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Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 161
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 67
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:
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 161
Photo of Finatic
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of phingdong
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of orangesol
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of Gushue3
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.95/5  rDev +13%
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

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