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Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 21:56:23 | More by VelvetExtract
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scottfrie

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-11-2011 06:06:37 | More by scottfrie
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-02-2014 12:50:35 | More by ncaudle
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -33%

07-24-2012 02:04:13 | More by brez8791
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-14-2012 05:41:01 | More by mdillon86
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-21-2012 18:36:39 | More by Gatordaddy
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aerozeppl

New York

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-02-2011 03:00:06 | More by aerozeppl
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-05-2011 14:48:33 | More by sholland119
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 04:39:39 | More by macrosmatic
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2012 01:37:58 | More by JRod1969
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.5/5  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.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2011 00:36:06 | More by WanderingFool
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 11:11:25 | More by Tucquan
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2011 23:58:58 | More by Satchboogie
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 17:56:44 | More by MDDMD
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mltobin

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 01:23:58 | More by mltobin
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-10-2011 02:27:19 | More by WeisGuy
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shand

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-09-2012 22:17:59 | More by shand
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brystmar

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

07-07-2012 03:33:47 | More by brystmar
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-14-2011 22:00:27 | More by jmarsh123
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2011 23:42:21 | More by kingcrowing
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-05-2011 22:45:19 | More by LambicKing
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

06-19-2012 01:56:04 | More by DaveHack
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bobv

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-28-2012 19:36:40 | More by bobv
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 18:11:57 | More by Damian
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-13-2012 20:26:33 | More by GeoffreyM
Nor from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.