Dharma Bum
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Dharma BumDharma Bum
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - New England
Ranked #595
Ranked #1,994
4.24 | pDev: 5.19%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Dharma BumDharma Bum
Notes: American Simcoe Single Hop IPA.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of 5toutman75
5toutman75 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/21/20
Consumed 7/31/20

I always find that i tend to favor the 7.5% - 8% DIPAs the most, but I try to remember that the regular IPAs are a different style to be judged against other regular IPAs. On that scale this beer is phenomenal. There’s the great hop bitterness that I love melded with the NEIPA soft feel, pretty color, and some sweetness. This ranks with some of my favorite IPAs for sure. Won’t pass it up when given the chance to get some.

Aug 01, 2020
Photo of bubseymour
bubseymour from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got to knock it a little on appearance. Weird dark floaties in there. Looks like black pepper suspended in my beer. That is pretty much where anything bad ends. All other attriubutes of this 6% NEIPA hit all the marks of high craftsmanship.

Jul 31, 2020
Photo of ScaryEd
ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The head leaves an impressive crown of lacing as it settles into a thin film.

The aroma is quite citrusy up front, bringing notes of grapefruit, lemon and tangerines. Slightly herbal, with some notes of fresh pineapples and grainy malt on the back.

The flavor is exceptionally herbal with some spiciness. Lots of juicy citrus; namely grapefruit, tangerines, orange and lemon. There's a solid grainy malt backbone with an earthy, piney finish.

The feel is typical HF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, smooth, with a nice lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a great single hop IPA. Simcoe may be the most diverse hop on the planet and this beer squeezes the citrus flavors and aromas out if it. Flavorful and drinkable as hell. Par for the course with Hill Farmstead.

Jul 29, 2020
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

canned 7.22.19, drink by 9.2.19, opened 9.1.19

poured into a teku glass

hazy amber liquid , some carbonation, one finger foamy white foam cap quickly recedes top a white foam ring, some lacings

aroma is bright citrus, grapefruit

taste is grapefruit hops, simcoe

dry finish, hop nibble

good beer

Sep 01, 2019
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/22/19
Pours a light fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head with medium retention, light lacing, hazy cloudy medium orange color

Nose grassy slight dank Simcoe, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, lots of pith, little generic tropical, light doughy creamy malt

Taste light doughy creamy cracker malt, little sweet with good balance to the medium bitterness, Simcoe brings a little hop note, grassy, grapefruit pith, generic tropical and a little citrus zest, a bit juicy, finishes a bit drier with heavy bitterness, citrus zest and pith dominating the finish, long lingering bitterness

Mouth is med bod, little creamy juicy soft, medium creamy carb

Overall not bad, crosses between NEIPA and west coast, with good balance up front and long bitter finish, enjoyable mostly, although the Simcoe gets a tad dank and grassy

Aug 10, 2019
Photo of rudzud
rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the brewery yesterday.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy bright golden hue with a good half finger head that faded slowly to leave thick lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of some earthy, herbal notes. Little bit of tangerine and dank pineapple.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Large amount of dank papaya and tropical notes. There is some nice grapefruit and tangerine notes as well along with a little bit of sweeter malts. Light grassy notes as well. Balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy, soft, fluffy.

O - Overall this was a very enjoyable IPA. Nice balance between the hops and malts that showcases both the citrus and dank elements of Simcoe.

Serving Type: Can

Jul 28, 2019
Photo of Harrison8
Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with an opaque tint. Head is two fingers of stark white foam, and retains well. Aroma is tangerine, papaya, herbal and earthy hops. Flavor profile is tangerine, papaya, herbal, grassy hops and cracked black pepper and zesty yeast. Mouth feel is soft and pillowy with just a very light grain to it. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, tropical fruits and a bit of zest in this soft IPA keep it drinking smooth.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

May 27, 2019
Photo of CanConPhilly
CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger dense, creamy offwhite head atop a gleaming orange body.

S - herb, citrus.

T - dank pineapple, grapefruit, earth, melon. Pleasing biscuity middle, with a bit of cheese and more dirtiness. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body with appropriate carb.

O - great use of Simcoe.

Apr 28, 2019
Photo of aleigator
aleigator from Germany

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an entirely cloudy, orange color, with a small, froth head.

The beers aromas are defined by a luscious orange pulp quality, which gets enhanced by sesame seeds, caramel and a tremendous amount of papaya. Utmost tropical, the nose gets enriched by a lemon zest note, which blends in perfectly well.

Mouthfeel on this is awesome. The beer drinks soft and smooth, almost velvet, sparkling up during the finish, adding a nice refreshing feeling with a long lasting lemon bitterness.

