed beer!

A:
Pours an impenetrable blackish brown with a creamy tan head sticks around just about as good as you could hope for. Great retention; good lacing.

S:
Nutty caramel. Rich and sweet (but not sweet, if that makes sense).

T:
Round, rich and nutty. Chocolate, hazelnut, earth and the tiniest touch of slightly medicinal hop flavors at the end to offset it all. Fabulous.

M:
Creamy, light carbonation, medium body. Rich, round, coats your mouth, but isn’t too sticky.

O:
Absolutely stunning and amazing. Super complex but everything about this beer is really clearly delineated. You can taste exactly how well-crafted it is as you notice each individual component and are clearly able to see them as part of the whole. Craft beer at its finest, by which I mean, it is an interesting take on a brown which simultaneously sticks to the style while violating every expectation.
Decadent but drinkable. One of the finest beers I have ever had. Worth searching high and low for. (1,013 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice amber brown with a taller head on top. The head lingered for quite awhile
The aroma has a slightly roasted smell, toffee and sweet molasses and sugar. It smelled sweet.
I get mostly malts in this one. Roasted and nutty with some earth tones. Hops are quite lean in the taste but drinks pretty bitter so yeah they're in there.
Finishes smooth and bitter.
I enjoyed the nutty sweetness but could do without bitterness. (424 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (756 characters)

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.