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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
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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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 161
Photo of Damian
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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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 brystmar
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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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 cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly on 7/13/12. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Hazy straw orange with two fingers of white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine burst out. Very inviting.

Taste: Piney and citrusy with a light bready maltiness. Peppery on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy and not overly bitter. Rice adds a great dry aspect on the finish that leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: Great collab from Cigar City and Hill Farmstead. Delicous

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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 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 adam42381
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1 finger fluffy snow white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Grassy and floral hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit and lemon zest with a sweet citrus background. Aftertaste is bitter citrus. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, especially for a beer with 9.2% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I feel fortunate to have been in Tampa when CCB had this one on draft. An excellent double IPA and one that you should definitely try if you have the chance.

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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 Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli. They had their Hill Farmstead event yesterday, but this one was still on tap a day later.

A: A real hazy straw color with a very minimal white head. Glass lacing was full and sticky.

S: Tropical fruit smells with some caramel malt. Alcohol is detected on the nose.

T: Nice and tropical, just as expected. Huge notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits mix with the deep caramel malt and some slight pine (very slight). Beer turns a bit bitter but gets smoothed out by the alcohol and sweetness on the finish. Still, the mouth gets a prickly feeling and the flavors linger even through the sweetness and alcohol. Very nicely balanced DIPA.

M: Full, coating, prickly, sweet and a good amount of alcohol that warms.

O: Another fantastic beer by HF. This one carries some alcohol heat, but it is blended superbly with the rest of the beer and it's still really enjoyable.

Overall: Winner! Loved it and glad I got to try it.

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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 jeonseh
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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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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 brydeen
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to m100, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy orange, with a half inch white head. Very sticky lacing.

S: Very tropical smelling. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange. Very nice.

T: Loads of citrus up front. Bitterness cuts the tropical fruit, but it still manages to finish sweet. Slight alcohol taste at the end, but subtle for such a big DIPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied brew. Carbonation is just right.

O: Another very solid offering from HF. I continue to be extremely impressed with their IPA/DIPAs, and this one is near the top.

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Photo of durrrr
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from HF.

A - hazy orangish yellow with a nice head. Beautiful.

S - Fresh tropical fruit, pinnaple and citrus notes. Not overpowering. balanced.

T- Very balanance hop and flavor profile fruit forward with tropical pinnaple and citrus notes with a lingering sweet finish. a little more malt and alcohol detected that most HF DIPA's but just barely. I liked that you can detect the rice used as well. I'd say the flavor profile is slightly more one dimensional then some other DIPA's from Hill but not in a bad way. Still incredibly delicious.

M - for a beer with this high of ABV it is surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. A cleaness to the mouthfeel and overall taste experience that is very enjoyable. Excellent carbonation.

Overall - A terrific DIPA from Hill. I hope they continue to make it as it is a nice addition to a stable of world class DIPAs.

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