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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nuts, and some hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice nutty finish and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap from the Hill Farmstead Taproom.

Nice creamy head fades slowly with lacing dark murky molasses brown color.

Nose nice dark molasses malts, soft aged malts, brown sugar, light sweetness, hint if grassy earthy hops.

Taste creamy brown malts, lots of earthy almost spicy hops, decent bitterness that grows to quite bitter on the finish. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar soft aged malts.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, good carb.

Overall nice, hoppier than expected, tasty though

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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 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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TJ's.

A - Pours deep brown bordering on black with a nice one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts, plenty of hop bitterness, chocolate, toasted nuts, toffee, caramel and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts quickly being joined by the mild hop bitterness, molasses, caramel, toffee, a bit of dark fruit, toasted nuts and dulled mineral earth. Finish is a touch sweet with plenty of dark roast, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dark, slightly hoppy feel from start to finish.

O - A solid brown ale. The hops mesh well with the base flavors, allowing it to still be drinkable while still having lots of flavor. Great to revisit this one after a few years.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/15/13 notes. Had a 16 oz. pour of this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, sugar, molasses, light pine hops, some chocolate, and some caramel malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, toffee, chocolate coffee, some sugar, light fruits, and toasted malts. Nice taste, very roasty.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and quite easy to drink.

o - Overall not my favorite HF beer and not my favorite style, but a good brown ale. Easy to drink and lots of roasted and toasted nuts. Would have it again and would be a great brown ale for people getting into craft beers, but wouldn't strain myself to seek it out like I would most of their other beers.

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

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is mahogany with a small, bubbly, beige head. The aroma offers dank hops and brown bread rolled together as one, caramel malt, sweet chewy candies. The flavor follows suit. Well balanced and flavorful, with caramel and toffee tones. Highly drinkable. A solid example of the style.

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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 johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.
Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts a healthy shot of earthy citrus and pine to provide some balance. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet caramel, bread and chocolate maltiness with a solid shot of citrus and earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness provides nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. This is a damn fine brown ale right here. Its tough to get a great brown ale because the style is a bit on the boring side, but this is an exceptional example.

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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 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 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 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 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 BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog.

George is brown, like the style would suggest. He's acually veering towards black with a silky liquid look. A nice puff of tannish/brown foam up top leaving some. Smell is rich with a nice toasted malt base and there is a blast of fresh hops. Some sweet scents with brown sugar and a hint of smoke. Bread with warming. This is quite full of flavor, normal browns don't get this involved. Tastes of roasty/toasty malt with a hit of citrus hops, surrounded by some nuts, smoke, brown sugar and some earthy flavors. I like the body on this, it's richer and fuller than most browns. Nicely carbed, not dead in any way with a full aftertaste that does not linger to long. A nice drinkable brown ale that is good for two glasses or so, not boring.

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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 yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler sent by Tucker and shared with my father, George (of course).

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with ruby tinged color with a massive frothy cream colored head. Finger thick bubbly head throughout with thin sticky sheets of lacing. Pleasant aroma of brown sugar, molasses, roast malt, earthy hops and light coffee. Strong roast malt flavor in the body with brown sugar and cocoa but the sweetness is well balanced by pine and grassy hops. Dry and bitter finish with a silky light medium body and soft carbonation. A brown ale is a brown ale is a brown ale (generally), but I enjoyed this compared to most and thought the mild bitterness of the hops added a unique turn to this.

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

Enjoyed on tap at the breweries tasting room. Poured into a flight glass.

A - Poured a crystal clear mahogany with a nice offwhite head that slowly faded.

S - Smell is of nice toasty malts, dark molasses, and a touch of earthy, grassy hops.

T - Taste is slightly bitter thanks to those grassy hops with more of the light roast from the malts and that molasses sweetness. Theres a slight chocolate in there as well.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A very drinkable brown ale.

O - So far, this is my least favourite Hill Farmstead to date. That being said, this is still a great brown ale. Just, perhaps I hold Hill Farmstead to such a high bar that this just falls short for me.

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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 Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a brown ale. Probably the best brown ale I'll ever taste, but at the end of the day it is a brown ale. Based off the description, I was hoping this would be a hop forward version, but it's very true to style. Nutty malt dominated the flavor, and the hops round everything out. Hazy brown in appearance, with cascading bubbles rising to the surface. About a finger of fluffy white head when poured and the mouth feel, with the amount of carb in this beer, really helped to push the flavor. Smelled like every other brown ale. Not a huge fan of this style, but based off of all the brown ales I've had, this was by far the best tasting.

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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 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 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 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 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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