Harlan IPA
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #218
Ranked #720
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Harlan IPAHarlan IPA
Notes: Harlan is Edward’s slightly more aggressive alter-ego. Dry Hopped exclusively with Columbus hops.
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2beerdogs from California

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this surprise.
Pours opaque gold. A loose, fluffy head pushes 2 fingers or so in height, then recedes to a thin film. Not strong on retention, but a decent lacing.
Aromas of pine, peppery grass, grapefruit zest, and some hard to nail down tropical tones.
Flavor definitely starts with a blend of the piney, citrus, and tropical notes, soon followed by weed and peppery spice. A gentle, bready malt note carries this all along.
Mouthfeel is on the fuller side for the style, damn near perfect. Carbonation is there for the whole ride, but this is a smooth one. Damn, what is the mineral content of the water? I love what I can only guess is the water, a tad "minerally."
Overall, a smooth, glorious ride.

Nov 16, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10/29/20 & poured into a tulip. Vibrant, hazy murky yellow color with relatively minimal head but plenty of lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit. Taste is a nice balance of pepper, pine bitterness, & juiciness. Not sure if that describes it properly, but whatever it is, it works. Nice full mouthfeel. Overall this one is a bit hard for me to describe. It's enjoyable, but stands out less for me than some of Hill's other offerings.

Nov 15, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy to opaque dull dark yellow, nearing orange, with a short but dense white foam head leaving geologic layers of doily lacing.

Spicy and prickly but balanced, the medium body is both bitter and malty, finishing powder dry. The malt is like shortbread with vanilla creme and contrastingly toasty, spiked by piney cannabis and cologne. The hops become lightly minty over time, but also peppery.

Harlan is a really crushable, mature and spicy NE IPA. It departs from Edward by a fairly surprising degree, being far more aggressive (while still super smoothly drinkable), even to the point where the columbus hops have feeling slight nelson vibes.

Nov 03, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Mad Taco in Waitsfield, of all places! Surprised I haven’t had Harlan yet, but I was happy to see it available. As described, it’s Edward but kicked up a notch. Has that incredible smoothness, pungent tropical fruit flavor, and creamy feel that you expect. Drinks way too easy. Another amazing beer from HF.

Feb 05, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Whetstone Station, Brattleboro

L -- Hazy pale orange body with two fingers of solid white head. Good retention and lacing
S -- Mostly orange creamsicle. Pretty mild with a little leafy woodsiness and new sneaker in the background
T -- Woodsy, herbaceous, piney, and grassy from the Columbus. Only the slightest hint of citrus pith despite the style. What's really interesting though is the fact that almost all of the bitterness dissipates almost immediately. Nice, crackery-crisp finish
F -- Crisp and dry. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Very clean
O -- I have to say I appreciate how often HF features oft-overlooked hops in lieu of yet another mosaic or Galaxy bomb, while at the same time still creating a distinctly New England styled IPA.


May 11, 2018
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daudelin2000 from Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy, golden to light tangerine with a nice, fluffy white head. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma is a little underwhelming. Amazingly, I smell hints of tropical fruits, yet it was dry hopped exclusively with Columbus, which is usually not tropical. At least, not in my experience.

Taste is where this beer shines. Tropical fruits with pine and a touch of spice. Just so drinkable and at only 6% ABV, you could have a few of these. Mouthfeel is amazingly medium plus with a perfect amount of bitterness.

I've had many of HF's highly hyped IPA's and IIPA's and, for my money, Harlan is as good, if not better, than many of those. Perhaps it's because my expectations weren't high. Not sure. What I do know is that I love this beer!

Jan 27, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

[From Notes | Consumed 8/11/17]

@ Armsby Abbey

Hazy yellow hue topped with a thick layer of soapy pure-white bubbles. Soft, gentle, nuanced hop aromas with a great green hop pellet edge emerging. Creamy soft spicy pine resin and green hop dankness with some light grapefruit. Easy-going medium bodied feel with light carbonation and a dry finish. I loved the deceptive simplicity of this one - big fan of the general green hoppy dankness that some brewers can harness.

Aug 31, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler, filled around 8.6.17, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy orange color, copper and golden hues with a foamy and soapy white head, good retention and beautiful swatches of lace. The aroma is nice, plenty of overripe stone fruits, candied grapefruit peel, dank weedy floral notes with some grass and pine, bitterness builds as it warms with the signature doughy malt and mineral water character from Hill Farmstead. The flavors are good, bitter and assertively earthy at first with a really nice fruity and sweet expression. Lots of stone fruit, peach, nectarine, mango, candied grapefruit, very floral and bright, a bit of stale grain, nice doughy malt with the signature well water character. The mouthfeel is great, medium to full body, coats the mouth super well, very smooth and almost creamy, dry and easy finish.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Hill Farmstead. The Columbus hops really add to the bitterness and dryness of the beer, but don't take away from the balance as much as I expected. Plenty of soft and delicate fruit flavor that makes for a refreshing and pleasant IPA.

Aug 25, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hill Farmstead.

Deep hazy orange appearance with a good bit of foam head upon pour. Lemon-citrus aroma and taste. Creamy, soft mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Very easy drinking. Perfect for summer.

Aug 23, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dirty gold color. Lasting, thin layer of bubbles. Nice streaks on the glass.

Tropical and pineapple aroma from the hop.

Surprisingly dry with a full body and an equally high carbonation level. Strong bittering hop but it doesn't leave a harsh aftertaste. It does linger a long time. A bit oily from the high alcohol content. Very brief malt presence.

