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 KornWallace
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4-17-14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Brown and fairly opaque. When the beer is half done I can see to the bottom of my glass. The carbonation is off white brown and pours about a thumb width high. A ring of carbonation in present throughout and whisps lie a top the beer.
Aromatics: All the aromas are mild and so very well blended together. The first scents that hit me are flavors of semi sweet chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. After that I get a number of earthen flavors like nuts and wheat.
Flavor: The flavors like the aroma blend so well making this beer so delicious. As with the aroma the chocolate and coffee flavors are first. The malts are add a touch of bitterness there but some extra sugar comes in to balance the whole thing out.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium in body. Lightly viscous and coats my tongue very smoothly. Immensely drinkable.
Notes: Bottled 4/9/14 at HF and consumed on the suggested drink by date of 4/17/14. Poured into a HF 2L growler.

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4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a pint glass for $5.00. Sampled 1/11/12.

A: Served with a 1 1/2 finger creamy foamy head, light brown in color. Medium retention and coating the glass with proficiency as it falls. Semi-broken concentric rings after each sip. The body is medium-dark brown with dark amber edges and decent clarity.

S: Cocoa and water chestnut with a nice toast. A small amount of fresh coffee pokes through. All of these aromas work incredibly well with the unexpected hop bill (Cascade, Centennial and Columbus) and the balance couldn't be any better.

T: Flavors follow the nose closely and just a hair less impressive. Again, dusted cocoa powder, toasted chestnut and coffee mingle with a deep grassy resinous hop character. Bitterness lasts long throughout the finish.

M: Slick, smooth mouthfeel with medium body. The carbonation is perfectly lively and continues as long as the taste does.

O: Of the few ABAs that I've had AND thoroughly enjoyed, George is easily the best. Something about that hop schedule puts it in another league.

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Photo of beerjunky413
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is unusually pronounced for a brown ale with tons of chocolate supported by roasty grains, dark coffee and just a hint of hops. Taste is mostly roasted chocolate/ semi-dark grains on the front end with a nice hop balance towards the finish. I may be getting hints of oatmeal in the finish as well. The grains are so predominant that some can be picked out (brown malt, dehusked black, medium roast crystal, maybe some toasted oatmeal) and each one presents itself without muddling the others. I used to think HF was all about the IPAs but George makes me realize that Shaun Hill's dark beers should be as highly regarded as any of his other creations. If you like this you will like Everett and vice versa.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Huzzah! My 100th reviewed beer!

Pours an impenetrable blackish brown with a creamy tan head sticks around just about as good as you could hope for. Great retention; good lacing.

Nutty caramel. Rich and sweet (but not sweet, if that makes sense).

Round, rich and nutty. Chocolate, hazelnut, earth and the tiniest touch of slightly medicinal hop flavors at the end to offset it all. Fabulous.

Creamy, light carbonation, medium body. Rich, round, coats your mouth, but isn’t too sticky.

Absolutely stunning and amazing. Super complex but everything about this beer is really clearly delineated. You can taste exactly how well-crafted it is as you notice each individual component and are clearly able to see them as part of the whole. Craft beer at its finest, by which I mean, it is an interesting take on a brown which simultaneously sticks to the style while violating every expectation.
Decadent but drinkable. One of the finest beers I have ever had. Worth searching high and low for.

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Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

George is one of the more overlooked offerings from HFS, and this 750ml growler was filled 3 weeks ago in Greensboro Bend.

Pours a deep,nearly opaque brown with a tall foamy ecru head that reduces to nothing,lacing only average.

Aroma is filled with roasted malts and coffee along with some balsa wood, with hops certainly present.

Taste is also quite roasty and rich.Deep flavors here and they change as it warms, becoming slightly cedary,some flavors of roasted nuts also lurking in the malty abyss.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, appropriate carbonation, some bitterness and acidity from the roasted flavors.

A very rich and satisfying Brown Ale, though not like one that I've ever tasted before. Definitely worth a try, quite interesting and unique.

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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 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 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 Roguer
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown brew, creamy beige head with great retention and lacing.

Hoppy and roasty aroma, balanced and inviting.

