Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 70
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Patrickbrusil on 11-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with our friends at Cigar City Brewing Company. Brewed with rice and and an abundance of worldly hops.
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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic fresh growler from today's Hill Farmstead release.

Incredible appearance that is a cloudy yellow hay with degrees of radiance. Grapefruit in color. Just incredible.

Smeels are Floral, grapefruit, lemony, incredibly balanced. Slightly buttery as well. Very bright.

Super slick mouthfeel in a very good way. The head is like cake batter and just lingers. Incredible taste - hops are exploding. Super creamy, buttery. Really well balanced.

As a non IPA person this is amazing. On par with any double IPA available

Photo of Damian
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester MA
Served in a cervoise

Super cloudy, peach color in appearance. The beer was topped by a foamy, bubbly, resilient white head. Thick, clingy rings of lacing coated the sides of the glass.

Tons of tropical fruit notes in the aroma. Peach, mango, papaya and pineapple dominated. Sweet hop juice. Loads of tangerine. Super smooth and well balanced.

Intense tropical fruit notes came through in the flavor profile as well. Lots of mango, papaya and pineapple. Tangerine juice was also noticeable. Some grapefruit pith appeared on the back end. Grapefruit and pine notes combined with each other in the slightly spicy, crisp, off-dry finish.

The mouthfeel was super smooth, creamy and supple. Medium bodied for the style.

Nor is an outstanding double IPA. Similar to Hill Farmstead's Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA (which I drank right before this), it is an intensely fruity yet immensely drinkable version of the style. It seems like more and more beers like this one are coming out of Vermont, and that is definitely a good thing.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: One liter growler poured into a pint glass. Chilled before being poured. Thanks again to phingdong for another great Hill Farmstead IPA.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and surprisingly cloudy. I can't see anything through the glass. Nice, bubbly, two finger, white head. Recedes into a really nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrus zest, mango, and pineapple. Very tropical and hoppy. Only a light malt backing.

Taste: Lemon and tangerine upfront. Only a touch of bitter pine, but tropical notes of mango and pineapple are stronger. Really tropical and sweet, although the bitterness does build nicely. Really easy to drink. This is disappesaring way too fast from my glass.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, and nice and prickly on the tongue.

Overall, another great IPA from Hill Farmstead. I love the bright, citrus notes and the drinkability here. This really is a joy to drink. Really damn good. Certainly worth going after.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Zach for hooking this up. 2L growler, out of a pint glass.

A- Light golden color, that is quite murky. It forms a healthy 2 finger white head when poured. Has a nice warm glow to it.

S- Amazing, absolutely stinks of fresh grassy hops and citrus. Mostly lemony tangerine notes to me, with a touch of pine. It literally is like sticking your nose in a bag of hops.

T- Very smooth and full, with the initial flavor being some sweet Mango/Tangerine flavor. It then transitions to fresh hoppy flavors, heavier on the pine in the aftertaste.

M- Full body, and full flavored. The mouthfeel is very complex, and interesting. Nice hoppy aftertaste.

O- Another killed DIPA from Hill Farmstead. The fresh hop flavor and smell is almost unmatched. Great work Shaun!

Photo of phingdong
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead and from a fresh growler.

Appearance: I love the look of this beer. Pale yellow with a white sticky head. Lacing clings to the glass. The look of HF IPAs is outstanding.

Smell: A blast of tropical fruits. Reminiscent of other Hill Farmstead DIPAs but with a nice unique twist. The hops smell so fresh and vibrant.

Taste/mouthfeel: Tropical fruits with a touch more dankness here than in the aroma. Not too much as it's still very tropical. The high alcohol is hidden incredibly well. I feel it quickly but never really taste it. This is delicious. Creamy with plenty of carbonation from my growler. Cheers to Phil on the growler fill skills. There was no visible air between the beer and the swingtop.

Overall: Yet another fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmstead (and Cigar City). Shaun (and Dan) consistently pump out my favorite hoppy beers. Beers like this will keep the 6 hour round trip as a monthly (more like every couple weeks) habit. Well done.

Photo of Gushue3
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bigger 2 finger white head that has great rentention. Hazy yellow and orange body that looks pretty nice. A ton of lacing is left all around the glass after the head finally came down. Very close to 5

S Tropical fruits take charge. Pineapple, tangerine and oranges and other fruits make this scent really really nice.

