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Harlan IPA | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.32/5
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996 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

Added by SFLpunk on 07-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#515
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
996
pDev:
6.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
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Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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 theIPAman
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale straw pour with a thin dissipating head. A fresh hop scent leads to a hop bomb, apricot notable among the fruits. Mild bitterness.

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Photo of AndoIPA
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkJC1018
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wehabeertrader
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmhannon
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirt286
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mklas
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian29
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shnanign
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Elimav
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elvisdoc
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyFrac
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spinrsx
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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 MattGrimley
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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