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George | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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…

Added by cosmicevan on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
649
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
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39
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 649
Photo of Retail1LO
2.82/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Capone's.

Pours a dark, but not opaqure, dark brown shade with a thin head. The nose is just...absent. Maybe my sniffer is operating under less than full capacity, but I don'g get anything at all. Very muted nose indeed. I don't know what it is I'm tasting, but I'm not digging it at all. Very roasty with some dark fruit going on. Figs, plub, cherries. A bit smoky. Yeah, not my bag. The mouthfeel is the bright point here. Smooth, highly carbed, with a slightly bitter finish. Overally, this is a rare miss for HF where I'm concerned. I just didn't think this came together very well.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black with mahogany edges and a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma with dark fruit, licorice and anise along with sweet chocolate and dark malts.  Theres also a sweet citrus hop character. Really unique aroma.  

Medium bodied with an odd medicinal feel and weird combination of sweet and roasted malt, spice and citrusy hops.  Hints of licorice, anise, sweet chocolate and vinous dark fruit. Finished slightly bitter with citrusy hops and a lingering unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler courtesy of Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps on top, and tiny spots of lace. Ruby brown body with some transparency to it.

S - Aroma is...odd. A mix of typical brown ale flavors - nuts, toasted malts, brown sugar, and cocoa - with dank, piney, and herbal hops. There's a *tiny* vomit note mixed in.

T - Again, it's a mix of nutty and sugary brown ale flavors with herbaceous bitterness and hop flavors. Exactly as described, but a strangely contradictory and clashing flavor combination for me.

M - Zesty, slightly harsh, carbonation. Medium body, toasty texture, dry finish, and some residual resinous hop oils. No obvious alcohol.

D - The combination of brown ale and Columbus hops just doesn't work for me, and this is by far the least enjoyable beer I've had from Hill Farmstead. The flavor profile is exactly what you'd expect from the description, but the concept seems problematic. Oh well, even Mozart wrote the occasional bad piece - perhaps this beer would pair nicely with the Flute & Harp Concerto K. 299.

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Photo of scotorum
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on draft at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington Vermont.

a: Brown to black, half finger off white head receded to thin patchy surface foam and slight lacing.

s: Mild dark chocolate.

t: Mild black coffee with a vaguely soapy note throughout..

m: Moderate, more body than Everett.

o: Not sure where the soapy note came from, possibly the tap line or the glass. Otherwise, not as tasty as Everett but with more substance.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Bob! 750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/red color, off-white colored head, sticky lace, nice collar, thin cap on top.

S - Nice level of roasty malt, some nuttiness, brown sugar, and a pretty large dose of hops. Not sure if I'm a huge fan of such a hoppy Brown Ale, but this is as-described.

T - A lot more hoppy the the nose. It's a Columbus hop bomb with the remnants of a brown ale. There's a slight malty sweetness, touch of caramel, but the finish is overly-bitter and too hoppy for my tastes.

M - Medium, good carbonation, bitter finish.

O - Don't get me wrong, this is described as a hoppy brown, but it's even a larger dose of Columbus then I was expecting. Hey, I like hoppy beers, but I like my brown ales to have more of a malty sweetness and less hop-focused.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a murky chestnut brown with a decent off-white head that left a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of nuts, grains and tea-like herbs. Nuts and brown sugar in the taste, roast and bitter cocoa, pine and herbal hops, grassy, with a bit of a wet cardboard sensation that isn't too out of place for the style in general. Better than many brown ales I've had. Medium body, a bit chalky, but still decent overall.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Jeffrey, NYC

Dark brown pour with head gradually reducing to fine lacing. Roasty malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate. The flavors are a bit watered down. The mouthfeel is thin but oily with smooth, creamy active carbonation. Quaffable. I'm keeping this short because this is a nice brown ale but not great.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is heavily roasted malt with notes of roasted coffee, hint of vanilla, dark chalky malts. Taste is a touch less roasty, more malt richness with some fudge and a hint of vanilla, fairly clean and no sugars left over. Rich body, not heavy, nice carb, great feel.

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Photo of Luk13
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler. Pours a brown with beige head. Very aromatic brown ale. I get decadent nuts and burnt toast with some light earthy hops. Taste is a nice showcase of malts with nuts and caramel. Some light bitterness. Palate is on the lgiht side. Very well executed brown ale and as good as it can be for me. I do prefer Shaun hoppy offerinf by a mile though

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Deep dark brown. Simple as that. Light tan head forms nicely, fades mostly, and laces heavily.

S. Minerally, a little roasty, medium caramel malt.

T. Roasty, minerally robust, earthy, a slight hoppy bite

M. Farily light, but carries a solid enough backbone, a crisp bite of carbonation, a little bitter hop tang.

O. Simple, but simply perfectly done. It doesn't excite me but it nails the style down nicely.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice amber brown with a taller head on top. The head lingered for quite awhile
The aroma has a slightly roasted smell, toffee and sweet molasses and sugar. It smelled sweet.
I get mostly malts in this one. Roasted and nutty with some earth tones. Hops are quite lean in the taste but drinks pretty bitter so yeah they're in there.
Finishes smooth and bitter.
I enjoyed the nutty sweetness but could do without bitterness.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer from a 32 oz growler... a brewery release special delivery to fellow BA CosmicEvan. Generously shared!

Appears a really rich brown with a dollop of foamy head remaining, especially clinging to the sides. 

Smells subtle. I pick up some coffee with a bit of spice, perhaps it's a hop bite. 

Tastes darker than I expected. A lot of roasted malt flavor comes through with strong coffee tones. 