T Nice sweetness throughout and the bittering hops pick up toward the end. Stays sweeter all the way through while the bitterness lays low. The tropical tastes are unbelievable but would like a little more bitterness. With that said, still an unbelievable IPA.

M Medium feel with similar medium carbonation on the tongue. Drinks really well.

O Really nice IPA. I didnt really have any expectations for the Nor and this made me smile. Would like some more bitterness in the taste but still a top notch DIPA. Another great IPA from Shaun and the rest of Hill Farmstead.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a thin white head. The aroma offers booze, tropical fruits, hops. Good flavor, smooth on the palate with some warming alcohol throughout. Tropical fruits are pleasant, but somewhat masked by booze. Still, a nice flavor. Lingering fruit, booze, and just a mild bitterness. Another solid beer from Hill Farmstead, though not among my favorites from this brewery.

***revisited this beer on my current vacation through the lovely state of Vermont. This review is a drastic upgrade - wow, what a beer - and close to the source.

On draft at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT.

The beer appears a radiant, golden yellow hue, like the sun. Beautiful color. The head is approximately an inch thick, appearing pure white and leaving a thick sheet of sticky lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers a bouquet of citrus. Tropical notes including mango, pineapple, oranges. The flavor is simply outstanding. Wow. A tropical fruit bomb with nary a hint of alcohol. A delicate bitterness in the finish with lingering citrus and hops. Stunning. Medium bodied and chuggable. I highly recommend this brew.

Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli. They had their Hill Farmstead event yesterday, but this one was still on tap a day later.

A: A real hazy straw color with a very minimal white head. Glass lacing was full and sticky.

S: Tropical fruit smells with some caramel malt. Alcohol is detected on the nose.

T: Nice and tropical, just as expected. Huge notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits mix with the deep caramel malt and some slight pine (very slight). Beer turns a bit bitter but gets smoothed out by the alcohol and sweetness on the finish. Still, the mouth gets a prickly feeling and the flavors linger even through the sweetness and alcohol. Very nicely balanced DIPA.

M: Full, coating, prickly, sweet and a good amount of alcohol that warms.

O: Another fantastic beer by HF. This one carries some alcohol heat, but it is blended superbly with the rest of the beer and it's still really enjoyable.

Overall: Winner! Loved it and glad I got to try it.

Photo of durrrr
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from HF.

A - hazy orangish yellow with a nice head. Beautiful.

S - Fresh tropical fruit, pinnaple and citrus notes. Not overpowering. balanced.

T- Very balanance hop and flavor profile fruit forward with tropical pinnaple and citrus notes with a lingering sweet finish. a little more malt and alcohol detected that most HF DIPA's but just barely. I liked that you can detect the rice used as well. I'd say the flavor profile is slightly more one dimensional then some other DIPA's from Hill but not in a bad way. Still incredibly delicious.

M - for a beer with this high of ABV it is surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. A cleaness to the mouthfeel and overall taste experience that is very enjoyable. Excellent carbonation.

Overall - A terrific DIPA from Hill. I hope they continue to make it as it is a nice addition to a stable of world class DIPAs.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nor pours a murky straw yellow with a two finger creamy white head on top. Looks like a hefeweizen. The foam fades away slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind a netted pattern of lace.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit and lemon citrus with some grass and pine mixed in.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is full of hops and fruity notes with a nice light malt background. Grapefruit and lemon citrus blend nicely with mango and tangerine. Sweet pale malt lingers in the background. It finishes moderately bitter with grass and pine notes. Once gone the mango and grapefruit citrus linger on the palate.

This beer is so smooth it goes right down. You don't realize it's over 9% abv until you finish your pint. Fantastic hoppy flavor with enough malt sweetness to balance it out.

Photo of brystmar
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flip-top growler filled exactly one week ago. Beautifully hazy straw color, good head & lace, strong retention. Fruity hops, pine, citrus, malt, pineapple and grapefruit aroma.

This beer really shines as it approaches room temperature. Copious amounts of citrus fruits blend with the aggressively hopped base, yet the huge malt backbone brings balance to the force. Slightly sweet through the middle, finishing with juicy fruits and hops. Remarkably well balanced.

Yet another home run from HF. We need a pipeline from Greensboro Bend to Brooklyn ASAP!