Tastes of dried oranges, way more pronounced lemons than there were on the nose and a well rounded tropical papaya infusion. Due to the prominent lemons, the beer develops an early, pungent dryness, which stays on the palate till the finish, without overcoming the sweeter turning tropical fruit impression. Finishes with an aqueous note, since all the fruits have faded and the remaining lemons get wrapped up in a bitter hop punch, too bitter to comprehend.

This gets remarkably bitter, almost to the point at where it overburdens my palate. Its great mouthfeel prevails throughout though. This has a thoughtful build up, emphazising the hops through and through, but after it peaks, my palate turns numb to everything but the sparkly, late carbonation with a late, long lasting lime afterglow.

May 05, 2018
Photo of Frudel
Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newest Batch April 2018

Bright hazy orange juice with a nice white head on top, sticking to the glass the whole time.
Smells like I was sitting at Hill Farmstead sipping an IPA, fresh as f*ck! Piney aromas, dank, exotic fruits.
Great malt profile along with a nice fruitiness, light to medium bitterness.
Amazing mouthfeel for that 6%.

Apr 30, 2018
Photo of kevanb
kevanb from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.11.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy orange color, copper hues with a foamy white head that has great retention and tons of soapy lace. The aroma is very good, tons of simcoe hops, very piney, dank and grassy with a catty quality and some tropical fruits appear as it warms with a nice doughy pale grain anchor. The flavors are just as nice, tons of dank and piney hops, grassy and floral with a cat pee quality that is strangely nice and gets progressively more citrus forward as it comes to room temperature. There is a nice mineral water quality to the beer and the signature doughy malt profile found in most Hill Farmstead beers is there as well. The mouthfeel is great, coating and creamy medium body, lively without being prickly and a dry finish.

Verdict: A very good Simcoe IPA from Hill Farmstead. Simcoe is admittedly not my favorite IPA as it usually goes too far into the cat pee direction, but this is a very good representation of all the flavors that is has to offer. A nicely balanced beer that is easy going, well done.

Jan 24, 2018
Photo of Gatch
Gatch from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, judkinst! Canned... My mistake was drinking this after a can of Citra. Those two hop varietals can't compete, as Citra is vastly superior. Simcoe seems to be one of those original, older hops that defined the style but aren't the super fruity, dank modern varieties that make up the top beers of the hoppier styles. Anyway, tasty stuff, as expected.

Jan 02, 2018
Photo of Billolick
Billolick from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours with a medium haze, fine bubble long lasting cap

Fresh hop nose, with pine, lemon and grapefruit juice shining through.

On the palate, its more citric hop goodness, mingling nicely with the pine needles and hop resin goodness....fresh and flavorful...go get some

Dec 23, 2017
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like clean pine, floral hops, bitter citrus rind,

This is a near perfect expression of the Simcoe hop. It's got such a clean and pleasant bitternes, with lemon rind, grapefruit, orange, and fresh cut grass. Like basically every Hill Farmstead, it finishes so cleanly, with just enough bitterness to beg for the next sip.

This is fairly light bodied, with a good level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

I'm still unable to find a bad Hill Farmstead beer. They are my favorite brewery in the world, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Dec 23, 2017
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can.

Only a slight haze on an otherwise golden body. A light and white foam has excellent coverage.

A very well rounded, earthy, herbal citrus hop effect on the nose. The malt seems very grainy but very clean. Simcoe is an all time great and diverse hop. They have utilized it well.

The flavor is mostly derived from the excellent Simcoe hop. A rich, earthy, bitter citrus tone, super clean and grains filled malty backdrop. A very earthy, high-toned, flavor, most excellent balance. It doesnt havevto be fruit punch to impress me, I love the earthy side of hops.

A light, clean mouthfeel, grainy effect with rich pine and citrus, then sour ending, slightly dry.

Quality Simcoe heavy ipa.

Dec 17, 2017
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Amazing beer; insane amount of simcoe hops, fruity malts, light citrus, and tropical fruits. Awesome new beer, highly recommended.

Nov 19, 2017
Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours hazy yellow with a huge head leaving behind awesome lacing. The aroma is dank, fruity and pine-like. The taste is nicely balanced but with an extensive bitterness. Very juicy.

Nov 15, 2017
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy light yellow orange color with a big, white frothy head.

S - Bright citrus, tropical fruit, and mango.

T - Resiny tropical fruit, passionfruit, and sticky pine bitterness on the back end. Sweet tropical fruit up front and lingering pine resin on the back end.

M - Medium body.

O - An overall fantastic beer.

Oct 27, 2017
Photo of thatche2
thatche2 from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is hazy yellow brown with one finger thick head (pretty good retention). Smell is very earthy and little citrus with notes of caramel malt, hay, pine, resin, and floral hops. Taste is a lot juicier than the aroma would indicate and is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and effervescent with a nice light dry finish. Overall, this another very good IPA from Hill Farmstead with great balance. However, I would seek out some of their other IPAs as this is not my favorite hop profile.