Flavor follows: bitter and roasty, but smooth. Coffee notes and extremely bitter chocolate, almost like Baker's. Balanced with earthy, almost spicy hops with a lasting hint of citrus peel.

Extremely lively, medium full feel; smooth, with a very long, semi-dry, bitter finish.

Fantastic brown ale, reminds me of a lighter but more bitter Everett.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.

Well, pretty much the George Foreman of Brown Ales. Rich, full, thick with caramel flavors... This beer in a way has more texture than most acclaimed stouts out there - it really is insane in a way. Overall, It's just nice, full and flavorful like a sleepover with Adriana Lima.

Just happiness, my peeps.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on-tap at "Torst," in Greenpoint, Brooklyn NYC. Review from notes.

George's Ruddy, deep-brown appearance is a bit dark for a brown ale, but ultimately is translucent. The beer is definitely carbonated. There's a thin halo of froth and some slight lacing on the glass as well.

The ale smells great, with some subtle roasted malts, moderate espresso notes, and a dash of resinous hop aromas. Upon tasting, the nuttiness that one would expect from a brown ale comes through, with a bit of cocoa and a rather prevalent smokiness too, which surprised me. The flavor is somewhat similar to an American Porter, but the mouth feel is light. This definitely was easy to finish.

Ultimately, this is a luscious beer with a very vague style bale slapped on it, which doesn't do it justice.

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Photo of Troegman
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Dog in Chalfont PA
Poured with a nice fluffy tan head. Color is dark brown and clear. Left some rings of lace.

Detected coffee, nuts, and some sweetness in the nose.

Really smooth beer. Reminded me of an FBS but lighter in every way. Has coffee, chocolate sweetness, a bit of a hop and a delicious malty, bready backbone.

Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

This is one of the best Brown Ales I've ever had. I'm going to look for more of their beers.

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft cocoa with a light nuttiness and touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a dry cocoa, charcoal and an earthy caramel. Balancing grassy hop detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a pleasant dry finish.

Overall a superior brown ale. Outstanding.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head. Head persists nicely and some lacing present. Aroma is dark malts but nice. Flavor is great with chocolate upfront along with a good mix of malts. On the back it has a peppery spice. Sweet yet somewhat dry. A really nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep and complex brown ale. Rich chocolate hits you on first taste as well as in he nose. A slight citrus hop punch comes through on the back end. Medium bodied and well balanced. Not easy to find a better brown ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger cream tan head, with lacing, brown around the edges.

S-Blend of roasted malt, coffee and nuts, good balance.

T-Starts with roasted malt, nuts and coffee. Has some caramel ends with slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and a tad creamy.

O-Wow. A great, well rounded Brown Ale. Great flavors and it has the tad bit of bitterness in the finish to make it a great beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Dark brown body yields no shortage of handsome, tan head. Stubborn, sticky lace. Brown ales aren't supposed to look this good.

Aroma is stunning, even from afar. Intensely roasted malts meet coffee and hazelnuts. Everything follows through into the taste, layering delectable flavors atop each other. Just the right balance of nutty and roasty flavors. Highly drinkable; smooth and approachable too. Wow, that was incredible.

George is easily the most underrated HF brew. Arguably the best brown ale I've ever had, and I want more.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Head is a very light tan. Starts off dense and creamy. Drops to a vestige of a cap with a tiny collar and touches of lacing.

Smell: Solidly roasted malts. Caramel sweetness. with a deep bready element. Very slightly toasted brown bread. Hops offer a touch of citrus with some earthy elements as well. A touch of minerals, I'm assuming from the well water. Some raisin and a touch of molasses. Sweet and bready. Citrus pushes a little harder as it warms, Roasted. Just a touch burnt. Some brown sugar. Mildly floral.

Taste: Bread. So much brown bread. Slightly toasted. Solid roasted malt character throws a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Caramelized malts. Caramel sweetness as well. Warm brown bread. Hops run a touch floral with some citrus elements. Some hints of dark fruit. Touches of raisin. A vague notion of jam. Bursts of cocoa an some reasonably dark chocolate. Fruity roasted raisins smeared on fresh brown bread. Hints of something earthy with a bit of rock.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Clean finish.

