Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #5,349
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
May 01, 2022
Oct 27, 2011
Notes: George was our grandfather’s brother, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings.

George is our American Brown Ale. Hopped, rightfully so, with Centennial, Cascade, and a touch of Columbus…
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4 by jschott75 from Illinois on May 01, 2022
4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon on May 01, 2022
3.99 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Apr 02, 2022
4.25 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Jan 19, 2022
4.13 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Apellonious from North Carolina

16 oz can, canned 6/30/21, courtesy of the G’s in VT, a dark brown with ruby highlights, a one finger head that dissipates quickly with good lacing retention on the side of glass. Aroma of nuts, faint chocolate malts, anise. Flavor is right in line, faint roasty-ness and cold brew elements. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium heavy, carbonation medium low. Great brown ale, recommended.

Sep 20, 2021
4.17 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Sep 10, 2021
4.41 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 06/15/2021. Enjoyed on 07/30/2021.

Jul 31, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a two finger ecru head; excellent retention with squiggles of lacing

Smell: Bread and toffee with a piney twinge and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Bread forward with some chocolate, toffee and nuts adding complexity and sweetness before the hops hit with a piney edge; moderate bitterness in the finish along with some nutskin elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't often drink an American Brown but I was interested to see what Hill Farmstead could do with the style; impressive, for the style, but not in the top echelon of what they turn out

Jul 25, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by npolachek from New York

I thought this beer tasted pretty average. The color was good it look like a normal brown beer. In terms of a taste - very average I didn’t think there was any pizzazz to it or anything really special.

Jun 18, 2021
4.16 by HopBelT from Belgium on Nov 21, 2020
4.44 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 20, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Cola brown, not opaque but dark enough to seem so, with a tan, fairly tall yet dense foam head slowly settling to a fuzzy blanket clinging in thin sheets leaving coral lacing.

Having this after slowly nursing through my half of a pastry stout, it seems imposingly hoppy up front. It's quite bitter of woody and piney hops that are a little sharp and stinging, but the slick, fairly light body glides down with ease, with minimal carbonation in feel despite its appearance, finishing semi-dry.

Getting past the bitterness--which doesn't build and allows room for additional complexity--George exudes tobacco, brown toast and leafy Autumn vibes. As it continues to develop, mild notes of coffee and cacao surface. And then, as it warms, I also get hints of corny lager-like notes.

I imagine that anyone missing Pete's Wicked Ale would find this a proper substitute, albeit no easier to obtain for most. However, it's been so damn long I really can't say for certain, especially with Hoppin' Frog refusing to make a direct translation, even though Pete Slosberg directly collaborates with them on the higher ABV redos.

Nov 03, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 10/13/2020 into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a slight white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smell of roastiness and chocolate.
T - Tastes of coffee and bakers chocolate, with some nuttiness.
F - Medium body and lightly carbonated.
O - Excellent brown ale.

Nov 03, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Dark brown with an off white head and excellent lacing.

S: Burnt sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, and a surprisingly Citrusy hop presence.

T: Big caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, and coffee notes. Citrusy hops and a bitter coffee finish.

F: Medium bodied, slightly creamy with a crisp finish.

Overall: A real surprise treat. I haven't had a brown ale this good in a long time. Kicking myself for only getting the one four pack.

Oct 16, 2020
3.61 by DaveCash from New York on Aug 16, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

So when I was in Vermont, we went to this bar one night, they had a few Hill Farmstead kegs on that weren't at the source when we went the day before. Since I have a good boy (dog) named George (the best boy!) this was a natural choice. Description on the chalk board said it was a coffee brown ale. Seeing no mention of coffee here, I think it makes sense, because I wasn't picking up coffee in the beer.

Attractive brown pour, not feint, sturdy, strong appearance, 1/2" tan colored head. The aroma was missing coffee, but it was strong in the brown malt richness giving sensations of hearth like darker bread, nuts, fall.

Taste is smooth with a mild American C hop twist. A lot of smoothness out of the beer, notes of leaves, nuts, bread, hints of chocolate and toffee, relaxed carbonation. Mild coffee from the malt feels were all I could come up with contrary to the chalkboard assertion. I like it and would buy a bottle just for the namesake. I love you Georgie boy!

Apr 28, 2020
4.12 by metter98 from New York on Mar 03, 2020
4 by CreightonSM from New York on Feb 29, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gajo74 from New York

On tap at the Jeffrey, NYC

Pours a murky brown color with a thumb length cream tan head. The head shows excellent retention. There are thick patterns of brown sticky lacing throughout.