Oct 25, 2017
Photo of EMV
EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Fiddlehead Teku

L: Cloudy/thick light golden pour with thick foamy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus.. slightly fruity... light grains in the background.

T/F: Hoppy and amazing... grapefruit, tangerine, and faint lime... slight grape must and grass. Herbal and bitter... great complex flavor. Medium to light in body... carbonation good. Finish is bittersweet citrus and then dry. Leaves you wanting more.

O: Outstanding... not much more to say than that. I love what Hill Farmstead does and this one is even better on-draft.

Oct 12, 2017
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Devin.

A hazy yellow with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is fruity with grape, candied mandarins, a moderate citrusy fruitiness. This is clearly replicated on the palate, with a clean hop flavor, a mild bitterness and a mild cracker note. Not as bright as some other HF IPAs I've had, there's a hint of grass present. Light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer is medium-light in body and has a fruity finish. Solid stuff.

Oct 09, 2017
Photo of TheDoctor
TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Date code: 1313

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a finger of scummy white head. Ok retention; some stringy lacing. (4)

Peaches, apricot, lime, with BO funk and light bready malt underneath. (4)

Dry bitterness, grass, with a hint of the fruitiness in the aroma. (4)

Medium body with light carbonation and a dry finish. (4)

My first canned HF! This is a nice, balanced fruity-dry beer.
This one was probably a little longer in the tooth than Sean Hill would have liked (a month and a half or so) but it was actually nice and I'm glad to have tried it for this specific reason--especially since it is canned. It showed me that his IPAs are indeed well-made enough that they don't plummet of a cliff after a few weeks like some do.
It is fairly fruity in the nose with a crisp, pollen-like bite to the flavor. There was a little oxidation in the flavor but I've honestly had pretty fresh IPAs that were worse on that front (especially in Quebec).
It is drinkable and enjoyable. It is pretty obvious that there would be more of a "pop" if this were really fresh, especially with respect to the really nice stonefruit notes (which were still present, but not dominant), but the character of the hops was still there and definitely not too muted. Balanced and drinkable.
An enjoyable beer that I would definitely revisit. Dude's practically king Midas in my book. (4.25)

EDIT: I am now drinking a 3-week-old can and it is actually much the same as the first one I reviewed last year (or whenever it was). I did bump the flavor up a notch (from 3.75) as it was a little brighter than before. Otherwise everything was pretty similar. Less fruity than earthy, not terribly bitter but with a nice floral bite. very drinkable. A nice beer all told.

Sep 24, 2017
Photo of SenatorSpaceman
SenatorSpaceman from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a beautiful golden color with that classic Hill Farmstead perfect haze. Not cloudy, not murky, no nuclear glow. Just haze. There's a couple fingers of snow white head that leaves big patches of sticky lacing. One look is all it takes to know that this beer is perfectly crafted by one of the true masters.

The nose brings a cornucopia of delightful floral aromas, a little bit of fresh cut grass, and Mimosa.

The taste opens with a bunch of pine and orange notes up front. There are some subtle hints of caramel and pepper before sweeping into a big malt profile, reminiscent of Popeyes biscuits.
This beer is dank from wire to wire and finishes with a big bitter hop bite that lingers for a moment. Few breweries can nail the bitterness level like HF.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice slick oily feel. Dharma Bum really impressed me. This one is the total package and really exhibits how intense and complex Simcoe can be when done right.

Another masterpiece from Greensboro Bend. Who woulda guessed?

Sep 13, 2017
Photo of woemad
woemad from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can received courtesy of Jhavs and his LIF box. Stamp on the bottom says the beer's name and "1313 (presumably a batch number)." My first from Hill Farmstead.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this was a hazy, lemony shade of amber, with a pillowy, bone white head that hung around for a bit and left all sorts of lace behind.

Tropical fruit aroma was what hopped out towards my nose at first. Also a little grassiness, but the fruits are in the lead.

Like in the nose, the taste is led by a tropical fruit sweetness, but is balanced by a subordinate grassy, herbal bitterness. Very subtle malt backbone. Things finish off with a mild dryness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for the style.

Mouthfeel aside, this is a nice all-Simcoe take on a NE IPA. Glad to have had something from Hill Farmstead at last! Thanks, Jhavs!

Sep 10, 2017
Photo of jhavs
jhavs from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super soft and full of New England haze.

Fruit, grassy earth flavor and aroma. Tropical and citrus but enough balancing grain, resin and bitterness to make it pop.

Great can option from the brewery.

Sep 01, 2017
Dharma Bum from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 200 ratings