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Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 161
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 2.53%
Wants: 67
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 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 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 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 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 drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (519 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 Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,161 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)

Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (949 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 JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (748 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 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 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 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 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 scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (1,320 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 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 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 WanderingFool
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (856 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 macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (677 characters)

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