Harlan IPA | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Harlan IPAHarlan IPA

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harlan is Edward’s slightly more aggressive alter-ego. Dry Hopped exclusively with Columbus hops.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Nose is awesome. Can tell right away this is going to be good. Orange, pineapple, and vanilla. Been drinking a lot of Tired Hands lately and this is similar. So fresh.

Taste is tangerine, melon, and pine. Other tropical fruits. Low to medium bitterness.

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

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

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
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.


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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of diemilio
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bobbique on Long Island in New York wit a nice BBQ lunch. As advertised, this is definitely a nice smack of columbus hops. the malt backbone of Edward is still nicely present. tasty brew.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a brownish hue. Head is gorgeous, dense and lasting, with tons of lacing all the way down.

Smell is very muted, and all I get is lemons, which is pleasant and interesting, but a one-note experience. Taste is lemon and other citrus, then ripe melon and some pine. Nice long finish with a pleasant but not particularly strong bitterness.

Feel is smooth, soft and just hefty enough to keep it from being watery. Overall an excellent IPA, but much more subtle than you might expect if you've been pulled aboard the HF hype train. Still, clearly a masterful brew.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fine brew from Hill Farmstead. Nice golden color with fruity aroma. Great fruity flavor with legs. Typical HF brew - super smooth, easy to drink but very tasty. Another winner from HF.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 32oz growler filled ten days ago, poured to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware). This went straight into the fridge and has been sitting for 24 hours now. Fairly ideal circumstances for a tasting!

Appearance (4.5): Right out of the gate, three fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a thickly hazy, honey-amber body with light orange highlights. The head dies down very slowly, leaving a rocky, pock-marked surface, along with a thin, unbroken collar at the very top, along with a web of widely-spaced, splotchy patches of lace all over the place, and a few broad sheets here and there.

Smell (4.5): Light, bright citrus and grassy notes coming right out of the growler: kumquats, gooseberry, key limes, grapefruit pith, and something a bit more rustic. The malt offers a lean, cereal grain base, with rolled oats and soft, country wheat bread in the nose. As it warms, the aroma gains a bit of fruity sweetness, like key lime juice.

Taste (4.25): Grassy, pithy hops—limeade, gooseberry, red grapefruit pulp, fresh-cut grass, Seville oranges—meet a lean, grainy malt body—rolled oats, common crackers, stone wheat thins, that kind of thing. The hops rear up in the finish with citrusy bitterness like chewing on grapefruit and lime peel, underripe kumquats, or Seville orange. The pithy, citrusy notes open up with stronger grapefruit tones as it warms, adding a depth of character to the bitterness without making it astringent or too harsh—it packs a punch without leaving you feeling bruised. Meanwhile, the taste of oats and cracked wheat provide a soft, dry pedestal for the hops to do their thing.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The body comes in at a perfectly medium weight, with a dryly acidic feel (provided by those beautiful hop oils) met with a nearly-chalky malt body. The carbonation is smooth and prickly, deposited with a fine layer of bubbles at the outset, before foaming up modestly into a velvety blanket before washing out.

Overall (4.5): This is clearly a world-class IPA. It’s not out to blast you with some crazy new hop variety, or seeking a hash oil-soaked nirvana in beer form. Rather, I think Sean Hill’s aim with this beer and beers like it is to take a fairly well established style and do it right—perfect, in fact, in his view. That’s always been my impression of this beer, anyway, since I first had it in 2012. It was the most down-the-middle (d)IPA they offered back then, and in my mind it’s still the most well-rounded IPA they make. Susan might be tied with it, but that beer has a more tropical feel to it. Either way, Harlan is an outstanding example of the American IPA, and I’m thoroughly, thoroughly pleased to enjoy it now.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap @ the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT

Appearance - Served up in a 7oz pour, the brew is hazy and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Great retention, eventually breaking down to reveal a thin, consistent layer of suds. Strong lacing is left on the glass consisting of thick rings and fine spotting.

Smell - Citrus hops. Lesser notes of leafiness with a hint of mango and banana peel. Mild bready malts.

Taste - Hits first on moderate juicy orange and bready sweetness. Light mango with a touch of banana peel. Finishes somewhat clean, with a hint of leafy/minty character lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A bit of crispness before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - A bit reminiscent of Abner, though not nearly the depth, though not to expected of an IPA vs it's DIPA counterpart. This is a heck of an IPA, but given the choice I'd rather go with Abner.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Overall - A well crafted, pine forward IPA.

Taste - Pine with citrus undertones.

Smell - Muted pine and citrus.

Look - Muddled golden yellow hue.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Grade - (B+)

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Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

A frothy, one-finger tall, eggshell colored crown topped the hazy, brassy-amber body. The head fell rather quickly to a cap of bubbles. Streaky, patchy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was mellow and a bit simplistic. Moderately hoppy. Citrus notes were apparent. Juicy orange came through strongest. Slightly dank and musky. Semisweet. The aroma turned fruitier and somewhat more robust as the beer warmed. Peach notes appeared as well.

The flavor profile was also a bit underwhelming and reminded me of something that one might find in a middle-of-the-pack IPA. Citrus notes dominated. Orange peel appeared up front. The beer was anchored by a fairly strong malty backbone. Hint of caramel malt sweetness. A bit unusual for a Hill Farmstead hoppy beer. White grapefruit came through on the back end. The finish seemed pretty balanced initially but the bitterness intensified after the swallow. Very grapefruit rind-like. Super pithy and dry. The grapefruit notes really took over as the beer sat.

The mouthfeel was super soft and fluffy. Creamy and frothy on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. Definitely the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Harlan IPA is unquestionably the least impressive Hill Farmstead hoppy beer I have ever tried. Both the aroma and the flavor profile seemed a bit flat and one-dinensional, and the heavy handed use of malts was somewhat strange. Although this might be one of their more sessionable offerings, it is a rather uncharacteristic beer for them.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT on Monday 9/28. Pours a super cloudy straw/gold color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing. Nice west coast aroma on this, more citrus-y and resin than what I would expect from HF. Great IPA flavor, nice bready malts first give it a sweet backbone. Middle is all hops, a bit more citrusy than what the aroma alluded to. End is the hop oils and resin with a lingering bitterness, not overpowering. Great light body and easy to drink, just enough carbonation to refresh the palate. Could easily have 2 or 3 of these in one lunch. Overall a fantastic IPA utilizing these Columbus hops.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Acquired a 750 ml fill at the brewery 9/18.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent orange with a finger and a half thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and extensive patchy/spotty lacing.

s; moderate citrus/pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with more emphasis on pine over a medium bready malt base, followed by a good strong hop bite which lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Smooth "oily" medium, very good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Another winner from HF, higher end of hop power for an IPA, tasty and refreshing though a bit less citrusy than some. The slick mouthfeel is exceptional.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 750 ml growler at HF a week or so ago MDIH just had it tonight. I try NOT to factor in just where I got it and try to review it as if it wa screwed some place else. Hard to do but I don't want the HF brewery to be an influence. So, based on those disclaimers this was a damned great IPA. HF didn't happen to have it in bottles the day I was there but if they had I would have bought a few.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold color, not too much head. Not an overpowering smell or abv. Very drinkable, not overly hoppy. Has a distinct tasty finish, you're going to want to wait a few extra seconds before that next sip. Definitely pick one up if you have the means, I'm having mine at the west side pony bar!

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Photo of PVMT
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger Ale House 9/17/15. Cloudy yellow pour, tastes sweet, piney and slightly peppery with a very clean piney finish. Delicious and exceptionally drinkable.

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