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up over 2 weeks ago at the Hill Farmstead bottle release. Nifty 750ml bottles are a good bargain!

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin head into my Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Lacing lines the edges of the glass.

Pine, grapefruit and minty are aromas that come to mind. If aroma is any indication, this is going to be a good one.

Light and crisp textures bring forth a good mix of grapefruit and mango from the hops. The malt isn't to be forgotten either as it contributes to the drinkability.

Lingering citrus and sweet malt. It literally mellows out in your mouth.

This is a beer that strikes a good balance between a hoppy and malty DIPA. It's a lovely sipping beer and I should mention that it warms the throat as well.

Photo of Finatic
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guest Brewery on tap at Cigar City.

A: Poured a real hazy yellowish, orange with a very large white head. Awesome lacing retention that just clings to the glass.

S: What a tropical bomb, oodles of pineapple, apricot, mango and grapefruit.

T: Tastes like it smells to a tee. Awesome tropical notes just smack the palate silly. Has a sweet aftertaste that offsets the citrus perfectly.

M: Can barely taste the alcohol, very easy drinking. This could be deadly after a couple of beers.

O: My first Hill Farmstead brew and I'm totally on board with this brew. Excellent DIPA.

Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL growler sent by Tucker, shared with my father.

Pours a milky, cloudy golden orange color with a massive, frothy white head. Light carbonation with a retentive, bubbly finger thick layer throughout and dry, sticky webs of lacing. Creamy orange and pine aroma, with light vanilla. Balance of sweet and bitter leaning more toward the juicy orange and creamy sweet, than bitter pine and resin. Flavor is dominated by hops, but nowhere near as bitter as Abner or Ephraim, instead more juicy and sweet. There is a vanilla-like, creamsicle quality to the flavor which balances out the orange, red grapefruit and tangerine juiciness. Mild resin in the finish, but still pleasantly sweet. Fairly thick and robust body with moderate carbonation; more creamy than chewy. Could use a little more bitterness and crispness in the flavor and finish, but this is exceptionally drinkable and refreshing and drinks much easier than the 9.2% ABV would suggest.

Photo of brydeen
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to m100, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy orange, with a half inch white head. Very sticky lacing.

S: Very tropical smelling. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange. Very nice.

T: Loads of citrus up front. Bitterness cuts the tropical fruit, but it still manages to finish sweet. Slight alcohol taste at the end, but subtle for such a big DIPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied brew. Carbonation is just right.

O: Another very solid offering from HF. I continue to be extremely impressed with their IPA/DIPAs, and this one is near the top.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair busted out this bottle (really this is a 750 growler) recently... very cool Sam... excellent.

Pours a hazed pale orange... fluffy white head with good lacing and retention.

Nose is like a tropical fruit bowl... smells pretty sweet... the fruity hops punctuate that sweetness.

Flavor is fantastic mix of tangerine.... light pineapple and melon.. definitely fresh hoppiness, but I think the malts are a touch heavy, though they really help carry the hops. Not nearly as bitter as most DIPAs, instead the flavor hops whallop the palate.

Body is a solid medium with a nice prickly carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Thanks again Sam... I really liked this one.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into snifter.

A: Hazy light orange brown in color, with a beautiful white head. Nice amount of visible carbonation for a DIPA.

S: Wow, this smells good. Nose is tropical fruit and citrus hops, a little grassy, with caramel malts.

T: Hops dominated (of course) - mango, peach, tropical fruits, orange rind - with sugary caramel malts.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than typical for a DIPA. Nice amount of carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol is essentially absent. Culminates in a bittersweet finish that hangs around for a bit.

O: This is really good. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead in a collaboration with CCB.

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile, at the time of this review, this is the #33 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list. Fun. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

Beer is light amber, mildly hazy, white head, soft, nice. Good lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, sweet tropics, nice.

Beer is light in body, moderately bitter finish, moderately dry too, great fruit flavors on the midpalate, a wonderful double IPA here, this is the sort of beer I expect form HF. I'd have this again.

Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly on 7/13/12. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Hazy straw orange with two fingers of white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine burst out. Very inviting.

Taste: Piney and citrusy with a light bready maltiness. Peppery on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy and not overly bitter. Rice adds a great dry aspect on the finish that leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: Great collab from Cigar City and Hill Farmstead. Delicous

Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you for this growler, Michael (SneezyAchew)!!! Tulip.

