Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 161
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.53%
Wants: 69
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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back pub. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body. Apparently with rice and Brett. A good mouthfeel. Lots of orange citrusy taste. Some tropcal fruit.Very smooth drinker. Complex and good drinkability. I would like to try it again. (251 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml growler courtesy of JeepCop. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque brownish yellow color. Two and a half fingers of white, pillowy/creamy head. Retention is good and a decent amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This has a raw, fresh hop vibe in the nose. It smells like I've shoving my face in some hops right before throwing them into the boil. Primarily floral with earthy and grassy secondary. Yeasty with bready malts. Very nice.

4.0 T: Tastes like it smells. Raw, resiny hops that focus on floral, earthy, and grassy flavors. Moderate yeasty breadiness. Very light sugariness. Light bitterness. I'd prefer this to be a bit cleaner and less yeasty, but it's still pretty good.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good carbonation, especially from a growler. Reasonably creamy. The thing that I'm not a fan of is that this is a bit too chewy for my liking.

4.0 D: Another more than solid beer from HF. This has a lot of the things that I don't like in a DIPA (big yeasty breadiness, chewy mouthfeel) and still manages to get a good score out of me. (1,059 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to baconsausage for the hookup on a growler of this. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clouded golden color that looks strikingly familiar to pineapple juice. A finger of rich white head cascades from solution to form a layering atop with a creamy look that recedes leaving an entire wall of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is citrusy with a solid backing of straw-like grain that blends into a bit of cheesy funk, sulfur, earth, rinds and pitted fruit quality somewhat like oranges/grapefruit. The more I smell this, the more it goes back and forth between the previously mentioned characteristics and comes to rest on almost a catty quality. Overall not bad.

The taste has quite a bit of tannins and a grainy flavor that is husky. It is almost astringent at times that blends into herbal bitterness from the hops. There is a solid flavoring of pulp, rinds, herbs and catty to cheesy quality with sulfur just like the aroma indicated. The aftertaste is lasting herbal bitterness that is enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Having a growler of this provided me with the opportunity to ponder several glasses over the course of quite a few hours this evening. For a brew over 9% abv, it drinks surprisingly light and refreshing with the abv only peaking out at times with a light tingle of warmth. Overall a solid brew but after having 3 other Farmstead offerings in the past 3 days, they all are so strikingly similar that I wish there would be more obvious variance with them. (1,545 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a GI tulip

A - Golden, hazy yellow. Has a nice head that settled down to a rocky layer of foam.

S - Light honey sweetness mixed in with tropical fruits of tangerine and pineapple

T - Light honey sweetness hits the palate first. Then, there is a mix of tropical flavors with pineapple and orange. Next, on the finish, the is a slight bitter pine that cuts through that I didn't notice in the nose. Overall, nicely flavored and balanced IIPA that brings a nice mix of flavors.

MF - Light body overall but has plenty of carbonation that gives this a nice, thick mouthfeel. This actually works out well for the beer as it makes it easy to drink while still having a nice thick body you expect from the style.

O - Overall, a solid DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I was really impressed by the mouthfeel and the array of hops t hat show themselves is this one. (873 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10oz snifter for $6.50
Sampled 07JUL12

[A] Arrives with a bright white finger of fluffy foamy head resting above an orange creamcicle colored body. Light orange with a pale white softness. Opaque as all of Shaun's IPAs are. Lacing in thin sedimentary layers, connected every so often by a few craggily strands.

[S] Bitter orange and white grapefruit. Non-descript malt bill. High gravity is evident but not offensive. Straightforward.

[T] Bright citrus flavored hops with near bracing bitterness. Fleeting melon-like flavors poke thru every once in a while on the finish. Spiked honeydew and cantaloupe.

[M] Creamy smooth initially with a firm persistent carbonation immediately after - and thru to the finish. Semi-fine and moderately coarse. Medium body, leans dry.

[O] Man, the grading curve sure is tough for Hill Farmstead IPAs... To put it into perspective: Nor is probably better than 98% of DIPAs out there - but it doesnt even make Top 5 hop-centric beers in Hill Farmstead's portfolio. (1,012 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy light amber with golden hints as well. There is a two finger, fluffy white head that fades to a layer and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet and very hoppy. Lots of citrus in the hop profile.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Quite sweet up front. There is a strong hop bitterness, but it isn't biting. Lost of juicy citrus notes from the hops, Lemon and some orange zest. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good DIPA. The hop profile is slightly different, a bit sweeter. I would definitely have it again given the chance. (703 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in South Central Mass.

Appearance is deep golden color, some cloudiness. Its` nose has orange, grapefruit, hops and pine. A smell that is quite enjoyable and builds excitement for this brew. Taste has citrus fruits, pine, hops. MF is even keel, there is bitterness in the finish. Overall a very good dipa from HF / CCB. (334 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swing top growler courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a hazy light apricot color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries plenty of tropical fruit and orange. Light sweetness in the flavor as well. Great fruit character. Medium body and a nice bitterness to the finish. Really solid brew. (352 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light creamy head covering, decent lacing, super hazy golden carrot orange color.

Nose hops, mostly candy citrus hops, little earthy, hint of light malty aroma.

Taste starts with more candy citrus hops, little juicy, light pine, tangerine, orange peel, semi bitter, fluffy, some malts bring a light caramel nougat like malt. Candy cookie like flavor, fluffy sweetness. Finish is fairly bitter with decent citrus hop, light tropical fruits, bit oily and sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, oily with a light booze.

Overall nice, nothing super special like most of the other IPAs from Hill Farmstead, but this doesn't tread any bounds or do anything wrong, just a nice DIPA done pretty well. (746 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, a new Hill Farmstead DIPA treat!