For a brown ale, a style that for me generally has a more subdued aroma, this one in contrast is quite rich and wonderful. Alluring notes of warm and toasted brown bread, nutty malts, and sweet biscuit hit the nose like a good bakery. There is also a touch of chocolate and lightly roasted malts.

Medium to full bodied, gently carbonated, and with an ultra smooth mouthfeel. The taste aligns with the aroma in terms of its robust malts that are nutty and biscuity. The balance is masterful in its blending of bitterness and sweetness. The brown sugar sweetness is offset by bittersweet dark chocolate, a touch of coffee like roasted malts, and lots of earthy hops. In addition, the hops have a nice citrusy brightness that adds complexity. The finish is long, dry and roasty.

This has to be the best brown ale I’ve ever had and I’m surprised it’s not rated higher. Mouth coating and complex. Not surprising from such a masterful brewery.

Feb 28, 2020
4.37 by jvillefan from California on Feb 25, 2020
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at Manhattan's

May 07, 2019
4 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Mar 28, 2019
4.07 by smb71481 from Vermont on Mar 08, 2019
4.54 by BubbleBobble from New York on Feb 20, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dope from Massachusetts

Growler procured yesterday at HF. 28 hours old.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a huge light brown head. Head retention is fantastic as it does not even seem to budge for several minutes. Huge thick walls of lacing after it finally does settle down.

S: Toasted malt for sure. Nutty to boot. Get a punch of hop aroma but not much, just a nice hit of citrus I'd say.

T: Taste is hoppier than the aroma. Sharp citrus up front, grapefruit especially. Get some pretzel and some nuttiness following that, along with some lingering hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is clean and crisp and dry with some of that citrus and pine still hanging around.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Not a bad brown ale. On the dry/hoppy side versus the more common sweet and/or rich with nuttiness. Clean and refreshing with just enough bite.

Feb 18, 2019
4.11 by smi69 from New York on Feb 10, 2019
4.16 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
4.35 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Sep 09, 2018
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 25, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance - Pours mahogany brown with a reddish tint, nice tight tan head that settles to a rocky cap. Strings of lacing don the glass.

Aroma - Great nose brown sugar, hazelnuts, roasted malts, caramel just sweet roasty goodness.

Taste - Great roasted malts up front along with light caramel, nutty, toffee, brown sugar light hoppiness. very smooth flavors are well balanced.

Feel - Medium bodied nice carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - A really well done brown ale that is on another level. The flavor just mesh and work so well together.

Aug 24, 2018
4.75 by crob3888 from California on Aug 19, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This has been a long awaited beer for me to have finally found.
On tap at Three Penny Taproom.
This was poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice dark brown color with a fairly lasting head - extremely slow to dissolve, in which I really liked! Then a nice looking lacing starting to spiderweb just as nice!
The aroma was absolutely majestic. Though brown ales aren't always a go-to style for me in the Summer, this well I looked past. There was brown sugar meshing with slow roasted nuts, coffee and dark chocolate melting into some citrusy rind-like hops.
The flavor yielded slightly towards the sweet side yet probing slightly into the bitterness of those hops. In turn, what an amazing balance. Even the aftertaste was thrilling with a superb balance of citrusy to piney hops to bready, dark chocolate, slow roasted nuts and coffee.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable to semi-sipping quality. Carbonation and ABV felt on par. Ah, what a finish - what a smooth roasty to bitter toned body of bready toasty malty coffee-esque flow rolling along my tongue, incredible, just incredible!
Overall, what an absolutely amazing American brown ale as it packs in just enough hops to say it's American and showcase the malty to roasty to chocolate to coffee qualities extremely well!

Jul 15, 2018
4.1 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jul 04, 2018
4.08 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on May 26, 2018
4.33 by mlatvakokko from Massachusetts on May 21, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by y2kawakami from Hawaii

A: Wonderful dark brown pour with about 2 fingers of thick, creamy foam head which was really slow to dissipate

A: Roasted malt, coffee, slight hop aroma

T: A really slight bitter bite with roasted coffee, toffee/caramel hints to it

M: A little thin, if I had to nitpick. Slight carbonation.

O: Definitely one of the better brown ales that I have had. This was enjoyable.

Apr 30, 2018
3.7 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 22, 2018
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