George | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Jacobob10
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Whole Foods Columbus Circle in NYC. Notes from 3/22/2017.

Dark brown color with a small tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke in the aroma. A little pine and citrus from the hops. Smooth malt flavor with caramel joining forces with the roasted malt. Medium bodied and overall just an easy drinking brown ale with great flavor. It gets close to porter/stout territory but never fully crosses over.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. dark brown pour with a nice tan head that leaves some pieces of lace. notes of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, espresso, some green and slightly bitter hoppy notes come through. really awesome malt profile, creates this super roasty nutty coffee awesomeness ... everything I want from a brown ale! mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth texture. overall this is an excellent brew - I dont drink brown ales that frequently, but this is a beer I could enjoy every day.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft in a nonic pint glass

very dark brown in color, tan head that fades. nice malty caramel and toffee aroma. taste is balanced with some hop bitterness. medium bodied.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 4 months old, pours a nice brown body, when held up to light you can see through it, not cloudy even though it's unfiltered. Tan head, lacing is impressive. The beer has a nice dose of roastiness in the aroma and taste. The caramel malt comes through as well. Very well balanced, light hop character, maybe a touch of vanilla notes. Very drinkable, great mouthfeel, medium light body

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Photo of professorchow
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown w/ 2 finger tan head.
S: malt, brown sugar, smoke, bread.
T: toasty malt, w/ hints of chocolate and pleasingly bitter finish.
M: light medium, very smooth, thus very drinkable.
O: I often find Brown Ales underwhelming--not close to my favorite style--but this one's delicious.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a bit of haze while pouring it into my tulip glass, ruby tinged when held to the light and topped with a finger of beige head. Moderate carbonation.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, slightly smoky, with earthy notes.

Tastes of chocolate, cocoa, dark, earthy notes, toasted rye bread, coffee, hints of plaster scene, and plastic yeast notes.

Medium body, a little on the light side, with moderate carbonation.

Got at Hill Farmstead in Vermont in October 2016, drinking January 18th, 2017 in Chiang Mai. Love the name as my Great Grandfather was also George. Really delicious brew, all round excellent.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 9/13/16 (it looks like)
Palate Contaminants: other beer

It's a beautiful, clear dark brown, with a little red. Usually, if there's this little light coming through it's because of opaqueness, but this is just dark. Good amount of fine head, plus lacing.

The smell is toasty without being burnt. It's a bit like Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

The taste is everything that was in the smell, plus one can add in some non-sweet dried fruit. Prunes and figs. There's also some coffeeness in there. The flavors all integrate nicely. As it warm up, there's more cocoa powder, but it's not bitter or sweet. It's lactic, even.

The carbonation is a little coarser than I prefer, but otherwise it's fairly smooth. The aftertaste is more bitter than anything before, but there are enough echoes of the good stuff.

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
500 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A clear dark brown with ruby red highlights and a three finger light tan head.

S- Roasted malts, slightly nutty, faint caramel malts, toasted bread, just enough earthy/piney hops and a touch of citrus.

T- Roasted malts, slightly nutty, some bakers chocolate, mild citrus hops, earthy finish with hints of pine, touch of caramel melts.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty brown ale that's nice balanced. Definitely different than HF Saisons, but still worth trying if you like brown ales.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery for around $8. A tad metallic and a touch too sweet. A decent beer buy pretty boring for a Hill Farmstead product. Overpriced for what it is.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date 8/17/15.

A: Rich dark brown with tight tan carbonation.
S: Dark and crystal malt with a slight sourness. Brown sugar.
T: A little lighter than expected but still full-flavor. Same malts as on the nose with a crisp bitterness throughout and heavy on the finish.
M: Slightly thin but velvety.
O: A great brown that likely should have been consumed fresher for full sugars. I usually prefer something with more body and crystal malt flavor.

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Photo of Tommo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an acceptable brown ale, as many brown ales usually. Not terribly complex, fairly large hop component to the flavor profile. Not super thick. Decent, but easily the worst HF beer

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottled 03.30.16.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Great toasty malt aroma with some sweetness that brings to mind brown sugar, plain doughnuts and alcohol.

T- Biscuity, somewhat sweet malt character with some mild hop bitterness to balance. Very clean and easy drinking but there's flavor in every sip. The toastiness begins to border on roastiness but still stays within the boundaries of an American Brown Ale. Dark chocolate, a bit of char and a coffee aftertaste.

M- I always have difficulty with the mouthfeel of a brown because it's so mild and almost always about the same but this one has a sharpness that others don't have. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very unique and complex brown ale and I never thought I'd say that about one. I'd almost call it an "Extreme Brown" because it stays within the parameters of the style but pushes it right to the edge. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ox. bottle dated 3/30/16. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Soapy 2F+ head with good retention, lacing, and a cap. Beer is a chocolate brown.

S: Chocolate and unsweetened cocoa, caramel, coffee, roasted grains.

T: Strong coffee and unsweetened cocoa up front, roasted grains and caramel malt take over midway through. It's good.

M: Light/medium body, light/medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Decent balance.

O: Definitely not one of my favorite styles, but I really like this one. As I always say, it's in the Hill Farmstead well water.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black. One finger of head. Very present smell, lingers. Rich complex taste with a very long finish. Feel is rich, creamy, smooth. Excellent balance. Great beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dark brown color. Fine-bubbled beige head settles quickly. Thin and wispy lacing.

