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

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit

T-light malt, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-excellent IPA with great flavor and balance

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's and again on 2015-11-21 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - Cloudy orange with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Pineapple, passion fruit, citrus, mildly dank, grassy/herbal, light tropical hop floral. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Spicy/herbal, orange and grapefruit citrus, light pine and orange zest. Very peppery, even some heat; certainly influenced by the Columbus hops.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and lightly oily.

O - I enjoyed it quite a bit although I like Edward better with the less strident pepper flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades quite slowly with messy lacing, hazy murky peach orange color.

Nose is very nice, fresh hops galore, light musty resin, tropical fruit with hints of pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and even light grapefruit and citrus, with what seems like a decent bitterness, and some light sweet aromatic and reddish malts underneath. All hill ipas and pales have a great nose.

Taste brings more fresh hops, light resinous flavor but not much. Plenty of juicy fruits, tropical mostly, light musty passion fruit, guava, pineapple, tangerine, light clementine citrus, hint if orange zest, and nice light pink grapefruit. Decent fluffy malt underneath tries to add a sweet balance but mostly just helps to prop up the hops. It brings lots of juicy flavors and fluffy feel. Finish is fairly bitter, long tropical fruity hop finish, some musty resin lingers, and fairly dry and smooth.

Mouth is med bodied, light fluffy and smooth, decent carb for a growler.

Overall great again, not quite their best ipa, but still great, and thats a huge shoe to fill. Nice hops again as usual, some nice citra and such, simcoe?, and a decent malty base that doesn't do too much and adds a nice base, as well as light abv and good drinkabilty.

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Photo of Skrip
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Founders snifter.

A~ glowing neon yellow, with a nice head and slight lacing.

S~ a little floral, slight citrus and lots of earthy pine. a little HF funk as well.

T~ lots of hop bitterness up front, followed by a little lemony citrus and tons of pine on the finish.

M~ a perfectly carbonated IPA, very full and pretty dry.

O~ not my favorite hoppy HF, but still great as always. i'd go for something else if you have the choice but still definitely worth it. i love how that HF "flavor" comes through in all their brews. it must be the well water ;]

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL swingtop growler, thanks Brandon!

Pours and smells like a HF IPA. Cloudy dark copper with a large off white head; nice retention and lacing. Pine and earthy aroma; mildly sweet and tons of hops with little malt. Flavor is dominated by citrus rind and pine with a light malt backbone. Medium thick with moderate carbonation. A little forgettable compared to most HF IPAs, but still an above average take on the style.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Zaximus
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking for this one for some time. Pour from a HF 750.

Appearance much like several of the HF IPAs I have enjoyed - yellowish and hazy. A moderate pour generates a large, frothy head with exceptional lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Earthy.

Taste is earthy pine and grass. Somewhat dank. As it warms a bit I do get that trademark HF flavor. Not sure if it's malt or lingering effects from the hop but it's there. Just not as upfront as in some of their other IPAs. Still solid but not on par with the Susan's and Edward's of the lineup.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale hazy yellow gold. Head is white almost bright-white and drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small loose collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour. It looks like every other HF IPA. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Orange juice...immediately.Weed. Super dank. Grapefruit and pine needle. Lots of super dank hops. Malts carry the expected dough and slight pale malt sweetness. A mild toasted element creeps through the back. Mild hop spiciness as well. Slightly floral. Adds some peach and tangerine as it warms. Generally tropical under the weed and orange. A touch of alcohol in the back. Slightly sweet.

Taste: Weed and orange juice. Fleshy orange. Zest and pith. Touches of grapefruit. Lots of dank hops. Bitter pine sap and needle. Pine sap. Deeply bitter on the back. Malts offer some attempt at balance but the bitterness dominates. Super dank. Herbal and slightly floral with an earthy element. Lots of grapefruit. Some spiciness from the hops as well. A touch of caramelized malt sweetness. Slightly bready. A touch of cooked sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slight astringency. Juicy initial sip. Slightly fluffy.

Overall: Ripping them dank nugs.

Same base profile as other HF pale ales but the hop profile is novel. Super dank with a ton of citrus, mostly orange.

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Photo of garuda
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy yellow, white head has some retention and lace.

S/T - Can't help but compare this to Edward since its described as a hopped up version of Edward. While I remember Edward being heavy on the pine resin hop side of things, Harlan is brightened up considerably with notes of lemon and tangerine. Still finishes with pine resin and is bitter. Some grassy, hay yeast mid palate.

M - Medium/light body, lively carb, crisp finish, slightly abrasive hops.

O - Another solid HF beer. Easy drinking, yet it maintains depth of hop flavor and moderate bitterness while not being palate-wrecking.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into my new Dogfish IPA glass! Let's take this bad boy for a test drive.

Appearance - Nice white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Golden yellow body that's a little hazy.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and grassy hops. All hops. Pungent and a little bit of onion to it.