Mouthfeel is big and toasty with a lot of hop bitterness on the way out. 

Overall I'm happy I was able to try this beer, especially given its limited status at this point. I'm not generally a huge fan of this genre - brown bitters.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 6 day old 30 liter keg into British pint glass.

A - Beautiful brown, slightly opaque. Carbonated extremely well, leading to a
wonderful caramel colored cap.
S - A touch of roast, some hazelnut and caramel. The floral component sets off
an interesting medley of light citrus, lightly roasted malt and brown sugar.
T - Right in the sweet spot, a brown ale that is structured well. Elements of dark fruit,
slightly dry roasted malt, and a fantastic hop finish. Every cylinder is firing on this beer.
The malt, hop structure borders on genius.
F - Medium bodied, starts with a delicate dance from carbonation, leads into a creaminess
that almost befuddles, then a tight dry finish.
O - A wonderful version of brown ale, with the tightly defined signature of Hill Farmstead.
The balanced approach and refined touch make this a favorite.

Cheers all

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Proletariat. It's a dry brown with giant citrus hops that come off with a cracked pepper effect. The malts and mild with a light roast that's largely overpowered by the hops — I'd have liked more malt character to complement the hops. Expect an India brown ale.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

George pours a hazy, dark mahogeny color with a small, creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a sheet on the beer leaving behind a spotted coating of lace.

The aroma is faint and malty with notes of caramel, nuts, toffee and a touch of cocoa.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is sweet and malty with a mild bitter finish. Caramel, toffee, cocoa, bread and brown sugar are present. It finishes mildly bitter with a grassy flavor. Once gone the cocoa and grass lingers on the palate.

A tasty brown ale that improves in flavor as it warms.

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Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2L growler bought from the brewery into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost opaque. Retains a small head and leaves a nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

S: Chocolate, roasted nuts. Mild aromas.

T: Similar to the nose: earthy, with bitter chocolate and roasted nuts and a little bit of alcohol. Hoppier than I was imagining. Sweetens up a bit as it warms.

F: Full flavor with initial sweetness giving way to a bitterness that lingers a bit. Very easy to drink.

O: Initially was thrown off by more bitterness than I was expecting, but it mellowed out into a nice sweetness. The roast-y chocolate-y flavors give it a bit of a porter feel.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hill Farmstead. Reviewed while waiting in line for growler fills. Consumed on 11/2. Review written from notes.

A - Light brown with a purplish hue. Pour yielded ~1 finger head. Light lacing as liquid receded. No sediment. Moderate carbonation.

S - Not very fragrant. Light black tea.

T - Not very complex. Some sour black tea, but the flavor was somewhat light.

M - As with all HF products, mouthfeel is superior. Light bodied. Very crisp and clean with good carbonation.

O - Smell and taste were a little underwhelming, but mouthfeel was very nice. Tried it because I was at the brewery and the opportunity presented itself.

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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 cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz generously sent from baconsausage (thanks a ton!)...shared with yagman3000.

a - opened the 32oz growler and filled 2 oversized snifters. aggressive pour gives a decent finger sized head that evaporates relatively fast leaving an almost bubble bath look on the surface. deep chestnut brown to the light, has a hint of red on black when set on the table. sparsely sticky lacing. swirling the glass rebuilds some of the head.

s - all malt with some brown sugar splashed in. more sweet than earthy. candied nuttiness.

t - classic brown ale with a bitter side-kick. earthy malts. nutty. the bitterness is strong at first, but once my palette got used to it the brown ale showed it's true colors. the brown ale is subtle with a great malt sweetness mixed in...but the bitterness really leads. i find myself wishing it was toned down a bit.

m - vibrant. leaves a tingle. medium to light bodied. cooling.

o - solid brown ale. comes with a bitter blast that is a bit counter to the seemingly great brown ale beneath. if you are a fan of bitterness you will probably love this one.

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Photo of benzalman
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this both from a bottle and on draft at the brewery. Not a style I usually drink, but this likely sets the bench mark for me. Nice roast character.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. One pint poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/10/2014.

App- Dark cola brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention. Some lacing.

Smell- Brown sugar malt sweetness, caramel and a little bit of roast undertones.

Flavour- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of molasses. Fairly sweet but it is cut by the right amount of earthy bitterness. Not terribly complex but quite good.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, perfectly carbonated, easily drinkable. 6% ABV is nowhere to be found. Aftertaste is an espresso-like earthy, roasty bitterness that cuts the sweetness.

Overall- It's a very good brown ale. The style is nothing super special or variable, and this is no exception. No need to take a trip to the moon to get this beer, but if it happens to be available when you want a brown ale, then it's definitely a good one to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. A few big bubbles. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Nutty and chocolatey. Moderately hopped. Nice.

Taste - Hoppier than the nose implies. Nice nutty and chocolate flavor. Simple but nice. Just a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Rich flavor. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quality beer as always. Nothing out of the ordinary but an excellent brown.

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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 CliffBrake
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-brown color with minimal tan head and lacing. This growler was just filled yesterday, but it is already a bit on the flat side.

Aroma of brown bread and raisins. As usual from Hill Farmstead, a very inviting aroma. The flavor is of sweet bread and roasted grains with a pretty aggressive herbal hops flavor. A bit of bitter cherry finishing quite dry.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Overall quite nice although not as lively as some other examples of the style.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, smooth, interesting flavors going on that are hard to identify for me. At 68 I don't always discern those tastes. Overall a very drinkable beer. Very glad I bought 6 the other day!!!!

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