Jul 09, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Floral, citrus, soft. Growler filled on 7/6 and enjoyed on 7/8. Follows the profile of all the incredible IPAs I've had from Hill Farmstead - hazy orange pour but not turbid or opaque; citrus, but not fruit forward, in aroma and taste; moderate bitterness that balances the crisp citrus; velvet-smooth and pillow-soft mouthfeel. Just an incredibly well constructed beer from start to finish, head to toe. There's more of a tropical citrus element with a hint of pineapple and papaya. Not acidic, tart or pungent.

Jul 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bench, Stowe, VT. They poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy burnt yellow to hazy orange color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white foamy head dissipates evenly. The aroma has some light citrus, soft melon, some pineapple, and a light grassy sweet to bitter hoppiness. The flavor blends wonderfully between the melon, the pineapple, honeydew softly skating on into the aftertaste and on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat between a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good and let the hops do the talking as the appropriate bitterness impounding my tongue. Overall, extraordinary IPA that I would love to have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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John_M from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Reservoir tonight.

The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with great head retention and considerable lacing On the nose, there's considerable citrus, along with tropical fruit, light pine and light dank weed. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, on this easy going, easy to appreciate IPA. There's decent bitterness in the finish as well, which helps to buoy the tropical fruit and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is terrific.

Excellent NE style IPA, with just enough bitterness to keep things interesting. Very easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA.

Apr 09, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, hazy, turbid with fluffy head that really lingers. Medium low carbonation.
Smell: Dank, a little funky, earthy.
Taste: Dank, earthy, really easy drinking.
Feel: On the thinner side.
Overall: A great IPA that is very unique, has New England elements with west coast elements. However, I prefer Edward.

Apr 08, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a mason jar at The Malt House in NYC.

A hazy gradient of yellow-orange. Sticky lacing and a lasting, thin head.

The nose is awesome. I can tell right away this is going to be good. Orange, pineapple, and vanilla. I've been drinking a lot of Tired Hands lately and this is similar. So fresh.

The taste is tangerine, melon, and pine. Tropical fruits. Low to medium bitterness.

Zippy, carbonated opening with a soft, round finish. Medium mouthfeel. Juicy and refreshing.

Overall, damn. I could drink this all day. About as good as an IPA gets.

Apr 07, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a wine glass. A hazy golden color with a thick white head. Nice resiliency and lacing. Aromas were berries, dank resin, and dough. The taste followed closely, with tropical fruit, berries, and a dank resiny quality. A nice feel and a clean finish. Well-balanced and tasty - hard to imagine a better beer.

Mar 15, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Manhattan Pizza & Pub in Burlington.

Pours a nice, murky orange.

Juicy on the nose, tons of mango.

Taste follows the nose, juicy mangoes and pineapple, topped off with a nice balanced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth.

Really nice IPA, well balanced and subtle. Very refreshing and smooth.

Mar 14, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great looking brew, hazy and solid lacing. notes of grapefruit, pine, doughy malts, fresh cut grass, peppery piney and dank weedy notes. very solid medium bodied fluffy mouthfeel. overall an excellent and highly drinkable offering.

Mar 04, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Whetstone Station.
Gold color with a faint haze. Nice white head that retained well. Some lace.
Floral/herbal aroma. Grassy.
More of a pine taste, still herbal.
Hop forward, not much of a malt presence.

Jan 22, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haymaker.
Hazy yellow brown.
Smells deliciously hoppy, very American. Hint of earthy onion, but mostly pine.
Yet another solidly wonderful IPA from HF, but it's not something to seek out. Colombus may not be the most interesting. Would order again.

Oct 17, 2016
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TheBeerCarl from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Goldenrod in color with a nice thick white head. It has decent retention with nice lacing. The beer had the very typical New England haze. Not sure I'm a fan and it's definitely not per style but it seems to be their thing.

The nose is like smelling a handful of hops. Quit wonderful. The hop character has a floral and citrus smell with hints of pine and earthiness.

The IPA has mainly strong notes of piney bittering hops and very little malt character to balance it. There'should some residual sweetness at the finish that mellows the hop character. Overall, good flavor for an everyday IPA.

The mouthfeel is great for an ipa. It could have a bigger body but it's a decent balance of body and carbonation.

Overall, this would be a great everyday IPA.

Oct 01, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

New world tropical hop aromatics suggest rind, tangerine, and booze-ridden warm pineapple.

Boozy and rindy. Overhopped. Emphasizes pineapple and tropical hops - not a hop profile I personally care much for. Pale malts are there but can't fight the hop bitterness; it's imbalanced.

Dry on the finish, dragging and scratching the palate. Too boozy to be refereshing. Lacks a harmony of texture and taste.


Oct 01, 2016
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Positive Pie in Hardwick. As delicious as Edward with a nice dry finish - clean, delicious - great feel and carbonation for a slightly lighter IPA.

Aug 03, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler I picked up on 6/28 and kept cold on the trip home.
A - Pours a hazy light orange color with an inch of white head.
S - Aroma is not strong, mostly just lemony citrus.
T - Flavor is similar to nose, muted citrus. Finish is mild, not particularly bitter.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - A very good, well balanced IPA. I tend to like bolder IPA's so this one seems a little tame to me.

Jul 30, 2016
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diemilio from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good; had it on tap side by side with Edward. The addition of Columbus to the Edward base beer gives it a nice twist. More bitterness and spicy black-pepper tones. However, in my personal opinion it is not even close to being as good as the OG Edward.

Jul 28, 2016
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