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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 koopa
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 4.0 Pours an orange tinged honey...quite transparent and slightly dull. The crown is 1 finger, a slightly buttery / hop oily yellow, shows moderate retention, and good lace.

Smell: 4.0 pale malt, lemon grass, floral hops, and herbal hops.

Taste: 4.0 much more herbal hop bite than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel: 4.0 Medium body and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 4.5 So sessionable

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Photo of jbertsch
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the publick house in Brookline.
Foggy yellow in color with a foamy head that stuck around. The aroma primarily gives off grass and lemon and a little melon. The taste follows suit... Lemon, grass, a touch of apricot. It isn't as citrusy as other IPAs from HF, but the flavor is refreshing and smooth for an ipa.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is very enjoyable, yet it isn't as exciting as other ipa offerings from HF. Keep in mind, this would be stellar for other breweries, but from HF, it doesn't stand as tall as other IPAs from them. It's still worth drinking whenever you see it, though.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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 musicforairports
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, Vt. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Light gold color, very cloudy. Leaves really nice lacing.

Smell is juicy citrus and pine notes, some definite pineapple aromas as well. Not too strong, but awesome.

Flavor is all hops--floral, lemon and orange notes, mostly. Very little pine and no real malt besides a mild sweetness. Somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and clean. Goes down kind of like water. Typical of HF beers.

Overall, the description of this as a stronger version of Edward is dead-on. Hill Farmstead knows their hoppy beers. I'd chose one of the DIPAs over this one, though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice golden-copper color with a nice white head and a bit of sticky lacing as the beer goes down. The nose is really nice with some citrus peel, bright grapefruit, orange, and some light pine hops. The taste is mildly bitter with some nice hop notes of grapefruit and orange. Drinks quite well and is a really solid beer with a good deal of flavor.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose is big and delicious, light clean fresh grain, strong hop profile, citrus, light grassy, just a hint of resin to add depth. Taste follows the nose, grain is clean, a little bit more of a presence in the flavor. Loads of citrus with just a hint of resiny hop and a light but presence bitterness through the finish. Extremely drinkable, soft delicate body, moderate carb.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served appropriately in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, some wispy patches, and a few spots of lace. Hazy orange-yellow body.

S - Tropical fruits, citrus, zesty herbs and dank notes. Icing sugar malt character is present but understated.

T - Taste isn't quite as enjoyable although it's still quite nice. Piney bitterness is initially quite intense, but yields to tropical citrus and sugary malts mid-palate, with some dank earthy notes in the periphery. Some lasting bitterness in the finish, but otherwise fairly clean.

M - Medium body, chewy texture, and a dry finish. Zesty medium-high carbonation. Lots of residual hop oils and resins.

D - An enjoyable beer, but I think I prefer Edward as the Columbus dry-hopping doesn't totally integrate with the other flavors present. Still, I refilled my glass a few times and I'd never turn this down if offered.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Torst NYC.

Cloudy golden color. Huge mango-filled nose. All types of tropical. Taste is straight bitter, zesty, spicy grapefruit juice. Sweeter and grainier as it warms. Also starts to finish much more mango-like.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the cloudy amber brew. Head falls at a reasonable pace, down to an uneven froth, with coating sticky lace. Aroma is nutty with a citrus tinge that comes through nicely.

Taste starts lightly sweet, quickly giving way to the dominant citrus hoppiness, with a moderately bitter close. Lemon lingers on the lips. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is so easy. Nice intro to Hill Farmstead Brewery.

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Photo of diemilio
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong mango on most yields way to grapefruit snap. S little light lemon on the color side but sizable, lofty ivory head. Orange, pine, spicy hops. Noticeably crisp and dry. Very good although I can say dry hoppedal Columbus is not my fave single hopped beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Harlan Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. The lacing is quite good, as is the retention.

Citrus peel, pine and the promise of bitterness fill the aroma.

The flavor begins with a good bit of pine and bitterness, but it softens to reveal grapefruit and other citrus fruit, as well as a hint of sugar from the malt. The citrus is quite bright and vivid. The malt backbone, in general, is lightly sweet, with grain and caramel flavors both represented.

The mouthfeel has a crispness from both the carbonation and bitterness, but the body still manages to feel smooth and creamy.

Hill Farmstead just knows how to make hoppy beers, and I'm beginning to think that maybe Vermont water might also be well-suited to the task in general.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harlan pours a cloudy honey yellow with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is citrusy with notes of grapefruit and pine, with a touch of grass. A little sweet malt and light fruit (mango?) is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, oily with a dry finish. Mild to moderate carbonation. The flavor begins with hop notes of grapefruit citrus, lemon rind and pine. In the middle, a touch of sweet malt and tropical fruit appear. It finishes bitter and grassy with lingering grapefruit citrus when gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking IPA. Loaded with hops, but they don't destroy your palate. Special thanks to my friends for filling a growler for me. I drank the beer 7 days after growler was filled.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An IPA from Hill Farmstead that I have never had? Thanks yourefragile for this great opportunity. I love HF IPAs.

Beer is amber / darker than expected with a nice white head, soapy, medium bubbles lacing, stark white. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is piny with some CTZ-esque grinding hop flavors.

