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 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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Photo of HopSynonymous
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into my HF chalice while babysitting my pops after his knee replacement. Londonderry, NH.

L- Dark brown pour, mostly opaque but lighter brown with light shining through when held up, thin body, low lacing and thin ring of light tan head.
S- Toasty, roasty, bit of caramel.
T- Roasty coffee up front, solid hop bitterness, bit malty. Complex for the 6%!
F- Light feel and thin body, but lingers after swallow.
O- I am not a brown ale guy (is anyone?) but this is a tasty brew, which is to be expected from HF. Definitely worth a taste and can see myself having it again in the future, but can't see myself choosing it over any HF offerings to date. Definitely solid though!

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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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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 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 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 Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose, 1/8th inch cream-colored head that disperses towards the edges. Nose is malty with a trace of smoke. Taste follows nose with a hint of molasses sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, a top-notch example of the style.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looked like motor oil, micha legs that linger for quite a while!

Malty and toasty smell

Taste a bit better than the run-of-the-mill brown (not a huge fan of this version of beer)

Has a good amount of carbs that linger and give this beer some life!

This brown as pretty good. I would drink it if it were given to me, but probably wouldn't actively seek it out (again brown ales aren't my thing).

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

Served on draft into a hill farmstead stemmed glad at Piecassos in Stowe, VT

Pours a deep brown body with cherry highlights, a light mocha head that reduces to a layer of foam and leaves nice lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of a porter, coffee and toffee are big with caramel and peanuts also present.

On the tongue is slightly sweet caramel and coffee, light vanilla, a nuttyness on the finish and a slight bitter hoppyness on the finish.

Very nice brown, more characteristic of a porter but delicious nonetheless

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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 KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sampler in HF line, second sample tasted (after Edward). Lots of dark chocolate on the nose. Not really a lover of Brown but this was very drinkable. I found that after in warmed up a bit the cacao aroma and flavors really came out and for me it was much better.

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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