Dharma Bum
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New England IPA
Ranked #540
Ranked #2,002
4.23 | pDev: 5.2%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Dharma BumDharma Bum
Notes: American Simcoe Single Hop IPA.
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Frudel
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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%.

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Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of thatche2
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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?

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Photo of woemad
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

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Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic beautiful and glowing Hill Farmstead cloudy orange with yellow edges and a large white foam.

Smell is pungent and sticky hops, smoothing and forgiving lemon bars, corn, and oats.

Taste is orange, lemon-lime and biscuit with a vanilla cream super chewy dry finish.

Not as stellar as I expected due to my experiences with some of their other amazing hoppy ales.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of the can. Medium hazy golden yellow body, smell is rich citrus and tropical fruit, touch of pine, minimal caramel presence. Similar aromatics arise out of the palate, clean although a bit more restrained. Mild floral and grassy bitterness on the backend. Medium body, good carbonation and a nice crusher.

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Photo of Skrip
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Other Half pint like glass.

A~ dark glowing yellow/orange with a huge fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

S~ biscuity malt and a lot of orange up front. along with some lemon/lime and black/white pepper on the end.

T~ follows the nose a lot more orange here like mandarine or tangerine which is sweet and jam like. the sweet biscuity malt and zesty pepper stay with you for a while.

M~ smooth, refreshing and nice carb.!

O~ really nice show case of Simcoe! different than most of the single hop series too, not sure if its from so much Simcoe or the malt base. either way i like it!

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