Beer is thin on the backbone but complex on the hop side of things, very earthy, almost sulfury, mildly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Nice overall, I'd have it again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with little head or lacing. Although this was just filled today, I think all the north country roads between here and there are tough on growlers.

Nice aroma of tangerine and grapefruit. The citrus really dominates the nose, but opens up upon tasting to a whole range of dank hoppy flavors - earthy, piney and fruity. Nice hop complexity on a light slightly sweet malt backbone. More balanced than Edward, but still this beer is about the hops.

The body seems sharp with an astringent bitterness leading to a dry finish. Palate cleansing.

This beer seems to be better with food, opening up and revealing more complexity than it does when served on its own. I would recommend this and will look to try it again sometime.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 stakem
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a tulip, big thanks go to baconsausage for hooking me up with a 1-liter growler of this. The brew pours a clouded golden color with a rich 2-finger plus creamy cap. As the froth fades, it leaves a webby pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface.

The aroma is juicy with hops. There is a bit of tropical quality going on in this somewhat reminiscent of pineapple with grassy hints around the edges of the nose. More sniffs reveal some orange/lemon zest with the faintest touch of sulfur that is coupled with a bit of straw-like grain quality.

The taste starts off tropical with hop flavoring just like the aroma leads on. As more sips are taken, the bitterness comes into focus more with a bit of straw-like grain quality. There is some grassiness about this as well a minor touch of sulfur and an herbal edge into the finish. There is a very light yeastiness about this brew that brings it all together. A bit of tea-like astringency is noted with a light fruity touch of alcohol.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A super easy drinking IPA to say the least. This is a really nice interpretation of the style. So far, every hoppy offering I have had from Hill Farmstead has exceeded the norm and this is no exception. No hesitation here reaching for another glass.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this twice- first time in a 2oz taster glass at the Hill Farmstead brewery while waiting in line on 11/23/2013, and then once again in a 12oz pour in a Hill Farmstead pilsner glass today, 11/25/2013.

Pours a standard Hill Farmstead hazy golden-orange body with a very nice creamy fluffy white head that retains well. Solid lacing, its not explosive but it does stick quite well on the glass.

Smells very citrusy- grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit- with a bit of caramel malt backbone that cuts the hoppiness with a nice sweetness. Very strong nose, but not too complex.

Flavour is very nice. Not complex- its got lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, reminding me of passion fruit bubble tea- not sure why- but that's what it delivers along with a solid attempt to balance out the citrus with a nice caramel toffee malt backbone. Not super bitter, actually.

Creamy, medium bodied beer with good carbonation; dry and refreshing. Very drinkable and not incredibly bitter.. it's not quite as good on the mouthfeel as other Hill Farmstead pale ales deliver, but it's very good.

This feels like a less complex but more sessionable version of Susan. It brings citrus qualities along with that patented Hill Farmstead mouthfeel. I would recommend Legitimacy as a better, comparable Hill Farmstead IPA (yes I know this is Grassroots, but still), otherwise I'd just go with Susan here.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light medium orange gold color with a fluffy two fingered, frothy white head and lots of nice carbonation.

S - Dank citrus and delicate floral aroma.

T - A massive wall of grapefruit bitterness foremost followed by floral bitterness that dominate throughout and ends with a healthy mouth coating of red grapefruit and floral bitterness. Light biscuity malt underneath doesn't stand a chance with the hoppy punch of this beer, it's the to keep the hops in check, is a very hop forward beer.

M - Light medium body and a very dry, long, lingering bitter finish.

O - Nice low alcohol and nice bitterness, overall taste is bigger than the ABV of the beer which is refreshing for a change.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a hazy orange color, very nice white soapy head on top. The retention is a little clumpy but the lacing sticks to the glass really well. The smell of the beer is floral, big piny notes and sweet malt in the faint distance. The taste is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, more bitter than sweet obviously. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than most HF beers. Nice solid carbonation gives this beer a lot of life on te tongue. Overall very good, glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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 rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation, with a one finger head.

S-Nice lemon and citrus, tad bit of grass. Good hop character.

T-Starts with some malt and then nice citrus notes. Grass and pine. Mild tropical.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A good IPA from HF, was expecting a little better. Susan has to be their best single IPA.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler personally retrieved from the farmstead.

Cloudy yellow-orange body. Light frothy head.

Clean, crisp hop nose.

Clean malt, lightly sweet, bitter hops. A perfectly balanced brew.

Crisp, clean, scouringly strippy mouthfeel.

Great drinker, perfect with pizza.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Bob! A couple of 750ml growlers shared with friends and poured into a Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color, cream-colored head, some sticky lace along the sides of the glass, thin collar, wisps.

S - Tropical fruity citrus, grass, pine, a touch of floral notes in there as well. Very nice, not too sweet, not too hoppy. Just right in the middle of where I like my IPA's.

T - More pine and grass then the nose, some hoppy citrus notes mixed with orange peels. Again a nice level of bitterness and a touch of sweetness that doesn't fatigue the palate.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing, oily finish.

O - What do you know, another excellent hoppy beer from the HF crew. This was the perfect beer to go with our Hunahpu's variant tasting and started things off right. Recommend!

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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