Overall: Better than a grill.

It's a damn good brown ale. Hopped in good measure and definitely an American take on the style.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Black Back in Waterbury.
Serves up a deep brown with minimal head.
Smells of coffee and molases. Lots of roastiness here.
Taste is amazing, right in line with aromas. Big roasty flavor.
Mouthfeel is mellow and inviting.
Overall, the most enjoyable brown ale I've ever had.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into a NEBCO 668 tulip.

Pours a 1 finger light coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, nearly opaque mahogany. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. Solid.

Nose is roasted malt, walnut and chestnut shell, some caramel, and a touch of molasses sweetness. Surprisingly robust and pretty aromatic. I like this a lot!

Opens nutty. Brown sugar, walnut and chestnut shell and caramel towards the middle. More dark malt flavors float in towards the end. Finishes with a touch of booze and some molasses bittersweetness. Same in the aftertaste. Real rich. Great combination of flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down slick with the slightest bite. Slightly messy finish with a short, sticky aftertaste. I love it!

I'm actually a huge fan of brown ales in general. However, I have a strong preference towards robust browns that are less roasty with a bigger malt presence. George delivers on all fronts here. Its sweet and not too bitter, with a light feel that is, at the same time, full and very smooth. This is certainly a top tier brown!

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Photo of berkshire413
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a Growler fresh from Hill Farmstead into a pint glass. I am not a huge fan of brown ales, but i decided to grab some George while i was up in Greensboro, because its Hill Farmstead and with all the limits and the line i went for a strategy of getting a wide range of beer rather than alot of the things i wanted.

So anyways. as soon as i poured this i knew it was going to be an above average brown. the nose jumps up from the glass and its all damp fall forest floor and hint of sweetness as well.

A. Pours a deep brown with a small head. little tight ring of suds retained around the glass all the way through. looking through this beer its a deep dark leathery color, the head is bone in color and tight tiny little bubbles.

S. Scent is very earthy, very much a dewy forest floor mid fall. Some lightly roasted coffee and just a touch of sweetness from the malt.

T. Tastes a bitter coffee at first that gives way to a nice roasted malt with a slight sweet tinge in the back end. Im getting a faint burnt marshmellow in the middle as well. its not a super long or dynamic taste, but its very much to the point and its a solid Brown ale. The tinge that hits the back of your mouth has a nice little resiny hop after glow, it invites you to sip again!

M. Beer is medium and carbonation is light/medium. IBU is relativly low and the beer is very drinkable, its one of my favorite least favorite types of beer at this point

O. Overall Hill does it again, as someone who does not tend to like many browns i do enjoy this beer. Is it blowing me away, no. but is it a true brown ale that has very solid characteristics, absolutely. I would go as far as to say its the best Brown ale i have had yet to date.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Lazy Boy, White Plains, NY.
Pours a healthy tan foamy head; nice lacing.
Malty, coffee, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste is slightly bitter coffee, roasted malts and a bit of caramel.
This is a fantastic brown. Very complex for a brown; with other flavors creeping in as it sits in the mouth. I would go out on a limb and say one of the best Brown Ales id ever had.
HF never stops proving they are a superb brewing co and a force to be reckoned with. Get it if you see not hesitate.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma hits of cocoa, milk chocolate, toasty and roasted malts, herbal hops, brown sugar.

The flavor follows with cocoa, roasty malts, toasted whole wheat crust, light brown sugar sweetness, then onto a medium plus herbal and earthy bitterness.

Great complexity for a beer at this ABV.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty dark brown. Head is tan. Head leaves sticky lacing.

S-Brown Ales rarely get me excited just after sniffing. This is one of the few Brown Ales I have had that gets me going immediatley. Chocolate, nuts, molasses and roast in excellent harmony and power.

T-The flavor is also pretty delicious. The brown malt delivers with lots of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, nuts and roast. There is also a pretty noticeable hoppiness in the finish that doesn't overtake the malt and serves as a secondary component.

M-Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Lingering flavors. No alcohol. Surprisingly refreshing.

O-One of the better brown Ales I have come across. Lots to talk about with this one. I love getting to try a Brown Ale with some pop to it. Very well made.

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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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