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Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 73
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Patrickbrusil on 11-19-2011)
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3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Nor from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.