A: Pours hazy orange with nearly 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Moderately good head retention, leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Fresh hop juice. HUGE tropical fruits: Pineapple, mango, a little grapefruit. Lots of pine, some floral notes, and just a touch of herbal dankness. Pungent with a sweet candy aroma in the background. Can't wait to get into this one.

T: For the first time ever, a HFS beer doesn't taste as good as the nose. More herbal and dank than the nose suggested, the pine and grapefruit are more forefront. Moderate to light bitterness for the style. Touch of sweetness, though it does have a slight candy quality. Dry and piney finish.

M: Medium body, moderate to slightly high carbonation. Crisp finish. Extremely resinous. Not all that clean, though fairly drinkable for a 9% DIPA.

O: This is probably the least favorite DIPA I've had from Shaun... though it's still damned good and better than what most brew. (973 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to John's parents (whom I have never met) for snagging a growler of this for us. We owe you guys! Poured into a shaped pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with a monster of a fluffy head with some sticky lace.

Big pine aroma with a bit of clementine and some tropical fruits. Really big hops in the nose here. A bit more mellow on the pallet with the hops. Grassy hops with a mellow orange flavor and a little bit of caramel sweetness to finish it off. A little bit

The body is a little bit heavy with some soft carbonation. A little sticky to finish. Overall this one is pretty good. Not their best DIPA, but still a cut above the rest. (660 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the birth of tragedy daybreak release. The beer is a hazy yellow with a huge pilowy white head it's impressive to see. The smell is citrus and grassy hops. The flavor is citrusy and a little grassy. The mouthfeel is mouth watering. Overall a good ipa (274 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler poured into tulip - thanks alex

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice froth of white head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing on the glass and filmy, thick retention resting on the brew.

Explosive, juicy fruit hops in the nose with plenty of tropical fruit. Orange and grapefruit with pineapple and tangerine. Bitter and sweet at the same time with a very faint notion of alcohol.

Bitter and juicy up front with plenty of fruit character. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and more dance across the tongue. Lighter malt backbone with bready hints and soft sweetness. Continued citrus pith and pulp with bitter dryness in the finish. Light warmth as well.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. Another delicious hoppy beer from HF - I don't think they've really missed the mark yet. (836 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon's parents for bringing this back from Vermont! Awesome! Pours with a nice large fluffy head. The body is hazy orange.

The aroma is full of pine with a hint of juicy pineapple and citrus. The hops are potent.

The taste is sweet and juicy, with the hops not being overpowering but instead well integrated with the malt flavor. Zesty citrus rind goes well with the sweet malt. The finish is slightly drier, but still juicy.

This is medium bodied with a nice smooth carbonation.

Another hit from Hill Farmstead. Definitely worth the effort to get for a beer geek. (577 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Willard's Tap House. Served in a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance - Very hazy orange. Nearly completely opaque. Nice fluffy white head that leaves some lovely lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruit hop aroma. Floral, too. Hefty sweet malt aroma as well.

Taste - Juicy tropical fruits. Orange and mango. Sugary malts back it up. Maybe a touch too sweet. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A bit heavy. Just a bit too sweet and just a bit too bitter. Otherwise, quite nice.

Overall - A tasty treat to find in Florida. Maybe not Hill Farmstead's best IPA, but better than nearly everything down here. (590 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Reviewed from notes.

A - Nice hazy orange pour with a one finger head that left nice thick side lacing down the glass.

S - Smell is a bit too subtle for me with some light citrus and malts.

T - Wow, much, much better than the nose. Very fruity and citrusy with lots of tangerine and even some light pineapple.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The ABV is very well hidden.

O - Overall this is a super enjoyable double IPA. Lots of very nice fruit and citrus flavours. Very refreshing and good, worth buying again. (596 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler, thanks Bob! Split with the fiancé and poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, frothy white head, sticky lacing, a nice cap on top.

S - Tangerines, mango, tropical fruit, loads of bitter hops, resin. A very sweet hoppy nose is how I would best describe this one. Very fruity, very hoppy, very nice.

T - Sweet tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, oranges, piney resin, huge dank/bitter hops, some detectable alcohol heat. Again, a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but I think I prefer the nose on this one.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, sweet oily finish.

O - Really enjoyed the huge tropical fruity sweetness in this beer and it's pretty darn dangerous for 9%. Very smooth, easy to drink, and enjoyable. CCB and HF really pulled this one off, no doubt about it. Would definitely have again but prefer Ephraim and Abner to this one. (881 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SneezyAchew for the trade.

Pours a cloudy gold with a big 3-4 finger white creamy head.

Smells wonderful! Big citrus notes with some grapefruit and a great citrus peel. Bursting with aroma.

Taste follows the nose, but is a bit more subdued. Big citrus notes with a touch of caramel sweetness, but definitely hop forward. Alcohol shows through pretty boldly towards the end and it finishes very bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low carbonation levels.

The masters of the IPA strike again. It's not my favorite by them due to the boldness of the boozy flavor, but still top notch. Glad I got to try it. (635 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pineapple, pine, slight malt aromas

T-citrus , pine, nice malt backbone with pineapple and grapefruit, solid hoppy finish, alcohol pretty well hidden

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and a nice crisp bite

O-a solid DIPA with nice flavor and balance (343 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Hazy orange with a short head and mild lace.

S - Dank and some citrus. Not real strong but pleasant.

T - Big, bright citrus, touch of pineapple, very subdued malt/rice flavor, hop buds. Alcohol is present but well-integrated. More bitter than Double Citra but less malt. Tasted great.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Prickly, resinous yet soft, light and smooth.

O - I don't think I've ever had a beer with an ABV this high that also seemed light and fresh. I had it side-by-side with Double Citra and this almost held it's own with it. (603 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (986 characters)

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Nor from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.