S: Nutty, cocoa, crust, milk chocolate caramel chews. Some yeast. Earthy and vaguely herbal hops with a faint citrus spritz. Figs.

T: Chocolate caramel chews, nutty. Brown sugar. Roasty coffee and burnt crust soon come to dominate. Healthy hop dose brings earthy and herbal/leafy notes as well as vague citrus. Stiff hop bitterness. Grapefruit rind and citrusy bitterness on the finish.

M: Hefty medium body. Full, chewy, creamy, and with a sense of weight. Fine, prickling carbonation.

O: A big and bold brown ale. Lots of roasty coffee character from the malt and a good wallop of hops too. The heavy-handed hopping does wear on the palate a bit and contrasts pretty sharply with what the malt is doing though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

This one pours a rustic looking tawny brown, with a half inch head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, baked bread, roasted malt, and some toffee.

Not unsurprisingly, this is up there with the best brown ales I've ever had. It's really chocolatey and roasty, slightly earthy and smokey, with some mild toffee sweetness.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy, but with a crisp finish.

This is probably the best straightforward brown ale that I've ever had.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Brown witha good head, and ample lacing. Great aroma, malty with a hint of coffee bean. Delicious flavor, hops and malts combined marvelously. I savored this while gazing at the snowy fields surrounding the brewery. Possibly the best brown ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany with a khaki head ... Abundant with great retention and modest lacing. Aroma is big bitter hops, thankfully devoid of citrus, some pine and spicy earthiness. Flavor is rich, adding a roasted chicory element, hint of old school dark coffee. Missing the mild, nutty sweetness of English browns. Medium full feel. A bold, assertive, american brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a rich, brown coloring, with a low profile, fluffy, off-white head. Aromas of rich roasted nut sweetness, with subtle chocolate highlights. Flavors are roasted nut sweet forward, with highlights of chocolate, subtle coffee notes, and a mild, bready backbone. Light and frothy in mouth, the beer has a richly sweet aftertaste. The finish is light and dry, with a roasted linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a small head. Lots of caramel/toffee in the nose. Same in the taste, with some nuttiness as well. Flavor fades a little quick. Gets much better as it warms.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown. You can see some reddish mahogany veins when you raise your glass to the light. Minimal tannish head on this. Some brown sugar, hop bitterness, and some light roast. The hop bitterness/malt roast on this is a bit heavier than I would want from a Brown. I prefer something a bit more malt forward.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Porter-like in appearance and mouthfeel. Big roast. Hops add plenty of bitterness. Interesting take on a brown ale that was certainly delicious. Well paired with beef stew to combat the bitterness and enhance the roast and malt.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Montrealbcr89 left me this and some other crappy beers while I was out the other day. I poured it into a fancy schmanzy HF stem ...which he also gave to me a while back. Guy just keeps unloading his unwanted junk on me. I'm polite and just smile and say thanks.

Deep brown in the glass, finger of off-white head that fades to a persistent skim. Nose is caramel, roasted cashews and pistachios, toasty dark malts, toffee and a little milk chocolate.

Tons of flavor for the style. Caramel, toasted malts, lightly nutty, traces of coffee and chocolate, and a decent bitterness in the hoppy finish. Medium body, smooth medium+ carbonation.

Wasn't expecting that hoppy bite in the finish but really diggin' it! Thanks bro.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

medium almost dark brown body beer with a thick off white colored head with long lasting head retention and lots of residual head clinging to the glass. This smells really roasty and has some nice toasted malt aromas. Light hops are present with this beer too. The beer tastes really roasty, toasted, and has a light malty sweetness. Earthy hops add more bitterness to the bitterness imparted from the roasty malts. This beer is so roasty that it makes me wonder if coffee was used to brew this beer. medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and no booze to this beer at all. This beer does lack the normal creamy carbonation that is common with most Farmstead beers. A well done american brown ale that is more roasty than it is malty sweet. Nice balance of flavors. This is not a normal example of most brown ales that I have had; for example you normally see an over hopped brown or a brown ale that is too sweet/cloying.

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Photo of pinyin
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting offering for the style. Brown ales don't seem to be that common anymore, but George certianly sets the standard for this style of ale. Yes, there are a ton of black ipa's out on the present market, but the brown ale has kind of diminished in terms of popularity and production. I think most beer advocates consider it a boring style. Hill Farmstead seems to have revived this style with some interesting flare.

Served 37F in a 12 ounce tulip snifter.

Color is a reddish brown. From a distance under poor lighting it would look black, but slide your glass under a decent light source and you will see George produce a reddish brown tint. Really interesting color. I haven't seen many other high end offerings on the market that look and taste like this.

Nose is a nutty chocolate dark malt, with slight single hop dominance. Very aromatic, with higher IBU's.

Palette is heavy, very hoppy, but with lots of dark sugary malts. Really great balance, and well done by Hill Farmstead.

Admittedly this is the first ever beer have tried from this highly esteemed brewery. Distribution to NYC is limited, but I will absolutely seek them out again based on this offering.

I have tried many brown ales in the past 20 years, most notably Bass Ale, but also Samuel Smith's, Red Hook etc. If you have ever enjoyed any of the aforementioned, then George is the pinnacle of that taste profile. Extremely smooth, well balanced .

Seems like the water PH is perfect during the brewing process, as are the sanitization procedures. This is world class brewing.

I really want to try some of HF's IPA's to compare them against Singlecut, Tired Hand's, Treehouse, Other Half and Grey Sail.

Excellent brewery overall. Please send more kegs to NYC.

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