Taste - Very hoppy. Bright citrus with a touch of sweetness right up front before becoming more grassy than the nose. Not much malt. Low bitterness, but there's almost no sweetness to it from the malt at all so it lingers.

Mouthfeel - Clean and easy to drink. Light to medium body with a dose of bitterness at the end.

Overall - I had a small pour of this and wasn't enthused. Split a growler with someone and now I really like it.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Harlan has a light yellow honey color and is quite cloudy. On top sits a rather dense head and leaves alot of lacing.
The aroma is quite a pungent and dank hop smell.
The taste is lively with a bold hop flavor. Though the taste is like the nose, pungent I think I detected hints of citrus maybe.
Drinks smooth with a light dryness and semi bitter. A fine offeringf from the folks in Vermont.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A:Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a nice white cap. Head settles very slowly leaving some bubbles, a little collar and spotty lacing

S: Grapefruits and pine needles with some underlying Earthiness

T: Immediate freshly cut grass and grapefruit with some pine resin peaking in and out. It has a very nice, clean taste as do most HF IPA's. The finish is long, subtle in bitterness and dry

M: Light to light-medium body, well carbonated, crisp, refreshing with loads of flavor bombarding the palate

O: Very nicely done. No omplaints here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the aroma of the columbus hop is so familiar to me, I know it so well, could pick it out of almost any beer, it is a remnant from my days as a brewer, and its with me all the time. its rare that something so familiar could be presented so differently like it is in this beer, I learned something here about I hop I have spent a whole lot of time with, and I think that's pretty cool. that said, it isn't my favorite hop in the world, and this is pretty aggressively hopped, I think I prefer the more delicate and slammable Edward a little more, but this is pretty great beer all told. there is a lot of bitterness with the familiar resin and vegetal nature of the Columbus hops, almost too bitter for how light the base feels, it lingers long in the finish. I like the feeling of all the oils from the hops in a beer that's no more than medium in weight, and fluffy like this, a neat duality. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at the prohibition pig, I was amazed and delighted to see all the hill farmstead beers they were pouring. this was great, but not the best of the group, that title belongs to Dorothy! still, a great ipa brewed in the unique Vermont style these guys pioneered.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled about 5 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange/golden honey - medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Hoppy and citrusy, as to be expected - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice - floral citrus - some pine - hop cones and some light hop spice - lightly dank - clean pale malts at the base

T: Hoppy and juicy, and actually distinct from other Hill Farmstead IPAs - ripe orange and grapefruit - floral citrus, floral hops - lightly spicy, almost peppery - medium level of bitterness, fairly dry - pale malts, extraordinarily clean, which is common across Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, very smooth, clean and dry

O: IPAs for days

Hill Farmstead pale ales are awesome. This is actually distinct from Susan. It's less fruity/juicy/tropical but has some serious straight-up hops with some nice pine, resin, and spice. Excellent, of course.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy golden orange. Aroma is pungent. Piney hops along with that splendid Hill Farmstead fruity hoppiness. The malt is smells like sweet pastry. The flavor is immediately grassy and piney. Then the greener hops settle down and in come the fruitier flavors. All of the hops are blanketed by a very yummy maltiness that is sweet but finishes dry. Medium bodied. Cushy mouthfeel. Fairly bitter. It's described as an over-hopped Edward. It's not as good as Edward but it was still a pretty tasty beer that I killed quickly.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml to HFS sniffer

A: light yellow honey colored with a bit of orange in the middle. A big fluffy tan head that dissipates but leaves a thick lacing. It is also about as cloudy as you can get completely opaque some would say thats a bad thing I think its an awesome thing.

S: orange citrus fresh floor hops I think I can even smell some pine resin in there too just at total hop bomb with nothing else there but its very powerful for a single IPA and pretty much all I need in an IPA.

T: Just as it smells a total hop bomb. Way more resinous in terms of flavor then smell not nearly as much citrus as initially smelled but it is somewhat there. The resin is just totally dominant flavor and stays on the palette for a really long time after even a small stick. Good but there is no balance in mind here.

M: as the taste was this thing is just sticky with resin in the feel as well it sticks to your tongue for a long time. That being said it is still very crisp which makes it very drinkable, the alcohol as well is totally hidden being high for a single IPA.

