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Nor - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Sean9689, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

scottfrie, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Gatordaddy, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

ncaudle, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -33%

brez8791, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

mdillon86, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Satchboogie, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

mltobin, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Tucquan, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of sholland119
5/5  rDev +11.6%

sholland119, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
5/5  rDev +11.6%

aerozeppl, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

macrosmatic, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

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

MDDMD, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

WanderingFool, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

JRod1969, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

WeisGuy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

bobv, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

shand, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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!

brystmar, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

jmarsh123, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

kingcrowing, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -10.7%

DaveHack, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

LambicKing, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of funkel81
5/5  rDev +11.6%

funkel81, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Damian, Dec 30, 2011
Nor from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.