A: Pours a very cloudy dark iced-tea-citrus with a huge and very greasy looking tan head that slowly faded into a very oily film. Looks like I pour a heff into my glass. A ton of sticky lacing was left down the entire glass.
S: Huge notes of fresh citrus hops dominate the nose. I can detect a little bit of the almost double digit alcohol with a few deep sniffs. Citrus rind, tangerine, lemon and fresh grapefruit dominate alongside sweet hints of fruit nectar and honey.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting but in a fruity way, not a cloying way. Fruits are more tropical and less citrusy than the nose suggested, with flavors of mango, papaya and pineapple dominating. There is a touch of bitter citrus and leafy hops in the finish, but for the most part this beer isn’t really bitter. The aftertaste is sweet with the flavors of honey and fruit nectar I got from the nose. Overall, a sticky, sweet and fruity DIPA.
M: Low carbonation, medium and slick body with a sticky and greasy mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth. No alcohol presence, almost no bitterness.
O: Very flavorful and sweet beer with very fresh hop flavors and low bitterness. For all its merits, this isn’t the most potent or flavorful beer, but it is damn good. Thanks again Mike!

Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another DIPA from Hill Farmstead at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a tulip glass.

Nor boasted a yellowish shade and a bit more haziness than most HF brews. The liquid was a yellowish color with a tint of gold, hazy, with a nice bright head that clung. Smell takes some warming up to get nice scents, but cold small hits of pineapple came through while warming brought out orange, tangerine, tropic fruit, etc. Just a mild hint of malt within the hop pool. Not the brightest smelling DIPA, but there non the less. And with some sips I am reminded of tropic fruit nessled in with a hit of small bubblegum. Mango, papaya, tangerine and the like. Being a double, the alcohol peeks out a bit with warming. Let this baby warm up a lot and it's like drinking juice as the the beer is clean and on the medium side of body girth. It's carbed up plenty but with some nice bitter strokes towards the end. One glass will do with the high ABV, but a growler would be nice to share with some friends.

Photo of orangesol
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for sharing this growler on your Black Friday beer adventure. Awesome beer for an awesome trip.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a small, fluffy, one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, tropical fruits; most notably mango and grapefruit; and lightly toasted caramel malt. The balance of light sweetness to juicy hops is very nice.

T - Starts off with a big citric hop bite slowly giving way to a mix of tropical fruits and sweet caramel malt. The balance isn't as good here but it is still easily manageable. The finish is pretty dry, lingering for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy, feel that leaves the pallet dry after each sip. This one torched my pallet for a few minutes there..

O - I really enjoyed this one, but I always enjoy the hoppy beers from hill farmstead. It had good balance and tasted great. One of the better beers of the day.

Photo of adam42381
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1 finger fluffy snow white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Grassy and floral hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit and lemon zest with a sweet citrus background. Aftertaste is bitter citrus. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, especially for a beer with 9.2% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I feel fortunate to have been in Tampa when CCB had this one on draft. An excellent double IPA and one that you should definitely try if you have the chance.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Colaboration time

A-Pours a translucent yet glowing honey hue. Big, fluffed white head that retains its girth exceptionally well. Leaves heaps of lacing. Looks big and bold.

S-The beer's aromatics are not stunning but the are quite pleasing. Not a high intensity aroma. I get a nice amount of fruity hops and grains. Smells pretty balanced too. Malt is sturdy and displays heavy notes of biscuit and dough.

T-Plentiful amounts of citrus and tropical fruits. Bitterness is semi-subtle, especially for a Hill Farmstead brew. Well balanced and not overly coercive. Malts really balance this one out.

M-Creamy for a DIPA. Displays a strong resinous and syrupy quality. Medium bitterness.

O/D-A very nice DIPA but it maybe my least favorite Hill Farmstead affiliated hoppy beer I have tried. Still phenomenal, but a bit too relaxed. That being said, it still beats 90%of the DIPAs I can readily buy...Maybe 95% of them.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poptop Growler poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow to orange color with a small white head. Nose is licorice, fruit and a light earthy hop.

Taste is all tangarine juice, citrus and bright fruit. Super tasty and hoppy but not too bitter but super drinkable. Very good beer kind of out of nowhere too.

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Nor from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.