O: The smell and look were more appealing then the taste and feel as they were overwhelming but this is a really delicious IPA and I am really nit picking if I wasn't blessed enough to have HFS all the time. I highly recommend this beer if you can get your hands on it, unless you don't like hops then definitely pass.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Black Back in Waterbury.
Serves up a bright and hazy honey color with a little bit of frothy head.
Smells of Columbus hops quite a bit. Very nice aroma.
Taste is hoppy, very little bitterness. But mellow and refined. Not a hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is solid and inviting for more sips.
Overally this was a slightly more subtle IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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 CHickman
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC: Pours cloudy piss yellow color with a small white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of lemon zest, graham cracker, grapefruit, fresh oily floral hop cones, orange peel, light spices, piney hops, buttery biscuit, toffee, coriander and a lot of citrus; flavor has a medium bitterness that's basically perfect. Well balanced and extremely easy to drink, this was as tasty as a fresh hopped IPA and as easy drinking as a session IPA. Mouthfeel was light, almost crisp and yet zesty, with average carbonation, a medium feel and body, yet above all was how easy and refreshing it was to drink. It was expensive for both glasses but worth it.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light, very hazy wheat yellow, large nearly white head with lots of large bubbles, and lots of thick lacing.

Aggressive hop aroma, pine and bitter citrus, grapefruit and some grass, definitely smells like Columbus. Really big aroma and not much here except hops, smells great.

Taste is aggressive hops too, big grapefruit and tangerine, some pine and grass, a little weed character. Columbus hops are really dominant here again. Pretty bitter, but also a hint of fruity sweetness. Delicious.

Carbonation level is perfect, soft and creamy mouthfeel that keeps drinkability very high despite the fairly high bitterness. Excellent.

This is a wonderful IPA. Great aroma, great flavor too of course, great drinkability.


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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a stemmed tulip

A hazy orange, with golden highlights around the edges. A nice two finger ecru cap settles slowly. Some clinging lace around the edges and sip marks.

This is amazingly fresh. Huge tropical fruits, fresh flowers, pine needles, and even some herbal notes. An extremely light grainy malt bill really allows these hops to shine.

Sweet, juicy tropical fruit with pine needles, fresh cut flowers and perfumey hops hit you up front with the light malt through the middle before a bitter blast of white grapefruit and pine. The bitterness in this guy hits you like an uppercut. However, it is not a pummeling bitterness. It comes in waves. There is a noticeable herbal/earthy flavor that lays low, rounding out the profile.

Medium body with some chewiness before a clean, dry finish. A bit oily in the finish as well.

This is a damn fine IPA. I love the depth of the hop profile. Amazingly fresh and clean.

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Photo of silentjay
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler to the indispensable Duvel Tulip.

pours a hazy, yet glowing tangerine/gold color with a nicely sized (not too big) pure white head that sticks at 2 fingers in height lacing like a champ.

I can smell the hops from feet away. bringing it up to my nose i get tonnns of tropical fruits with some pine and grass. mango, pineapple, grapefuit and lots of citrus. very aromatic.

very bitter up front with tons of tropical fruits, like the aroma. a slightly sweet malt backbone creeps in, but it finishes bitter and kind of dry with a peppery spice almost.

lighter side of medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a resiny finish.

wow... a hop assault. has a flavor that would compare to many DIPAs with only 6% ABV. another impressive beer by a brewery that is quickly becoming one of the greatest American breweries. everything they make is just delicious.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was lucky enough to get a glass of Hill Farmstead Harlan IPA at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Served in signature Hill Farmstead Brewery stemware. Nice.

Appearance (4.75/5): Harlan pours a brilliant golden yellow and is topped by a luxuriant, creamy 2.5 finger white head. Hill Farmstead's IPAs have what is in my opinion the ideal look for the style. The color and towering head on them, presented in a beautiful glass, are close to perfect. Harlan is in the same class as the other IPAs in the HF lineup.

Smell (4.25/5): Deep dankness from the hops and sweet malty pale malts flex in the odor. Harlan is quite lemony, grapefruity, and piney. Classic West Coast hop profile, but with a sweeter edge. True to Hill Farmstead's style, the aroma is a successful balancing act between fruity hoppiness and sweet malts. This isn't an aggressive smelling IPA; but that's not what the guys at HF do.

Taste (4.25/5): Dank, very juicy loads of pink grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit. Harlan is not highly bitter. The malt plays a quite significant role in the flavor profile of this beer and the finish is just as sweet as it is bitter.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Very balanced, well carbonated, and medium body. This is an easy drinking IPA–the bitterness is there and definitely does stab the tongue with some grapefruity astringency, but it isn't a palate destroyer, so it's quite possible to have a couple, perhaps more, glasses of this beer. A final note on mouthfeel: like so many Hill Farmstead IPAs, Shaun Hill has been able to coax a creaminess out of Harlan that really is impressive.

Overall (4.25/5): Harlan is a very, very good IPA. This citrusy, piney, golden-orange beauty is an easygoing, highly drinkable beer with a sweet malt profile that really plays a strong role in this beer. That said, Harlan isn't my favorite IPA by Hill Farmstead–it could have been a little more aggressive and dry, but these are minor quibbles. Another great beer by Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque hazy orange/yellow colour with one finger of egg shell coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, peach, pine, pineapple and a touch of honey.

T - An assertive bitterness up front with tangerine, peach, grapefruit, orange rind and a hint of mango. A light honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation.

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Harlan IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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